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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1900 on: January 13, 2019, 06:42:00 PM »
Really want a McLaren 540C but at $350,000 AUD it's not very frugal.

I've decided I'll buy a second hand one in a few years for maybe $200k if I meet my investment/savings goals.

I think if I add up all the money I save from various little hacks and tax tweaks (not the principal savings for FIRE, but just little hacks and loopholes here and there) over the years it'll probably pay for the car. Anyway, as a little trophy of accomplishment I think it's worth it.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1901 on: January 13, 2019, 08:50:46 PM »
Won $2300 in the fantasy football this year, in the only played 1 league this year. I will stash $300 to the side for next years fees.

I don't buy much for myself anymore so I think I will probably blow this on some upgrades around the house. Really want an OLED but I will probably wait for prices to drop and the tech to mature a bit, but they are really gorgeous TV's. Instead I am looking at few other things:
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  • A New Vacuum

Nothing really crazy except, a BBQ and Vacuum are needed, I have some gift cards for the local BBQ place from Christmas. The headphones, Nvidia Shield & Philips smart hue are definitely wants and premium products but oh well. Like I said, I don't spend too much on myself anymore.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1902 on: January 14, 2019, 12:12:31 AM »
Won $2300 in the fantasy football this year, in the only played 1 league this year. I will stash $300 to the side for next years fees.

I don't buy much for myself anymore so I think I will probably blow this on some upgrades around the house. Really want an OLED but I will probably wait for prices to drop and the tech to mature a bit, but they are really gorgeous TV's. Instead I am looking at few other things:
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  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones
  • Philips Hue lights
  • A New Vacuum

Nothing really crazy except, a BBQ and Vacuum are needed, I have some gift cards for the local BBQ place from Christmas. The headphones, Nvidia Shield & Philips smart hue are definitely wants and premium products but oh well. Like I said, I don't spend too much on myself anymore.

The Nvidia Shield TV is the best buy I have done in 2015 :). Amazon prime day normally sells it at 25% off the price..Maybe wait till July.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1903 on: January 14, 2019, 06:52:39 AM »
Really want a McLaren 540C but at $350,000 AUD it's not very frugal.

I've decided I'll buy a second hand one in a few years for maybe $200k if I meet my investment/savings goals.

I think if I add up all the money I save from various little hacks and tax tweaks (not the principal savings for FIRE, but just little hacks and loopholes here and there) over the years it'll probably pay for the car. Anyway, as a little trophy of accomplishment I think it's worth it.

I love McLarens but I hate that you can't really do any service on them yourself. And with the cost of parts/labor on them you really really do not want to own one out of warranty. Much more so than an equivalent Ferrari or Lamborghini.

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« Reply #1904 on: January 14, 2019, 07:18:42 AM »
Really want a McLaren 540C but at $350,000 AUD it's not very frugal.

I've decided I'll buy a second hand one in a few years for maybe $200k if I meet my investment/savings goals.

I think if I add up all the money I save from various little hacks and tax tweaks (not the principal savings for FIRE, but just little hacks and loopholes here and there) over the years it'll probably pay for the car. Anyway, as a little trophy of accomplishment I think it's worth it.

I love McLarens but I hate that you can't really do any service on them yourself. And with the cost of parts/labor on them you really really do not want to own one out of warranty. Much more so than an equivalent Ferrari or Lamborghini.

Yeah, the servicing will no doubt be a pain, but my vehicles are always "work vehicles" (due to the way taxation law works in Australia) so the servicing will at least be deductible. In terms of the warranty, Australia has consumer legislation which gives us quite strong statutory protection, over and above the manufacturer's warranty. As far as I know, no one has taken one of the luxury manufacturers to task under this legislation, but if it came down to it, I wouldn't mind being the first (esp as product litigation is my area of work anyway).

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« Reply #1905 on: January 14, 2019, 08:45:55 AM »
In the current environment the stupidest thing I may be lusting after may be FIRE itself.    My heart says FIRE, FIRE, FIRE.   My right brain tells me to chill and wait till 2020.

Don't you have like two million dollars? I think your heart is right.

I still want a pair of electric bikes.  They are expensive.  It's the desire to buy and not just actually buying that can make one postpone FIRE.

