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Subject:Which car should I buy?
Time:11:34 am
It's about time for me to buy another car and drive it until the wheels fall off. For reasons that aren't really worth going into, I'm getting a PT Cruiser convertible. I have two candidate cars in mind, both 2005 models.

(The Purple One) A Touring (mid-level) model, turbo-lite (a little sluggish, uses regular fuel). It's not terribly feature-laden, but it's in great shape and it only has 22K miles on it. The asking price is $11K. Here's a link to the car.

(The Silver One) A GT (top-level) model, full-on turbo (requires premium fuel), much peppier. It's pretty decked out-- leather, heated seats, nav system (which I'd probably wind up ripping out), ABS, etc. It has 60K miles, and is still in good shape but has more wear & tear, minor dings, etc. It's silver with a dark interior, which I'm not wild about. They were asking over $11K when I first saw it a couple of months ago. When I test drove it yesterday they were asking $8888. Today it's reduced to $7995. I think this link will work. If not, go to www.downtowntoyta.com, click on specials under pre-owned, and you'll find it.

Obviously, they're highly motivated to sell the silver one. However, the Carfax report on the purple one suggests that it's been on the lot for a couple of months, and they may also be fairly eager to get rid of it. It's winter, and what moron buys a convertible in the winter?

Having only 22K miles is a huge selling point, since I plan to keep it for a long time, low mileage seems like a huge win. Plus, it's purple, yo. Truthfully, I'd be happy driving either one. Edit: Of slight note is that I drove the purple one in pouring rain, and the top did not leak. It did piss on me when the door was open, but I'm used to that.

I think my strategy is going to be this: negotiate aggressively for the purple one. If I succeed, I'm happy. If not, I buy the silver one and I'm also happy.

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whipartist
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Time:2011-11-08 07:49 pm (UTC)
That's not an option.

- It's not a convertible
- It doesn't have a trunk
- I won't buy a new car
- I don't want a used Prius
- I'm already too close to Berkeley

Seriously, a hatchback is completely unacceptable to me because of where I live and park.
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ronsrants
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Time:2011-11-08 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've had two convertables and they are a pain in the ass. The tops always break or leak.

It does have a trunk. Or at least a trunk like space.

Buy a used Prius.

Buy a new Prius.

Compromise and buy a 2011 not used, but not 2012 Prius.

What does where you live/park have to do with a hatchback? If your argument is security of items (i.e. trunk), why bother with a convertible top?

-R
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whipartist
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Time:2011-11-08 08:03 pm (UTC)
I drive a convertible now. I don't want to give that up-- I like it too much.

Having a space where items are completely invisible and (at least psychologically) inaccessible matters quite a lot because of where I live.

In order to get a Prius in the same price range, it has to be an 05. I really would not want a Prius that old. Paying $20K for a car also doesn't work for me.

I don't like the handling characteristics of the Prius at all. It's even worse than the PT.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2011-11-08 08:55 pm (UTC)
No trunk? What do you mean? Are you talking the regular "lift things up & over the lip" type trunk? Well, that's true.. but, just so you know- my walker fits easily in the back of my mom's Prius.
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whipartist
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Time:2011-11-08 09:07 pm (UTC)
No, it has nothing to do with height. I need to be able to "hide" things in a trunk. A hatchback just isn't workable for me in a dense urban area.
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ronsrants
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Time:2011-11-09 05:04 pm (UTC)
FWIW, my prius has a cover for the hatchback. You pull the cover out and no one can see whats in there.

-R
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