By on October 28, 2013
I’ve written before for “New or Used?” regarding my ’04 Scion xB 5MT that I (mistakenly) ended up trading in towards my family’s 2013 Outback 3.6R last year. Since then I’ve been driving my wife’s ’06 Accord EX-L V6, now at 105k. It’s a nice enough car to drive, but was never “my” car, if you know what I mean (and I’m sure you do).

Due to my recently starting a new job, the wife has given the go-ahead to look for something new that’s modestly priced. I became smitten with a 2013 VW GTI 6MT and was mere seconds away from signing the lease agreement. I had completed the credit application, indicated the radio stations I like, and then started examining the P&S contract, but got that funny feeling you can get and pulled the plug. I don’t know what it was. Dealer shenanigans. Fee overload. Slight indecision perhaps, as I’m only driving a grand total of 8 miles per day for my new commute. (Do I really need to change cars??) Or perhaps it was the X factor.

The X factor is my father-in-law. Due to age and health he is no longer driving. My mother-in-law recently traded his minty 1986 928S4 to their contractor for some money owed. She is offering to give me his 2006 Cayenne S with 75k miles. I’m feeling pressure from the wife to accept it. I’ve offered to take it and sell it for them, but my wife feels that there is a sentimental thing going on, and they want to see us drive it. I really would have preferred that 928.

Sure the Cayenne a nice car, but again it’s not really “me.” Although I’m 6′ 3″ I like small cars with stick shifts that I can throw around, not heavy pseudo-SUVs that get 12 MPG city/. However, am I crazy to turn down a free Cayenne?? I have concerns because (A) it’s not my kind of car, (B) the Carfax has 3 accidents on it, (C) maintenance costs are going to be crazy. Supposedly the frame is fine, but I know he had more than 3 fender-benders (he should have stopped driving years ago), and we have two small children so I would want to verify that. Also the car has been immaculately maintained. He did pretty much whatever the dealer’s service department told him to do.

Part of me thinks I should drive it for 1-2 years and then trade it towards something I want, while the other part of me would be worried about being stuck with a 10 year old SUV with a bad Carfax. And of course the third part of me (if that’s possible) is sick of driving an automatic.

I’m getting some serious pressure to act on this soon. Any advice from you, along with the best and brightest, would be greatly appreciated.

All best,

Steve Says:

Any gift that comes with strings attached is not a gift. Ever. When family members give you something that you must absolutely positively keep under the penalty of (insert snubbing method here), then what you end up with is a family tie that will bind and gag you and your family. 

I’ll give you a personal example. My MIL is a truly generous person and, one day, she decided to give me and my wife a doghouse. The only problem was that we didn’t have a dog. So about a year later, we have a garage sale. The kid down the street just got a puppy and it just so happened that they were the same folks who Freecycled a trampoline to us the year before.

So what did I do? Well of course! I gave them the doghouse!

My wife goes outside about an hour later, and invariably asks where the doghouse is. I tell her what happened and she tells me in no uncertain terms that my MIL is going to be ticked off to the nth degree.

My response was, “And??? This is our house! Just tell her we exchanged it for the trampoline. If she complains then we know it wasn’t a gift ”

Is your wife an only child? Then take the car if, and only if, it is truly a gift with no strings attached. Thank your in-laws profusely for their generosity either way it turns out, and consider yourself a lucky man. Don’t complain. Not even if it isn’t ‘your’ type of car. Just be a mensch, and when this isn’t such a hot button issue, you can sell it and set up a fund to handle any health issues for your in-law’s. By that time you will also have a better perspective on the security of your new job.

If your wife has siblings, then you can’t keep this car. Don’t even try. Let them know that you hope your father-in-law will live for a long, long time. Then you can do the right thing for everyone.

Research the true market value of the vehicle. Post the vehicle for sale online.  Handle the transaction for your in-law’s. and then finally, thank them for thinking of you and your wife.