Hey i looked this morn - that Jueshuai electric bike I mentioned went to nearly $4K and then dropped back to nearly $1K. Now I suppose they can tell the world it is something like 75% off now... Good bike at the normal price point - just adapt with fenders and commuter details for general purpose riding. It isn't really a mtn bike. 

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« Reply #1906 on: January 14, 2019, 09:56:54 AM »
Really want a McLaren 540C but at $350,000 AUD it's not very frugal.

I've decided I'll buy a second hand one in a few years for maybe $200k if I meet my investment/savings goals.

I think if I add up all the money I save from various little hacks and tax tweaks (not the principal savings for FIRE, but just little hacks and loopholes here and there) over the years it'll probably pay for the car. Anyway, as a little trophy of accomplishment I think it's worth it.

LOL, wtf are you doing here?

Also, the whole idea of rewarding yourself for saving by splurging is pretty self-destructive.  You're coupling your successes with built-in failures. 

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« Reply #1907 on: January 14, 2019, 01:53:55 PM »
Really want a McLaren 540C but at $350,000 AUD it's not very frugal.

I've decided I'll buy a second hand one in a few years for maybe $200k if I meet my investment/savings goals.

I think if I add up all the money I save from various little hacks and tax tweaks (not the principal savings for FIRE, but just little hacks and loopholes here and there) over the years it'll probably pay for the car. Anyway, as a little trophy of accomplishment I think it's worth it.
Also, the whole idea of rewarding yourself for saving by splurging is pretty self-destructive.  You're coupling your successes with built-in failures.
While I agree that lusting after a McLaren is facepunch-worthy, I'm not sure if I agree 100% with the second part (about saving and splurging).  After all, what is ER if not the biggest splurge of all? :)

I highly doubt the purchase of a McLaren (plus the expensive upkeep and depreciation) is the most efficient dollars-to-happiness allocation when compared to all the alternatives out there.

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« Reply #1908 on: January 14, 2019, 04:05:29 PM »
The responsibility and worry of maintaining, securing and protecting a $200 000 asset would not be attractive to me. All the studies show that new purchases feel normal after a month to six weeks.

However, I think hiring one for a week/few days and driving it on some winding roads before handing it back would be something I'd like to do. Then do it again 4 months later with a different sports car. Hedonic treadmill status: hacked :-).

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« Reply #1909 on: January 14, 2019, 06:38:49 PM »
The responsibility and worry of maintaining, securing and protecting a $200 000 asset would not be attractive to me. All the studies show that new purchases feel normal after a month to six weeks.

However, I think hiring one for a week/few days and driving it on some winding roads before handing it back would be something I'd like to do. Then do it again 4 months later with a different sports car. Hedonic treadmill status: hacked :-).

Yes, it is true that most purchases lose their lustre after a short while and studies have shown it is the anticipation of the purchase more so than the purchase itself that brings happiness. At the same time, studies have also shown that if you turn a purchase into an experience, it brings a lot of happiness. Currently I drive a sports car that, while not as expensive as the dream car, is still expensive, and I get a lot of happiness from road trips, bringing my friends along and letting them drive, detailing the car etc. I'm a car guy and I view them as lovely toys/art, I imagine similar to how art collectors view their pieces. Though I know art tends to appreciate.

I might keep it for a couple of years, then sell it. Running costs like depreciation, registration, servicing, maintenance, repairs and consumables are all deductible due to the way Australian tax laws work. Our marginal tax rate is 47% so it's a reasonable saving.

As for the comments about it not being a MMM approach, I think we each need to rationally think about where we put our dollars. I have friends who splurge on expensive houses and private schooling for their kids. Keep in mind this is Australia where a nice house in a nice suburb costs at least $1.8 million and up to $4 million, and private schools (which have been shown to be no better than public schools) cost $30,000 a year. I prefer living in modest places close to work, in the low $1 million dollar range. I'm saving hundreds of thousands right there on my principal place of residence. And the PPOR isn't tax deductible. So, I feel that one exception to the frugality norm is okay when that cost is deductible and can be amortised over time.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1910 on: January 14, 2019, 07:58:13 PM »
I think most art depreciates as well. Some art appreciates
 Certain cars appreciate. I wonder how similar the ratios are. Most art ends up worthless, just like most cars.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1911 on: January 15, 2019, 02:50:19 AM »
Bringing this thread back into realms of normality...

My current thing I want is a We Rate Dogs 2019 calendar. Which would probably set me back about $20AUD. not $200k.

