View Poll Results: What are your top priorities in buying a car/truck/SUV?

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  • The cost of buying the vehicle

    42 65.63%
  • Fuel economy and/or how green the vehicle is

    36 56.25%
  • How much/how many it can carry - big is better

    4 6.25%
  • Luxury/comfort

    15 23.44%
  • Performance - ie powerful and fast

    24 37.50%
  • Country of origin/brand

    10 15.63%
  • Safety of driver and passengers

    21 32.81%
  • How the car looks - cute, sharp, prestige

    23 35.94%
  • Length warranty

    13 20.31%
  • Multi-use capability (4 wheel drive etc). both as car/truck etc

    21 32.81%
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
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    I buy the lexus brand for several reasons

    1) my first lexus, the cheapest one at the time (ES 250) I bought new and put 265K+ fairly trouble free miles on it

    2) the service department is near and helpful

    3) I might buy a mercedes based on the facts you set forth though
    The downside to Mercedes is maintenance - and Mercedes is in a class action lawsuit for it. Mercedes will not release their codes to anyone - so all servicing, even oil changes, have to be done at the dealer for most models - because other locations can't turn off the engine warning/oil change light. That also, for some models, will cause the computer to downgrade motor performance under the premise that the oil has not been changed so the motor needs to be protected. Mercedes overall terribly price-gouges on parts and repairs.

    I do think Mercedes is the finest cars on the road. They don't go with gaudy interiors or plastic like Cadillac, they are built like tanks, and ride excellently. For what it matters, they are the status car, but without extreme body styles to try to show it off. But they gouge on maintenance and repairs, which you can be locked into. I hope Mercedes loses the lawsuit demanding they release maintenance codes to other repair and oil change shop companies.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    The downside to Mercedes is maintenance - and Mercedes is in a class action lawsuit for it. Mercedes will not release their codes to anyone - so all servicing, even oil changes, have to be done at the dealer for most models - because other locations can't turn off the engine warning/oil change light. That also, for some models, will cause the computer to downgrade motor performance under the premise that the oil has not been changed so the motor needs to be protected. Mercedes overall terribly price-gouges on parts and repairs.

    I do think Mercedes is the finest cars on the road. They don't go with gaudy interiors or plastic like Cadillac, they are built like tanks, and ride excellently. For what it matters, they are the status car, but without extreme body styles to try to show it off. But they gouge on maintenance and repairs, which you can be locked into. I hope Mercedes loses the lawsuit demanding they release maintenance codes to other repair and oil change shop companies.
    interesting, I did not know that



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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Country of origin, fuel costs, comfort/luxury.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    From 16 to 30 will it,
    1. Light the tires from 30 mph.
    2. Will tow my toy trailers.
    3. Will it/can be made to run 3ft of mud then cross a canal.
    From 30 to 40 will it,
    1. Get me to work on time.
    2. Not break the bank.
    3. Not look goofy.
    From 40 to 50 will it,
    1. Start every morning.
    2. Not look goofy.
    3. Make it to Key West and back ok.
    But a buddy just bought a new 911S, so I am jealous right now. May need to upgrade the stable. LOL
    And must be 'merican and GM.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    So you deliberately give an undependable car to someone else? That sounds unethical.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    I never thought my wife would be into materialism and showing off, but she is. She was razed a lot in high school for being the perfectly good and prudish person attending religious schools and even college - predicting she'd never accomplish anything. However adults, particularly seniors, love her and she is very well known and popular, almost like a town mascot in this small city. But now she has a huge house and a huge piece of waterfront land filled with very flashy boats and vehicles we buy used for pennies on the dollar - but people don't know that.

    An acquaintance friend of hers dating back to her youth really went off on her over the '05 AMG/Renntech Mercedes CL65 she got me, that she had completely body disassembled, some body customization done and OEM color showcar quality repainted. She has a total of less than $35K in it. But it looks better than new, very sharp. That friend had gone online to see what such a car in it's form costs new. About a quarter million with those mods new. The woman though she had paid that much for it.

    So the woman out-of-the-blue - with I and her husband in the room - suddenly just went off on my wife. She said my wife is "greedy and always showing off how much money" she has - going on to say that it is because she married an "ex Chicago gangster who probably got all his money selling drugs" and adding "and now he's in law enforcement and I don't even see how that's legal with his record!" (I have no criminal record and never sold drugs.)

