Alright, I've been doing some thinking about my next vehicle purchase. I currently have a *paid off* 2004 Ford Taurus. It's a fine car, dependable, good fuel economy, decent room, acceleration, blah blah blah. But it's boring as hell. I could fall asleep driving the damn thing. It's so vanilla. It is paid off and I plan on keeping it for a while longer while I save up some good money for a down payment on another vehicle. I know two things - First one - I've often thought that having a motorcycle would just be unbelievably fun. My dad used to have a motorcycle when I was a kid and he would take me on rides with him and I remember feeling so alive. I've never driven (ridden?) one myself, what would be a good first motorcycle for someone starting out? My dad had a Honda Shadow, but honestly, I'd rather have something like a Harley Davidson, made in America, supporting an American company makes me feel better about my purchase. I want a cruiser type, not a sport bike. Beyond that, it's all I know. The motorcycle is less important than the next, because I'm not buying it until I hit a major weight loss goal. Second - I've always wanted a truck, and I've always thought that my next vehicle would be a truck, but lately I've been thinking about buying a slightly older Mustang and playing around with it, then I realized I don't really need a motorcycle and a Mustang. Then I thought I could have a Mustang over a motorcycle, but I'm really unsure about all of that. Even more recently we went on a vacation, and a friend has a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. We cruised around Central Florida and some beaches in with with the top off (soft top) and the doors off, and quite frankly, I've never had such a great time in a vehicle. It was always fun, and I've been looking into Jeeps some, found out that there's quite a community of Jeep lovers out there. So I suppose my questions boil down to this Motorcycle or Mustang & truck (late model Ford F-150 4-door) vs Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (or whatever model is the one with 4-doors)? Please give me your opinion, as well as any insight you have from owning any of these things.
Oh, and as far as the truck/jeep, I don't really see any need for towing anything, although I someday do plan on getting some jet skis, and I would like to be able to carry bicycles, kayaks, canoes, fishing gear, etc. as well
Also, in case someone wants to bring this up, I realize owning multiple vehicles is a HUGE expense, and yes I'm prepared to go with just one, and honestly, if I was buying one right now, it'd be the Jeep. Convertibility, Utility, Off Road Capability, and the fact that I imagine its rather easy to use it to carry bikes, kayaks, etc, and the huge Jeep Community I've found is why I'd go with that. But I'm still open to suggestions, and opinions.
Jeep - HORRIBLE on fuel. Absolutely horrible. I owned a Wrangler, ex-fiance owned a Cherokee, friends owned Grand Cherokees. They are all dependable vehicles. Yet in our current economy, fuel consumption is a serious consideration. Frankly, I would love to trade my BMW X5 (2001) to escape the fuel consumption and premium grade requirement. However, until a company decides that I am worthy of employment, I need to wait. Keep the Taurus, or get a hybrid to feel edgy and eco-friendly (er....wallet friendly).
I just want something that will match the kind of lifestyle I'm going into as I move into my 20's. And I love the outdoors.
He who dies with the most toys wins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 Get yourself one of those entry level harleys 850cc me thinks
2 save up for a ford rapture , l think they are built in the US , the jeeps are not built in the US
3 restore a mustang in your older age / better yet do it with your son/daughter for there first car .
good luck .
1. I'll check into it
2. I'd be saving for far too long for a Ford Raptor, but it would definitely be awesome. My research (wikipedia) tells me Jeep Wranglers are made in Ohio.
3. I want to do that when I'm older, for now my Mustang I'd want is a 2003-2004 GT 5-speed. I love those.
My 2000 jeep sport was made in Malaysia !!
Well I stand corrected (partially).
So I apologize for not looking into it further.
Chuck , im not sure wether to applaud your commitment to helping the planet of global warming or bitch slap you on your bad taste in cars ( the rule is form over function ) .
This. That thing is the ugliest thing I've ever seen.
You never saw the Pontiac Aztek?
Apparently not. Or, the LeCar, either, I would guess. Or the Citroen 2cv. Or, or, or...