(I would have already bought this calendar but haven’t been able to find it in any meatspace shops and can’t be bothered working out how to get it sent to Oz. But.... cute doggos and puppers and supporting one of my fave Twitter people...)

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« Reply #1912 on: January 15, 2019, 05:32:54 AM »
Currently I drive a sports car that, while not as expensive as the dream car, is still expensive, and I get a lot of happiness from road trips, bringing my friends along and letting them drive, detailing the car etc. I'm a car guy and I view them as lovely toys/art, I imagine similar to how art collectors view their pieces. Though I know art tends to appreciate.

What are you driving now? We bought a Porsche Cayman last year that I have talked about a lot in my journal. I think there is definitely a sweet spot for enjoyment versus cost/worry.

The depreciation on the McLaren 12C was brutal. $250k USD MSRP (and usually $300k+ optioned) in 2012 and now they can be found as low as $100k-$120k. For comparison, the Ferrari 458 which was similarly priced when new is still $150k-$180k at the bottom end.

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« Reply #1913 on: January 15, 2019, 08:36:27 AM »
Reading you guys talking about Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche on the MMM forum is hilarious. Not faulting anyone, just chuckling.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1914 on: January 15, 2019, 09:01:51 AM »
Lusting after a google books or audible subscription. There keep being book club books that my library doesn't have.

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« Reply #1915 on: January 15, 2019, 11:33:34 AM »
An aftermarket slip-on exhaust (Yoshi Alpha T) for my sportbike.

This is a costly accessory for a toy that I financed. AND - it does practically nothing besides make the bike look and sound better. Yikes! I don't have anything like MikeBT money, but I may also deserve to be asked WTF are you doing here, lol.

I post because putting it in print in this thread makes me confront how stupid the lust is.   

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« Reply #1916 on: January 15, 2019, 01:03:11 PM »
I have a vintage car that I want to buy a $500 stainless steel exhaust system for. Maybe I'll make it instead.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1917 on: January 15, 2019, 08:00:44 PM »
Lusting after a google books or audible subscription. There keep being book club books that my library doesn't have.

My library system is different than yours, but we are near! So let me know if you can't find a book in your system and I'll check mine for you.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1918 on: January 16, 2019, 02:48:08 AM »
A continuous stretch of good sleep. Seemingly stupid because it just doesn't seem to happen!

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« Reply #1919 on: January 16, 2019, 05:11:26 PM »
The responsibility and worry of maintaining, securing and protecting a $200 000 asset would not be attractive to me. All the studies show that new purchases feel normal after a month to six weeks.

However, I think hiring one for a week/few days and driving it on some winding roads before handing it back would be something I'd like to do. Then do it again 4 months later with a different sports car. Hedonic treadmill status: hacked :-).

Yes, it is true that most purchases lose their lustre after a short while and studies have shown it is the anticipation of the purchase more so than the purchase itself that brings happiness. At the same time, studies have also shown that if you turn a purchase into an experience, it brings a lot of happiness. Currently I drive a sports car that, while not as expensive as the dream car, is still expensive, and I get a lot of happiness from road trips, bringing my friends along and letting them drive, detailing the car etc. I'm a car guy and I view them as lovely toys/art, I imagine similar to how art collectors view their pieces. Though I know art tends to appreciate.

I might keep it for a couple of years, then sell it. Running costs like depreciation, registration, servicing, maintenance, repairs and consumables are all deductible due to the way Australian tax laws work. Our marginal tax rate is 47% so it's a reasonable saving.

As for the comments about it not being a MMM approach, I think we each need to rationally think about where we put our dollars. I have friends who splurge on expensive houses and private schooling for their kids. Keep in mind this is Australia where a nice house in a nice suburb costs at least $1.8 million and up to $4 million, and private schools (which have been shown to be no better than public schools) cost $30,000 a year. I prefer living in modest places close to work, in the low $1 million dollar range. I'm saving hundreds of thousands right there on my principal place of residence. And the PPOR isn't tax deductible. So, I feel that one exception to the frugality norm is okay when that cost is deductible and can be amortised over time.

Fair points, especially if income is well into the six-figures, the house is paid off, the expenses are deductible and you have a solid capital base of investments.

I'm a car guy myself (owned 6 or so cars, some sports/modified, from age of 15 to 28 but have gone car free for last 18months) but am a lot earlier along in my journey, so it's carfree, with the occasional rental, for now.



