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A Dilemma, with Cars

My tC will be 5 years old in just a few months... seems like a long time. Certainly the longest period I've ever kept the same car - but that's not incredibly hard considering everything else was practically a POS.

So here is my quandary... I've modded the crap out of the one I have - at least to my liking. I will continue to do autox this year (and maybe into next year) and would like to be able to improve. I'd still like to redo my suspension again with some nice coilovers (with some ridiculously stiffer springs). BUT... do I spend the money this year (or next) knowing what is coming?

"What is coming?"

Uh... the awesome is coming. The win and awesome that is the FT-86. Production version should debut this year. Should go on sale in 2011 as a 2012 model. And if it is anywhere near as awesome as it look like it might be, I will be the first in line to throw down a deposit. So what then do I do?

Do I spend $1000+ this year when I know I'm not going to keep the car much longer? Or do I wait and just get something else? Sure, another option would be to save that $1000 and put it towards the down payment or something - but that would be assuming that I didn't have a few other things I'd end up spending the money on. So let's not even take that one into consideration.

And I'm not even going to get into option C. Buy a C30 now and trade it in a year and a half on an FT-86... ya, cause that would work out.

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “A Dilemma, with Cars”

  • Chad Kacyon

    January 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I can tell you buying the C30 is a bad idea for a couple reasons: First and most obvious is depreciation. You’ll get hosed in the first year or 2 of ownership so keeping it for that brief of a period is a horrible financial decision. Second, you know that the C30 is inferior to a GTI or Mazdaspeed 3 in most ways in which you care, performance being one of them. At the end of the day, it’s still a Volvo, fantastic powertrain or not.

    Food for thought: You can always sell those coils when you sell the tC and aftermarket parts have a somewhat decent return, at least suspensions. You could also get the Racelands since you’ll be selling the Scion sooner than later. They’re what?…$250? Nearly disposable. That’s my $.02.

  • ack154

    January 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I’m mostly talking out of my ass anyway. I would still consider a GTI and MS3 (though somehow have this infatuation with the C30 that I can’t explain)… but in reality still want to hold out for the FT-86 and skip them all. But that is also assuming the FT-86 turns out to be as awesome as I’m telling myself it will be. If not I’m back to square one.

  • Robert Aitchison

    August 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

    You should hope the FT-86 doesn’t get a “Supra” badge and be priced over $50k