Cars are dirt cheap here! So cheap, is a sin not to buy luxury car. This the perspective of a person from a nation where car is the most expensive in the world, about 5-10 times more expensive than here.
However, I won’t choose Audi Q5 since I hate going to the repair shop. Choose the most reliable one in this category, Acura RDX. Frankly, I prefer bigger SUV, so would buy Lexus RX.
Thanks. Leaning closer towards CR-V, though RDX is difficult to avoid. The newest RDX has a weird touchpad to control the infotainment system (and likely would carry over to other Acuras), plus weird gear “buttons”. UX in Cars nowadays are going super wacko esp in luxury brands - I get that they’re trying to revamp the UX, but no iPhone has been invented yet.
That’s right. Houses in SV are dirt cheap compared to Singapore, and houses in Austin are dirt cheap compared to SV. Actually I wanted to buy a 11,000 square footage house on a few acres of land. Now force to settle for a smallish 3500 square footage on a 0.3 acre land.
For car, I have wanted to buy a Porsche or Lamborgini but would look out of place in my neighborhood. So I am driving a humble Toyota Camry.
Since moving to AZ I’ve been trying to find something in 4-wheel drive that has slightly higher clearance than the Mazda 3s I’m driving now. I gave up and will keep driving the 3s. It has 5.9" of clearance which is an inch or two less than I would like on some of those Forest Serviced roads but the trade-offs in power and handling with all the alternatives are just too great. So I’ll beat up the Mazda, use it up way before it’s time, and then buy another one.
I thought about a Jeep Wrangler just for those FS roads during the monsoon but a local mechanic talked me out of it. He said just get a Polaris ATV. They cost nearly $1 a mile to drive given the price and expected life. I said surely even a Chrysler product is a better deal than that. He said “no.”