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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Lexus IS 350, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, Audi A4, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#15764 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [andys120]
Mar 18, 2013 (6:57 am)
Andy....I think you are among the majority.
It's a very small minority, but some (like the person I quoted) believe their good fortune of being the product from a very comfortable family allows them to have a priviliged attitude.
I thought we fought a war in the late 1700s to break away from people who thought that way?
Anyway, that attitude embarrasses me as one who likes BMW's, too.
#15765 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [graphicguy]
Mar 18, 2013 (7:25 am)
Grapghic, I had a good laugh at what you wrote, and the Movie "Pretty in Pink" came to mind, perfect back drop of the "entitled people." On a side note, I went to school with people who had this attitude, on their 16th Bday went and picked out a new BMW 320i. At that time in my life, BMW's weren't hot on my list of cars.
#15766 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [flightnurse]
Mar 22, 2013 (9:50 am)
After you satisfy your college loans - you qualify to buy a used BMW. Leasing any car while you still owe on your education loans is hypocritical.
#15767 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [euphonium]
Mar 22, 2013 (11:00 am)
Interesting comment.... "After you satisfy your college loans - you qualify to buy a used BMW. Leasing any car while you still owe on your education loans is hypocritical."
Why does one have to wait 25 yrs to buy a used BMW just because they have student loans? If this was true, then every Dr I know would still be driving their car from med school today, while they are earning a nice 6 figure a year income. Now granted, if you have a college grad you is making 30K/yr, with student loans, they should not be looking to buy any car at this time...
#15768 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [flightnurse]
Mar 22, 2013 (11:14 am)
And how many doctors file for bankruptcy? As far as I heard, doctors are just terrible business and finance people (not all of course, but as a social group). Buying/leasing expensive vehicle while $100K+ in debt is exactly an example one could give to confirm this opinion.
25 years of paying off student loans is entirely matter of choices made in this country. It is the order of items they decided to pay and acquire that made them paying student loans in 25 years. I know plenty of people who came out of NOTHING, had tens of thousands in student loans and were free of them within 5-10 years of graduation. It is doable, all it takes is NOT TO BUY STUFF.
#15769 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [dino001]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 22, 2013 (11:57 am)
It is doable, all it takes is NOT TO BUY STUFF.
Are you sure you passed the test? That seems un-American...
#15770 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [kyfdx]
Mar 22, 2013 (12:14 pm)
I was hiding my true feelings.
#15771 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [dino001]
Mar 22, 2013 (12:26 pm)
. . . all it takes is NOT TO BUY STUFF.
Very true, but many people figure that if it's good enough for the government, it's good enough for them -- spend as if there's no tomorrow.
The morons (like me) who do things responsibly nearly always end up paying for those who don't. Even/especially at work (Fortune 100 company) I've seen this stuff happen. My budgets that were in great shape in September get cut to zero so that the politicians (works every time it's tried) who have run out of money could get to the end of the year.
Sink or swim was what got this country to where it was a few decades ago. It remains to be seen what the new approach will yield. The good news is that I'll be dead before it plays out.
#15772 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [dino001]
Mar 22, 2013 (12:27 pm)
I concur. A husband and wife in our group fo friends are physicians. They just paid off their student loans from med school after almost 20 years. They live in a nice but not ostentatious home. She drives a Sienna and he an A4. They live well below their means and are now saving to pay for two more college educations.
#15773 of 16986 Re: BMW and me.... [dino001]
Mar 22, 2013 (1:16 pm)
just because you have some student loans doesn't mean you have to live like a pauper or drive a junker.
My son is about to graduate, and will have some (but not exorbitant) student loan debt. If (please!) he gets a job soon, we will have to do something about a car, because I don't really want to send him away to depend on the well used old one if he is depending on it to commute.
so, a lease may make the most sense, since there won't be any money left really to put down on something decent, and you would still need a large loan.
so, the student loan will be just 1 more monthly obligation in 9 months when they start, though putting extra toward it will likely make a lot of sense, depending on the interest rate.
Still, getting started in life, as long as the payments are not a problem, no reason not to live a normal life.
Now, my nephew the intern, I think he has close to 300K by now piled up (200?) In any case, I told him to just budget it like a 2nd mortgage!