As for your desire to buy a stickshift, I’ll let the folks here sort that part of your life out.

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83 Comments on “New or Used? : The Unwelcomed Gift Edition...”

  • avatar

    So there is a sentimental attachment to the Cayenne but the 928 goes to some guy they owed money? I just threw up in my mouth a little.

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    I couldn’t do a Cayenne, even for free. It’s just such a douchebag car, along with being auto only, 5,000lbs and 1 ft off the ground. It’s pretty much the opposite of a Porsche

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    Run from the Cayenne, but the 928 would have been a non-starter, so don’t harp on it. With two small kids, you may rely on one vehicle for 95% of the schlepping duties, but it always helps to make sure both cars are easily driveable by both parents and have accommodations for the whole family and all the kid crap.

    I’d personally keep driving the Accord for a few years until the Outback is paid off (I assume it’s not). Then re-assess your needs, as well as your kids’ burgeoning interests, and you may end up keeping the Accord and buying a third car, a fun weekender/project car — E30, GTI, etc.

    Don’t close down your future opportunities because you don’t love the Accord, or because you feel you “deserve” something new due to the job. Be patient and save for something you really want. For a simple commuter car, the Accord will be great.

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    Don’t make any move at all, until the “sentiment” thing is settled. Without that situation under control, your in a no win situation. I can’t stress enough Make sure that their is no strings attached.

    Once everybody is happy, Sell it, or trade it in ,on something you want to drive.

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    Be thankful the 928 is gone, that contractor will spend thousands to keep it running for just short bursts of time. I had my eyes on a 928 years ago and had someone buy it out from under me. Used to run into the guy from time to time and he complained loudly about the cost and unreliability of that car. He did me a favor just like your MIL did for you.

    Grab the Cayenne and enjoy it. The MIL wants to see someone enjoy the car, when it actually becomes a burden, sell it and tell her the service department warned you it was getting to the point where it was going to be VERY expensive to keep. By then, she will know you’ve enjoyed the ride and it was time to move on.

  • avatar

    This is how we got our auto Camry. It’s a nice enough car, and would have been out of our league if we’d have to buy it ourselves. But my wife can have it.

    A Cayenne is expensive, and almost as bad a fashion statement as a Hummer. I totally agree with Steve’s conclusion.

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    You know what you have to do to keep peace. Take the damn Cayenne and only drive it to their house for Sunday dinner. I can think of worse things to suffer through to keep family peace. What if they needed to live with you… See, count your blessings

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    Addendum: Best move on the Cayenne would be to kindly explain the long-term maintenance costs and how you need to be sure the grandkids are taken care of FIRST. Grandparents can’t really argue with those priorities.

    Then offer to help them sell it to be sure they don’t get screwed. They might even throw you some cash for the assistance, and no jimmies will be rustled in the process. You will look like an awesome son-in-law.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    So you drive 8 miles a day? You sound like me. I drive 8 miles a day in a 12-year old Z3. With my last child headed off to Georgia (the republic, not the state) next April for a stint with the Peace Corps, there is no one left to schelp (except my 100 lb. Golden, who fits awkwardly in the passenger seat of the Z for very short trips to the park).

    I bought the Z 10 years ago when I was at the point in my life where I could afford a toy, and we had two other cars around which could carry 4 people each. None of these cars were financed, or leased.

    A Honda V6 is hardly a dog, so I would be leery of replacing it. Your instincts served you well when you backed off the GTI.

    As for the Cayenne, the value of a gift is determined by the giver, not the recipient. If their economic circumstances are such that they don’t need the sale proceeds from the car maybe your in-laws should donate it.
    Giving it to you is a problem: you don’t like the car and it could very well end up being an inferior (in terms of ownership and operating cost) car to the Accord. it seems to me you could explain that in a diplomatic way, pointing out the mileage on the car, the legendary expense of repairing Porsches (with which you in-laws should be familiar) and the fact that the Cayenne doesn’t really meet any unmet need of your family. So, you could suggest that they sell it to CarMax, or that you will sell it for them, or that they donate it to a charity which will sell it and report the proceeds back as a charitable donation.