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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1921 on: January 18, 2019, 06:44:31 PM »
My IPad purchased in 2017 is starting to show signs of impending disaster and so I found a refurbished MacBook I liked for about $900, applied an old gift card for 185 I had, but did not complete the purchase.  So pricey!  The IPad yesterday would not turn on for the longest time, and sometimes struggles to play video or connect to websites.  Today itís been functioning much better though I did nothing to it.

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« Reply #1922 on: January 18, 2019, 07:11:16 PM »
The stupidest thing Iím lusting after? The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 that was released Monday that Iíve been waiting years for.

Itís a dream but hard to suppress. Iíve been a ďvehicleĒ guy my whole life. Motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, a few cars, etc.

I spend hours nearly every week just reading and researching. Every single car, new, old, etc.

Low mileage 2013 GT500ís that are loaded with the options are still around $50k. New they were around $68k. Thatís $18k in depreciation over 6 years, or about $250/mo. Those are like sub 10k mile examples, not DDís. Considering my income and savings rate, thatís about 3 hours of work per month..

I have a couple big things stopping me. 1. Iím a contractor and we move a ton, usually donít have a garage. (We move states about yearly on average). 2. Since Iím a contractor, low job stability. 3. If I donít buy the car, we will be close to hitting $500k saved this year, which is a big milestone. 4. After this current contract (June 2020) thereís a very good chance we might buy a diesel truck and airstream and take a longgg (6+ month) sabbatical road tripping across North America, then stay in the airstream for the contract work (so those are both expensive)

Yes, it seems stupid, and Iím lusting. Iíve just been dreaming for something like this since I was little, and on my single income this year Iíll orobabky save enough I could buy 2-3 of them outright.

I should also mention this has nothing to do with status or social aspect. I would probably honestly be too embarrassed to tell many people because that kind of spending isnít me as much anymore. I just really really appreciate the beauty, power, and fine detail that goes into these things.

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Re: What's the stupidest thing you're lusting after right now?
« Reply #1923 on: January 18, 2019, 10:29:50 PM »
There are a lot of cars I want, but I'm hoping to hit the 2 comma net worth club in 2020. Don't plan to buy anything before then. My home accounts for a large % of my net worth which means 3 commas still won't generate a money volcano to blow on things

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« Reply #1924 on: January 19, 2019, 12:57:46 PM »
The stupidest thing Iím lusting after? The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 that was released Monday that Iíve been waiting years for.

Itís a dream but hard to suppress. Iíve been a ďvehicleĒ guy my whole life. Motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, a few cars, etc.

I spend hours nearly every week just reading and researching. Every single car, new, old, etc.

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Yes, it seems stupid, and Iím lusting. Iíve just been dreaming for something like this since I was little, and on my single income this year Iíll orobabky save enough I could buy 2-3 of them outright.

I should also mention this has nothing to do with status or social aspect. I would probably honestly be too embarrassed to tell many people because that kind of spending isnít me as much anymore. I just really really appreciate the beauty, power, and fine detail that goes into these things.

Hear, hear on obsessively reading about cars and congrats on saving so much in a year, well done.

Doesn't Hertz rent out Shelby GT Mustangs in the USA? Could you treat yourself to a week with one until you end up with a place with a garage?

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« Reply #1925 on: January 19, 2019, 02:47:45 PM »
The stupidest thing Iím lusting after? The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 that was released Monday that Iíve been waiting years for.

Itís a dream but hard to suppress. Iíve been a ďvehicleĒ guy my whole life. Motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, a few cars, etc.

I spend hours nearly every week just reading and researching. Every single car, new, old, etc.

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Yes, it seems stupid, and Iím lusting. Iíve just been dreaming for something like this since I was little, and on my single income this year Iíll orobabky save enough I could buy 2-3 of them outright.

I should also mention this has nothing to do with status or social aspect. I would probably honestly be too embarrassed to tell many people because that kind of spending isnít me as much anymore. I just really really appreciate the beauty, power, and fine detail that goes into these things.

Hear, hear on obsessively reading about cars and congrats on saving so much in a year, well done.

Doesn't Hertz rent out Shelby GT Mustangs in the USA? Could you treat yourself to a week with one until you end up with a place with a garage?