    My wife has a long fuse, but a short one when it comes to criticizing her family, which includes me. This was her response, pretty much word for word:

    "I bought that car for my husband with my money. Rare, unique, tremendously powerful, sophisticated, elegant, sharp looking, providing extreme safety, unmatchable performance, the finest ever made and modified to perfection for which women such as you envy for but will never have. SINCE THAT IS WHAT MY HUSBAND IS, then that is the car he should have too.

    YOUR HUSBAND DRIVES A KIA. I could go just over to the state highway right now and see 3 dozen exactly like it. It is weak, boring, generic, cheap, can't perform and within a few years won't be worth the price to maintain it, for which you will trade it in on another KIA, just like you traded in your last husband for this one. Or just maybe he traded you off because he tired of driving and being married to a KIA."


    Although that woman started it, she just shouted back "I can't believe you said that!" and stormed out - a success since my wife wanted her to leave anyway.


    If a person shops around and is willing to do a minor repair, you can buy a super car for no more or even less than a new low-grade car. You'll get just as many miles out of it and you'll have all that super car provides. New cars are now so pricy and so depreciate in value so fast, it makes little sense buying a new car or truck. The only advantage of buying a new car is that they are the easiest to finance, while super used car buys generally require all of it in cash. Not having money can be very expensive in the long run. We finance nothing.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    1. Cost has to be a factor.
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    3. Defunding dictatorships that control the US economy including setting fuel costs from US friendly western countries
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    5. Helping my fellow American realize their attitudes toward alternatives have in many cases been based on false understandings
    6. An investing in petroleum-free automotive technology that will contribute to rapid and ongoing improvements; particularly with respect to driving range, vehicle size options and costs
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Some people see the vehicle they drive as an extension of themselves. Just as a person's body houses the essence and personage of a person, the vehicle they are in becomes like their body too - in both form and function to themselves and to others. Thus, what car/vehicle they are driving is a very serious decision meriting great consideration akin to a person having the ability to pick what body they have. A curious perspective.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Cost, fuel efficiency, comfort, performance, how it drives.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    From 16 to 30 will it,
    1. Light the tires from 30 mph.
    2. Will tow my toy trailers.
    3. Will it/can be made to run 3ft of mud then cross a canal.
    From 30 to 40 will it,
    1. Get me to work on time.
    2. Not break the bank.
    3. Not look goofy.
    From 40 to 50 will it,
    1. Start every morning.
    2. Not look goofy.
    3. Make it to Key West and back ok.
    But a buddy just bought a new 911S, so I am jealous right now. May need to upgrade the stable. LOL
    And must be 'merican and GM.
    If not the latest generation, used Vettes are surprisingly cheap right now. If you want power, go for an early model Z06. About 400 hp, 3500ish pounds. Figure about 15K for a decent one. Add a trailer hitch.
    Example:
    Chevrolet : Corvette Z06 in Chevrolet | eBay Motors

    Or supercharged and performance tricked out:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Proch...item2330d66250

    You could get that for less than the price of a new bottom-of-the-line Kia. And it's likely leave your pal's 911 in the rear view mirror with about 600 ponies under the hood. Parts are cheap. 1.5 million Vettes have been made and hundreds of companies make parts.

    OR if you want a back seat and have about $12Kish for a project car (to buy and restore):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1968-...item3cd722c9f8

    I'd pick off an different LOW PROFILE manifold and lose the hood scope, add a 454 emblem, lose the vinyl top, get AC in it, obviously a paint job, I'd go with different wheels and redo the interior. Basically all that can be bought used and cheap on ebay. For about $10 to $12K total including buying it you'd have a real classic muscle car that would only go up in value with time. It could tow anything.

    $5800 for a not-wrecked 4 speed, 12 bolt rear big block '68 Malibu is a steal. That guy has NO clue what it's really worth. Being pre-computer, carberated and generic GM mechanically, that is a CHEAP EASY project car that ANY shade tree shop can work on. Hundreds of companies make parts for it - cheap.
    Last edited by joko104; 10-15-13 at 11:49 AM.

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