    FWIW, my reaction is the same as yours. The concept of a “luxury” SUV eludes me. AFAIC, I have all the “luxury SUV” I need in my ’08 Pilot EX-L, which has been stone reliable for 90,000 miles and, on a good day, will get 22 mpg on the highway at 65 or so.

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    My wife was gifted here 05 Corolla CE by her mother about a year ago, and while she welcomed having a ride of her own(she doesn’t want to drive either of my vehicles as they’re stick, though she does know how), she’d been looking for something with personality for quite some time(and a silver, base-model Corolla aint it).

    Thus far I’ve kept her from trading it in and earning her monther’s ire by installing a new sterio, putting new wheels on it, touching up the paint(though now she wants the whole thing re-painted pink), and fixing up all the odds-and-ends her mother let be.

    I give it about another 6-months before she flips the thing for a new car payment…

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    If you really don’t want the Cayenne, a circumstance that I can easily imagine, another argument you can use with the family is that you would not be able to drive it to work because your new co-workers would mark you as a status climber who wants their jobs. It would thus not be of very much use to you….

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    I received a classic Mercedes as an (unasked for) gift, and it was a sticky situation.

    The car needed work, and even being a fairly experienced DIY’er, I couldn’t keep it on the road. Parts were incredibly rare and NOBODY wanted to touch it (it was early mechanical fuel injection) So even after dumping a good amount of money in it, it had to sit for a long time until I sold it (I didn’t want to look like I was flipping it for a quick buck) The car had sentimental value to them and I know they were upset that I sold it, I told them the maintenance bills were just too much but I could tell it was something they wanted me to have for decades.

    The Cayene’s are truly terrible vehicles when it comes to maintenance, I could easily see several thousands a year in bills if it’s daily driven. they were like that when they were new, I can’t imagine once you get near 100k miles what they’re like. If they’re insistent, I would just strike up a bargain that if the bills get too high, they can have it back and see how it goes.

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    Oooh, the “sentimental” car. You obviously have no sentiment for it, so you’ll just be stuck hating it, forever. Sounds like hell to me.

    I’m with Steve for exactly the reasons he stated. You best stay away from that one, or consider this. If your wife is so sentimental about it, make HER drive the Cayenne and you drive the Subie or sell the Subie and get whatever you want.

    I’m thinkin that if you needed permission to go look at cars in the first place, you might not have a lot of choice in this matter anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      That sounds fair enough, although even having a thrice-thrashed Cayenne in the fleet at all could be a problem. They *are* expensive to keep long-term, and you don’t want to be stuck with the repair bill. If I were the letter-writer and didn’t want the Cayenne, my preferred situation would be to just refuse the gift and let any immature in-laws learn to deal with it. If it were foisted on me, I’d sell it…but it seems like that has the potential to damage in-law relations more than just turning the car down altogether.

      • 0 avatar

        If it were me I’d take it only on the condition that I could sell it. Even if that meant driving it for a year until then sentimental wore off, then dumping it, I’d still be ahead. But it sounds like OP would be better off without the drama.

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    Kyree S. Williams

    “I just threw up in my mouth a little”

    “It’s just such a douchebag car”

    “A Cayenne is expensive, and almost as bad a fashion statement as a Hummer.”

    I understand that the Cayenne isn’t the letter-writer’s taste in vehicles and that he ultimately doesn’t want it, but I don’t get how this model can draw the ire of so many people online. I don’t see why it’s any worse than other vehicles in its class, like the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Range Rover Sport. Is there some kind of auto-enthusiasts’ “Most-Hated” list that I’m unaware of?

