Buying a new car

  1. Ok, I've been thinking about this for a while now. My job is kinda getting settled in. There are still some ends to iron out - but I'm confident that it'll work out in the end.

    Now, assmuing that all goes well and I've settled into my new job by this time next year - I want to go ahead and get myself a new car. I've decided to put my motorcycle on hold for now (or not. We'll see) and replace my ageing car.

    Trouble is, I can't decide which car to go for.

    And now that Dodge has announced that it'll be start production again for the Challenger, my decision just became more complicated.

    This is the expected 2008 Dodge Challenger

    Click the picture for more pictures and info.

    But on the other hand - I've always wanted to own a Mustang.

    Whaddaya think?

    This is kinda long term and I won't be buying for another year atleast --- but I want to start planning for it now so that I can set aside funds and make arrangements and the like
  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   dianah
    Mustang. Can't give you any reasons, just gave you my gut feeling on it.
  4. by   loricatus
    Had a Mustang once and only kept it for a year because it was nothing but one mechanical problem after another-hope they aren't like that anymore.

    I was told that FORD meant either:


    Anyway, that Charger really looks nice.

    Good Luck to you on whatever you decide?
  5. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    I personally would kill for a Shelby. I've always driven Fords and I probably always will. Good luck with your decision! Just keep in mind that if your plans one day include a family, now would be a great time for a "fun" car.
  6. by   Roy Fokker
    I thought long and hard about a Shelby - especially the new GT500. But those things run on Premium gas and I don't think I can afford premium octane at 22miles to the gallon .... YET :chuckle

    Barring DC re-releasing either HemiCuda or a RoadRunner ... it's gotta be either the Mustang GT or Challenger. I thought about the Charger but the 4 door thing just looks silly....
  7. by   NurseyBaby'05
    Two things:

    #1-I think you would get more money back if you ever sell or trade the Mustang.

    #2-The other thing to consider is that the Challenger will be in it's first year of production for that model. Many relatives that dh and I have in the auto industry emphasize to never get something in it's first or last year of production. A lot of times the kinks have not shown up yet. Give them a year or two to work out the bugs.
  8. by   DDRN4me
    Roy, dh has a 2003 mACH 1. azure blue. he loves it. I cant drive a standard . the one thing i will warn you about is that they are horrible in the rain and snow; we have a "beater" car for bad weather.
    I do have to agree that i would hesitate to buy any car in its first year of production... have done it before and it was a big mistake. many issues with that car ( a chevy not a ford)
  9. by   adrienurse
    I have a real big bias against domestic cars (prolly because one of them is stolen here like every 5 minutes). If you want a flashy car, get one. I personally think our 2004 golf is a sweet ride.

    PS My Dad still cries about how much he misses his Challenger from the 70's but had to give it up when us kids came around (boohoo) it was turquoise with white leather seats.
  10. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Running my mouth again, lol. I have a first year production SUV. I've had a few little bugs, nothing major. I did get really ticked when the dealer refused to replace my tires due to actual manufacturing problems. At that point, they had stopped using that particular tire and were well aware of the problem. I ended up spending an absurd amount of money for some kick-*** tires that I love. I no longer get thrown every time I hit a small puddle. Ok, shutting up now about that. The car I had before this one was a 2001 V-6 Stang that I did a few mods to. I really do miss it. I think you'd like a Mustang, no matter what size engine you get. I personally prefer the feel of a V-8, but I get by with a 6. If you plan to do any mods at all performance-wise, you're better off with an 8. If you want to pretty it up, size doesn't matter. The newer body style Stang has more head and legroom, so that's a little better for tall folks. Please forgive me, I love car talk and can't shutup, lol!
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    Gosh.. I dont know both are great. Why dont you buy them both, drive them a couple of weeks then give the one you dont want to me...
  12. by   NurseyBaby'05
    It will be for the baby, right?
  13. by   txspadequeenRN
    LOL... Why do I think you are trying to remind me that I need a school bus instead of a sports car..
  14. by   NurseyBaby'05
    No, not that at all. It just reminded me of dh. Everytime he finds something he wants like a pocketknife made from high end tool steel, hockey tickets, etc., his says we should get it under the guise that "it's for the baby."