BUYING A CAR IN 2015

BUYING A CAR IN 2017

(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)


SPECIFIC VEHICLE RECOMMENDATIONS - Sports Cars Over $40K:

The ultimates in performance. Premium gas (obviously).

Nissan GT-R - $90K, but dealers are adding huge markups. 2 seat coupe. There is a back seat for small children only. Space is small. Reliability is pretty good. Performance is unbelievable. Resale value is high, tending towards being classics. Front engine 6 cyl 4 wheel drive.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
5 - Downright fast
5 - Takes less than 115 ft to stop.  Pavement grabber.
2 - 15 to 19 mpg on regular or 17 to 21 on premium fuel
2 - Seats for 2 adults plus 2 kids who don't fight
4 - Very good vehicle
2 - Can do a trip for two
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Porsche 911 Carrera - from $80K. 2 seat coupe. There is a back seat for small children only. The quintessential sports car. Luxury be gone. Cheapest 911 is a great ride. Most expensive is pure race car. Newer cars handle much better than older, air cooled, 911s, which tended to be unforgiving of drivers' mistakes. Space is small. Reliability is not very good. Resale value is high, tending towards being classics. Some sell used for more than they cost when new. Rear engine 6 cyl with rear or 4 wheel drive.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
5 - Downright fast
5 - Takes less than 115 ft to stop.  Pavement grabber.
2 - 15 to 19 mpg on regular or 17 to 21 on premium fuel
2 - Seats for 2 adults plus 2 kids who don't fight
3 - Decent reliability for long term ownership
1 - Not much
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Chevrolet Corvette - $56K. Best performance value of all. 2 seat convertible or coupe. Tons of power from big V8 and rear wheel drive. Great looking and handling. Stops on a dime. Reliability is still not good. Standard C7 car has as much power as the C6 ZO6. Has style and performance rivaling cars costing twice as much. Actually has a real trunk. Resale value is very good relative to high dollar cars. No real reason to opt for the more expensive 'Vette models unless you want to compete on a race track.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
5 - Downright fast
5 - Takes less than 115 ft to stop.  Pavement grabber.
2 - 15 to 19 mpg on regular or 17 to 21 on premium fuel
1 - 2 seater
2 - Good for low initial price/short term ownership/low miles
2 - Can do a trip for two
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Porsche Cayman - $54K. This car is not a cheap version of the 911. It's a hardtop version of the Boxster. Very good driving car with great balance. Mid engine flat 6 with rear wheel drive makes for some maintenance nightmares like oil changes, but if you have the money, it's less expensive than the 911 and it is a Porsche.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
5 - Downright fast
5 - Takes less than 115 ft to stop.  Pavement grabber.
2 - 15 to 19 mpg on regular or 17 to 21 on premium fuel
1 - 2 seater
3 - Decent reliability for long term ownership
1 - Not much
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Lexus RC350 or RCF - $48K 306 hp V6 or $64K. 467 hp V8. Not your grandmother's Lexus. Front engine. Rear wheel drive. Replaces the ISF (with a vengence).

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
5 - Downright fast
5 - Takes less than 115 ft to stop.  Pavement grabber.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
3 - Seats 4, okay for around town, a little crowded for trips
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
2 - Can do a trip for two
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


BMW Z4 - $48K. 2 seat convertible only. Fast, but not a beast. Great driving car. Reliability is good, but not great. In line 6 cyl rear wheel drive.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
4 - Quite spritely
5 - Takes less than 115 ft to stop.  Pavement grabber.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
1 - 2 seater
3 - Decent reliability for long term ownership
2 - Can do a trip for two
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival