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View Poll Results: What's the most you've ever spent on a vehicle as a % of your household income?
I've never purchased a vehicle. 6 6.32%
Less than 10% of my annual household income at the time. 14 14.74%
10-25% of my annual household income at the time. 27 28.42%
26-50% of my annual household income at the time. 27 28.42%
51-75% of my annual household income at the time. 6 6.32%
76-100% of my annual household income at the time. 5 5.26%
More than 100% of my annual household income at the time. 3 3.16%
My servants track these sorts of things. 7 7.37%
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:21 PM  
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For sale (sniffle). Apricot BMW.

I've had the apricot BMW for 12 years now, and it's an awesome car. But it's been our only car for about five years, and the wife has some hobbies where she needs to carry around bigger things (art canvases? art canvassi? art canvi?). We also got a taste of the new technology with a loaner a while back and were both intrigued. I love my little roadster and it look like it's straight off the showroom floor, but it makes no sense to own two cars. So anyone want a good deal on an awesome roadster convertible?

Anyway, it's kind of my wife's turn to pick the new car, and ... my god, who can afford to buy a new car these days? She was initially hoping to buy a brand new car, which we've never done, and she liked those Lexus SUVs. However, we sat down and started pricing out what she wanted and the price came to $61,157. That's not even fully tricked out. Admittedly, it was probably 80 percent of the way to fully tricked out, but come on. $61,000 for something that's going to depreciate? If I'm going to pay that kind of coinage, I'm buying a DeLorean or something. Fortunately, my wife also shook her head and said that we're not doing that.

I think we're going back to our standard approach of buying a two-year old car with relatively high mileage of 20,000 to 40,000 miles. We're low-mileage drivers, so we tend to convert high-mileage cars to low-mileage cars over time, and the mileage will pull the price down.

I'm pretty sure we're going to go with a 2014 BMW X1. We drove one for a couple of days this summer as a loaner, and it was really nice. It'll be big enough to satisfy my wife's hobbies, and you can buy a tricked-out one in the low $30s. If I can't sell my beloved apricot Z3 outright, we'll trade it in and can probably get the cost below $30k, which seems reasonable. Anyone got a good deal on a BMW X1 for me?

But seriously, how do these companies sell $60,000 vehicles? Many of the BMWs run in that range, the Lexus SUVs run that, and don't even get me started on the Porsches. I was kind of interested in that new SUV of theirs, but I'm not going to put off retirement to buy one.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:47 PM   #196
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Did it command a good price? I am not familiar with how BMW's hold as far as resale value
I was pretty pleased. I drove it for 12 years and still got almost 40 percent of my initial purchase price. (Recall that I bought it when it was almost three years old.) I bought it for a little over $22k and sold it for a little more than $8.

I definitely underpriced it a bit. If I had been hard core and willing to hold out for a while, I could have gotten another $1,200 to $1,500. But I wanted to make the sale rather quickly to keep from having to park it on the street going forward.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:48 PM   #197
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What's weird about that? It was a male car. It may be a coincidence, but every car of mine has been a male and every car of my wife's has been a female.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:06 PM   #198
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Congrats, I guess. I agree about a lingering sadness. All the cars that I've had enough time to "bond" with, I feel a some guilt in the loss. But alas it will be short lived with relief in the form combination of blue and white leather.
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:40 PM   #199
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It looks a little longer due to the angle. It's a six-cylinder, 255 hp, but man, it purrs. And the shifting is orgasmic.

It's a lower tech car. We looked at another one that had more bells and whistles on it, but the interior on this one really grabbed us. It's an ivory white that really popped, and we liked the manual transmission more than the automatic.

Watching the top go down is pretty frickin' cool, too. It does all sorts of fancy maneuvers.

Here are some more pics. I'm pretty excited about this.
VERY cool!
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:41 PM   #200
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RM that's non turbo right? or is it turbo charged?
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:59 PM   #201
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RM that's non turbo right? or is it turbo charged?
No turbo. It's 255 hp, which is all that a fellow like me needs.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:03 PM   #202
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How does it do coasting into the garage?
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How does it do coasting into the garage?
It's a whole new learning process. I'm not even close yet. However, I also think the batteries may be getting weaker in my door opener. It seems like I'm losing range, which makes the coasting to a landing much harder.
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No turbo. It's 255 hp, which is all that a fellow like me needs.
I understand - regardless - It's a pretty car.
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I love the color, even.
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