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Old 09-01-2004, 01:04 PM
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How about some car talk?

I am in my mid 30's and I have had 8 different cars so far in my life.
That's an average of a new car every 2.5 years. Although I have had my current MB for 6.

Assuming I will live to 80, it is possible that I will have another 17 or so cars before I go.

Just wondering how many more cars you think you will have before you go upstairs.

20? 10?, 5?, 1?, 0?

Please state your reasoning.
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Old 09-01-2004, 01:20 PM
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Here is a list of mine to date (i am 33) 28 cars in order but trucks and vans not. Still have the 84 cutlass.
79 cutlass
76 dart
77 duster
84 cutlass
78 cordoba
80 ford van
79 chevy van
78 grand marquis
65 chevy bel air
76 delta 88
79 dodge van
78 dodge van
89 dodge van
90 dodge van
94 dodge van
76 dodge motorhome
85 barth motorhome
87 dodge van
89 f150
90 f350 7.3 diesel dually
01 f350 CC 7.3 dually
91 buick roadmaster
92 buick roadmaster
94 buick roadmaster
85 mercedes 300d
77 GMC cube truck 12'
82 Ford 600 cube truck 16'
80 International cube truck 18'
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:16 PM
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Gee, thats an interesting mental exercise. Let me think (astericks by the ones that were more than just a car):

62 Chevy Nova Wagon (paid $25 for, drove it all thru high school)
58 Austin Healy 100-6 * it had great pickup - esp blondes, brunettes,redheads
65 Austin-Healy 3000
65 Ford Galaxy 500
66 Mercury Comet
68 Olds Delta 88 * The 455 engine was awesome
79 Impala
78 Caprice
72 Mercedes 280SE
77 Mercedes 280E * nicest sedan I ever drove. Luxary, power, economy
78 Suburban (still own)
84 Porsche 944 * (still own)
88 Subarban
83 Mecedes 280 SL * (still own)
90 Mazda Protege - white
90 Maxda Protege - black
93 Ford Escort Wagon (still own)
94 Cadillac Sedan Deville
98 Toyota Camry (still own)
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:40 PM
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This is pretty simple -- I haven't owned that many.

I tend to drive my cars for years and years before trading them, so I have only owned the following

1982 Ford Escort (traded in 1991)
1991 Mazda Protege (drove until an insane teenager totalled it while parked)
1998 Ford Contour SE (still have it)
2001 Subaru Outback wagon (still have it)

But... I am on the market for a W123 or W126 M-B diesel.

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Old 09-01-2004, 02:54 PM
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Great list of cars but I was more thinking along the lines of how many more do you think you will buy in the future. I know that it will be hard to know but you can always guess.
For example: I think I will need several cars each with the following purpose, a daily driver, sports (fun) car, truck/SUV, and a family/sedan/mini van. Although you could have 1 car that will function for more than 1 purpose.

I average about 20,000 miles per year. Multiply this by how many years I have left on this planet and I will be driving about 880,000 miles more.
I drive mostly highway miles and am pretty easy on cars. I think I can drive a car at least 100,000 miles conservatively and even more if I go diesel.
Since I only have 1 car at this time, I will be buying about 8 more cars in the future.

The reason I ask this is as I get older I realize that money will be better spend on appreciating assets. I guess I am getting tired of being marketed to and manipulated into buying things every few years when we don't have to.

I know many of you have the ability to just buy anything new but I think you get more satisfaction from saving each dollar for something more worth while than a car.
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Old 09-01-2004, 03:05 PM
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Smile Hmm

I run about 20,000 miles in a year... if I can get say five to eight years out of every vehicle, and if I drive until I'm 95 like Granny did, well, 95-32=63 years of driving still to go. Eight years per car is eight more vehicles. Five years per car is twelve more vehicles. Throw in a few recreational/part time vehicles, and the occasional shorter-turnaround car, and I'll guess I'll own twelve or fifteen more cars in my lifetime, which is kind of depressing.

In the past sixteen years, this is what I've had:

1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, a boxy clunker I drove in high school, then gave to my stepbrother when I inherited a...
1988 Buick LeSabre custom from my dad, which I loved right up until I totalled it at 105,000 miles. Then I financed a car for the first time, a
199(4?) Nissan Stanza, which I sold shortly after falling in love with a
199(6?) Mazda Miata, which I drove until 2001, along with a
1998 Nissan Maxima, which went to the ex-husband in the divorce. I sold the Miata to get a
2000 Saturn SC2. I just recently sold this, although not until having an early midlife crisis and buying a
2003 Yamaha V-Star Classic light cruiser (do motorcycles count?), and then bought a
2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee from my dad. I used some of the Saturn proceeds to buy my
1985 MB 300D-T.

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Old 09-01-2004, 03:06 PM
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John Kerry is a terrible driver, but John Edwards will sue anyone that Kerry runs into.

