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  •  Come on, indulge yourself without feeling guilty (5+ / 0-)

    or buying something you can't afford, don't need or that will make you look and feel ridiculous. Start out with your practical must have needs, weed out cars you can't afford or don't like or just don't "feel" right, then pick the one that you see yourself in X years down the line and being happy with.

    I'm still driving the car I bought over 20 years ago in my late 20's, when even then it was probably a tad too "young" for me. It was Eagle's version of the Mitsubishi Eclipse, the Talon, whose look I liked better than the Eclipse's and which was quite a bit less expensive in the exact same version.

    I got it with nearly every top of the line option except for leather seats (not sure if a power moonroof or powered or heated seats were an option but I wouldn't have gotten them anyway). E.g. turbo, stick, AWD, ABS. Ok I didn't get the top of the line sound system either, but it came with a AUX jack which made up for it. Drove it cross-country days after purchase, put 15,000 miles on it before returning home after 2.5 months. Still runs great without having had too many major problems (replaced clutch, ECM & harmonic balancer).

    Anyway, although it's not very practical anymore and feels kind of silly to drive at my age, it's still fun to drive and I'm no no rush to replace it. It gets me where I need to get and handles most of the things I need it for.

    Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your choice.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:19:39 PM PST

    •  20 year old Mitsu turbo? (0+ / 0-)

      There can't be a lot of those still surviving in the wild.  Kudos!

      I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

      by Russycle on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:27:43 PM PST

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