I have not owned a car for ten years, having lived in cities where I could take public transportation to work. But now I’m being relocated to a large Great Lakes city where I will forced to drive to work about 25 miles each way. Despite my lack of car ownership, I love cars and I love motoring. Heck, I learned to read by subscribing to Car and Driver. However I don’t like spending vast amounts of money and the thought of burning capital on service costs really galls me.
The other wrinkle here is that I’m an up-and-coming young executive in my company, so it is probably a good idea to have a car that doesn’t scream ”schlub”.
I’ve been thinking about getting a gently used (2008 or so) BMW 5-series, but then I looked at its reliability history and I coughed up a lung. Other competitors: Lexuses seem like a snooze; Infinitis have bizarre interiors with lots of buttons; Audis have dreadful service records; Benzes are for old men.
Any suggestions you might have are welcome. Maybe I need to open my mind to Lexus and Infiniti. Maybe I need to suck up the BMW service costs and accept them in a zen-like fashion. Maybe I need to swallow my ego and get a Hyundai. Either way, please do share ideas!
Seriously? There ain’t no such thing as a luxury car for the cheapskate, hence the exclusiveness of the term. Except when considering the Lincoln Town Car, which normal people shall not. And considering the flack I get for Panther Love, your average corporate “schlub” won’t schlep in a car so fantastically star-crossed. You my friend, are in a serious pickle.
Consider the Lexus IS: the interior and sheetmetal is right, performance is somewhat inspiring and you don’t look like a rich douche in a BMW or a poseur in a…BMW wannabe machine. And while the IS should fit in the latter category, it really doesn’t. Because, no matter what Pistonheads think, it’s a Lexus…a name that evokes 20+ years of nearly perfect customer service, a bulletproof mid-level manager luxury cache with performance and reliability that’s created a reputation that’s the envy of the world. Whew!
And if you can afford a used IS-F, you get it all in one package. So what was the problem again?
For crying out loud! Who do you work for, Grey Poupon? Nobody is going to give a flying flip about what you drive unless regularly entertain folks with the last names of Trump or Huffington. In which case you definitely better get the stone-aged Lincoln that Sajeev just mentioned.
None of my friends ever bought a premium car until they ‘made it’. Even then most of them still never bought a fancy car. If your work requires it. Fine. But my advice is to buy a nice middle-of-the road midsized car that will let you concentrate on your work.
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