Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    ^nevermind, you meant 2 audis.
     


  2. impolyt_one

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    Thinking about an A4. Any Audi owners want to share your thoughs on repair costs/reliability?

    I have (had? it's just kinda rotting away at my parent's place after all these years but still there) one, a B5 A4 Avant, sport pack with a tiptronic, xenons, basic options like leather and roof, etc, was cheap - it's low mileage and driven occasionally, but had a couple near-catastrophic failures, the one most significant being a crankcase blowback ventilation system that rendered the engine dead, before 80K, and apparently, it was a known problem and paid for by Audi USA out of warranty, on any car that showed proof of regular oil changes, which my car could. Otherwise, it would've been a case of a $10K crate engine swap on a car that is probably worth less than $10K now - oh yeah, that's the other thing, these things have no resale value compared to the cost of ownership - they're on the Volvo side of the spectrum, rather than the BMW side. it's kind of fun to bounce around on that rubbery Audi suspension, know that you always have tons of traction, but honestly, they're overpriced, underpowered, less reliable, and just as expensive as a BMW, and have a poorer road feel, and less comfortable, IMO.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    My argument was for buying a used car as many seem to advocate that as the holy grail.

    Since I am ordering an M3, I have done the comparison. Residual is 59%. The lease deal is roughly equivalent on paper to the 1.9%/60mo deal currently offered in terms of TCO. However, if you factor in what happened with the E46 M3, where trade-in values for 2006 M3s were about 35-38% of MSRP in good cases, with the probability that this may happen again with the introduction of the new model during the 3 year period, it makes darn good sense to lease.

    Correct me if my reasoning is off..


    Your reason is spot on. How many times do I have to repeat:

    before people will start to believe it?
     


  4. thekunk07

    thekunk07 Senior member

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    i like to have an extra cash asset I can sell if shit ever hits the fan.
     


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    Blenheimer Well-Known Member

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    My current daily driver, shot while undertaking the classic Coupes des Alpes Alpine rally route earlier this week with a bunch of pals in a Mk1 Miata and a 3.0 Z3 CoupÃ[​IMG]. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  6. jet

    jet Persian Bro

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    ^beautiful scenery
     


  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    i like to have a depreciating asset I can sell if shit ever hits the fan.

    FTFY.
     


  8. Poincare

    Poincare Active Member

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    At some stage I'd like to replace the Alfa with a 275 NART. Not going to happen any time soon though!
     


  9. il ciclista

    il ciclista Senior member

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    Paying for cash? The fuck you talking about?

    It makes the most sense to me to rent a liability.

    I do not understand buying a car (unless you are talking about an older classic car or something with sentimental/hobby interest). You are always losing money in depreciation, whether you make payments or not. Then you are paying out of pocket for things that break and maintenance. This costs both time and money. Then you are driving an old car with outdated safety features, an aged suspension, paint losing its luster, interior parts wearing, things starting to rattle, etc. Buying a used car is even more of a gamble of the old CarFax "oh, sorry, there was a record three years ago that popped up right before you decided to trade it in saying your car had frame damage, so sorry now that your car has lost 50% of its value overnight and you are still financed on 100% of that!"

    Or you could simply pay one payment for a brand new car, pay nothing for maintenance, have to take it in one time for a couple hours during the entire lease period, not worry about having to sell it, trade it in, or if it's been in an accident, and be in another brand new a few years down the line.

    For me it is such a no brainer that it astounds me that people do anything else. Don't even get me started on the people that think it's smart to pay $50+K up front in cash on something that will lose 40-50% in three years. Jesus.


    no i'm not talking about paying 50k up front on a car..that's insane. Then a payment plan would be in order. I was saying pay for a car you can afford in cash. Things break on new cars just as well..however most of the time it's covered sure. I was merely saying i would rather pay cash for a used car. Hell oil changes cost 15 dollars these days..and if you keep up maintenance on a car it won't break down all the time. That's the problem, people don't want to do tune ups etc.. and it ruins the car.

    For me leasing is like a never ending carnote..i would rather pay 500 on a repair than 500 a month
     


  10. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    no i'm not talking about paying 50k up front on a car..that's insane. Then a payment plan would be in order. I was saying pay for a car you can afford in cash. Things break on new cars just as well..however most of the time it's covered sure. I was merely saying i would rather pay cash for a used car. Hell oil changes cost 15 dollars these days..and if you keep up maintenance on a car it won't break down all the time. That's the problem, people don't want to do tune ups etc.. and it ruins the car. For me leasing is like a never ending carnote..i would rather pay 500 on a repair than 500 a month
    You're essentially advocating leasing here.
     


  11. il ciclista

    il ciclista Senior member

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    i can see how you'd take that from the 1st half. I'm terrible at explaining myself.

    ok, i see the usefulness of leasing if you didnt care about paying a car note and getting nothing in return except a new car every few years

    However, it seems more financially wise to pay for a car you can afford in cash or short term payoff. Then you could roll that car payment money into an actual investment that has a return on it.
     


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    At some stage I'd like to replace the Alfa with a 275 NART. Not going to happen any time soon though!


    How's the Bristol?
     


  13. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    How's the Bristol?
    I thought of you the other day, LK, when I read they are selling Elvis' 1970 Mercedes 600. Apparently he paid $15k for it new back in '69. [​IMG]
     


  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    i can see how you'd take that from the 1st half. I'm terrible at explaining myself.

    ok, i see the usefulness of leasing if you didnt care about paying a car note and getting nothing in return except a new car every few years

    However, it seems more financially wise to pay for a car you can afford in cash or short term payoff. Then you could roll that car payment money into an actual investment that has a return on it.


    This statement is so incorrect.
     


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    At some stage I'd like to replace the Alfa with a 275 NART. Not going to happen any time soon though!


    I want the Blenheim 4 so badly.

    http://www.bristolcars.info/forums/m...lenheim-4.html
     


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