That is a very good question. I looked at the Hertzís website and it looked like some big cities might have them occasionally but couldnít actually find them there when I looked.

Renting once in a while might be a fun option. Might be worth trying out and see if it helps alleviate that urge.

Unfortunately, I donít know that Iíll ever own a home until FIRE, at which point it will be much harder to justify. I would also be very happy with a low mileage 2004 svt cobra which would be around $22k-$30k and already of taken a hit on depreciation.

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« Reply #1926 on: January 19, 2019, 03:05:17 PM »
The stupidest thing Iím lusting after? The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 that was released Monday that Iíve been waiting years for.

Itís a dream but hard to suppress. Iíve been a ďvehicleĒ guy my whole life. Motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, a few cars, etc.

I spend hours nearly every week just reading and researching. Every single car, new, old, etc.

Low mileage 2013 GT500ís that are loaded with the options are still around $50k. New they were around $68k. Thatís $18k in depreciation over 6 years, or about $250/mo. Those are like sub 10k mile examples, not DDís. Considering my income and savings rate, thatís about 3 hours of work per month..

I have a couple big things stopping me. 1. Iím a contractor and we move a ton, usually donít have a garage. (We move states about yearly on average). 2. Since Iím a contractor, low job stability. 3. If I donít buy the car, we will be close to hitting $500k saved this year, which is a big milestone. 4. After this current contract (June 2020) thereís a very good chance we might buy a diesel truck and airstream and take a longgg (6+ month) sabbatical road tripping across North America, then stay in the airstream for the contract work (so those are both expensive)

Yes, it seems stupid, and Iím lusting. Iíve just been dreaming for something like this since I was little, and on my single income this year Iíll orobabky save enough I could buy 2-3 of them outright.

I should also mention this has nothing to do with status or social aspect. I would probably honestly be too embarrassed to tell many people because that kind of spending isnít me as much anymore. I just really really appreciate the beauty, power, and fine detail that goes into these things.

It sounds like you've already rationalized why it's ok for you to spend the money.  You can afford it, so it's all good.  So, go ahead and do it, despite all the face punches.  You only live once, right?

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« Reply #1927 on: January 19, 2019, 03:43:04 PM »
The stupidest thing Iím lusting after? The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 that was released Monday that Iíve been waiting years for.

Itís a dream but hard to suppress. Iíve been a ďvehicleĒ guy my whole life. Motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, a few cars, etc.

I spend hours nearly every week just reading and researching. Every single car, new, old, etc.

Low mileage 2013 GT500ís that are loaded with the options are still around $50k. New they were around $68k. Thatís $18k in depreciation over 6 years, or about $250/mo. Those are like sub 10k mile examples, not DDís. Considering my income and savings rate, thatís about 3 hours of work per month..

I have a couple big things stopping me. 1. Iím a contractor and we move a ton, usually donít have a garage. (We move states about yearly on average). 2. Since Iím a contractor, low job stability. 3. If I donít buy the car, we will be close to hitting $500k saved this year, which is a big milestone. 4. After this current contract (June 2020) thereís a very good chance we might buy a diesel truck and airstream and take a longgg (6+ month) sabbatical road tripping across North America, then stay in the airstream for the contract work (so those are both expensive)

Yes, it seems stupid, and Iím lusting. Iíve just been dreaming for something like this since I was little, and on my single income this year Iíll orobabky save enough I could buy 2-3 of them outright.

I should also mention this has nothing to do with status or social aspect. I would probably honestly be too embarrassed to tell many people because that kind of spending isnít me as much anymore. I just really really appreciate the beauty, power, and fine detail that goes into these things.

Seems you can afford the car and you have wanted it forever. Do FUN things you can afford when you are young. If you have no money or it is going to strap you don't do it. I am retired now and THOUGHT we would be doing certain FUN things that have not materialized at this point. We did a lot of travelling when we were younger and thought we would continue to do so when we retired but have not done any due to certain reasons. If you can afford it do it. Stupid people spend money foolishly but if you are smart and have savings and it isn't going set you back on retirement go for it. We had a classic Corvette years ago and it was gorgeous. Here came the problem. We got to the point where we were afraid to drive it anywhere due to the fact that people drive like maniacs and we were constantly worried about getting into an accident. That whole thing ruined it for us and we sold it. It was a dream that turned into a nightmare for us.

