Just got my driver's license, my birthday's coming up, and my parents
are buying my first car, but it can't be more than $40k ;~( (gotta
save for college + med school).
So far, I'm considering the 2004 Acura 3.2TL, Jaguar X-Type 3.0, and
Mercedes C240, all with nav systems.
My sister has a 2002 C240; its styling is cute, but it's had quite a
few problems with the electronics and has pokey acceleration.
Comments and suggestions welcome.
I will treat this as a "real" scenario.
All the cars listed are nice but I personally would get an older volvo turbo
stick. Handles well, plenty of power and makes a statemen. If you get an
80's 240 you can work on it yourself (actually a pleasurable hobby). Lots of
money left over for other things.
Alternatively you could get a new Subaru WRX Sti. All the performace you
could want, very "in" and less than the cars listed above. Also with the
Subaru there is a good chance that the family would see significant savings
on College and postgrad expenses.
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In case the scenario should be real then
none of these cars is the right decision:
It is complete nonsense to give a 16-year-old
with a fresh driving license a 40.000 car
under the described circumstances.
Get a 5.000+ used Mercedes from the W124 series
and then learn to drive - after two years or so
you will have sufficient driving routine for an
I agree here.
I always advise young people to get some real shitheap for a first car.
To start with you only need insurance to cover other cars if you hit
them, and dont have to worry about insuring for damage to the car you have.
Insurance Compaines dont like young people. ( I always wondered why,
when I was about 18, and when I got to 30 I knew, I was a maniac at 18)
Next is if it collects a few dints and bangs along the way, who cares,
You are learning to drive and are bound to hit all sorts of things while
parking, trees, posts, gutters etc. Driving down the road is the easy part.
Next is this car will be less than the depriciation on any of the cars
you mention in the first, so financilly you'r in front, if you get more
than a year out of it, its a bonus.
It also will not be worrried about someone stealing it.
It always pays to have some mechanical experiance, get a workshop manual
for it and do some maintance yourself, you would be surprised how easy
all this stuff is, and parts are readliy procurable at car wrecking
yards ( junk yards, auto salavge yards, whatever they call them in your
part of the world), knowing how things work can actually make you a
better driver, as someone once said a racing driver is only a mechanic
with good reflexes
Juergen . wrote:
My first car was an 82 Volvo 245 Diesel... I'm happy my first car did 0-60
in 31 seconds. Once I learned to control a car with good reliability, and
had one accident, I bought my 87 300D. The brick got all messed up but
still soldiers on... and my merc doesn't have a scratch on it that wasn't
there when I bought it.
In any case... I'd never buy a new merc (sans an E55AMG maybe) but the
thought of a kid getting one as their first car is just rediculous. I'd get
a new bimmer... less of a headache, and I hear that BMWs pull more girls
than Benzes... right?
Those postings are pure fakes I think.
And if not one can not blame the child -
yes, the postings are childish - but the
parents who do not know much about life,
children, education amd responsibility.
Thanks for the eyplanation - in the meantime
I have used google to get some interesting
And also interesting to have learned in
this thread that one teacher uses such
car for driving to school only - sad
he/she has to do so!
Yes, I had to go to Prof Google as a specific explanation was not posted
Did you see the site of the collection of definitions?
One 'illustration' is:
"If I went back to a hoopty from a Benz, would you poof and disappear like
some of my friends?"
NB: To reply directly replace "nospam" with "schmetterling"
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