#1, to answer your question edkwon, I don't earn $200,000 but I definitely considered the cost of having a car, which includes gas, insurance, parking and possible maintenance. I will need one this fall as I would have to go back to college to finish my degree and will have classes after work during the evening. I am also getting a car because I would rather pay more than going with the cheaper alternative of mass transit because I like the freedom, mobility that having a car offers. To me waiting for transit has been stressful at times and inconvenient, despite being a lot more affordable. I will purchase my first car after I come back from vacation for two reasons; #1 I will spend some money while away and that will dictate how much I have left for the car. I would be able to buy it right after i come back from vacation or will have to wait a months pay to supplement what I need which is all depending on how much I spend while on vacation. #2 While away on vacation I will not be able to look after the car or be sure that any maintenance issue is taken care of and will not have to spend money on insurance since I won't home to use it. Otherwise I would have made plans to buy it already.i assume you live and work in NYC, ive learned from my friends who lived there that while purchasing a car itself is not cost prohibitive, paying for the reglar parking space and insurance can be very prohibitive, plus i hear theft rates are notorious in neighboring north jersey raisng those insurance rates even further. i assume youve factored all that into your budget and decision making.
then again i don't really know you and you could be like my friend who works on wall st, makes over 200K a year and saves money living in a tiny studio and doesn't own a car. you might have an excess of money to play with, and if thats the case, ignore what i said.
Here's my input for you: my Dog and Lemon guide. (Good book btw.)Thanks guys for your input!! It is helping me with this decision. So much so that I dont feel like a 190 anymore, more likely to go for an E, 300E!! I'm still in the early shopping around stage but I found a nice 93 300E that would have 217hp!!
What do you guys think?
1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 - $3,900
(i do notice the cracked/scratched bumpers)
I looked into anything sporty and remotely sporty, Vettes, Firedbirds, Mitsu Evos, Subaru WRXs, Camaros old Porsches and nothing pretty much came up within my budget or my area. This is why I'm going with a Benz as there are many in my area and budget to choose from. That BMW is also in the back of my mind, I will have to test drive it to rule it out before settling on a Benz, my fav car and brand to pick.If you don't hate Subarus, i would highly, and i really mean this, suggest test driving a 95+ Subaru SVX LSi (must be 1995 because those are reliable, and must be LSi because tan leather interiors look 100x nicer then grey, and the AWD system is worth having) those things are amazingly comfortable, and yet had more soul then really any Subaru ever. I was blown away by the 95 i drove and i wish i could have scooped it up for the $3800 sale price.
Benz are nice though, so i would agree to buy the pre-93 and get a well kept example, if it wasn't for the fact Benz are supposidly hard to work on i probably wouldn't have bought a Jetta diesel, and would have saved for some big turbo diesel benz