Torn on car buying decision...

Sinn Fein

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With the big family move to Florida, the wife and I are going to be making some changes to address the family's car needs before the big move.

We're taking my mother-in-law off the road. She's like 80 and is a menace to society when behind the wheel. She agrees that she shouldn't be driving around down there in a new area that is unfamiliar.

We're getting rid of the MIL's car. The wife's Honda Accord coupe is going to her daughter and her husband so they have a decent car. We bought the daughter a used SUV last year but she really doesn't like it that much so it's going to my stepson. He's all over it.

We're keeping my 15-year-old pickup just so we have it for when we need a truck down there. I like to go fishing, so it's convenient for that. Plus it'll be an extra car in an emergency.

The wife is going to either get a Honda Odyssey minivan or a Honda Pilot. It really depends what we can get a better deal on. She might end up with something different if the price is right. She really likes the Ford Flex for some reason. Bottom line is she wants something with alot of room to haul her mother and the grandkids around, etc. Plus, her daughter will use it from time to time.

What's left is me. I'm torn between wanting alot of different things. I will have a company vehicle, so I pretty much can get what I want (within financial reason) since I won't be using it for a daily commute. But, if the wife and I want to get away for a weekend or need to go someplace myself, I want something nice. I deserve it.

I kinda think that in Florida I'd love to have a convertible. I'm considering a Jeep, what's more fun than that? But, I've had some thoughts about a Mustang, or a Camaro, or even a 370Z.

Part of me would just like somewhat of a luxury car like maybe a nice Acura, Infinity, maybe a BMW, or heck, even a fully-loaded Maxima is a nice damn car that I really am quite fond of. I am even considering a Taurus SHO.

Decisions... decisions... Anything else I should look at to complicate matters even more?
 

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make sure you get the super widescreen in the Odyssey
 

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My suggestion: since your car will be superfluous, set aside the money for it and hold off for a year. You're moving to a new area. No matter how much you like it, it's possible things will go badly. I figure you already have a financial reserve, but an extra "fun" car is a fairly expensive toy.

That said, if in a year you're both happy and smiling and your life in the Sunshine State, really treat yourself. An SLK Mercedes, and BMW Z, or even an SL Mercedes, with that extra year of waiting, should be within shouting distance if you're looking at new Jeep/370Z type cars this year. Any of those cars will be a lot of fun to drive.

Also, it'll give you time to really scout out the landscape. Where I live in Central PA, there's no way I'd ever buy a Corvette. With Carlisle right here, Vettes are a dime a dozen, to the point where they don't get you any attention. After a year down there, you may realize there's a shitload of douchebags driving Car X, and Car X might have been what you would have bought if you pulled the trigger now.

Just my suggestion, though. Good luck.
 

Sinn Fein

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I thought about that...

I have a family member in the car biz and can get a better deal here. So, that's why I am looking to do it before the move. Plus, I am probably going down by myself a month or two ahead of everyone else to start the new job.

So, I need to have something to make the trip down, etc.

I'm not necessarily looking for attention. And, the car won't be totally superfluous. My wife and stepdaugher will technically be sharing a car as well as sharing duties as a taxi for the mother-in-law, grandkids, etc. So, if my wife needs to go someplace by her self or with her mother and the stepdaughter needs to take the kids someplace else... She'd be taking "my" car. My old truck really isn't an option for either of them to drive. I'm keeping it mainly as a beater to take fishing, get dirty, etc. Plus my wife can't really get in it.
 

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You're taking the Mother -in-law with you ?

That Sucks
 

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You want a great convertible that's a blast to drive then it's the BMW Z4 hands down. Plus it's a hard top convertible so none of that deafening highway noise or draftiness on colder days.

Oh and get it with the twin turbo six. That engine is a piece of mechanical genius.
 

GrammatonCleric

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My suggestion: since your car will be superfluous, set aside the money for it and hold off for a year. You're moving to a new area. No matter how much you like it, it's possible things will go badly. I figure you already have a financial reserve, but an extra "fun" car is a fairly expensive toy.

That said, if in a year you're both happy and smiling and your life in the Sunshine State, really treat yourself. An SLK Mercedes, and BMW Z, or even an SL Mercedes, with that extra year of waiting, should be within shouting distance if you're looking at new Jeep/370Z type cars this year. Any of those cars will be a lot of fun to drive.

Also, it'll give you time to really scout out the landscape. Where I live in Central PA, there's no way I'd ever buy a Corvette. With Carlisle right here, Vettes are a dime a dozen, to the point where they don't get you any attention. After a year down there, you may realize there's a shitload of douchebags driving Car X, and Car X might have been what you would have bought if you pulled the trigger now.

Just my suggestion, though. Good luck.
Florida is home of the Mustang. The 370 isn't a bad choice or even a used M3. A cheap fun car to look at is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. More info would make this easier to help with though i.e. # of seats, price, transmission preference, etc.
 

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For style and class and luxury, there is only one choice.

 

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Florida is home of the Mustang. The 370 isn't a bad choice or even a used M3. A cheap fun car to look at is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. More info would make this easier to help with though i.e. # of seats, price, transmission preference, etc.
Has to be automatic so the wife can drive it. I wouldn't mind a two-seater, a regular coupe, or a sedan. I am not opposed to buying a certified used with really low-miles (like under 10K) to save cash. I'm going to try and keep it under $35K, if not under $30K. I could get a used Z4 in that price range, in fact there's one at my cousin's dealership right now but has more miles than I'd like on it.
 

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bubble tops never go out of style
 

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I'm actually also considering a Mini Cooper S Convertible. I know, I know. Almost as bad as a Prius.

But a buddy has one and I really like it. And the price would free up some money for other toys.
 
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Well whatever you get I would suggest a light colour...
 

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I would suggest the Jeep since you mentioned it it's already on your radar. I am on my 3rd jeep and own 2 of them right now. One is '97 lifted that i use for fun and i bought a 2012 4 door hardtop in april. very versitile for a fun vehicle especially in FL and convenient for towing.
 

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I'm actually also considering a Mini Cooper S Convertible. I know, I know. Almost as bad as a Prius.

But a buddy has one and I really like it. And the price would free up some money for other toys.

MINI's are awesome... You just have to deal with the quirkiness of them.

The roadsters look awesome.



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New boxters are gorgeous



TT convertible

 

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Acura MDX.

With a sunroof. Micks should never own convertibles. We tend to burn easily in hot tropical climates.
 
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Ya my chick haaaaaated when I opened the moonroof on my old car....
 

Sinn Fein

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Definitely will be a light color.

The Jeep is a leading contender. They come pretty damn well equipped now. I've always wanted one.

I'm going to drive different stuff and see where the best deals can be had.