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Old 07-16-2018, 12:56 PM   #1
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mudgeons' kids' first cars

My daughter is still a couple of years away but I've been starting to think about what I might get her for her first car.

Kinda curious what our other mudgeons have done for their teenagers' first cars. I guess I'm not sure how many of us are at that point yet. TD doesn't really post here anymore but seems like his daughter should be there now. And plaz? clyde? Alex of course. And AF but his budget was obviously way above what most of us are gonna spend
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:59 PM   #2
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Sorry, no help here... other than to comment that when I read the title I thought, "Holy shit time has gone fast."

I remember when you had no kids and it didn't seem that long ago. Wow.
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:02 PM   #3
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:06 PM   #4
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I'm hoping Uber is my son's first car. Gulp. He's 12, so I have a good long time to remain terrified at the prospect.

I believe TD's daughter got a VW Golf/GTI or something like it, as she's off to college in the fall.

I'd probably opt for a Mazda something or a Honda fit. A manual would be great, to keep their hands of the cell phone...
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Golf is definitely on my list
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:21 PM   #6
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A manual would be great, to so they learn to steer with their knees
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:50 PM   #7
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I'm hoping Uber is my son's first car. Gulp. He's 12, so I have a good long time to remain terrified at the prospect.

I believe TD's daughter got a VW Golf/GTI or something like it, as she's off to college in the fall.

I'd probably opt for a Mazda something or a Honda fit. A manual would be great, to keep their hands of the cell phone...
yeah my older son is 12 and I am sort of questioning whether he will even need a car when he turns 16. I always joke I am going to get him a smart car.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:00 PM   #8
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There's a nice looking Buick somewhere down south that Clyde was thinking about.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:06 PM   #9
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My girls share a 2003 e46 xiT. I got it about 5yrs ago, at the time it had ~75k miles. It now has 123k. Pretty lowly optioned with vinyl seats, non premium / sport package, etc. It is a great combination of size, usability and performance without being too big that they take lots of friends, too nice that they want to show it off or too fast to get them into trouble. It was about $7,500 when I bought it, and I've probably put $2500 in maintenance into it.

It is also the perfect winter beater for my wife and I. We both really enjoy driving it and not worrying about it. Being a wagon, the dog gets lots of rides in the trunk without interfering with the driver / passenger by being in the back seat

Its a little older than I would want if I was doing over, but it was perfect at the time.

TD got his daughter a GTI on what looked like a very good deal (he posted the details here AFAIK) it was in the $k-teens range.

We don't let either of our girls (19 and 20, going into soph and junior college years) keep the car on campus for more than an overnight. I don't want the risk / liability of a college kid with one of my cars on campus full time. Just something to think about when you get closer to decision time. They also don't have any financial responsibility in the car, we pay maintenance and insurance... if we're lucky it has a 1/4 tank of gas in it.
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found the TD thread

http://forums.carmudgeons.com/showthread.php?t=137791
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