Originally Posted by GreenFrog
Thanks! No, not really consulting, but it does have to do with corporate strategy. My consulting interview is next week!
Oh man, I don't htink I could settle for an auto, unless it had paddle shifters and a dual clutch transmission (does the ZHP come with paddle shifters? or is that only with SMGs?).
How much did you pay for yours? I'm looking to spend around 16k. And while I can afford to pay for it outright in cash, I think I'm going to take out a loan to build more credit and pay it off faster by paying more than necessary on my monthly payments.
Mine has the manumatic but the manual function of it is not good so I never use it. It's where the shift lever, when in drive, is shifted left to enter manual mode and you move the lever up/down to shift up/down gears. Not a true manual with notches for each gear. AFAIK, and I'm far from an expert on these, the ZHP comes with the paddle shifters if you get sport package that includes the manumatic transmition.
I bought mine in the Summer of 2009 for 17.5k after a month's worth of negotiations (my dad handled it and he loves negotiating car deals but sometimes gets carried away haha) but it was originally listed at like 21500 or something close to that. I was in close to the same position as you at the time. Could've payed cash (was ballin at the time lol) but chose to eat some interest for the sake of my credit score. I got 5.5% interest cosigning with my dad with no early repayment fees (make sure you discuss this)
Assuming you buy a car that doesnt have an extended warranty, I would highly recommend investing in good set of tools. Or better yet find a friend/family member who already does. If these cars do break, it tends to be one of 6 or 7 common problems, all of which are DIY weekend fixes. Dealership repair pricing (on anything: oil changes to replacing fog lights) is unreal, although they do have great service