Wednesday, August 16, 2023

New Car

1994 - Chevrolet S10 - Great light duty pick-up truck (V6, 195 HP) that I purchased new for $10,500 (Summer 1994) and I drove to 173,000 miles before selling for $1,800 in 2008.

2004 - Ford Mustang GT - Wonderfully fun sports car (V8, 260 HP) that I purchased new for $16,500 (Summer 2005) and I drove to 93,000 miles before selling for $3,300 in 2016.

2015 - Jeep Cherokee Latitude - Practical, capable, comfortable SUV (V6, 271 HP) that I purchased new for $26,500 (January 2015) and currently has 90,000 miles on it and a blue book value of $8,700 - $11,100 in private party trade in value per Kelly Blue Book (August 2023).

I always thought my next vehicle would be a luxury sedan.  Something along the lines of a BMW (3 series around $45K base) or Cadillac (CT4 around $35K base).  Both brands still hold some sway with me.

I have also considered pick up trucks.  As a primary vehicle, I had been leaning towards a Toyota Tacoma SR5 (base around $35K, equipped $42K).  As a secondary vehicle, I was interested in the Chevrolet Silverado (crew cab base around $43K).

Finally, I am again slightly caught up in some nostalgia and saw a video on Classic Ford Broncos.  After looking at all of the videos and assuming they were in the $100K ballpark, I was immediately taken aback upon discovering the two models go for either $179K with the Blueprint 302 engine ($5,349; 361 HP) or $239K with the Gen 3 Coyote engine ($10,575; 460HP).  

In all likelihood, I will go with a Toyota Tacoma.  I might start test driving vehicles in the next few months just to get a better feel for what's out there.

My parents have owned 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, 1977 Monte Carlo, 1980's Toyota Corollas, Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Camry and now my mom is looking at a Subaru Forester.

My wife has owned a Nissan Sentra, Subaru Outback and Lexus NX300.

We purchased a 2011 Subaru Legacy as a third car daily driver.

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