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Old 01-04-2015, 04:05 PM   #61
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:25 PM   #62
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2005 Honda Pilot EXL bought new and still driving like it's new. Not a single maintenance issue and we have followed scheduled maintenance intervals so hope to have it another 5-10 years.

2013 Ford F150 FX4 V6 Ecoboost that pulls our 2013 26' Keystone Premier Bullet travel trailer, both bought in 2013.

The last car we got rid of was a 1998 Volvo, bought new, and donated with 198K miles on it when we retired.

Paid cash for all three current vehicles. Saved a long time for the Ford/trailer and bought when we retired as we new that camping/RV travel would be a big part of ER, and it has been great so far (RE'd June 2013). We have several groups of friends that we camp with in the summer, and then we ski together in the winter. Lot's of fun (skiing Winter Park, Co with friends tomorrow )!
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:37 PM   #63
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Me usual daily driver = 1997 Ford Expedition 4x4, about 165K miles, owned for 16 years now
DW = 2008 Ford Edge AWD, about 116K miles, owned for 4 years now

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1988 Ford F-250 4x4 diesel, only 132K miles
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1937-1968 = 6 other classic cars and trucks
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:38 PM   #64
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2007 Mercedes

Buy the $60K car and never look back. I am about to purchase a plane without any hesitation that far exceeds the price of those new Corvettes on another thread.

What kind of plane? How much do you fly?

I got my Private in 2006 and would love to buy something. I just don't fly enough!


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Old 01-04-2015, 04:40 PM   #65
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I drive a 2003 Toyota Camry with 72,000 miles. DH drives a 2001 Toyota Corolla with about 120,000 miles. Both were bought used. Mine only had 32,000 on it when I bought it in 2005.

I love my car because it still feels "new" to me with it's fairly low mileage and everything still runs well. DH's car is starting to look it's age but he is retired and only uses it to get to thrift stores.

While I'm attached to my car and want to keep it as long as I can, it's just transportation to me. I'm pretty frugal by nature, so while I notice other people's new cars, I see them as what I'd shop for, used, in a few years.

My sister has a brand new Subaru Forester that I just love. When I need to replace my beloved Camry, I'll consider a 5 to 8 year old Subaru Forester.

To the OP, if you want a new car and have the money GO FOR IT and enjoy it! All of us used car buyers need people to be the first owner of our future cars.

Even if I was a billionaire like W2R and had the extra house in Paris, I'd still buy a used car. And I'd still be getting my Grey Poupon at Aldi.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:58 PM   #66
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2013 Hyundai Veloster

I tend to favor newer cars since the safety features are so much better in the newer vehicles.

If I wanted to spend $60k for a car (or thereabouts) I would look at the Tesla.

I am in the camp of those who likes having a nice car and puts lots of thought and choice into what I have and have never regretted it. If you can afford 60k and the car will give you pleasure, then go for it. (note that if you don't it may be your ultimate heirs who get to buy the nice car)
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:00 PM   #67
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1982-1985: 1977 Chevy Chevette (piece of junk)
1985-2010: 1980 Toyota Corolla Wagon (great car)
2010-2015: 2010 Honda Fit (great car)

My current Honda Fit (5 speed, base model) is perfect for my needs. It has a lot of cargo room (I can fit my bicycle in the back without removing any bike wheels), is nimble on the road, and gets over 42 mpg in city/suburban driving. I drive with a very light foot. My car currently has a little over 16K miles on it. Along with the Prius, Consumer Reports considers the Fit to be the car with the best value.

If I wanted to spend $60K on a car, I'd purchase a Honda Fit that has $53K cash in the glove box. Either that, or I'd find a 1980 Toyota Corolla that has been sitting in a warehouse for 35 years.
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:10 PM   #68
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2012 Honda CRV EXL with all wheel drive and leather seats, perfect for road trips through the mountains. However, I did not splurge for the navigation system, opting for a Garmin instead. This is the most luxurious vehicle I have owned. I bought it new and financed it at 0.99%. In 7 more months it will be mine, all mine.
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:12 PM   #69
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Me - 2013 F150 4x4 - 7000 miles purchased new for $20,400 (yes that is $20,400 brand new). Got it to pull out travel trailer around with.
Me- fun car 2000 Toyota Spyder convertible 122,000 miles. Purchased used with 97000 miles on it for $7,000
DH - 2010 Xterra 4x4 with 39,000 miles. Purchased new in 2010 for $21,000.


