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Unhappy ... I just got... 'the talk'

my girlfriend asked what I did all day, so I told her i spent the day at work reading about what my oil pressure issue could be(*), and ordered a bunch of parts for a tune up. Then I got the talk.

You know, 'the talk'. it's the one where your girlfriend/wife/whatever starts off with, 'do you realize what you've spent on that car?' and ends with, 'well, i just think that if you got a new car you'd be better off'. grrrrr!

Explaining that the cost of insurance on a 20 year old Porsche is half what a new car would be, or that even including the maintenence it still costs less than a car payment on a new car would be does nothing. I swear, women aren't rational at all.

* see my other thread for oil pressure issue description
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Very simple, go down to your local Porsche dealer with her and ask what the monthly payment (even a lease) on the least expensive Boxter is. Just for fun call your insurance company too, I think you will avoid "the talk" and have a much higher budget for any future upgrades!
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i get the "talk" frequently

"don't you think you'd be better off spending time working on your school/future than on that car?"

"don't you think you should be spending your money on something more important than a car?" (as I have thousands upon thousands of dollars tucked away in various bank accounts)
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I realize my wife and I are "older", but she has talked me out of getting rid of it. She knows where I am and as long as I don't run up stupid bills (not my style), she is OK with it.

Age and experience mellows people.

Now If I can only isolate the fuel delivery problem (thanks for the suggestions SoCal and AF)
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Love, True Love.

A partner that supports your interests is one that you keep.

A partner that degrades and criticises your interstes is not wholey involved in the relationship.

This works both ways too. Just remember that when you tell her that her idea of selling crocheted miniture poodles sucks.
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I used to get the "talk" Then I pointed out how much it cost to maintain her car - there really isn't much difference.

Of course, now that I get parts at cost doesn't hurt either...

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You know, 'the talk'. it's the one where your girlfriend/wife/whatever starts off with, 'do you realize what you've spent on that car?' and ends with, 'well, i just think that if you got a new car you'd be better off'. grrrrr!
You don't have to marry every girl you sleep with (padre Holler, thanks)

No one that knows me is stupid enough to give me THAT talk; my car is the only thing I spend money on.
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wait wait... your "girlfriend" ??

She has no "the talk" rights in the matter. no ring, no interjection. plain and simple.
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Right on Brando. Don't let women run your life. There are plenty of others.
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dump her unless she looks like Christy Brinkely did 20 years ago.
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Ah---one of the many reasons there is an "X" in front of any reference to my wife! And a few girlfriends aswell. But I agree with SoCal support is a two-way street and when it works both ways it is great!
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I am fortunate, my gf supports my p-car hobby. I think she buys me more memorabilia, etc than I do.
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dump her unless she looks like Christy Brinkely did 20 years ago.
well, it wasn't a hugely serious argument at all, just pointing out the strange chick-ness that lets them only get attachments to new things. I dunno. Besides, if you dump a girl over a car, doesn't that prove her point?

Anyway, I do think i'll be keeping the new (to me) 914 in hiding for awhile longer... Or maybe i'll let her drive it and maybe she can gain some appreciation for the cars.

Anyone successfully converted a woman to Porsche's? I think this might be the way to go.
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When I was a single man (age 34/35) and first had my almost new 83 944 (1985) I would take all my first dates out in my beater with a heater 1977 well used Honda Accord. Think I might have been it's 37th owner.

Judging by their reaction I would either take them out a second time in the Honda or back the Almost New 944 out of the garage. When the gal knew the year and make and blue book of the car I wouldn't date her again. Of course this is Orange County Newport Beach where every gold digger comes.
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Translation: "You spend too much time and money on that car. Spend it on me instead".

Get her something nice, take her out to dinner or something and it'll calm her down for a while.

Only if she's shut you off from the sex though.
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Man, what a predicament. I used the "my a/c doesn't work" method. I got busted, and that was the end of that, and her. Nice ride though.
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Wow...All I hear from my wife is "What is this box? or what came from UPS yesterday" Not easy to keep her at bay, but it is well worth it...!!! Wait til I tell her I want to by a new engine for it....Yikes!

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Here's a good aphorism to keep in mind about this kind of stuff:

"It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission".

Just do like I did with my motorcycle - just show up on it. You'll probably sleep on the couch for a couple of days but she'll get over it. Just make sure you've gotten that "good lovin'" recently. . . .
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Wow...All I hear from my wife is "What is this box? or what came from UPS yesterday" Not easy to keep her at bay, but it is well worth it...!!! Wait til I tell her I want to by a new engine for it....Yikes!
I'd have to ask her, "How did you know it was from UPS?" "Are you hiding something?" Then ***** hits the fan.
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