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Monte
02-16-2009, 12:35 PM
Here is the deal. I have way too many cars. I have a 2002 GMC Envoy, a 2002 Cadi DTS, An 83 GMC Sierra 1500, and a 72 Monte Carlo. My wife has a 2006 Dodge mini-van.
The Envoy has been my tow vehicle since I bought the boat. It does fine, but is creeping up on 100kmiles. The truck will pull the boat fine, but there are not enough seats for my whole family, and it could use a freshenup of paint, belts, and gaskets. The Cadi gets about 26-28 mpg and I am always out taking pictures, getting signatures, and running general office errands. Note the GMC has some sentimental value because it was my grandfather's.

Here are what I consider to be my options.

A) Sell the Cadi, the Envoy, and the GMC. Buy a new to me 04-08 pickup with 4 doors.

B) Sell the Envoy, Keep the Cadi as a daily driver, and keep the GMC as a tow and trash vehicle (freshen the paint and engine)

C) Keep the Cadi, sell the truck and the Envoy, buy an older 2000- 2004 newer to me p/u with four doors.

4) turn the van into a tow vehicle and see how quickly I can blow the motor(kidding)

wakeX2wake
02-16-2009, 12:47 PM
A) replace pickup w/ 4-doors to a new Sequoia... that dude will pull the CRAP out of your boat and plenty of room for the fam and has all the creature comforts available

Hollywood
02-16-2009, 12:53 PM
Sell the mini-van and the pickup, replace with 4-door pickup. Wife drives Envoy

ttu
02-16-2009, 12:55 PM
A) replace pickup w/ 4-doors to a new Sequoia... that dude will pull the CRAP out of your boat and plenty of room for the fam and has all the creature comforts available


got to agree. love mine.:D

JohnE
02-16-2009, 12:55 PM
5) Keep em all and buy the damn X2 already.:D

I'd dump everything including the Monte72 (heresy?) and get a newer 4 door pickup. But you and I would rarely make the same choices.;)

TMCNo1
02-16-2009, 12:58 PM
Sounds like a used car lot!:rolleyes::D

Monte
02-16-2009, 01:03 PM
Sounds like a used car lot!:rolleyes::D

Funny, Leah says it LOOKS like a used car lot:rolleyes:

Monte
02-16-2009, 01:06 PM
Sell the mini-van and the pickup, replace with 4-door pickup. Wife drives Envoy

The Envoy has GOT to go. 14.7 mpg:confused: 6cyl:confused:.. I wish the minivan could go. I offered her the Cadi, but she wants to hold out for a sportscar when the kids are a little older:rolleyes:

PapaJoe
02-16-2009, 01:08 PM
Based on the evaluation crteria for this decision, I determine the following Course of Action:

FACTS:

1. 1983 GMC resale value is low, personal value is high = KEEP IT.
2. Need a tow vehicle
3. Mini Van = lame
4. Treat the wife right.
5. Mini van and GMC Envoy have OK resale value.

Assumptions:
1. Wife likes the Cadi
2. Wife hates the mini van and GMC ENVOY
3. Kids are old enough to move away from min van requirements
4. If wife needs vehilce to move kids, then she takes the extended truck
5. Cadi is in OK condition.
6. Monti has low resale value, possible vehilce for kids (16) or just keep it for 10 more years, it will become a nice classic vehicle.

SELL the GMC ENVOY and the mini van, buy the extended truck, it will also assume duties as your tow vehilce. You get to keep the Cadi, and drive it when you take your wife out to dinner on Saturday Night Date Nights. You get to dump the mini van and the Envoy, they are functional, but just LAME....

1983 GMC sounds like a great restore project.

You get a newer Kick-A$$ truck to pull your MC with....

Promise to buy wife a sports car in 3 to 4 years... (a lot can change in this time you just bought)

Just my two cents worth.

