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Old 01-08-2005, 04:58 AM   #1
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Question It's down to two cars, but I'll need a little help for my final buying decision

Hey guys, I just need a little advice on what to buy for my next car. I'll be buying it around June, so I still have plenty of time to decide. Pretty much, this is what it's down to, so no other alternatives are necessary. This car is basically gonna carry me through my last two years of high school and into my first year of college. Here's what they are, and let me explain why.

2001 Saleen Mustang S/C
Yeah, it's fricken awesome. It also happens to be my dads. It has less that 3,000 miles and it's convertible. Basically, my budget is like $9,000. My dad bought the Saleen at Barret-Jackson for $21,000. Quite a steal, huh? As it turns out, the guy who brought it to auction had a heart attack while there, but the car still went through without a reserve. Kind of a right place, right time type of thing. Anyhow, because he bought it so cheap, he said that he would sell it to me for $18,000. But we also have a deal going where he'll put up whatever I put up, so it works out perfectly.

Pros:-More muscle than you'll ever need
-Ridiculously fast
-Automatic improves its daily drivability
-Drop-dead gorgeous

Cons:-Really stiff steering
-Not a practical daily driver
-It's so low to the ground, that I have to pull it in to the garage an
-Plain Interior
-Pretty bad mpg (not sure exactly what the numbers are, so if anyone
knows, please let me know here)
-Very little back seat room, which is a huge factor since I will be driving
my lazy ass friends a lot cause they still don't have their liscence

2005 Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged
One of my dad's best friends (who I know very well and also happens to be the boss at my job) has a brother who owns a Chevy dealership and my be able to work out some sort of deal to fit my limited budget. It would be a stretch since it basically starts at $22,000 and I would only have a combined total of $18,000 with my dad, but my dad's friend assured me that they could work out some sort of deal (and he didn't mean leasing it). So that certainly is an option too, and a more practical one as well.

Pros:-Quick, capable, and manuverable
-MUCH better fuel economy
-More of a daily driver/More practical
-More backseat room
-Nicer Interior

Cons:-Not as fast as Saleen
-Weaker than Saleen
-Not as noticable as Saleen
-Potentially more expensive

To me, it's a draw. I sway back and forth way more than I'd like to so that's why I need your input. I'll take a look at the appearance of the Saleen and decide I want that one day, and then I'll see the interior (seats especially) of the Cobalt and change my mind. Although love the raw power of the Saleen, I also need a car as practical as the Cobalt. So that's it's a hard choice for me. But I ask that you guys keep an open mind. Being the car enthusiasts that most of you are, you're probably going to jump at the Saleen, but you also need to look at it from my standpoint as well, the standpoint of a high school student who make a 56 mile commute everyday to school and back. So please, let me know your thoughts .

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Old 01-08-2005, 07:28 AM   #2
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Get the SS,
Because its not a mustang.
For a while you'll be the only guy in your zipcode with one.
They look extremely cool when yellow or red and have wanna be skyline taillights
Its not a mustang.

I just realized something.
The aftermarket for the SS will probably be ridiculously small for a long time.
So unless you do custom work and stuff, you'll be stuck where you are for a while.
But still.
To many mustangs runnin around suckin down gas.
Get the SS.
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Old 01-08-2005, 05:30 PM   #3
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You are called STi Guy and you are getting a Chevy or a Saleen? This makes no sense. Whats wrong with the STi?

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Old 01-09-2005, 02:32 AM   #4
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As much respect as I have for the STi, it is just a tad too far out of my price range . By the time I'm in college, I should be able to upgrade though.
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Old 01-09-2005, 03:23 PM   #5
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I say if they make a deal with you on the Chevy make sure its the LT Sedan, 4 door for nice room with your buds in high school, saves a lot more in gas, & still looks sleek.
If you can only make a deal with the Coupe, get the Saleen
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Old 01-09-2005, 08:12 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by StiMan
You are called STi Guy and you are getting a Chevy or a Saleen? This makes no sense. Whats wrong with the STi?

Maybe he his open-mindedness is wider than his wallet and he will buy more than one particular vehicle. Just a guess.
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