And it makes me really sad because I really did love that car.
This is what my car looked like. It's not my car, but it's the twin of my car. Even the paint job is the exact same. I loved. I really did. It made me super happy to drive it.
Admittedly, it cost more to fix than I would have liked when I did have a couple of repair issues. Even changing the oil was an expensive proposition.
It was the first time I had a car that was a car that I wanted to drive, not a car I had to drive, or a car I bought because it made the most sense for my family.
I loved the big sun roof, and the way the leather seats were so comfortable. I loved how it handled turns. It was just a really fun car to drive.
Now I'm back to square one of wondering what I should buy. And honestly, I've never bought a car 100% without any help or input from anyone else. I am a little nervous to make such a big decision all on my own. It feels weird.
Here's where I ask for opinions and advice;
I am considering all of the following
I can probably afford to buy a brand new one of these types of cars:
The practical aspects of these choices would be: good gas mileage, affordable NEW car, less worry about repair costs, warranty for at least the first few years, kinda cute, probably a workable type of car for most of the kind of driving I usually engage in.
the downside: not a luxury car, not going to handle like a luxury car, not going to age like a luxury car, no cache whatsoever.
I'm also considering these:
There is a black S type like this at one of the dealerships near me right now that I could maybe swing. It's more than I want to spend though. But it's beautiful.
It has about 50,000 miles on it.
This is at the same dealership right now. It's a Mercedes Wagon. It's a little older and it has something like 60,000 miles on it. But it's pretty affordable. Cheaper than any of the options I've presented here in this page.
I do like the look and feel of the Passat. I could probably get one that's a couple of years old. They are good cars and they do have a European feel and styling even though they are a step down from a true luxury car.
I can afford to get something like this if it's old enough and has enough miles on it - but usually to be affordable for me the mileage starts approaching 70,000.
Ditto on these.
The upside of the luxury cars: Still decent gas mileage, but not as good as the smaller new cars above. Nice handling, some cache, sunroof (you would think this would be of minor importance to me, but it's actually a big deal...I adore the sun and I love the air when it's not too hot to have it open).
The obvious downsides: expensive repairs, cars with higher mileage.
What to do? What to do?