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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.

Thoughts?
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njchick
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Time:2011-11-08 09:17 pm (UTC)
No thoughts about leasing a convertible? I had my Toyota Solara for almost 3 years after turning 40 and I was sad to trade in, but happy to go back to an SUV. Not sure I would have wanted to keep going that route because of the horrible winters in NJ. I also looked at the Audi, BMW and Volkswagen (and the Mercedes CLK wishlist) but the leases sucked.

I don't remember if you had one before. They are great fun and enjoyed mine immensely. PT Cruiser Convertibles are awesome and I actually did a tour of Stowe, VT and all the backroads in 2002 and they ride great.


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whipartist
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Time:2011-11-08 09:28 pm (UTC)
My car-buying model is to buy something that's 5-7 years old, and drive it until the wheels fall off. Leasing is precisely the opposite of that model.

I have a Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible now. I want to keep having a convertible, but I also want to be able to haul around fairly large photographic prints. The PT Cruiser convertible is pretty much the perfect car in this respect-- it has significant trunk space plus the rear seats fold down. It drives like a truck, but I'm kind of OK with that.

My idea of a rough winter is, "Hey, it's raining... hard!"
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njchick
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Time:2011-11-08 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yup. PT Cruiser has a good sized trunk to haul allll your stuff.

Yeah I am the opposite, I like driving a new car/suv every 2.5-3 years. I bore easily...

Enjoy!!!! (I do hope you get the purple one)

Edited at 2011-11-08 09:51 pm (UTC)
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