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« Reply #1928 on: January 19, 2019, 04:11:07 PM »
A snowblower. We don't really need one; husband and I are both in our early 40s and healthy, and we own good boots and a pair of sturdy shovels. Plus, Detroit rarely gets more than 2-3" of snow at a time. But every time we get a greater snowfall (like today) and have to shovel our long driveway, I reeeeeally want a snowblower.

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« Reply #1929 on: January 19, 2019, 04:31:53 PM »
A snowblower. We don't really need one; husband and I are both in our early 40s and healthy, and we own good boots and a pair of sturdy shovels. Plus, Detroit rarely gets more than 2-3" of snow at a time. But every time we get a greater snowfall (like today) and have to shovel our long driveway, I reeeeeally want a snowblower.

For me, it's a "bigger" "two stage" snowblower.  I've had a small single stage snowblower for 11 years, but it can't handle over about 8" of snow, and if the snow is too wet, it clogs up.  And when the snow plow goes by, it leaves a compacted deep barrier at the end of the driveway that it can't handle.  It usually handles most of the driveway fine, so I keep pressing along with what I've got.

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« Reply #1930 on: January 19, 2019, 06:27:15 PM »
A snowblower. We don't really need one; husband and I are both in our early 40s and healthy, and we own good boots and a pair of sturdy shovels. Plus, Detroit rarely gets more than 2-3" of snow at a time. But every time we get a greater snowfall (like today) and have to shovel our long driveway, I reeeeeally want a snowblower.

For me, it's a "bigger" "two stage" snowblower.  I've had a small single stage snowblower for 11 years, but it can't handle over about 8" of snow, and if the snow is too wet, it clogs up.  And when the snow plow goes by, it leaves a compacted deep barrier at the end of the driveway that it can't handle.  It usually handles most of the driveway fine, so I keep pressing along with what I've got.

The driveway sludge is the worst. I would love a tool that could handle it.

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« Reply #1931 on: January 19, 2019, 11:44:49 PM »
I would so love some snow.


My stupidest thing to lust after: a maximum temp less than 35C in the shade (95F) before the end of February.

Ha fucking ha.

I’m more likely to buy a racing car* than have my wish come true.

*I’m perfectly happy with my 6 yo Mazda3 (bought second hand)

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« Reply #1932 on: January 20, 2019, 12:28:25 PM »
I want the new 2020 Toyota Supra.  I want one of the first 1500 off the production line.  Ahhh.   
I already have a 2014 Shelby GT500 and a 2016 Nissan GT-R.  But the Supra is going to be so awesome. 
Stupid stupid stupid, I know. 

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« Reply #1933 on: January 20, 2019, 02:22:22 PM »
I want the new 2020 Toyota Supra.  I want one of the first 1500 off the production line.  Ahhh.   
I already have a 2014 Shelby GT500 and a 2016 Nissan GT-R.  But the Supra is going to be so awesome. 
Stupid stupid stupid, I know.
What do you like about the new Supra?

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« Reply #1934 on: January 20, 2019, 04:40:18 PM »
Reading all the car posts... I feel like I'm lusting smaller than most. I'm lusting after a Surly Straggler. Mmm. The 41mm tires with additional space for fenders. The Sram Apex 1x drive train. Disc brakes. Would be damn sweet to commute on that whip.

Talked myself out of it because there is a damn good chance I'm getting laid off later this year as a part of my company getting acquired.

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« Reply #1935 on: January 20, 2019, 05:33:20 PM »
Reading all the car posts... I feel like I'm lusting smaller than most. I'm lusting after a Surly Straggler. Mmm. The 41mm tires with additional space for fenders. The Sram Apex 1x drive train. Disc brakes. Would be damn sweet to commute on that whip.

Talked myself out of it because there is a damn good chance I'm getting laid off later this year as a part of my company getting acquired.

I have a Straggler that I turned into a travel bike (I sent it to Bilenky in Philadelphia to get S&S couplers put in).  I don't really like it.  The horizontal dropouts are a pain, and there are lighter steel options now.  I have ridden it all over the world though, and have some good memories attached to it, so there's that.

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« Reply #1936 on: January 20, 2019, 05:34:11 PM »
I want the new 2020 Toyota Supra.  I want one of the first 1500 off the production line.  Ahhh.   
I already have a 2014 Shelby GT500 and a 2016 Nissan GT-R.  But the Supra is going to be so awesome. 
Stupid stupid stupid, I know.
What do you like about the new SupraBMW?

