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  1. I just like "older" cars because I don't much like where modern cars are headed. When I'm 40, $100,000 is going to get me something with a computer that drives itself, and a built-in foot massage machine and soda dispenser. Perhaps it's just me but I prefer driving when I'm in a car, but I know LOTS of people who said that given a choice, they'd choose personal teleportation over owning a car, hands down. I'd still choose a car. It's just such an expression of personality. I'm trying to explain to them how in 100 years this will be the coolest thing ever. Just like how in the early 1900's frontier days, the sidearm you chose was also an area of self expression, but that's completely phased out by now, along with horses and pocket watches. But I'm not one to get stuck in the past, I guess when the era of personal motor vehicles come to an end I won't go kicking and screaming, but nonetheless while I live in a society where a car is both a necessary expense and a work of art, I'll spend a bit extra on something with character.
  2. Easy there. Just because I'm not getting the muscle car doesn't mean I'm riding a bike to work. The Geo is fine.
  3. Wow, thanks for the heap of replies! Lots of good info in there. The evolution of my thoughts on this idea: Although I did consider the issue of theft I forgot about apartment regulations and work areas. In order of magnitude these are the (now deal-breaking) issues for me: 1. Apartment Vehicle Regulations & Suitable Work Area (biggest problem) 2. Driver and Passenger Collision Safety 3. Gas Prices 4. Vehicle Cost 5. Vehicle Insurance 6. Chances of Theft 7. Vehicle Size (Parking & Maneuvering) 8. Vehicle Maintenance Work + Costs (smallest problem) Although the above is enough to make me reconsider the idea of having a classic car as a daily driver, I am going to end up owning one someday. I want to avoid having two cars until I decide to put down roots somewhere, one of the greatest perks of being young is MOBILITY and FLEXIBILITY which doesn't happen if I have TWO cars to shuttle around and worry about maintaining/fueling/getting stolen. If I have an anonymous economy car I can drive straight onto a ferry with all my possessions and set sail for Europe if I so desire (unlikely). I value the freedom of having few possessions. I don't like being tied down by anything, I don't own anything worth keeping that can't be put into my car. One thing I'm sure of is that I'll have money in the future (say 10 years from now) to set up a personal garage and get a classic car. I'm a bit bummed because I wanted something I could "grow up with" and work on throughout these years, you know, develop a bond with a car, but I think it's wiser to put that aside for now. Along with packing light I also value anonymity and a Geo Prizm provides that in spades. I don't see any point in going halfway, I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person. Better to focus on career and get the money faster so I can drive that MoPar sooner, less distractions that way, more freedom on the other side. Perhaps I'll fix up the Prizm, for the heck of it. :confused:
  4. A little about me... I'm in my 20s and planning on moving to L.A. I don't know too much about cars, but I believe in taking care of whatever you drive, so I've already begun cleaning up my aging 90's econo-car and making it look and run nice again, despite how many winters it's seen. I have a genuine interest in cars and I'm ready to learn, not just maintenance but also being a good driver. I've been thinking about getting a late 60's-early 70's muscle car as a daily driver. I look at the cars I could replace my aging Geo Prizm with, something modern and cheap, or even modern and expensive, but I keep going back to this idea of a classic car. I want something with style, and frankly all the newer cars I see just don't do it for me. I'd rather save the money than spend it on an invisible car. When I love something, I can often put up with impracticality, but to a degree of course. I don't mind spending a bit extra on gas, I don't mind having to be more in-tune to the needs of the car, I don't mind it being a bit hot inside or the ride being a bit rough. That said, I don't want to spend crazy money on keeping it filled, I don't want it breaking down on me, and I don't want something out-and-out tiresome to drive. I'm looking at something not too expensive to purchase. I don't need monstrous power. I can raise the money if I want the car enough, I can shop around for a deal, but I don't want to pay 25 grand for something that's going to cost me even more just to keep it on the road. Under 20 grand total would be great. I just want something with some presence. :cool: I've always had a love for 2nd and 3rd generation Barracudas but so do lots of other people and again I want reasonable prices. The main concern I have is SAFETY. We're talking L.A. traffic on freeways DAILY, and that's not a small risk in a 40 year old car. I am also considering the safety of any passengers I might have. I could have TWO cars but that almost defeats the point. It's restrictive and a waste of money. If I drive the 70's car I want to be known for it. I'm alright with installing seat belts, disc brakes and the like, but is it too risky in general? I want to live life and not just preserve it, (hence why I don't mind spending a bit on an awesome car) but if it's too unsafe I won't do it. The most careful driving in the world can't save me from a serious collision. :confused: So there it is. I have a Geo Prizm with almost 200,000 miles on it, I don't have the cash but I'm sure can raise it if I want it enough, I don't mind a little impracticality but I want to be reasonable, and I have some major concerns about safety. I wouldn't have considered this were I not moving to L.A. I wouldn't run a nice car through the snow to work, and I can take cabs if I have to over there. Advice, recommendations, comments?
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