Friday, October 15, 2004

Input Needed

Ok, I'm in the market for what right now will be a third car, but will become my second car when my old 1997 Suzuki Esteem takes a dump on me. That could be any week now.

I've been offered the opportunity by one of my workmates to buy a 1987 Buick Grand National.

Now, if you don't know what that is, let me explain. In 1987, it was the quickest and fastest production car ever made in America. I drove one when I was seventeen and have wanted one ever since. Of course, in 1987, I didn't have the $22,000 to purchase one. Now that I have a little extra cash, I can buy it for $8,000.

The Grand National in question has a lot of pros and cons. The pros are - new $8,000 paint job, very clean, never raced, never smoked in, hella fast, well maintained, about to be a collector's item.

The cons are - 140,000 miles on the engine, needs a tune up, costly to maintain, gas mileage sucks, only takes premium fuel, insurance premiums are costly, mainly b/c they're stolen often, not a practical second car.

This is a hard decision for me because I've wanted one for the better part of two decades now. Do I realize my teenage dream of owning one, or do I go for practicality and/or economy and buy a used Honda or something?

What to do, what to do. Any input you guys have would be appreciated.

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