The bank has owned many of my cars, but here is a list of cars that I have co-owned:
'68 Dodge Coronet 500 conv (383-4B SureGrip, duals)
'70 Duster 318
'76 Alfa Romeo Alfetta sedan - first hemi!
'78 Suzuki GS750
'82 Alfa Romeo GTV-6
'86 Mazda RX7 Sport
'78 Alfa Romeo Spider
'87 Mazda RX7 Turbo
'88 Toyota 4x4
'89 GMC Jimmy
'91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
'93 Mazda MX6
'91 Alfa 164
'97 Mazda Millenia S
'98 Mercedes E320
'04 BMW 325xi
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Old 09-01-2004, 10:42 PM
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Hey Kirk,

I have a 98 Camry myself, a 4 banger, and I have to say it is the best car, in terms of reliability and cost effectiveness that I have ever purchased.

To answer the original question, I am up around 70 cars, which is way too many...
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Old 09-01-2004, 11:47 PM
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Right now I have a family car, 1986 300SDL, a sport/fun car 1994 BMW 325i Convt and a winter car/truck 1995 Toyota 4runner Limited plus 2 dirt bikes (Honda) a Suzuki RF900R motorcycle (when I gets the need for speed!) a utility trailer and a couple of electric scooters.
In the future I forsee a mid 90's Lexus SC Coupe, a big Lexus sedan, a hybrid Lexus RX400H (notice a pattern here?) a W140 Mercedes, either sedan or coupe, some kind of mid 90's SL, a Pantera, maybe an M3 Cabrio, a Z8, a mid 60's to 76 Cadillac Fleetwood , a Vixen (10 bonus points to those of you that know what it is) one of those suicide door Thunderbirds from the 60's and a Crown Victoria Wagon with wood on the sides!
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:05 AM
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Howdy All,
I might get 3 more cars because at 53 I just won't need many. I'm hopeing that my next one will be the Jeep Liberty diesel.
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:21 AM
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I've had a 300CD and now I got a 300CE, very diverse!

If things go my way, I'll only have a few more cars, an XKE, 190SL, 600SEL, GTV6 and a 6.9. Maybe a few other things thrown in, like a replica Lancia 037 and Corrado, Opel Manta B, Formula 400 Firebird cars I can mess with and play around in, but nothing I would keep. And I'll never sell my CE either, I got plans for it.

Are you speaking of the TVR vixen, LK1? Nice, i want to drive one real bad, never been in a real light car.
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:38 AM
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...light rail, monorail, hybrid buses, bicycles, two feet, and the odd assortment of biodiesel powered personal vehicles--too many to be sure.
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Old 09-02-2004, 01:08 AM
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I've had a 300CD and now I got a 300CE, very diverse!

If things go my way, I'll only have a few more cars, an XKE, 190SL, 600SEL, GTV6 and a 6.9. Maybe a few other things thrown in, like a replica Lancia 037 and Corrado, Opel Manta B, Formula 400 Firebird cars I can mess with and play around in, but nothing I would keep. And I'll never sell my CE either, I got plans for it.

Are you speaking of the TVR vixen, LK1? Nice, i want to drive one real bad, never been in a real light car.
Nope.
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Old 09-02-2004, 01:21 AM
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Hey Kirk,

I have a 98 Camry myself, a 4 banger, and I have to say it is the best car, in terms of reliability and cost effectiveness that I have ever purchased.

To answer the original question, I am up around 70 cars, which is way too many...
It is a truly great car. I wasn't too crazy about the idea of a four banger in a mid size car, but once I drove it I was surprised how much power they got that little guy to put out. The car is a work of engineering genius. It'll probably last me another 10 years before I'm ready to sell it.
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Old 09-02-2004, 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by MercedesShop
Great list of cars but I was more thinking along the lines of how many more do you think you will buy in the future. I know that it will be hard to know but you can always guess.
For example: I think I will need several cars each with the following purpose, a daily driver, sports (fun) car, truck/SUV, and a family/sedan/mini van. Although you could have 1 car that will function for more than 1 purpose.

I average about 20,000 miles per year. Multiply this by how many years I have left on this planet and I will be driving about 880,000 miles more.
I drive mostly highway miles and am pretty easy on cars. I think I can drive a car at least 100,000 miles conservatively and even more if I go diesel.
Since I only have 1 car at this time, I will be buying about 8 more cars in the future.

The reason I ask this is as I get older I realize that money will be better spend on appreciating assets. I guess I am getting tired of being marketed to and manipulated into buying things every few years when we don't have to.

I know many of you have the ability to just buy anything new but I think you get more satisfaction from saving each dollar for something more worth while than a car.
Buy yourself a nice older SL or a later model 500SL, drive it only on weekends when the sun is shining. Buy yourself a new Toyota Camry and make it your daily driver. Buy a new or lightly used Honda mini-van for wifie. If you don't wreck them, you won't need to worry about buying cars for a long time.
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