Current Relevant Topic Starts Here: https://www.gtplanet.net/forum/thre...-search-post-290.129881/page-10#post-12903023 Original Topic Below I should preface this with the fact that I'm at least 6 months away from purchasing my next car, and up to 5 years from taking the plunge on something extreme. So there is no instant gratification to be found here. I'm currently driving a 4 cylinder 2001 Honda Accord LX with 140k mi back and forth to work. Not long ago we upgraded the wife to an AWD 2008 FX35. So that's the starting place. Here's what I want to drive: ...but I want a DSG transmission, which Nissan doesn't put in that car and as far as I know has no plans to put in that car. Now, I have a pretty simple commute to work. It's a lot of traffic lights and is very boring. At the end of my commute I park outside in the California sun near some trees that leave really annoying residue on my car. There is no chance that I'll be parking my commuting vehicle inside in the foreseeable future, and it is unlikely that my commute will change anytime soon. If I want a DSG in a decent sports car, I think I basically have to get a Cayman. That's a bit of a stretch for me financially. I don't want to shell out tons of a cash on a car that I'm going to grind out worthless miles on and leave in the sun. So buying a Cayman and driving it back and forth to work is out of the question. I won't waste money on that. So I'm left with 3 options: - Buy a boring commuter and live without my sports car - Buy a DSG non-sports car (like an A4). - Buy two cars, one cheaper car to commute with and one to use when I can make the miles count. Option one is basically out. Option 2 I think is more expensive and less desireable than Option 3. I haven't crunched the numbers yet but I think that I might be able to save a good deal of money by driving the dedicated sports car less frequently (thereby buying fewer expensive cars) and putting the worthless miles on a car that doesn't cost as much. This lead me to the conclusion that I wanted a used TSX to drive back and forth to work (basically a nicer, more powerful version of what I have now), and a DSG Cayman to drive on the weekends. The cayman would basically be a loooong term purchase (~20 years), while the TSX would be something I would replace with other used functional vehicles as it got chewed up getting me back and forth to work. I figure this saves me on insurance (low mileage on sports car), transactions (chewing up commuters costs less than chewing up sports cars), and maintenance (fewer maint. milestones on the car that has the most aggressive/expensive maintenance schedule). Again, I haven't crunched the numbers on that, but I think there's a good chance I come out ahead on the 2-car scenario rather than simply driving the sports car everywhere. The hope is that that savings enables me to get the more expensive car I really want. So here's the summary: One-Car Scenario Needs to do everything. Accelerate, handle, and have the DSG trans. Reliability is a concern. - DSG A4 - DSG TTS - DSG Cayman Two-Car Scenario *Commuter* The commuter needs to be reliable and cheap to be cost effective. I'd want to be able to own it for a long time, put lots of miles on it, low maintenance, etc. It would be nice if it retained value well. I need something with ~200hp because I need to be able to pass on the freeway at 80 mph. Good fuel economy goes farther toward making it cost-effective. - TSX - 330i - G35 *Sports Car* Just fun. Cheap as possible while offering a DSG with an engine and chassis that I won't get sick of after 20 years. - Cayman - TTS - SLK AMG - NSX Now, you might have noticed that I slipped the NSX into that list and that it doesn't have a DSG. That's because somewhere in the back of my mind I can't get over the notion of sacrificing my one-single requirement (the DSG) for a car that could appreciate a lot over the next 20 years. I know a guy who has 30+ cars and has made over a million dollars owning them who is strongly urging me to pick up an NSX. So what are your thoughts? I expect some of you to think that I'm an idiot for considering getting a sports car that I won't drive every day - go ahead and state your case. Have some experience with multiple cars? Tell me I'm a nutcase for thinking it could save me money. Am I crazy for thinking I could find a car that I'd love for 20 years? Feel free to suggest options on any of the above.