    • 0 avatar

      Is it a CUV? – Check
      Is it badge engineered? – Check
      Does it get poor fuel economy? – Check
      Do wealthy people buy it? – Check
      Do people think it waters down the Porsche brand? – Check
      Is in a brown diesel wagon? – No :(

      I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with owning a Cayenne. There are plenty of enthusiasts, enviromentalists, and Porsche Jihad members that can find reasons to hate it though. There is just a very diverse crowd that can find reasons to hate the Cayenne.

    • 0 avatar

      How would you feel if Jag made a minivan, Bently came out with a spartan 2 seat electric, and Ferrari … a pickup truck?

      • 0 avatar

        I’d call it globalization at work. On a serious note, VAG should do a two seat Tesla-like roadster for Bentley.

      • 0 avatar

        If I was an enthusiast of that brand, and it allowed said brand to continue to make enthusiastmobiles, I would be happy.

        I don’t know where all of Porsche’s profit comes from, but I do know that, in the US, Cayenne sales more than double 911 sales.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Now that is what you would call slippery-slope logic.

      • 0 avatar

        I would buy the sh!t out of a Ferrari pickup.

        • 0 avatar

          They’d probably try to call it the F350 and get sued by Ford again.

        • 0 avatar

          I’ll bet you thought you were safe saying that….

        • 0 avatar

          I know. It would be beyond badass. I wonder what kind of pricing we’d see on something like that. It would have to be less than the cheapest Ferrari car, kind of like how the Cayenne is the least expensive vehicle that Porsche offers.

          Also, it wouldn’t necessarily be all that crazy. (insert LM002 reference here)

      • 0 avatar

        That minivan would be exceptionally fast. So fast it would increase multi-kid family fatalities. ..but sooooo fast. That spartan 2-seater would be decked out in ultra-high quality material atleast. That pickup truck would be aerodynamic and could reasonably haul an afternoon’s picnic and perhaps a small repair kit for when it breaks down.

        Perception is 9/10ths reality it seems. If anything the Cayenne suffers a mix of car guy fascism and populism. TTAC also tends to have an overabundance of fastidious penny-pinchers who all have their first dimes and apparently drive 1993 Buick Park Avenues and are just waiting for that sweet deal on a 928RS or GTS3.

        • 0 avatar

          “TTAC also tends to have an overabundance of fastidious penny-pinchers who all have their first dimes and apparently drive 1993 Buick Park Avenues…”

          +1! I’ve often thought TTAC should be renamed TCCAC: The Curmudgeons Complain About Cars. All this gross stereotyping (all turbos are bad, owning a German car is stupid, only vacuous people own luxury cars when they should be driving manual diesel station wagons, etc.) and judgement against anyone who actually might like to own a car because, you know, they actually might like cars.

    • 0 avatar

      If I wanted to own an SUV I would want to drive the most performance-oriented one I could find, like an X5M or an SRT-8 Grand Cherokee. The Cayenne would certainly belong in that group. All the hate for the vehicle comes from purists who seemingly can’t stand tha fact that it’s Porsche’s best selling vehicle and that it somehow offends their personal beliefs on how Porsche has to make its way in the ferocious luxury market. If any of these haters actually had a chance to drive a Cayenne, I can guarantee that they would come away impressed — although it is doubtful that they would ever admit it. And no, I never driven one but I have a lot of time in the Cayenne’s sister VW Touareg to know this is an a very impressive and capable SUV.

      A legitimate concern from the original poster is the high cost of maintenance for a nine year old German luxury car, particularly one that has been in three accidents.

      • 0 avatar

        That concern is completely legit. I doubt anything on the Cayenne is reasonably priced or ubiquitous in these United States.

        Enthusiast hate for the Cayenne, like you mention, is certainly misplaced. If Porsche stopped building the 911, Cayman, or Boxster becasue of the Cayenne, I would be more understanding. If someone wants a 911, their local Porsche dealer will be happy to sell them one.