Fixed that for you..

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« Reply #1937 on: January 20, 2019, 05:55:31 PM »
I want the new 2020 Toyota Supra.  I want one of the first 1500 off the production line.  Ahhh.   
I already have a 2014 Shelby GT500 and a 2016 Nissan GT-R.  But the Supra is going to be so awesome. 
Stupid stupid stupid, I know.

Wanting a sweet car is understandable, but what on earth makes you desire a Supra apart from the name? People buy Toyotaís for the reliability and affordability.. throwing a mediocre bmw engine in there misses that mark..

Toyotaís TuRD program is a joke. From the TRD 4Runner (have one), Tacoma, Tundra... The company makes zero ďexcitingĒ vehicles. With my 4Runner Iím on some forums and itís embarrassing how people think a set of upgraded plastics and crappy bilsteins with a 1.5Ē lift set the vehicles apart. Their FRS was even more of a turd.

Then you look at fords SVT program..

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« Reply #1938 on: January 20, 2019, 06:22:38 PM »
On the bike theme, I kind of want a bikepacking-ready rigid 29er like a Surly Karate Monkey or if I won the lottery, a Curve 29er or Hunt 29er (the latter two are Aussie brands). I went on a bikepacking trip with a group, most of which had bikes like those. I made it OK in my 8 year old 26" tyre Surly Long Haul Trucker, but I was slower on the single track. I expanded the bike fleet to three last year with a second-hand Ti Lynskey road bike (it replaced an old, low spec Alu Giant road bike which is sitting in pieces now), so I feel like I should wait a year or so before getting another one.

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« Reply #1939 on: January 20, 2019, 06:30:50 PM »
I want the new 2020 Toyota Supra.  I want one of the first 1500 off the production line.  Ahhh.   
I already have a 2014 Shelby GT500 and a 2016 Nissan GT-R.  But the Supra is going to be so awesome. 
Stupid stupid stupid, I know.
What do you like about the new SupraBMW?

Fixed that for you..

Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

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« Reply #1940 on: January 20, 2019, 06:50:42 PM »


Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

I was just piling on..

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« Reply #1941 on: January 20, 2019, 07:21:30 PM »
Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

I was just piling on..

:)

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« Reply #1942 on: January 21, 2019, 09:49:54 AM »
Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

I was just piling on..

:)

Oh I know I know.  And I really dislike the front end because it looks like the z4. But, I graduated high school.in the 90s and  I LOVED the Supra but was very poor.  Lol. Just nostalgia I guess.   

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« Reply #1943 on: January 21, 2019, 10:30:53 AM »
Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

I was just piling on..

:)

Oh I know I know.  And I really dislike the front end because it looks like the z4. But, I graduated high school.in the 90s and  I LOVED the Supra but was very poor.  Lol. Just nostalgia I guess.   

The entire basic proportions are Z4 (seating far back in the chassis). It's also a 2 seater instead of a 2+2 now.

I understand the nostalgia, when I graduated high school I owned a Supra (1987 model). I later bought a 1991 Turbo model with the targa top. When I sold it I literally cried. If it is nostalgia you are after you should be looking at the appreciating classic models (1987-1998) and not the [probably] fast-depreciating new one. My personal recommendation would be for a 1991-92 Turbo.

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« Reply #1944 on: January 21, 2019, 06:34:06 PM »
Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

I was just piling on..

:)

Oh I know I know.  And I really dislike the front end because it looks like the z4. But, I graduated high school.in the 90s and  I LOVED the Supra but was very poor.  Lol. Just nostalgia I guess.   

The entire basic proportions are Z4 (seating far back in the chassis). It's also a 2 seater instead of a 2+2 now.

I understand the nostalgia, when I graduated high school I owned a Supra (1987 model). I later bought a 1991 Turbo model with the targa top. When I sold it I literally cried. If it is nostalgia you are after you should be looking at the appreciating classic models (1987-1998) and not the [probably] fast-depreciating new one. My personal recommendation would be for a 1991-92 Turbo.

I just bought my wife a low mileage IS300 with the 2JZ motor.  It's lighter than the Supra, has 4 doors and a reasonable back seat, and I am thinking about putting a single turbo on it (and a flex fuel system).  I've had 3 Lexuses (Lexii?) with the 2JZ motor which I firmly believe is Toyota's best ever.

