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Focus vs. T/A   19 members have voted

  1. 1. I'm adding this for you, FOG. -Camino

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My current daily driver (as most of you know) is a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. Recently I ran across a Trans Am that looks to be in my price range (finally) So, I'm going to drive the Pontiac tomorrow and if I can swing it I *might* trade. But I'm really attached to the Focus and it's excellent gas mileage.

THE BREAKDOWN

2001 Ford Focus ZX3

* 2.0L DOHC I-4/ 5 speed manual

* 84,900 miles

* Excellent gas mileage/Generally fun to drive

* Paid off in roughly 2 years

* Positive equity

1998 or 1999 (Not sure which) Pontiac Trans Am

* LS1/ 6 speed manual

* 85,000 miles

* All the options including leather

* $8900 takes it home

* Not a WS6 unfortunately

The main thing about the Focus is that it's a nice car that I'm not upside down on but it's not really my persona. I've always wanted a Trans Am and it would fit me so much better, yet it would probably be a bit higher payment and would be another 2 or so years of payments. According to EPA.GOV I'd be losing 5 MPG in the city and 2 MPG on the highway (The highway is most important because of my frequent trips home) that works out to roughly $300 more per year in fuel. The other expense concern would be insurance. I have a picture perfect driving record, but naturally it will be more $$$ than the Focus but I could offset some of that cost by switching my Camaros to classic car insurance.

I'm not sure what to do... I'd love to have the Trans Am, but I'm not sure I want to give up the characteristics of the Focus and I'm not sure I want to buy a car that is 2-3 years older.

UPDATES ON LIFE

1) I haven't been around much lately because I cut off the internet at my house. I figured I'd try to brave one month without internet before I move back to school and hook up the cable.

2) My family recently purchased a Buick... TA-DA, a low mileage 1993 Regal Custom now resides in my driveway (white wall tires, wire hubcaps and all) to cut down on fuel costs as the Silverado has been parked. It's not a bad car, has the 3800 and reminds me a lot of my 1990 Lumina from back in the day (Not a good thing nessecerily, since it is supposed to be a few steps up) I don't really like driving it though because it seems so floaty and is extremely hard for me to get in and out of.

3) I recently posted the topic about needing custom plates for the Camaros... I think I have decided to take Camino's suggestion on the '68 and get "Primal" meaning first/original and I think I have settled on "Thrash" for the '73 because of my love for thrash metal. That would incorporate my two loves, cars and music. And, too, with the 406 and all the car does thrash a lot.

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I would say it really depends on how important saving money is to you. The Trans Am would undoubtedly use more gas and have higher insurance rates. If you could deal with that, I'd say go for it.

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Wow... Focus or Trans Am.... :scratchchin:

Dude, you only live once - go for the Trans Am!!! :thumbsup: But be logical about it and make sure you can afford it and that it won't kill you financially. I had a '95 Trans Am and sorely miss it; however, having two kids (13 & 2), a T/A isn't a great, practical family hauler. Go for the fun while you can.

Just my :twocents:

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Drive the Pontiac, then decide if it's what you want.
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Very cool that you picked "Primal". :thumbsup:

I think you'll be surprised at how much you will save by putting the Camaros on Classic insurance, I bet that it will more than offset any additonal premium for the T/A over the Focus. You should do this even if you don't buy the T/A.

I agree with Ocn, drive the T/A first.

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I say you use this opportunity to get the car you know you've always lusted after:

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Admit it - a beige 02-06 Camry is what really sets your heart afire. Ever since that rental a couple of years ago you've longed for another one. Why wait? Do it now. You're only young once.

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If you'll be doing mostly highway driving then you can expect MPG in the high 20's, maybe very low 30's, assuming you stick around 65-70, in 6th gear. So the fuel economy is good, but it's the extra 10-30 cents per gallon of premium gas to consider...

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I'd say go for it-you might not run into this again...

Worst come to worse-there are plenty of Foci out there.....

You could even get a Focus beater (I saw a 00 with 110k on it for 2100..)

Do it man! :thumbsup:

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If it were me, I'd get the Trans Am. But like you said, I'd be leery about the insurance costs, especially if you aren't 25 yet. Part of the reason I'm still driving my Lumina in college is to save money on insurance to pay off loans. I'd say go for it if you can afford the insurance.