We have had over 100 cars in 36 years of marriage. A lot of them are project cars my DH fixes up and sales for a profit. Our new cars are always lost leaders and we have over 30% equity when we drive off the lot. The 2013 F150 is probably the best deal we ever got new. Stickered for $42,000 and we got for $20,400 plus tax of course)


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Old 01-04-2015, 05:55 PM   #70
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We are not expensive car people, though lately I sure enjoy looking at them. We have:

Highlander - 11 years old
Prius - 4 years old - WE LOVE THIS CAR
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:58 PM   #71
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It's so much fun to see some of the cool cars members here enjoy!

Just ordinary stuff for us. Honda CR-V for me (my third one), and Toyota Prius for DW (her second one). We're perfectly happy with them.

The only car I ever felt serious lust for belonged to a guy I met in college back in the late 1960s. A Jaguar XK-E in British racing green. Wow! But he told me it burned a quart of oil every 100 miles, and I began having second thoughts!

I have a friend who is seriously into certain old cars. He became acquainted with a guy who owns dozens of extremely rare cars, and let me go with him one day to visit this guy's garage. I nearly wet myself when I walked in the door, because there were probably at least 50 cars in the building, and on average each was worth well over a million bucks.

They let me take some pictures, so here is just a tiny sample of what's in this guy's garage. Needless to say, I can't say where it is.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:07 PM   #72
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I drive a 2012 Rav4 XLE and just bought myself a 2004 Coachmen Leprechaun 30 ft long with 12,000 original miles and new tires.....happy, happy, happy. I'll use it for trips with the grandkids
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:12 PM   #73
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2002 VW Bug - Turbo with Speed Chip - 6 Speed - Purchased Used
2006 Toyota Tundra - Single Cab - V6 (better MPG) - Purchased Used, Paid Cash


I am kinda proud of the fact that I have never spent more than 20k on a vehicle. I want to retire and I don't care if I never drive a new car again.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:33 PM   #74
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I plan on selling the Camry shortly and just driving the F-150.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:43 PM   #75
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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. Its 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...
Nice! Have a 2013 GTI here, also 6MT. It's the most fun yet refined car I could find under 30K. I drove probably 25 different cars and SUVs before settling on it.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:00 PM   #76
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Ditto, except our Camry is a 2005 with 90,000 miles and our Highlander is a 2003 with about 95,000 miles.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:12 PM   #77
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Eventually, I'd like to be driving the Super 7, but that won't happen tomorrow.
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Meanwhile, I have my little Miata. Great gas mileage, easy to park, and lots of fun. It is hard to get into, though.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:02 PM   #79
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I own a couple of Caddy's and a Chevy Volt. 2014 Caddy CTS is my favorit with a turbo 4 cyl getting \nearly 30mpg on highway, adaptive cruise.....neatest feature on a car and automatic parking.......have to drive it to believe it. Caddy SRX is DW SUV.....nice ride and Volt.....cheap lease, saves gas but not much money with gas so cheap. I can affird nice cars.....drove KIA and BMW.....came back to GM which I've driven most of past 30 years.
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It's so much fun to see some of the cool cars members here enjoy!

Just ordinary stuff for us. Honda CR-V for me (my third one), and Toyota Prius for DW (her second one). We're perfectly happy with them.

They let me take some pictures, so here is just a tiny sample of what's in this guy's garage. Needless to say, I can't say where it is.
Wow, now those are cars. You were lucky to see them.

My daily driver is a 2010 F150 Platinum, on weekends it's a 2014 C7
My husband drives a company vehicle during the week, on weekends a 2014 F250 Platinum
Then there are the occasional drivers in the back garage.
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