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Old 01-04-2015, 06:39 AM   #21
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2012 prius for wife bought new as demo.
2006 chevy 1500 with 32k miles bought new.

I like the chevy for hauling and making a buck, but for everyday driving I like the 8 or 10 fillup with these days gas prices on the prius. I can go to town, get groceries, haircut, whatever for a week for very little cost.

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Old 01-04-2015, 06:44 AM   #22
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What kind of car do I drive? One that gets me where I want to go. Why would anyone drive anything else?

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Old 01-04-2015, 07:01 AM   #23
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:09 AM   #24
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2004 Subaru Forester XT Premium 80K miles

Bought new for $30K. I really like it however if I could have a do-over i'd get the one without the turbo. I only get 20mpg and have to use premium unleaded. My next vehicle will likely be a 2-3 year old non-turbo Forester.

Sounds like OP is FI so see no reason not to buy the vehicle he wants.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:51 AM   #25
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Before we reached FI we had a 1998 Toyota Camry and a 2003 Nissan Murano. Both excellent family vehicles that service us well.

After reaching FI and RE-ing we upgraded.

In 2013 the Camry got rear-ended and was totaled. Last year the Murano started showing its age and started developing more expensive repair bills.

Now we have a 2014 Mercedes E250 Bluetec diesel - the perfect distance cruiser for trips. We’ve really been racking up the miles with it.

Between the time the Camry was crunched and when we picked up the Mercedes we were down to one car. That’s when we realized we were just not ready for life with only one car.

So last week we sold the Murano and bought a new 2015 VW GTI. We looked at lots of cars from tiny little things to big SUVs, but when we took the GTI out for a test drive, we simply loved driving it. It’s surprisingly spacious for a little hatchback. At 6’ 6” both my DS or I can actually sit in the back seat if need be. And with its 6-speed manual transmission, it *is* fun to drive.

DS is doing well learning to drive the manual...
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:53 AM   #26
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Me - 2006 Highlander Hybrid (bought in 2005 when it first came out). Good family car for long drive vacations, etc.

DH - 1995 Dodge Ram PU. It doesn't seat all 4 of us since it's a standard cab - but we've dealt with that for the 12 years since we had our second child. It's reliable and I can't justify the cost of a new car while it's so darn reliable. And PUs are convenient to have.

At some point we'll get a plug in car of some kind. Like Major Tom - if we had a budget of $60k we'd seriously look at the Tesla. Instead the Nissan Leaf is in the running for "next car". (Our budget for next car is $30k.) The tesla sure checks off all my boxes for what I want in a car (except price).
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:58 AM   #27
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2009 Mazda 5 (wife)
2005 Nissan Sentra

ultra high end I know... but that is what we drive

likely will get a subaru outback or forester if either of these die... maybe 5 or 10 years from now..or longer

Its always a trade of what you can afford and what opportunity you'll give up when you afford.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:14 AM   #28
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Me - 2004 Acura TL with manual trans. 79,000 miles - Bought new. Great car. Cons - Premium Gas.

DW - 2009 Saturn Vue (with v6) 35,000 miles - Bought new- Served us well so far.

Mpierce - Interested in a Volkswagen GTI as I love manual trans (like you). Just wondering how much $$ they are.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:23 AM   #29
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DW 2005 Lexus ES - 90k miles, bought new and just put new tires and brakes
Me - 2005 Chevy Equinox = 150k miles , lots of systems - A/C, check engine, etc don't work. Looking to replace when I lose my company vehicle at ER.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:24 AM   #30
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We're different than most folks here, in just about every category one can imagine, except ER

1998 4Runner, 206K
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel, 125K

Whenever we leave our place we drive 5 mi of dirt road to get out (and return). We use our vehicle to adventure on 4WD routes in the mountains. The 98 4Runner has the highest ground clearance of any 4Runner body style. We got stuck on a trail last fall and when I backed into a tree it was good for a "whoops" and a chuckle.

The truck is also 4WD and we use it to adventure in our truck camper.

I've done the german car thing and it was good but that was a lifetime ago.

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Old 01-04-2015, 08:31 AM   #31
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:06 AM   #32
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:13 AM   #33
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:19 AM   #34
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What kind of car do I drive? One that gets me where I want to go. Why would anyone drive anything else?
That's what i think as well, but after living in LA I can understand why people want a nicer car -- because they spend so much time in it.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:26 AM   #35
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Sine the 1990s I've tried to find well-depreciated BMWs or Mercedes that were treated with kid gloves by the previous owners. I've had pretty good luck with that practice -- my one misstep was when I strayed with an Audi, a money pit built with components that simply weren't designed to last. Since then, whenever I'm tempted by a VW product I look at the brand's reliability record and I regain my senses.

My latest acquisition may be the best, a 1995 BMW 540i I got in late 2005 with 84000 miles on it and a new short block at 62K. Mileage currently stands at 256,000. I have done a lot of work on it, but it has let me down on the road just once, when the fuel pump died at just over 200K. My fault -- I should have anticipated it was near the end of its service life and replaced it before it failed.

My wife has a 2007 Prius Touring edition, and the family backup vehicle is a 2005 Ford Ranger FX4.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:30 AM   #36
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2004 Acura RSX-S, manual transmission of course. Bought new for $21k. I've driven it across country a couple of times and it still handles as well as the day I bought it. part of me wants to keep it until it's a classic and has a million miles on it, but if it gets totaled, I'll likely replace it with a Miata.

I remember at the time people made fun of me for buying a new car when I could've gotten a used at a third the price, but my luxury/sporty Acura continues to give me joy and pride of ownership. And $21k seems pretty reasonable now.

Do a cost benefit analysis. If $60k can bring you more life satisfaction somewhere else, than go spend it there. If not, go for it! You only live once.

The next vehicle I plan on buying is a heavy duty F150 (3/4 ton performance in a 1/2 ton body, with a half ton price tag) as my RV. Currently all my trucking needs are done by renting from Uhaul or bumming the neighbor's rig, but this isn't practical for anything more than a few hours.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:30 AM   #37
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Cars to me are all about utility. I want something reliable, affordable and fuel efficient. Currently I have a Prius bought used a few years ago. I am very happy with it and it holds more than the Forester I used to own. It's managed the same type forest service roads that I took the Subaru on. So far so good in the little bit of snow we've had. Saved $1000 in gas money the first year! I would love to get electric next time but first need the driving range extended and for prices to come down. Solar would be nice!
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:35 AM   #38
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1994 Honda Civic. The only car I have ever owned. I bought it new right before I went to Officer Training School. It was shipped back and forth to Germany while I was assigned there. It has given me no trouble at all. At this point I would feel guilty getting rid of it while it is still so reliable. Yes, it does look old and I feel a little self conscious sometimes. I did FIRE last fall at 45........I think my minimal spending on vehicles helped. Also buying a new car at a dealer was such an unpleasant experience that I was not tempted to do it again.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:37 AM   #39
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An '89 BMW E30 stick with 225,000 up north as the second car.

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