Let's see, some random thoughts on cars:
-Never thought I'd see the day where I wouldn't own anything that wasn't european. But damn, after owning the mustang for a few months, I really think everyone should spend some serious time in a V8 pony car.
-I'm glad the Golf R wasn't out when I looked at the mustang, as I might have just gone with the safe (for me) choice!
-I didn't think the mustang was that big, man, it's freakin huge!
-The hot topic of the moment seems to be the FRS/BRZ twins. I can see the appeal to these cars and you can bet I'll be down to the dealer to look one over when they come out, but at the same time, neither really does much for me. They're about a 7.5 out of 10 on my personal "DO WANT" scale. More power will bring the want level up a few points though.
-I think my list of automotive wants (10 out of 10 on my personal scale) at this point is really down to: Z4 M coupe, C6 vette, Lotus Elise, Porsche 911/cayman, Viper GTS, 370z, Boss Mustang, VW T-reg, MB G-wagon. 98% of everything else I see out there is rather so-so. I'd be a very happy man if the only vehicles I could choose from until I died came from that list.
If you can't measure it, you can't understand it; if you can't understand it, you can't control it.
As you can tell, i'm desperately trying to justify the purchase
Soul is something that is earned through struggle, lust, strife, short lived complacency and ultimately das heartbreak. You can not love VW unless you have hated VW. I am talking no car payment and no warranty all out frustration type of love.
Anybody can just go buy or lease a new car. It takes balls of stone and a head partially full of marbles to fall in love with an old VW. And then there are the paint chip eaters, who will make dumb decisions regardless.
I can't do it, though - I'm already too emotionally attached to the 944. It gives a raw driving experience that i'll never match in any new car that i'll ever be able to afford.
As for the GTI - I've only had it 5 years. I told myself 10 minimum unless something catastrophically goes wrong with it. Come November 2016, you better believe i'll be looking for a leftover 2016 model. I'll be ready for a new DD by then.
10 years on the GTI though? You are far braver than I am. I threw in the towel after 5 years. I wouldn't go for the first model year of the BRZ...but thats just a hang up I have. Seeing as how Subaru likes to update their cars often and isn't afraid of massive improvements mid cycle, I'd probably split the difference between your current 5 year and hoped for 10 years, and pick up a MMC BRZ after 7 or 8 years of GTI ownership.
The way I look at it -is the huge issue is related to the camshaft and fuel pump. That'll be covered the entire 10 years. Im only at 70k miles (and have only put 5k onthe in the last 12 months!) Remember my thread in the spring about if I should buy that beater G20 for my commute? Now that my wife has the new car, we use it everywhere and I commute with her 3 days a week.
I'm really hoping to get that full 10 years - we'll see.
The thing that amazes me lately is this: everything is amazing, but nobody's happy. Louis CK, you said it best. I mean, we've got AMAZING cars coming out from almost every company, for almost every need or desire. We've got mother****ing Camaros - CAMAROS FOR GODS SAKE - that run sub 8 minute Nurburgring times. We've got flickable little RWD coupes starting at $22k. We've got $55k 650hp Mustangs. We've got 22mpg four-door Wranglers. We've got 135is, ATS, CTS-Vs! This is the best time in recent memory to be an enthusiast!
And yet when any of those cars debut, what do we hear? No torque means you could dead! OMG hard plastic interior! Meh, too heavy! Meh, too expensive! Meh, too cheap! Meh meh meh. I'll only take it if it comes with a diesel and a manual! Meh, I'll just buy a used Car X! Meh, the rear valence is a total dealbreaker! HEY GUISE LETS ARGUE ABOUT COMPACT COMMUTER SEDANS
**** that ****.
Random thought time, some of which are inspired by comments in this thread:
1. People that don't get why people are into cars, should go and watch the Eric Bana movie, "Love The Beast." That explains it perfectly right there.
2. I'm a car guy, I can accept and appreciate pretty much anything with wheels. As long as the person has put some thought and care into their car, I can dig it. Even if I wouldn't consider ever owning something like it.
3. PVW magazine is annoying. Same cars over and over, always described as being unique. Really? Another Mk2 on BBS with a VR swap, owned by some hipster with ironic 80s props nearby? Yeah, unique. And before anyone classes me as a VW hating person, I've owned 5 of them them, loved everyone, and will continue to own VWs. The "scene" is annoying. My current VW is a 93 Passat wagon with a Turbo VR6.
4. I love big ass trucks too.
5. The GTR does not excite me in any way, shape, or form. I've driven it a couple of times, and it has the same problem as the old Acura NSX. Looks good, awesome performance, comfortbale, no soul. I want performance cars to make me feel something; whether it's excitement, confusion, or fear, the car needs to evoke a response. The GTR makes me go "meh."
6. Why are people so giddy over Japanese RHD imports? These old Skylines, Soarers, Delicas, etc are dime a dozen over here. They all look really rough around the edges, and they all drive like what they are: 15 year old Nissans and Toyotas. They're like driving your mom's old Maxima, but less convenient because of where you're sitting.
7. The BRZ is interesting, and is probably the only interesting Toyota since the Supra was killed off. Still wouldn't buy one though. I sense that it will feel very appliance like, and that my 6'6" body will most likely not fit. I'll take a used Boxster or E36 instead. yeah, maybe those aren't as fast, or as cheap to run, but I know I'll have more fun, and I know I fit.
8. The EcoBoost is not the be-all end-all for truck engines. It has power and fuel economy. But not at the same time.
I think that's it for now.
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Just do it. If you can afford it without going up against a wall, do it.
I agree about the comments on soul and VWs. You have to have been to the bottom of the well with VWs to truly get the whole soul thing. But once you've been there, it's hard to stay away. I wouldn't call it soul, per se, more of just the comfort of knowing that if you're going to get screwed, you will at least enjoy it for the most part.
I have a beater MkIII that I fully expect to give me small amounts of grief for a long, long time. I will love every minute of it, because I know exactly how to deal with it, and can do so when I choose to. I live in no fear of it having issues - I know that one day, it will. It will be the wrong time and the wrong place, but whatever. It's a ton of fun to drive. I smile whenever I look at it. I giggle when I stuff it full of shopping and still fit my family inside comfortably. I really giggle when I pass people on the Autobahn. But one day, she will give me issues. I think it will be the day I have to get the TÜV renewed. Hmmmm. Not looking forward to that..... Stupid PCV system....
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Like I said, your opinion doesn't affect me or really bother me...but your conclusions do confuse me.