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    Thread: TCL: what sports car THAT YOU CAN AFFORD would you buy new and never sell?

    1. 04-26-2012 01:28 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by compy222 View Post
      there was no specification of past or present.
      From OP:

      "To start: if I were buying now and buying new ... since the M Coupe no longer exists."


      Thread Fail.
      Last edited by x1000rpms; 04-26-2012 at 01:51 AM.

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      04-26-2012 01:37 AM #27
      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

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      04-26-2012 02:22 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by x1000rpms View Post
      From OP:

      "To start: if I were buying now and buying new ... since the M Coupe no longer exists."


      Thread Fail.
      That was more an anecdote than a restriction. The insistence on buying new (practically anathema to most of TCL) was restrictive enough.
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      04-26-2012 02:33 AM #29
      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.

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      04-26-2012 02:48 AM #30
      Who here "ACTUALLY bought" a S2000 brand new?

      My neighbour actually bought his s2000 in year 2000 and still has it(in storage).

      I would buy a BRZ.

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      04-26-2012 03:31 AM #31
      Without a doubt...

    7. 04-26-2012 05:21 AM #32
      The answer to your question is GT3. Or maybe Boxster Spyder, if you can still find one of those new.

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      04-26-2012 05:38 AM #33
      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...

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      I work in the documentary film industry. That's what I can afford new right now. I'm sure there are some still sitting cherry on the lot, waiting to be snatched up.
      That would also give me a SenseOfRejection. (I work in a field in which less-educated, less-qualified people in industry traditionally have made about twice as much - so I can relate).

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      04-26-2012 06:12 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by feels_road View Post
      Being relatively certain one would keep it "forever" is a high threshold (even for me - who almost always keeps cars beyond 150,000 miles).
      Which begs the question: "Is switching cars part and parcel with being a car enthusiast?" The majority of TCL seems to get bored with their cars, no matter how much they like them. There seems to be more "Man, I wish I'd kept that car" posts throughout the forum than "Man, I'll never sell it!" I don't know where the next group of old guys with nice, one-owner classics will come from, but not many will be telling Hemmings "Yeah, I used to hang out on The Car Lounge...".

      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...
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      04-26-2012 07:55 AM #35
      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

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      04-26-2012 07:59 AM #36
      Realistically, I'm actually thinking about getting a new later this year or next...

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      04-26-2012 08:33 AM #37
      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?
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      04-26-2012 08:44 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Beltfed View Post
      There is no vehicle I will keep for life, to me one of the few things that you can change in life....is your cars.

      I have a collector mentality, just not with cars....I like change.
      This.

      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.

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      04-26-2012 08:48 AM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Mabe View Post
      This.

      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.

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      Meh. The way I look at it, my wife is always going to be getting a new car every 10 years, and I'll be swapping out a daily driver every 10 years. I would like to keep driving a semi-interesting daily, so if I can find that one car that I get an instant bond to and want to hold on to, what's the harm?

      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.

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      04-26-2012 08:50 AM #40
      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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      04-26-2012 11:23 AM #41
      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.

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      04-26-2012 11:27 AM #42
      It's nowhere near new, but I don't have plans on getting rid of this:

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      04-26-2012 11:33 AM #44
      If I could afford it do you not think I would own it?

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      04-26-2012 11:37 AM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Adam144 View Post
      If I could afford it do you not think I would own it?
      There's a lot of cars I like and can afford, but there are other restrictions on what cars I can own and how many I can have.

      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.

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      04-26-2012 11:38 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Adam144 View Post
      If I could afford it do you not think I would own it?
      Two different things though.

      I can afford a new GT-R, but that monthly payment would be more than my mortgage, and I can't justify that.

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      04-26-2012 11:43 AM #47
      So "I can afford" means financially I could pull it off and live in it with no other residence?

      If so I could sell all of my possessions and my house and free up well into six figures.

      "Afford" to me means along with your daily life.

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      04-26-2012 11:46 AM #48
      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?

    24. 04-26-2012 11:52 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by IgorRGTI View Post
      Two different things though.

      I can afford a new GT-R, but that monthly payment would be more than my mortgage, and I can't justify that.
      Then you cannot afford it with your other bills. So, no you cannot afford it.

      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.

      Get it?

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      04-26-2012 11:56 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Grey Mouser View Post
      Then you cannot afford it with your other bills. So, no you cannot afford it.
      He didn't say he couldn't afford it, he said he couldn't justify it. Big difference.

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