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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 6.45%
Less than 10% of my annual household income at the time. 13 13.98%
10-25% of my annual household income at the time. 27 29.03%
26-50% of my annual household income at the time. 27 29.03%
51-75% of my annual household income at the time. 5 5.38%
76-100% of my annual household income at the time. 5 5.38%
More than 100% of my annual household income at the time. 3 3.23%
My servants track these sorts of things. 7 7.53%
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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 08-13-2014, 08:36 PM   #16
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:37 PM   #17
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:38 PM   #18
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:38 PM   #19
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:38 PM   #20
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Go with BMW - The Audi is my beater.

BTW - have you seen the X6?


You have a BMW and use a Audi as a beater car?
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:43 PM   #21
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BTW - have you seen the X6?


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Old 08-13-2014, 08:44 PM   #22
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:44 PM   #23
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We bought a X3 in March for under $30,000 and under 20k miles. Every option but nav.

You should be able to get an X1 cheaper than that.
That seems like a screaming deal. Did you buy from an individual or a dealer?
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:44 PM   #24
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I had an X-1 as a loner not long ago and while I don't like SUV type vehicles it wasn't bad. The steering at low/parking lot speeds was odd. I initially wondered why BMW would make a car without power steering. The passenger cupholder is also hard to forgive for a German car. Looks like it's stuck on or should pop down but does neither.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:46 PM   #25
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Can you put a BMW license plate frame on it or something?

My wife has rented a Ford Escape and really liked it, and somewhere along the line we drove an Edge and really liked it. But my wife really wants to go BMW or Lexus to match her image.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:48 PM   #26
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I bought a Z4 brand new in 2010. Chunk of change, man. I lived in AZ at the time, but sold it when I moved back to KC. I do miss it, especially during a mild summer like we've had.
I like the Z4's. My main car has been a two-seater for the past 24 years. It's going to be hard on my self-image to drive around a back seat going forward.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:50 PM   #27
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I had an X-1 as a loner not long ago and while I don't like SUV type vehicles it wasn't bad. The steering at low/parking lot speeds was odd. I initially wondered why BMW would make a car without power steering. The passenger cupholder is also hard to forgive for a German car. Looks like it's stuck on or should pop down but does neither.
I actually had to do an aftermarket cupholder for my Z3. For some reason BMW is always 15 years behind on cup holders and music technology. Why are they still putting CD players in new cars? And my Z3 has a tape player that was obsolete when I bought the car nearly new in 2002.
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I actually had to do an aftermarket cupholder for my Z3. For some reason BMW is always 15 years behind on cup holders and music technology. Why are they still putting CD players in new cars? And my Z3 has a tape player that was obsolete when I bought the car nearly new in 2002.
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I actually had to do an aftermarket cupholder for my Z3. For some reason BMW is always 15 years behind on cup holders and music technology. Why are they still putting CD players in new cars? And my Z3 has a tape player that was obsolete when I bought the car nearly new in 2002.
Our 2006 Honda CR-V came with a combo CD/cassette player. The only thing was useful for was using a cassette adapter for our iPod.
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