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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, 09:40 PM   #61
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How many clowns are you able to fit in that thing?
Hey! Chicks dig the apricot BMW. At least I assume they do.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:43 PM   #62
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Lower ride height sports cars are more prone to rock chips in general and driving up the mountains is particularly bad for getting hit. Kind of one of those things you either deal with with or get Clearbra.
Yeah, I still remember that ride. I was on a mountain road in the snow and this dump truck was throwing off gravel everywhere. It was like Han Solo flying through the asteroid field, and it was about a month after I bought the car. My wife was driving and at some point pretty quickly I advised her to just stop on the road and let that thing get away from us. The car bra went up immediately after that incident.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:46 PM   #63
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Apricots must darken at high altitude.

I'm not sure what I would call that color.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:51 PM   #64
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:54 PM   #65
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Yeah, I still remember that ride. I was on a mountain road in the snow and this dump truck was throwing off gravel everywhere. It was like Han Solo flying through the asteroid field, and it was about a month after I bought the car. My wife was driving and at some point pretty quickly I advised her to just stop on the road and let that thing get away from us. The car bra went up immediately after that incident.
When I moved from Denver to Texas I got my windshield replaced in my car at the time because a rock chip had turned into a crack. The guys at the glass place that does high volume asked me why the hell my windshield was so pitted and looked sandblasted. I-70 in the winter does that.
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Apricots must darken at high altitude.

I'm not sure what I would call that color.

The interesting thing about the color is that it goes almost to copper when it's inside. I don't know if it's the darker ambient lighting or the florescent lighting in garages, but I suspect it's the latter. It's a very different color in a parking garage.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:11 PM   #67
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The interesting thing about the color is that it goes almost to copper when it's inside. I don't know if it's the darker ambient lighting or the florescent lighting in garages, but I suspect it's the latter. It's a very different color in a parking garage.
I was thinking something between burnt orange and copper from the pic.
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Look into the Acura RDX.
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The interesting thing is that my wife's parents have an RDX and it's very nice. They just went into assisted living and said that they'd probably give us the RDX once they decide that they shouldn't be driving any more. But our challenge is that it could be next year or it could be ten years from now, and for their sake I hope it's a long time. So we could possibly get a free RDX at some point, but the timing adds so much uncertainty that we can't really leverage it. They're nice vehicles, though.
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Rain Man without the apricot BMW? I'm sorry. I don't understand.
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I'd kind a like to have a convert again how much?
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:10 PM   #72
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I'd kind a like to have a convert again how much?
Here you go. You would look quite dapper behind the wheel.

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I just took this picture today. Other than a bit of a sag in the glove compartment (which is common - design problem) and a handful of very small rock chips and door dings (1/4 the size of a plain M&M), it looks like new. I've owned it for 12 years, and it's at 99,500 miles. It's always been garaged and always had every maintenance done on time.
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I'm pondering what it's worth. The median price for my year and model is about $9,500 on cars.com. My car's probably a little above median in mileage since it's just about to hit 100,000 miles, but I'm not kidding when I say that it's showroom new. It's pretty much pristine and has had every maintenance done on schedule for the past 12 years. It looks and drives like a new car. And all kidding about apricot aside, it's also considered to be a rare color of which only a handful were made, it's a really cool color. I don't know if that helps the value at all, but an apricot Z probably doesn't come on to the market very often at all. This car's actually on web sites.

I'm thinking I'll probably ask about $10,000 for it, but for you I'd go down to $9,000.
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I would unfriend him on FB. If I was on FB. That's for pillowbiters. I certainty hope he's not on FB.
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