JOE

Monte
02-16-2009, 01:08 PM
I'd dump everything including the Monte72 (heresy?) and get a newer 4 door pickup. But you and I would rarely make the same choices.;)

I have considered that... The market on older cars, especially non-mainstream muscle is in the tank:( I don't want to give it away:o

TMCNo1
02-16-2009, 01:12 PM
Funny, Leah says it LOOKS like a used car lot:rolleyes:

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Monte
02-16-2009, 01:14 PM
Based on the evaluation crteria for this decision, I determine the following Course of Action:

FACTS:

1. 1983 GMC resale value is low, personal value is high = KEEP IT.
2. Need a tow vehicle
3. Mini Van = lame
4. Treat the wife right.
5. Mini van and GMC Envoy have OK resale value.

Assumptions:
1. Wife likes the Cadi
2. Wife hates the mini van and GMC ENVOY
3. Kids are old enough to move away from min van requirements
4. If wife needs vehilce to move kids, then she takes the extended truck
5. Cadi is in OK condition.
6. Monti has low resale value, possible vehilce for kids (16) or just keep it for 10 more years, it will become a nice classic vehicle.

SELL the GMC ENVOY and the mini van, buy the extended truck, it will also assume duties as your tow vehilce. You get to keep the Cadi, and drive it when you take your wife out to dinner on Saturday Night Date Nights. You get to dump the mini van and the Envoy, they are functional, but just LAME....

1983 GMC sounds like a great restore project.

You get a newer Kick-A$$ truck to pull your MC with....

Just my two cents worth.

JOE

Thanks! I may push a little more for the wife to drive the Cadi.. Good thoughts:cool:

JohnE
02-16-2009, 01:18 PM
I have considered that... The market on older cars, especially non-mainstream muscle is in the tank:( I don't want to give it away:o

The issue in my mind is insurance. It'd cost me about $2K to insure the truck and Monte each year. Add that to the Caddy and the Envoy and it adds up. I suppose you could just take them off the road to save money since they are not going to bring much money and each is sentimental.

PapaJoe
02-16-2009, 01:18 PM
I added to that post...

Promise to buy her a sports car in 3 to 4 years....

You will buy some time, and she may change her mind...

Maybe you both will fall in love with the same sports car???

The new Cameros are very nice....

JOE

RexDog1
02-16-2009, 01:25 PM
"A" sounds good to me, I have a GMC truck with 4 doors it works out well for me, tows well and I always need to carry chit in the back, Plants , wood or Curio Cabinets, and so on ...... just try not to over extend yourself, I know there are some good deals out there on trucks.... but who knows what is going to happen in the next 2 years.............. :(

TX.X-30 fan
02-16-2009, 01:29 PM
Minivan=lame LMAO

Monte
02-16-2009, 01:33 PM
Minivan=lame LMAO

I agree.. I am driving it today because it needed a new battery. Nothing in the world can take the cool out of the swagger than hopping out of the minivan:o

Is it against the law to wear shades while driving a minivan?:rolleyes:

Monte
02-16-2009, 01:40 PM
"A" sounds good to me, I have a GMC truck with 4 doors it works out well for me, tows well and I always need to carry chit in the back, Plants , wood or Curio Cabinets, and so on ...... just try not to over extend yourself, I know there are some good deals out there on trucks.... but who knows what is going to happen in the next 2 years.............. :(

Note to self: A wakeboard and a curio cabinet are NOT the same thing:o

wakeX2wake
02-16-2009, 02:28 PM
Is it against the law to wear shades while driving a minivan?:rolleyes:

if it's not then they should include it in the stimulus plan... unless you have bad cataracts or glaucoma or something

Monte
02-16-2009, 02:33 PM
if it's not then they should include it in the stimulus plan... unless you have bad cataracts or glaucoma or something

Hey, how much do you think we should charge them for our studies? I say a billion, but I will gladly settle for a mere half a billion;):cool:

wakeX2wake
02-16-2009, 02:36 PM
Hey, how much do you think we should charge them for our studies? I say a billion, but I will gladly settle for a mere half a billion;):cool:

sorry... my time is my money... not a penny less than 600 mil...


