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Old 01-03-2015, 02:19 PM   #61
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Here's mine. My 2014 splurge as I hit FI at age 45. If you have the means, enjoy yourself.
Really like the look, white with black accents.

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Here's my "mid-life crisis" toy, a 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 in Speed Yellow. When I bought it in 2010, it only had a little over 11,000 miles on it, and was in such nice condition the dealer had it inside on the new car showroom floor. It didn't sit there long, as I'd been looking for months for a nice 911 in something other than silver, grey, or black, so I drove it off a few days after they'd gotten it
Nice, I had a 96 C4S, although not a convertible. Loved the handling and braking capability (aka hands of god).
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:06 PM   #62
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I would say buy used also - a low mileage C6 would be nice. I don't like the camaro rear end on the C7's
I hear this frequently, but I just don't get it. Maybe GM agreed as they have now revised the Camaro taillights.



I agree with the comments to just do it....entertainment and transportation are legitimate living expenses!
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:35 PM   #63
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Somehow I missed this thread before...


We've had several Corvettes over the decades, they were a significant purchase but never broke the bank.


Our current one is a 2009 Coupe with most options including the paddle shifter and Z51 handling suspension. I do some autocross racing, daily driving, and we always use it for long road trips. Typically, 15k-20k miles per year.
Reliability has been less than stellar, but we absolutely love the car.


Our first Corvette was a 1967, purchased used. We considered the newly restyled 1968 but discovered it was longer, wider, and heavier than the '67. Bigger on the outside but smaller on the inside. Smaller trunk. Poor visibility. So we bought the 1967 and never regretted it.


Fast forward through several Corvettes (for us) to 2014. The new Corvette performs a little better than our 2009, but it's longer, wider, and heavier than our 2009. Bigger on the outside but smaller on the inside. Smaller trunk. Poor visibility.
It's 1968 all over again, so we plan to stay with our 2009.


You would need to look around a bit, but there are lots of creampuff 2012-2013 Corvettes available at good prices, some of them still under warranty.


Life is full of choices...
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:57 PM   #64
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I prefer to buy the first of a bodystyle change, and then keep the car/truck for a long, long time.

And the 2014-2015 models are knock dead gorgeous machines.
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Here's mine. My 2014 splurge as I hit FI at age 45. If you have the means, enjoy yourself.
That's what I'm looking at , it's white with red interior z51 LT3 package.,looks like a Monday purchase.
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The critical question - why Chevy not Ford... Ha ha

Enjoy. Life is short. You will take a depreciation hit but can always sell if times get tough

1960's Muscle cars have been good investments for me. All so far have been sold at a gain. The market is strong right now.
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That's what I'm looking at , it's white with red interior z51 LT3 package.,looks like a Monday purchase.
Enjoy!

It was tough for me to spend over MSRP, but I did. Now that it's almost a year old with 11k miles, I don't regret it at all.
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Enjoy your Corvette! Wife and I rode our Harleys into our 70's but gave that up about two years ago. We both had owned Corvette's in another life, mine a '65 many moons ago. In May 2013 we bought a brand new 2013 Corvette, me at the age of 74. No regrets and we love it.
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40-50 years ago a Vette was my dream car but could not afford one so I settled for a lesser sports car (Austin Healy 3000). Now that I can afford to buy one or two of them, the desire is not there. Maybe I now lack a necessary amount of testosterone...
I think as we get older, a sense of practicality begins to set in. Also, I've noticed that once I can actually afford something with ease, it sometimes seems less special, somehow. Perhaps part of it is the thrill of the chase, and dreaming about something that's beyond your reach.

Back in 2004, when I was getting my condo ready to sell, I thought I was going to clear about $40,000 on it. I had a pipe dream of getting a new Chrysler 300C, with the Hemi, which had just come out as an early 2005 model. It probably would have eaten up that entire $40K, but I figured it would be a nice splurge.

Well, by the time my condo went on the market and sold, I ended up clearing about $76,000. And in a moment of perfect timing, I made the final payment on my then-current car, a 2000 Intrepid, at about the same time, so that was ~$350 a month that was now freed up. But then, suddenly, a funny thing happened. I didn't want that brand-new 300C anymore. I could've walked in and paid cash, and had plenty left over, but the desire to have it was gone.

At that time though, I was only 34 and nowhere near financially independent, so investing the money for the future, rather than splurging on a depreciating asset seemed like a much better choice.
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We bought a BMW Z4 a few years back as a "date car" when we were in our mid-40s. It was the same year we paid off our house and felt like we were on track to RE by 50. We're in the last year of that now and have certainly enjoyed the roadster - as impractical as it is living in MN. :-)ImageUploadedByEarly Retirement Forum1420608459.343446.jpg
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Looks sharp, Kickernick. Hope 50 is still looking good for you to retire . . . and move somewhere warm. : )
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Wouldn't be one to talk here. I tend to be excruciatingly frugal, yet...I retire on 3/9 and buy a new Mercedes the week after. Can't wait.
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Wouldn't be one to talk here. I tend to be excruciatingly frugal, yet...I retire on 3/9 and buy a new Mercedes the week after. Can't wait.
Isn't an MB the "State Car" in California?
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Isn't an MB the "State Car" in California?

I thought it was BMW!
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I thought it was BMW!
Not anymore.....as "anybody" can own a Beamer...but not a high end Benz...
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Not anymore.....as "anybody" can own a Beamer...but not a high end Benz...

Being in SoCal, I may have a skewed view. I think I see way more BMWs, but what do I know?

I drive an XJ8 and a Toyota Sequoia
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Being in SoCal, I may have a skewed view. I think I see way more BMWs, but what do I know?

I drive an XJ8 and a Toyota Sequoia
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My BIL in Santa Clara says the Benz dealers have waiting lists almost as long as the Ferrari dealers.
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My BIL in Santa Clara says the Benz dealers have waiting lists almost as long as the Ferrari dealers.

Well, that is NorCal, which I sorta think is a whole 'nother state from SoCal.

Now I am curious about which really is the "state car" of CA. 😎🌴

Our local BMW dealer touts itself as the top dealer in the country, if I recall aright. At least I know what's important 'round these parts.
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But remember that with the high cost of housing, no one in California can afford to buy any new car. They lease them--like they lease their wives. Turn'em over from time to time.
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