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It seems like a good deal but I would ask myself if I had enough toys or not at some point. I mean yo do have two nicley restored Camaros right? The Trans Am will cost a lot more in gas and insurance. If those weren't an issue and I was in your shoes I'd do it in a heart beat. If I only had the focus I'd do it in a heart beat. Having two sick Camaros though, I'd have to weigh the cost of the new car compared to my other debts and really think if it is worth it or responsiable to do it. That being said I'll be the first to admit that I don't always do the responsible thing financially.

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I say you use this opportunity to get the car you know you've always lusted after:

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Admit it - a beige 02-06 Camry is what really sets your heart afire. Ever since that rental a couple of years ago you've longed for another one. Why wait? Do it now. You're only young once.

Older people buy the Camry, so he should wait until his like 60 and then he'll be right in line with the Camry's age demographic.

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I'd make the rational choice--keep the Focus and work on paying it off..

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Tee!!! Aaa!!! all the way!!!
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I'd make the rational choice--keep the Focus and work on paying it off..

Except that the T/A will likely have better resale at that point in time.

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Drive the T/A and see how much you like it.

I would never take the GTO to school, so in your case I'd probably stick with the Focus and wait until I was done to get something I really wanted. If the GTO got lots of dings and scratches as most cars that "live" on campus do, I'd be pretty pissed, and I assume that you'd be the same way with the T/A. With the Focus, you obviously wouldn't be happy, but I don't think it'd mean as much since the Focus is "just a car" and the T/A actually would mean something to you.

So, I guess if I were deciding, I'd stay with the Focus and get a T/A or something after I got out.

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At school you will have to worry about the T/A getting vandalized...that is a garage type car. Plus winter driving? I am 1000% for you getting the T/A and ridding your mojo of the Focus...but practicality might be more important here.

And my Corvette automatic is returning high 20's in mixed driving, so the 6M should do better than that.

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At school you will have to worry about the T/A getting vandalized...that is a garage type car. Plus winter driving? I am 1000% for you getting the T/A and ridding your mojo of the Focus...but practicality might be more important here.

And my Corvette automatic is returning high 20's in mixed driving, so the 6M should do better than that.

Mid 20's and my Cobalt won't even make it to 25 mpg?!

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Mid 20's and my Cobalt won't even make it to 25 mpg?!

LS1 F-bodies get great mileage, often beyond EPA estimates.

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Mid 20's and my Cobalt won't even make it to 25 mpg?!

What the heck are you doing to that poor car? :P I get 27 in pure city driving. This last tank was a mix of city/hwy and I averaged 31.

FOG, I'd seriously consider getting the TA if the test drive goes well. Good examples are becoming harder to come by, and they are still commanding a decent price. If the expenses for the TA kills you, you can always pick up another 4cyl car for a DD, but hold onto the TA foras long as possible It might be possible to get it insured by the same insurance outfit that you'll use for the Camaros, but as an exotic. It's true...American Colllector's INsurance, for example, would have let me do it with an SSR. If you do both the Camaros with one company, they might be willing to work with you on the TA.

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this is an interesting thread because it is an example of the function/need vs. want/fun dilemma everyone faces buying a car.

i would lean to the T/A, although check the T/A for rust before you decide.

at least you know what's wrong with your focus. hard to be sure what the 'issues' might be with the t/a.

it's like when they were running 199 leases on new GTO's....my gm card would have taken care of the downpayment and the wife said 'you can have one'.....but she knew putting the kid in the backseat of the two door would make me mad, and she knew RWD on winter ice would make me mad and she knew the 9 cu ft trunk would make me mad. so i ended up with the 500 instead. GRRRRRRRR

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...and you're still mad. :AH-HA_wink:

You know what, if I were buying any used car, especially a sports car, I'd check it for questionable body repairs. Look inside the door jambs, look at the front aprons, anywhere you can think of for anything that seems obvious, or suspicious. Yes, quality repairs can be made, but there are some chop shops left out there, and so many F-bodies and Mustangs have been in accidents...

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As far as buying 4th gen F-bodies goes, right now is probably the best time to get one. But, I would seek out a well-cared-for, low-mileage example as the price difference is relatively minimal.

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