Stop right now if you don’t want to read about a waffler trying to decide whether or not to buy a new car.
Me: been driving the same 2000 Nissan Maxima for 12.5 years. 95,000 miles. Nice 222hp v6 with 5-speed manual transmission that I enjoy.
While my Nissan has been a great car, its stranded me twice in the past 12 months. First a radiator failure and then an alternator failure. Moreover my wife refuses to drive the manual tranny (which occasionally comes up) and I promised that my next car would be an auto.
I now have two young children that I shuttle to daycare.
Now that the muffler is starting to fall off too, I decided to listen to my wife and go test drive a bunch of cars. Settling on an Acura TSX Sports Wagon (since SUVs seem sucky to drive), but I’m really concerned I’m just going to regret getting rid of my sporty and fun-to-drive Maxima in favor of a nice but probably less fun-to-drive Acura (with less horsepower). Yeah, I know. Spend more money and I can get a Wagon with a V6, etc.
I’m trying to convince myself that my car is getting old and may strand me again. That it doesn’t have side airbags or any kind of electronic stability control. And that I deserve an upgrade and have some cash sitting in the bank.
My frugal side is saying “drive the Maxima to the ground” and that this will be the last stick shift I’ll drive in a long time.
Thoughts for this waffler?