    • 0 avatar

      @Kyree: “I don’t see why it’s any worse than other vehicles in its class, like the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Range Rover Sport. Is there some kind of auto-enthusiasts’ “Most-Hated” list that I’m unaware of?”

      Speakibg for mysekf, I wouldn’t be caught dead in a BMW, or any of the other vehicles that you mention. The Cayanne is a peer in that group, and I want nothing to do with the image provided by any of them. It may be a broad brush, but I ain’t gonna be painted with it at any price.

      I finished an MBA earlier this year, and i earned a big raise last year. I could comfortably least a BMW or whatever. But I own and maintain a gray Toyota minivan instead. A comfortable utilitarian family hauler just fits me better. I’m ambitious, but I’m a family man first — so my extra money goes to my kid’s education or capital investments. Making myself look like a spendthrift d-bag on the highway by driving any of the vehicles you mention just isn’t on my bucket list.

      P.S. Toyotas and other volume cars are, in my estimation, better engineered for long-term daily aervice than prestige cars. Dividing a half billion dollars worth of engineering time over a million units has a lower margin than dividing a quarter of a billion dollars of engineering time over 10k cars… Which means you get a more carefully designed car for less money. And I value the same attributes as the average Toyota buyer, so I get a better car for less money when compared to the Range Rovers, BMWs, and Cayannes of the world.

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah, I drove my son’s BMW for awhile- very strange, to be treated like I had “money” (I am solidly middle class) and feel like I couldn’t park anywhere, for fear of scratches and dents (it was a black Beemer). For better or worse, cars are status symbols (or lack of status) here in the USA.

        • 0 avatar

          Here is the difference. If I drive my BMW on the interstate, folks don’t cut me off. I can actually drive smoothly at speed.

          If I drive my late model TDi, I am dogged consistently. Minivans move over and block the left lane like I’m not even there.

          D-bag to some or not, the fancy car is given greater deference on the highway.

          This situation reverses totally in traffic. If you need to be let into a line of traffic, say, for an exit or driveway, folks will let the VW into the stream twice as often as the BMW. Also, pickup truck guys never screw with you in the VW, but will take great joy in blocking the BMW.

          My average highway speed in both cars is identical.

          Also, the D-bag quotient is directly related to where you are and the relative level of affluence in that area. My ten year old 3-er is a nothing around NYC, but upstate gets “looks”.

          Ten year old Cayenne ? Dealer Maintained ? Free ? I’d take it, and get a trusted indy to look it over. Other than the bumper car bit, who cares ? You aren’t buying it, so screw the carfax report. It has probably been over maintained, and under driven. Get on a forum, find the local club, get over the guys who won’t talk to you because it isn’t a 911. Enjoy the perceptions of others who judge you on your car. It is kind of funny.

        • 0 avatar

          Whenever I see an expensive car parked across two spots, I always wonder why someone would pay extra to have to stress about scratches.

          I have an eye for detail, so I’d notice scratches everythine. With a used car that saved me tens of thousands of dollars in depreciation, they come pre-scratched and I don’t have to stress about new ones.

          I’m in a demographic where showing up in an expensive car can be “expected”, but I don’t see any practical advantages to playing along.

  • avatar

    Sound advice Steve.

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    So what was wrong with the Outback 3.6? I’ve always heard the H6 Subaru engine was much better than the H4 with better head gaskets and timing chains.

    Or is the problem that its a CUV and you would have rather had the Legacy sedan 3.6R?

    Meh, I wouldn’t take a free Porsche as a daily driver unless it still had a warranty on it. And a Porsche CUV makes no sense as a weekend toy. The whole family is almost better off if he gives up the keys and you drive the Cheyenne when you stop in to see them, just enough to keep it going. Then when the old fellow shuffles off this mortal coil you sell the Porsche and put the money toward the estate taxes.

