Originally posted by trumptman
Why are you getting rid of this car?
That description of the Camry I posted makes it sound like a nice car. Trust me, it's not.
Her problem with the Camry is that it has literally broken down on her and left her on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck 3 times in the last 2 years. Oil leaks, two different brake rebuilds, 1 full-on suspension failure, 1 exploding water pump, 2 replaced timing belts. And a busted stereo, but that's a car thief's fault.
Now, were this my car (which it is now, she's driving my SC-300) I wouldn't mind so much. Cars get older and need maintenance. But my darling wife hates cars with a passion and very much desires the security of a newer car with a nice comforting warranty. Did I mention that she hates cars? Because she does. She hates cars and she hates driving.
I'm happy driving the Camry and her with my beloved old SC-300, but she needs space to carry people around and she feels unsafe in the SC-300 (reduced visibility compared to the Camry) and it makes her nervous to drive it because the suspension is so much tighter than she wants.
She wants a safe, somewhat peppy, reliable and reasonably attractive sedan. Right now the Camry hits 0
of 5 of those and the SC-300 only fits 3 of the 5. I think the SC-300 is safe and I like coupes, so it's 5 for 5 for me.
So one of those is going to have to go, and it sure as hell isn't going to be my baby.
She's not keen on the idea of spending a big chunk of change to revamp the Camry, and I'm not too eager to argue the point since I've never really liked it.
I mean you have to really ask yourself what is going on with cars when you could have the entire engine and tranny rebuilt/replaced and the brakes done for like $2,000 but the value of the new car is $20,000+.
The extra $18,000 is for the pretty exterior, a 36,000 mile warranty, a safe, quiet chassis, TV commercials I don't watch and car lots with asshole.
And, of course, you've got to factor in that beautiful, invisible hand that drives our economy. Cars cost what people will pay for them. And yes, the availability of credit. At this point, we have about $5500 liquid cash that can go to a car. Anything above that and we'll be getting a loan some way.
Like I said, we're not buying until early next year at the absolute soonest, so I'll be looking for a long long time.