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« Reply #1945 on: January 21, 2019, 08:26:48 PM »
Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

I was just piling on..

:)

Oh I know I know.  And I really dislike the front end because it looks like the z4. But, I graduated high school.in the 90s and  I LOVED the Supra but was very poor.  Lol. Just nostalgia I guess.   

The entire basic proportions are Z4 (seating far back in the chassis). It's also a 2 seater instead of a 2+2 now.

I understand the nostalgia, when I graduated high school I owned a Supra (1987 model). I later bought a 1991 Turbo model with the targa top. When I sold it I literally cried. If it is nostalgia you are after you should be looking at the appreciating classic models (1987-1998) and not the [probably] fast-depreciating new one. My personal recommendation would be for a 1991-92 Turbo.

I just bought my wife a low mileage IS300 with the 2JZ motor.  It's lighter than the Supra, has 4 doors and a reasonable back seat, and I am thinking about putting a single turbo on it (and a flex fuel system).  I've had 3 Lexuses (Lexii?) with the 2JZ motor which I firmly believe is Toyota's best ever.

My family had a Lexus GS 300 (also the 2JZ-GE) which I liked quite a lot. The 2JZ is quite the motor.

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« Reply #1946 on: January 22, 2019, 10:26:41 PM »
Yes, the BMW Supra, I thought that was implied? I was trying to be diplomatic, I've done enough ranting on the new Supra in my journal already...

I was just piling on..

:)

Oh I know I know.  And I really dislike the front end because it looks like the z4. But, I graduated high school.in the 90s and  I LOVED the Supra but was very poor.  Lol. Just nostalgia I guess.   

The entire basic proportions are Z4 (seating far back in the chassis). It's also a 2 seater instead of a 2+2 now.

I understand the nostalgia, when I graduated high school I owned a Supra (1987 model). I later bought a 1991 Turbo model with the targa top. When I sold it I literally cried. If it is nostalgia you are after you should be looking at the appreciating classic models (1987-1998) and not the [probably] fast-depreciating new one. My personal recommendation would be for a 1991-92 Turbo.

I just bought my wife a low mileage IS300 with the 2JZ motor.  It's lighter than the Supra, has 4 doors and a reasonable back seat, and I am thinking about putting a single turbo on it (and a flex fuel system).  I've had 3 Lexuses (Lexii?) with the 2JZ motor which I firmly believe is Toyota's best ever.

Very nice!

There was a time when I was going to get IS300 then add a turbo. I spent many hours looking online for IS300. But I end up with LS430 since we want/need the extra room. I love the quite and peaceful ride in the LS and do not regret that buy, but every time I see IS300, I got a little excited lmao I even tried to explain the 2JZ to my six yr old (that is what happened when one asked why I got excited to see an old four door Lexus)

I should really get an IS300 so that I do not end up with the new Supra...


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« Reply #1947 on: January 23, 2019, 08:13:11 AM »
Okay guys, help me stay strong.  A 2008 BMW 535xi wagon just showed up at a buy here pay here lot across the street from my office.  It has the M-Sport package and the N54 twin turbo motor and 127,000 miles.  It is guaranteed to be a disaster, but TWIN TURBO WAGON!! How can I resist?

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« Reply #1948 on: January 23, 2019, 01:49:49 PM »
Okay guys, help me stay strong.  A 2008 BMW 535xi wagon just showed up at a buy here pay here lot across the street from my office.  It has the M-Sport package and the N54 twin turbo motor and 127,000 miles.  It is guaranteed to be a disaster, but TWIN TURBO WAGON!! How can I resist?

Does it come with a stack of spare HPFPs?

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« Reply #1949 on: January 23, 2019, 02:22:27 PM »
Okay guys, help me stay strong.  A 2008 BMW 535xi wagon just showed up at a buy here pay here lot across the street from my office.  It has the M-Sport package and the N54 twin turbo motor and 127,000 miles.  It is guaranteed to be a disaster, but TWIN TURBO WAGON!! How can I resist?

Does it come with a stack of spare HPFPs?

Supposedly that issue is fixed with the latest revision of the pump. Supposedly.  However, the carbon buildup, wastegate rattle, failing injectors, and cracking valve covers are still problems from what I understand. 

Still, TWIN TURBO WAGON!