Hmm this a hard one.
I guess if we are talking something I could truly afford the payments on for the next five years, And still have a good chunk left for fun It limits my options to an .:R-GTI, Scirocco(they are still making those right?), or a WRX. I know those aren't true sport cars, but thats the crux of having to be able to afford it.
And since we are stuck with whatever turd we pick for life, I'd go with the Scirocco. Only one I can see being at all collectible 30 years down the road. Plus I like the Idea of having a Scirocco that's newer than my Corrado.
This one even comes with a blonde
Corrado: because I always wanted to get heckled by elitist pricks over the internet.
Afford now, and keep forever? Ardent Red on Black Evora with Premium Pack Sport, Tech Pack, sports gear ratios, back up camera, starshield, and the sport pack.
Basically, this, minus the supercharger: http://www.boardwalklotus.com/new/Lo...2469c0cd1a.htm
Given the deals we've been doing on these, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to get into a non S. Alas, I have better things to spend money on at the moment.
Being relatively certain one would keep it "forever" is a high threshold (even for me - who almost always keeps cars beyond 150,000 miles). Reading the thread heading, before looking at the OP, my first thought was a Cayman (seems like the OP and I think alike). An Audi TT with the upcoming all-new 2.0T may also qualify, so does of course the TT-RS. A 500 Abarth (a poor man's sports car, if you can even call it that) one may get tired of for one or the other reason. I'd also second the BRZ - but only on paper, so far, and there may be a ton of things I won't like about it once I sit in one and drive one, or after owners complain about them.
Of course, chances are that I buy a 3.0TDI Q5, retire, and never own a sports car in my life...
That may tie-in with the reluctance to buy new you see on here. That first year of depreciation is less of an issue to someone keeping the car 10+ years than someone keeping it 2-3. I sprung for a brand new M Coupe because I knew I'd be keeping it a while, and I've got to say I value the satisfaction of knowing every mile it's covered more than I do the money I could have saved.
I dunno if I'd have the commitment of the Cobra owner in the article, though. If someone offered me a million for it down the line...
"Motorcycles - the cigarettes of transportation." Seth Meyers
Since people were listing used cars, I'm going to go with NSX.
Yeah, I've been seeing a bunch more NSXs out lately (and phyrix's thread definitely doesn't help). I could definitely seeing that type of vehicle being a lifer. I do want to make my current 944 a lifer as well (since I'll probably never get an NSX) - got some good plans for that one
There isn't one. I could see myself buying an R8 V8 and keeping that forever, but I can't even afford the poverty special.
Everything I can currently afford would be a throwaway at some point. Who'd buy a base Scion FR-S and keep it for the rest of their life?
Keeping a car 40 years is a cool story, and you have a great bond with the car. But I don't know if Id want to paint myself into a corner like that. I'm already married to my wife and married to a career. I don't need to marry myself to just one car forever. Gotta change it up every now and then.
11 Silverado 1500 Z71
08 Acura MDX Tech/Ent/Sport
Still getting the tingly feeling of a new car every 5 years or so (if you stagger it out with the wife), and you still have that one to keep.
Cayman R in this exact configuration. It would be an enormous budget hit and my wife would murder me but technically I could afford it at around 67K.....and since I'm keeping it forever anyway I can do a 10-year loan.
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I can't believe this thread got to page 2 before any Financial Lounge experts have chimed in. Let's just get it out of the way. Ahem.
You can't really afford that car loans are bad debt is bad you rent LOL buy a house scrape and save I drive an undesirable car but have no debt you are a moron.
If I don't have a garage, a Caterham or Atom is a no-go no matter what my bank account looks like. If I can afford a Cayman but I can't get another car to carry my kids then the Cayman is out.
realistic budget a base 5.0 mustang. ramen budget a loaded up 5.0. that's provided my other vehicles are paid off. if i waited until the jeep was paid off then sold it and used that money for a down payment i might be able to swing gt500. but could i swing it and pay for a divorce?
Part of "affording" something is being responsible that it does not impact the rest of your life in a negative way.
Sure I could afford a car with a $6,000/mo car payment.. if I had absolutely no other responsibilities what so ever.