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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, 11:23 PM   #76
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:26 PM   #77
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:59 PM   #78
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Curious, is the X6 the Alpha on the street these days?
Sure as **** looks like it.
I rode in one with some solid wheels, that had 600 horses and enough luxurious room for everyone.
I rarely feel jealously of any kind. I just don't give enough of **** about what another man has to be affected in any way.
Until dude took us out in this this vehicle, that if I had to describe in two words, I would call it Responsibly Violent. or Sensible Brutal.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:05 AM   #79
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Curious, is the X6 the Alpha on the street these days?
Sure as **** looks like it.
I rode in one with some solid wheels, that had 600 horses and enough luxurious room for everyone.
I rarely feel jealously of any kind. I just don't give enough of **** about what another man has to be affected in any way.
Until dude took us out in this this vehicle, that if I had to describe in two words, I would call it Responsibly Violent. or Sensible Brutal.
I'm not sure where they're at in the automotive food chain, but it's got to be near the top. I'd definitely be interested in one if it matched my budget and my needs.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:14 AM   #80
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Curious, is the X6 the Alpha on the street these days?
Sure as **** looks like it.
I rode in one with some solid wheels, that had 600 horses and enough luxurious room for everyone.
I rarely feel jealously of any kind. I just don't give enough of **** about what another man has to be affected in any way.
Until dude took us out in this this vehicle, that if I had to describe in two words, I would call it Responsibly Violent. or Sensible Brutal.
Sounds like an X6 M that has ~550hp. Brutal but still a crossover. The non SUV Ms are even more impressive.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:36 AM   #81
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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.
That kicks ass. Bet I don't fit in it though. 6'1"
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:51 AM   #82
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That kicks ass. Bet I don't fit in it though. 6'1"
You probably would. Same height as you and cars like this are surprisingly fine since there is no backseat. A 90s Mustang would be more confining.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:56 AM   #83
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You probably would. Same height as you and cars like this are surprisingly fine since there is no backseat. A 90s Mustang would be more confining.
If we weren't putting money into college for all 4 kids I would probably buy that thing.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:04 AM   #84
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If we weren't putting money into college for all 4 kids I would probably buy that thing.
There will be a time when you are not. There is a reason for the stereotype of older dudes driving more interesting cars. They can afford them since the kids are grown up.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:06 AM   #85
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German cars do not traditionally have cup holders since they think its not right to drink stuff in your car. Even somewhat recently I know many non SUVs had cup holders added on US spec models for us barbaric Americans and when they did they were wonderfully over-engineered in German fashion but not always useful. It has been changing over the years though but usually they make them so it can be hidden.
That's hilarious considering there is no open container law in Germany. Those damn responsible Germans...
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There will be a time when you are not. There is a reason for the stereotype of older dudes driving more interesting cars. They can afford them since the kids are grown up.
If only that time wasn't 14 years away.
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Is it a 2.5? 1.9?

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Old 08-14-2014, 06:03 AM   #88
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Quit whining and keep it.

Besides, who's going to take an apricot Beamer off your hands?
This. How does anyone get by with one car?

It is time to turn in the man card RM. We have four for the two of us and that is just right.
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:23 AM   #89
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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.
I'll pass the picture on.

I like the unique color.
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