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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 08-14-2014, 06:57 AM   #91
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:03 AM   #92
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The only love affair I have ever had with a car was my first one, which I bought in HS - 1970 Cutlass Supreme. It looked a lot like this:


A lot of first's happened in that car Beyond that, I've never given a shit about cars. They are transportation only. Granted, I like having a new car every so often, but there's no emotional attachment.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:23 AM   #93
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This - hopefully buying my first Porsche next spring (although my daughter just got engaged - it never ****ing ends).
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:27 AM   #94
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This - hopefully buying my first Porsche next spring (although my daughter just got engaged - it never ****ing ends).
Be sure it's a turbo or just don't purchase it.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:31 AM   #95
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This - hopefully buying my first Porsche next spring (although my daughter just got engaged - it never ****ing ends).
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:32 AM   #96
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:34 AM   #97
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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.
How shredded is the paint under the bra? Don't those things cause scratching and discoloration due to the sun not hitting the paint under it?
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:40 AM   #98
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Is it a 2.5? 1.9?

I'd be interested if it were a 3.0.
It's a 2.8. the sizes this year were 2.5, 2.8, & M.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:41 AM   #99
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How shredded is the paint under the bra? Don't those things cause scratching and discoloration due to the sun not hitting the paint under it?
honestly, I'm not sure. that's the third bra it has had, because they tend to get beat up,but I am not the one who replaces it.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:09 AM   #101
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honestly, I'm not sure. that's the third bra it has had, because they tend to get beat up,but I am not the one who replaces it.
Ya - I am not a big bra fan (in both senses) - great for stone chips and bugs - but bad for sun and water accumulation - unless you are fully anal about your vehicle.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:12 AM   #102
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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.
My wife just got the 2013 AWD with Tech Package. It's pretty awesome. Also (and I know you don't have to drive much, but anyway...) the AWD performed very well during one of the roughest winters to date here (driving through 10" of snow without issue).
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:46 AM   #103
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I drive old BMWs. Been fixing up my325i to pass on to my son. Showed him how to drive a stick and he loves it. Nothing like going around a corner in 3rd gear while the car handles like a go kart. So much fun.

My 2004 x3 is such a great all around vehicle. Just the right size SUV.

I think as new cars go, the x1 is a good deal at that price.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #104
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Isn't the apricot BMW an official car of Chiefs Planet? Are you even allowed to sell it?
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Apricot is fun to say. Apricot. Apricot. Apricot. Heh. Not a word you use a lot....
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