obviously my time is uber important seeing as i'm TT for the better part of moist of my work days

Monte
02-16-2009, 02:52 PM
sorry... my time is my money... not a penny less than 600 mil...


obviously my time is uber important seeing as i'm TT for the better part of moist of my work days

Sorry, but we will not be re-negotiating. 1.2 billion will be fine;) If they balk once it is 1.5bil:cool:

shepherd
02-16-2009, 05:10 PM
We just did something similar. We sold our '99 Tahoe, '96 Impala SS, and '00 Voyager minivan. Replaced them with an '07 Avalanche (mine) and an '06 Infiniti M35 (hers). Have you thought about an SUV? While I'm very happy with my Avalanche, that '99 Tahoe was a good truck - I only sold it because the wife didn't like it (too dirty/stained). But it was paid for...

Good luck Bert.

SkiDog
02-16-2009, 05:13 PM
Here is the deal. I have way too many cars. I have a 2002 GMC Envoy, a 2002 Cadi DTS, An 83 GMC Sierra 1500, and a 72 Monte Carlo. My wife has a 2006 Dodge mini-van.
The Envoy has been my tow vehicle since I bought the boat. It does fine, but is creeping up on 100kmiles. The truck will pull the boat fine, but there are not enough seats for my whole family, and it could use a freshenup of paint, belts, and gaskets. The Cadi gets about 26-28 mpg and I am always out taking pictures, getting signatures, and running general office errands. Note the GMC has some sentimental value because it was my grandfather's.

Here are what I consider to be my options.

A) Sell the Cadi, the Envoy, and the GMC. Buy a new to me 04-08 pickup with 4 doors.

B) Sell the Envoy, Keep the Cadi as a daily driver, and keep the GMC as a tow and trash vehicle (freshen the paint and engine)

C) Keep the Cadi, sell the truck and the Envoy, buy an older 2000- 2004 newer to me p/u with four doors.

4) turn the van into a tow vehicle and see how quickly I can blow the motor(kidding)

Sell them all but the caddy! While you're at it, sell the damn boat too! Tell Leah you'll buy her a sports car in 4-5 years, like maybe a BMW convertable or something like that. BUT, and this is a big BUT, she HAS to let you buy a newer model 4-door V8 truck AND the X2 that Erks got! Damnit man, how much do tags cost you every year for all them damn cars? And What about insurance too? You get rid of all the babbage, you can afford the new boat!

PapaJoe
02-16-2009, 05:15 PM
Dude-

How do you handle the pressure???

Monte
02-16-2009, 05:50 PM
We just did something similar. We sold our '99 Tahoe, '96 Impala SS, and '00 Voyager minivan. Replaced them with an '07 Avalanche (mine) and an '06 Infiniti M35 (hers). Have you thought about an SUV? While I'm very happy with my Avalanche, that '99 Tahoe was a good truck - I only sold it because the wife didn't like it (too dirty/stained). But it was paid for...

Good luck Bert.

We discussed the newer SUV as an option. A truck is a must have though unless I buy a utility trailer. We have no trash/ yard debris pick-up unless you pay like 50 bucks a month, even then it has to fit in the can w/ the lid closed. I am a fan of paid for vehicles;)

Monte
02-16-2009, 05:51 PM
Sell them all but the caddy! While you're at it, sell the damn boat too! Tell Leah you'll buy her a sports car in 4-5 years, like maybe a BMW convertable or something like that. BUT, and this is a big BUT, she HAS to let you buy a newer model 4-door V8 truck AND the X2 that Erks got! Damnit man, how much do tags cost you every year for all them damn cars? And What about insurance too? You get rid of all the babbage, you can afford the new boat!

She has given the go ahead on whatever I want to do. With exception to the newer boat:rolleyes:

SkiDog
02-16-2009, 06:11 PM
She has given the go ahead on whatever I want to do. With exception to the newer boat:rolleyes:

Did you even ask her about the new boat? No boat, no sports car! Sorry!;)