Dream cars you will be able to afford.

G51989

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So, we always see threads about " Dream cars "

What about dream cars you always wanted and could actually afford one day?

For me, I've ALWAYS had a crazy awesome roadster on my bedroom wall on a poster, and I always had a Corvette ( And Ferraris, but hahahaha nope ).

In the past 3 years I managed to get my hands on two cars I've wanted for a very long time, it feels creepy that I can finally afford them, considering I came up in a lower-middle class family that never had money for the fun stuff.

( Neither of these are actually my pics, I don't feel comfy putting plate numbers on the net )

As some of you my know I recently bought a lightly used XLR V, its not exactly the Benz SLK I've always wanted. But with a 4.4 Liter Supercharged Northstar V8, and French made interior, its the PERFECT roadtrip and weekend car for the wifey and myself.



They never sold very many either, so its very uncommon to see another one, I still get into it when I take it out and go " Nooooo wayyy "

The second Dreamcar I've always wanted and eventually bought has been a Corvette, in my case a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible



430 Horsepower, super comfy, handles great, its the perfect " Mans man " car, and like the Caddi, I still get into it and go " noooo wayyy is this my car "

I think theres a different between dream cars that we'll never have, and cars we can really Afford. If my business keeps expanding and being as successful as its been so far, maybe a year or two from now, a Ferrari 355 might be a possibility, tho I'd trade in the Vette for the 355 ;)
 

MICHAELSD

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I've wanted a Porsche Panamera hybrid, and somewhere down the line they'll definitely be affordable enough 4-5 years used.





Although at that point I'd expect the Tesla to be pretty affordable as well, which is a decent looker.

Nice Cadi/Corvette combo OP!
 
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sviato

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I have my eye on the 911 Turbo. The next year or so will decide the direction of my career and whether I'll be able to actually get it :p

Tesla also has my attention, hopefully the battery tech gets better and lasts longer with charging stations becoming more mainstream.
 

palmerc2

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Well, as a hopeful entrepreneur I hope to have many many many cars in the immediate future. Let's say everything goes to plan, here's my dream cars that I will hopefully be able to afford within the next few years :)

2015 C7 Z06 Corvette Convertible




2015 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
Note: It's not actually been publicly released yet, this is the V-sport, which is a twin turbo V6 vs the supercharged V8 in the CTS-V. This is what it will most likely look like




1966 Chevy Corvette Convertible




1967 Chevy Chevelle




1967 Ford Mustang Fastback




1969 Plymouth Roadrunner




Factory Five 1933 Ford Hot Rod
Truly an awesome machine, on the track it's faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo and it's fully customizable (more info in link)
Here's a link for the Factory Five Hot Rod if you want to know more about it: LINK



I'm a sucker for the classics :):)
 

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problem with this kind of thread is you get a bunch of college kids thinking that in ten years theyll be in the market for $100k cars when in reality theyll be getting married, having kids, buying houses, contributing to 401ks, and lucky to make $75k

a lot of people will still miss the "realistic" part since they will forget to account for life happening
 

AustinIllini

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problem with this kind of thread is you get a bunch of college kids thinking that in ten years theyll be in the market for $100k cars when in reality theyll be getting married, having kids, buying houses, contributing to 401ks, and lucky to make $75k

a lot of people will still miss the "realistic" part since they will forget to account for life happening


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G51989

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problem with this kind of thread is you get a bunch of college kids thinking that in ten years theyll be in the market for $100k cars when in reality theyll be getting married, having kids, buying houses, contributing to 401ks, and lucky to make $75k

a lot of people will still miss the "realistic" part since they will forget to account for life happening

Tho you have a point, I never had kids, wife does not want kids either. So I bought cars.

Lets be honest, cars are better than kids.
 
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MICHAELSD

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problem with this kind of thread is you get a bunch of college kids thinking that in ten years theyll be in the market for $100k cars when in reality theyll be getting married, having kids, buying houses, contributing to 401ks, and lucky to make $75k

a lot of people will still miss the "realistic" part since they will forget to account for life happening
If you don't mine about reliability and maintenance, a lot of dream cars are almost sensible if purchased used.
 

