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Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    It looks like the driver's mirror is unscathed, though. That saves about $5K alone! :P
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    "If your classic __________ got totaled, would you use the payoff to buy the same type of car again?"

    For me, that's a resounding "NO!" Not because I don't like my antiques/classics, but simply because the most valuable part of any of them (to me) is their history. Without that, I wouldn't have a good enough reason to have them to make me seek out another.
  • au1994au1994 Posts: 765
    That's my motto, although the 328 may test it.

    Owned the same make 3.5 times. Mustang and Explorer about 8 yrs apart; Tacoma and 4Runner about 6 yrs apart; Accord and TSX (thus the .5) about 4 yrs apart.

    2013 335i Sport Line Alpine White over Coral Red w/Black Trim

    2005 330cic ZHP Monaco Blue over Natural Brown w/Black Trim

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited March 2013
    "If your classic __________ got totaled, would you use the payoff to buy the same type of car again?"

    Hmm...I don't know. Fintail has a mere 5K of agreed value coverage with Hagerty - could probably find an OK old MB for that kind of money, but I don't know. Fintails are not expensive, but not easy to find a decent one anymore. I might be stuck. I wonder if they'd let me keep the tires :shades:
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    All I know is, I'd be really upset at losing my Brougham. The car has been with me for over 24 years. I could probably easily find another nice Brougham, but it won't be my car!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    That's it! Granted, it might be a *little* more difficult for me to find a nice '69 Ford Econoline, but the same point stands: It wouldn't be my car. :cry:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    I've passed the 18 year mark with my car. It would break my heart to lose it in a wreck. I also know all of its quirks - picking up another 50 year old car with lord only knows what issues might be uncomfortable.

    Really nice fintails seem to have crept up a little, maybe I should add a grand to that value.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    I also know all of its quirks - picking up another 50 year old car with lord only knows what issues might be uncomfortable.

    Exactly the same with me with my 28 year old. I would be very hesitant to pick up a replacement car with an unknown history.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,744
    "If your classic __________ got totaled, would you use the payoff to buy the same type of car again?"

    Really good question. I wish I had a good answer.

    In my case I would be getting a cheque for $18,000. I know I wouldn't want the exact same model/year again. But whether I'd want something close, something very different, or anything at all is really hard to say.

    I never use the Cutlass these days and I hold onto it thinking that once I'm retired, I'll do a bunch of things to it and with it. But who can say for sure.

    At times I think I'd like to have a Chrysler fuselage car, but I suspect I would drive it even less than the Cutlass. At times I think I'd like to have a modern sporty car, like a Mustang GT - but $18K won't buy one of those.

    It is a really difficult thing to figure out.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    I'd guess a really minty 123 or 126 would be one of the safer old car bets out there - they are just so solid. But it would have to present as-new and have documentation. They aren't getting any cheaper,either.
  • bhill2bhill2 Posts: 1,330
    edited March 2013
    I'd guess a really minty 123 or 126 would be one of the safer old car bets out there - they are just so solid.

    That is what would cause me to consider trying to find a replacement for my 126 despite my misgivings about hidden issues. The solidity, and the quality of the switchgear, simply delight me.

    2009 BMW 335i, 2003 Corvette cnv, 2001 Jaguar XK cnv, 1985 MB 380SE (the best of the lot)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    In the gas engine variety, I think a W126 is a much better car. The W123s went through some very shaky emissions technology.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    I was thinking if I don't buy my lease or lease again - maybe buy a nice 123 or 126, 1983+ turbo model especially. I still like 126s a lot, and 123s have enough of a cult that they will always be around.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    Maybe a W123 turbo diesel, sure. But not a gas engine. You'd be sorry I think.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Yeah, the only gas 123 sold here was the 280E, which is kind of old fashioned now. Diesel is the way to go for a 123. For a 126, smarter money would be on a later M103 I6 if not a diesel, the big later V8s are tempting, but maybe getting too thirsty for modern times.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    Depends on how much you drive it. The difference in $$$ between 16 mpg and 26 mpg isn't so bad if you are only doing a few thousand miles a year.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    On the highway the V8s apparently do as well as the 6s as they can loaf along. But in town, maybe not so good. Of course, a loaded 560SEL/SEC is the ultimate non-tuned 126.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    Yeah but a 560SEL is also the ultimate money pit. Most of them I see are real beaters.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited March 2013
    I saw a sad neglected 560SEC today - was obviously not firing on all cylinders, and was smoking.

    The engine must be more maintenance than the I6, as they are almost identical otherwise.

    Another decent one might be a final run (98-99) S320, they seem to be pretty durable, no teething problems of the earlier ones, tons of presence, cheap...but nice W140s are harder to find than nice W126s.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    300E was a good car.

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