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Old 02-09-2018, 02:30 AM
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I think the philosophy also evolves with time and experience. There are many cars out there where the "idea" of having one is much grander than the actual experience. I think it is analagous to dating...where the process is much more about getting to know yourself than anything else.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:12 AM
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I travel a lot (50+ trips a year), so my cars natural very low miles. Most miles on the caddilacs my car service picks me up in. It costs me $7k/year to store cars above 4, so I need the like it is enough to pay that to not trade it in when I pick up something else. 2k miles is a lot for me, my highest miler at the moment is 500.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:19 AM
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I found that by keeping to a set number, to get another you need to let one go, then the challenge is to improve the quality of the limited number of cards you hold.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by NateOZ View Post
I travel a lot (50+ trips a year), so my cars natural very low miles. Most miles on the caddilacs my car service picks me up in. It costs me $7k/year to store cars above 4, so I need the like it is enough to pay that to not trade it in when I pick up something else. 2k miles is a lot for me, my highest miler at the moment is 500.
What do you mean by above 4? And what does the second part mean? Pretty confusing.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:13 AM
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Usually 1 year and I'm bored. Special cars like my 996 GT3 4.0 lasted 2 years. 997.2 GT3 1.5 years; 991 GT3, 3 months. I don't usually own more than 2 cars at a time and rack on the miles. It's just a car, as soon as the excitement dies, time for something new!

Surprisingly McLaren 650S looks like it's going to break the ownership duration record.

We'll see how long the 991 RS will last..maybe just long enough until the .2.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:21 AM
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I've bought my 911s with the intention to keep them 5 years and 100,000 miles. My 2014 didn't make it that long simply because my allocation for a 2019 GT3T turned into an allocation for a 2018 GT3T and I decided that I'd be perfectly happy to get the car a year early My 2009 C4S did make it 5 years and 107,000 miles. I sold it to a friend who didn't keep it very long. They've all been my daily driver. For me, it's just too much money to leave parked in a garage. But, I understand the opposite point that they're too much money to subject to some of the not so careful and attentive drivers out there. My 2006 C4S lasted about 9 months before it was obliterated by a pickup truck who's driver was driving WAY to fast on a rainy night...

My "other" car is a minivan (for my dogs - a transportation appliance). I'll keep that until it's too much of a PITA to keep on the road. For our 2004, that was about 125,00 miles and 11 years.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Ervin Wu View Post
What do you mean by above 4? And what does the second part mean? Pretty confusing.
I think what Nate was saying was that because he lives in New York, he has to pay extra to park more than 4 cars. So paying extra for parking comes into his decision process when deciding what to add.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:04 PM
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The old me would only keep a car for 1 year. My current driver is a 15 991TTS and 28k miles. My 15 M5 has 17k miles.

The new cars are so good I am keeping them about 3 years.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by robmypro View Post
I wonder how many guys here will regret selling their 991 GT3's 10 or 15 years from now?
Depends on the guys I guess. In my case, in the early 2000s, I had two really nice 928S4s, one black, one Diamond Blue, both 5 speeds. I sold them for nothing. Same 928 in black now sells for 25K. Diamond Blue perhaps 30K. Can't find 5 speeds for sale either.

Oh, I sold my black one for 4000......yes, four grand. No one wanted it then.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:18 PM
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If I had the means, I’d keep them all forever and just add another at least once per year.

Short of that, the chase is just too much of a thrill not to change up every year or two.

Maybe I’ll change if Porsche abandons NA in next GT3/GT4/Spyder, since I’ve test driven 991.2 and 718 with their new turbo motors and found nothing to like about them. Even found a 991.1 Turbo S underwhelming despite great expectations. But even then, I’ve still never owned and can imagine wanting to someday drive/own: GT3RS, a 997, 993, 964. So I might shift to semi-recent classic P cars if the new ones lose favor with me.
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DD and fun/track cars each average about 3yrs.
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I've been flipping cars the last several years until I find one I really really like, one that every time I drive it I can't think of anything better.

In 2015 I finally settled on a Range Rover as DD, was going through DD cars every 18 months before then, my track car finally is the 2016 RS..love it.

then my weekend car kept flipping, latest is the 570GT and will probably keep rotating this one, already wondering how good the next aston vantage will be...

I have a GT3 touring on order..that is probably a keeper and something to eventually give to my son.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:37 AM
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I always tell myself "this is the last one," but know it's not true. It's not really my car buying philosophy, it's more so my garage philosophy. I like to have a mix of everything, but I'm attached to certain brands more than others. Some cars I'll never sell, my 2014 E63/GT3, others I don't really mind getting rid of. I guess it just evolves over time.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:46 AM
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With most of the world's music now being available at low cost through Tidal, etc., my interest in audio stuff has been rekindled recently. I notice some similarity in the audiophile search for equipment that can deliver "perfect" sound or at least further increments of perceived improvement in sound, as compared to the car enthusiast's search for the "perfect" car or at least something different and better in some ways. In both domains, I think it's possible for the search to reach an unhealthy level of obsession, to the detriment of enjoying what one already has in the moment, and there can be too much tendency to believe that newer must be better. Constantly replacing equipment due to that search can also be an expensive proposition, which can be a problem if it causes someone to stretch too much financially.
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Originally Posted by Manifold View Post
With most of the world's music now being available at low cost through Tidal, etc., my interest in audio stuff has been rekindled recently. I notice some similarity in the audiophile search for equipment that can deliver "perfect" sound or at least further increments of perceived improvement in sound, as compared to the car enthusiast's search for the "perfect" car or at least something different and better in some ways. In both domains, I think it's possible for the search to reach an unhealthy level of obsession, to the detriment of enjoying what one already has in the moment, and there can be too much tendency to believe that newer must be better. Constantly replacing equipment due to that search can also be an expensive proposition, which can be a problem if it causes someone to stretch too much financially.
Agree. I'm an audiophile myself and have gone through so much equipment over the years. Speaking of audiophile, the world of cables alone can easily set u back tens of thousands of dollars...
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