G51989

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If you don't mine about reliability and maintenance, a lot of dream cars are almost sensible if purchased used.
Indeed, I drive my Corvette almost every day when its nice out, Ive driven it across the country a total of 4 times now, had it two years and I've already put 60K miles on it. Never had a reliability problem. Though unless you are very light on the gas, the fuel consumption is not amazing.
 

AustinIllini

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Tho you have a point, I never had kids, wife does not want kids either. So I bought cars.

Lets be honest, cars are better than kids.
"Honey, kids or a Porsche? One's going to cost thousands of dollars to fix and take care of, and the other one's a Porsche."
 

G51989

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Just recently bought a 2013 Boxster S and we are very happy with it.
Sweet!

They are great cars, I did consider a Porsche before I bought my Corvette, I love Porches. But, I've been lusting after a vette since I was about 5 years old, so I had to have a vette instead. At least at first ;)

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"Honey, kids or a Porsche? One's going to cost thousands of dollars to fix and take care of, and the other one's a Porsche."
Amen to that!

I love my XLR V and Corvette ( next on the list is a Ferrari 355 ), they don't poop their pants, eat food, or scream at you and whine all the time.
 

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Seems weird to me to call something a "dream car" when you can afford it - after all, isn't the entire reason for "dreaming" about it the very fact that you can't afford it?
 

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My car was definitely a dream car for several years. Over the years my income went up and the price for decent used models went down until one year I could finally afford one.

That was over 9 years ago. I'm still driving it and it's still most definitely my dream car.
 

G51989

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Seems weird to me to call something a "dream car" when you can afford it - after all, isn't the entire reason for "dreaming" about it the very fact that you can't afford it?
A " Dream Car " is the kind of car you want growing up as a kid/teen/college person, like I did. I always loved Corvettes and the Ferrari 355, one day I'll have a 355, but atm I have my Vette and XLR V.

It is a dream for most of your life, it took me till I was about 30 to afford my first " Dream Car ", there is a a GM dealer near me that really only does classic GM products, Caddics and Corvettes.

Once my business took off, and I started raking in the money, I test drove a 2012 Grand Sport, and after that, I had to have one, coupled with always having Vettes on my wall as a kid, I knew it was expensive, stupid, and pointless in the real world, but I didn't care. I had to have my own Corvette.

So, I went to that dealer, saw new and old Corvettes and other old and new GM performance products all in a line, I walked by them with the biggest smile on my face, and I saw the one I wanted, Bright Blue Grand Sport Convertible, with white stripes, 6 speed transmission, white stripes over it, convertible, 430HP V8, I knew I had to have it.

THe cool part about eventually being able to afford your dream car, and do what I did when I signed the papers, thinking " no wayyyyyyy, I made it! " is one of the best parts of buying a crazy car. First time I got in my Vette, I had a HUGE grin on my Face, coupled with the thought of " nooo wayyy....this is MY car....its' not in a book or on a poster...its my car "

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My car was definitely a dream car for several years. Over the years my income went up and the price for decent used models went down until one year I could finally afford one.

That was over 9 years ago. I'm still driving it and it's still most definitely my dream car.
What car would that be?
 

AustinIllini

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I love those, they are great cars, and you can use them every day with no issues.
People forget how legendary the NSX was. It changed everything. Near Ferrari like performance with less than 10% of the problems. It's a shame to see how far Honda has fallen since...:(
 

G51989

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People forget how legendary the NSX was. It changed everything. Near Ferrari like performance with less than 10% of the problems. It's a shame to see how far Honda has fallen since...:(
The NSX was a great car, to bad it never really got updated.

I would never buy an NSX or a Porsche just because they are that little bit understated, but they still are great cars.


And while I love the NSX and it was a great car....it wasn't that it was a great car that I think made the NSX so important. It was so much better than the Ferrari 348...it spawned Ferrari to step it up and produce the 355, which I think is the best sports car ever built.