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The "art" of rationalization

Slow 'n Rusty's thread on 996tt values got the gears turning in my head. I've not been a fan of the late model p-cars, but its difficult to argue with a 400+hp twin turbo, air conditioned, awd, gps nav, heated seats, grocery hauler for $40k(ish).

So I began to imagine trading in the current DD ('06 Mini Cooper S) and upgrading to a 996tt. Suppose I get 15k on trade for the MINI, then I need to cough up another 25k or so to get into the 996tt. Hmmn...I could swing that, yes I could.

Wait a second...a couple of issues with this plan:

1) Can I fit me, the wife, our two dogs (combined weight of 145lbs) and our stuff for a vacation road trip (which we have comfortably done several times in the MINI)? I don't think so. A DD with less cargo capacity than the MINI is probably not prudent.
2) My wife cares little about cars (appliances to her) and is very sensitive about what her colleauges would think of her driving a Porsche. She feels it makes a statement and would have people making unfavorable assumptions about her. She's not going to like replacing the friendly, playful MINI, with a turbo Porsche.

Oh well. Not such a good idea then, too bad. But hey, I just "saved" myself 25k. I suppose I could reallocate that 25k I "almost" spent (or a fraction of it) to my 930. Yeah, why not. If I can't have a 996tt for a daily driver, I should surely get a intercooler and maybe some Lindsey Fuchs for the 930. I mean, I just saved 25k by talking myself out of buying a 996tt, right?

So, thanks to Slow 'n Rusty and all of you for helping me with the 930 budget for 2009
Current: 1983 911 GT4 Race Car / 1999 Spec Miata / 2000 MB SL500 / 1998 MB E300TD / 1998 BMW R1100RT / 2016 KTM Duke 690
Past: 2009 997 Turbo Cab / 1979 930
Old 01-13-2009, 08:35 AM
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