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    I should probably plead guilty on this. In 2001, my mom sold me my father’s 1984 Cutlass. When I say “sold” I mean that she sold the family house about this time and moved into a retirement community and gave all of us kids a small cut of the money she made on the house. She gave me less than she gave the others, but I got the car.

    I drove it for a couple of months and then took the car to DC where I paid to store it for two years while I was overseas, then drove it a month before putting it back into storage before going to Japan for two more years. I came home, used it for another month and eventually decided it was costing too much to store it so I left it with my brother. One day, my brother mentioned my nephew’s wife was in a family way and that he didn’t have a family car so I gifted it to him.

    My nephew drove it for a couple of months, then sold it to his neighbor (why put dubbs on it and tinted the windows) and used the money to buy tools to get into a new job.

    Here’s the thing. It still irritates me that he sold it the way he did. If he had used it up and then sold it, I wouldn’t have faulted him a bit, but to have it for a couple of months and then sell it and take the money to buy something else – well that just hurts. I can equivocate and say that he used the money to buy tools for a job he was starting and that he took the gift and got a leg-up on life, but frankly it still pisses me off. If he’d have come to me and told me he need $1000 for tools, I probably would have given it to him.

    So here’s the thing. A car like this does come with some strings attached. Yes its yours, but you need to consider other people’s feelings if you decide to dump it. Using it up and then selling it is the best solution, I think, otherwise just politely refuse it and get what you want – it sounds like you can afford it anyhow.

    I like my nephew. I think he’s a great young guy, a hard worker and a good dad, but he’s not getting any more gifts from me in the future.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t blame you for feeling that way one bit.

      If an exchange is made for something at below market value, there’ s strings attached. It’s not always rational, but it’s there.

      I remember my dad selling a really well-taken care of car he had owned for a number of years to one of his “good” friends for a smoking deal because he was always asking about it. So he gets it detailed and gets some maintenance done before selling it to him.

      A few weeks later, I find it in the classifieds for more than he bought it for. He just wanted to flip it for a profit.

      Needless to say, it’s still an issue that still makes him mad and justifiably so.

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    Man if it was me, I would be tempted by this offer. I could personally drive a Cayenne, especially a free one!

    I know that it’s not your thing though. If you aren’t going to keep this CUV a few years, then don’t do it. I can’t see it being good for family relations at all.

  • avatar

    Normally I despise the Cayenne for being one of the worst cases of automotive globalization, but your reasons for not liking it sound a bit…well, spoiled.

    1 It isn’t “you”: What car is exactly “you” then? It may not be to your preferences, but for a free car a Cayenne isn’t a bad deal personal bias’s aside.

    2 Its an automatic: Oh yea, automatics are so torturous to drive, well in a 3-speed Tercel yea but in a torquey Cayenne you have no room to complain until it breaks.

    I say to keep it for a few months and when you get tired of it, sell it and buy a stick shift Porsche 926.

    At best the Cayenne will be fairly reliable for all of 3-4 months, at worst its free money to use on something else.

    Apologies if my comment comes off as mean-spirited any.

    • 0 avatar

      The car is not free. The price is family drama and the risk of huge repair bills. Even if nothing costly breaks immediately, it will cost vastly more than the Accord in fuel, insurance, and tires. Hold that thing long enough and it could easily leave him in a bad financial spot.

      I think he needs to refuse. Especially after reading Thomas’s comment.

      • 0 avatar

        “it will cost vastly more than the Accord in fuel, insurance, and tires.”

        Vastly more? Come on. Douchebag badge or not it’s an old beater of an SUV that’d be totalled out around $13,000 and at 4 miles to work he’d barely drive it.

        Maintenance is killer. Another $20 a corner for tires and gassing up every 3 weeks instead of 5 are just noise.

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    I’m confused. It’s a free Cayenne. Drive it, fix it when needed and when you’re done, sell it. It’s a payment free car that will be somewhat fun and will need maintenance. Sounds like a good deal.

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    I see no real issue here. The Cayenne is a nice enough vehicle to be an interesting detour for a few months. For an enthusiast it has zero pull, but he it’s not without short term charm (like an X5 it will contemptuously conquer challenges that should not be posed to anything with that ride height.)

    Take it, drive it for a few months, make sure to document a cool family trip in it or something. Then sell it and get something you’d actually like, something without a hefer-spec transmission. Think of it as a free down payment on something with a lower COG and a manual transmission.

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    I had this same “problem” come up over the weekend with my grandmother’s car. It is a MINT condition 1990 Toyota Camry LE with 39000 miles. She does not drive anymore and gave it to me. I drove it to work today and the MKT stayed at home.

  • avatar

    To TTACers:

    Do your (future) children in law a favor: buy a Lexus on your next purchase of Porsche.

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    Unless there’s a dead body in it, there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ free car… Drive the Cayenne until it starts asking you for money, then sell it cheap(ish. Keep the ‘Cord just in case.
    If you want a GTI, you could probably get a nice used Civic Si or ILX with the 2.4 for less money ?

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    Keep in mind that the Cayenne is out of warranty. You could easily have a repair in the 6-8 thousand dollar range. That would be the gift that keeps on giving.

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    Step 1: Take Cayenne, give to wife.
    Step 2: Sell Accord and Outback.
    Step 3: Buy GTI.

    • 0 avatar

      Yup, that’s the answer.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah – why doesn’t your wife gets first dibs on it? (Or, put another way, why doesn’t she get saddled with it?) It’s her parents’ car, and she’s more invested in making them happy.

      She already knows you’re trying to get out of driving a hand-me-down AT car, and that this wouldn’t exactly be a gift to you. Besides, if she doesn’t want to drive the Cayenne then surely she’ll understand why you don’t want to. I hope.

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    Donate it to Steve to use as a doghouse.

  • avatar
    el scotto

    Your wife and your in-laws are wanting you to take a car you don’t really like? First of all, cars you don’t like never, ever run well; never. Secondly, wife and in-laws want you to do something you don’t want to do? Even though they mean well, as we say in the South. You have three strikes against you every morning before you even get your shoes on. Three Strikes. Every morning. Is it worth this much strife?

  • avatar

    Steve, your dog house ordeal reminds me of a story about a gun rack…

    Is your MILs name Stacy by chance? Has anyone ever referred to her as a “psycho hose-beast”?

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    So you are whining about getting a free Porsche Cayenne or driving a 2006 Accord V6 huh… but you considered leasing a GTI for an 8-mile commute. First world problems, huh!?!? :)

    Take the free Cayenne and use it as your fancy-shmancy family car slash commuter slash daily driver. Its free, that’s not the same as buying one and paying for it and the maintenance. This saves you from having to buy a practical car and its somewhat cool in a douchey way. The other soccer dads will be envious at least.

    Then buy yourself something fun and completely impractical that you really want to spend your money on. Miata, Z3, classic 911, Mustang, etc, whatever floats your boat.

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    Where do you live? I’d take the Cayenne, throw some studs on it, and use it as a winter beater. I’d probably mostly drive the Accord in summer though. I driven a couple examples of that generation of Accord and I like them, though the ones I drove were manuals. Still, even though I couldn’t see myself buying an automatic, I’d still be willing to drive one if it makes sense, and free vehicles make a lot of sense. I’d get the choice of the next vehicle purchase though.

    Maybe you should just take the Cayenne and add a toy to your vehicle collection? With all your practical vehicles, you can skip the kind-of-sporty car (GTI – not saying it isn’t a nice ride) and get something with a manual and RWD so you can fun with the corner exits as well as the entries.

    Of course, the maintenance doesn’t scare me. I’ve never paid someone to work on my vehicles and I wouldn’t plan on starting with that one. There’s too many resources available in the internet age to think that I wouldn’t be able find cost-effective solutions to any problems that might arise.

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