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Mid-Life Crisis

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'19 Track Edition Questions - Talk me off the Ledge!

29 December 2020 - 01:37 PM

I'm in Florida and have been looking at a '19 Track Edition for sale at a dealership in Jacksonville, a little over 24,000 miles, and asking price is $98,990. The salesman told me that so far the only modifications to the vehicle are the exhaust and intakes. It is VIN # JN1AR5EF6KM750103, Red, and appears to have an after market front splitter (unless TE's come that way). I have actually been waiting for almost a year with my place in line for a C8 Corvette, which I could take delivery very likely next Summer. But I actually haven't put any deposit down on it yet. And along comes this TE. I know comparing a used '19 GT-R Track Edition with 24K miles for $98K to a brand new '21 C8, 3LT Z51 at around $85K isn't exactly comparing apples to apples. Two different beasts, admirable in their own unique ways. The TE is going to be more unique and rare, while the C8, though offering similar performance, will be a common sight here in Florida (along with Porsches). But the C8 will be a great DD as well, which is what either vehicle would be for me. I previously owned two GT-R's ('09 and '14) both fit the bill as a DD for me, while satisfying my desire for something out of the ordinary. Thoughts?

Prices on Used GT-R's

30 October 2020 - 08:48 AM

I previously owned an '09 GT-R that I bought new for $72K the beginning of '09, and sold the beginning of '13 for $62K, with a little over 20K miles on it. In June '14 I bought a used '14 GT-R with the semi-aniline interior (red) with approximately 3K miles on it for $87.5K. Sold it a year and a half later, December '15, with almost 8K miles on it. I've been looking at the used GT-R market, and wow, have these cars really held their resale value! I just did a check on used '17's, and they range from a low of $78K to $99K (discounting one that is listed for almost $120K, that perhaps is heavily modded and the owner wants expects to recoup the full cost of parts and labor). If I do a search on '18's, only two show up, one for almost $90K with over 33K miles, and the other with no price listed. ONE '19 used listed, for $98K. Good time for GT-R sellers but not for buyers. I wonder how long the seller's market will hold?


28 July 2020 - 12:06 PM

Curious to know if anyone has, or previously owned, a MB AMG CLA 45? I heard the four-cylinder AMG motor is very strong in these. Can anyone comment on performance of this vehicle, as well as suitability as a DD? I currently own an ATS-V and wondering if the performance and tech are similar, and if not, who has the edge? I won't ask for looks because that is subjective. The reason I ask is that there is a 2018 AMG CLA 45 for sale with 10K miles, and asking $41,953 USD, plus an additional $799 USD dealer fee, so $42,452 USD not counting sales tax and registration. From the pictures online the car looks to be in great condition, but then, on the Internet a lot vehicle look like a 10, right? This car is black and has yellow trim on the tires, interior, seats, and gray racing stripe over the hood going towards the driver. Not sure if that is a special trim or not but it looks pretty sharp. Overall I think the car looks great. Compared to my ATS-V, I know around a track it would murder an AMG CLA 45, but I don't track cars any longer, plus the roads here in Florida are flat and straight. Quickness/acceleration are more important, but not that I would be looking for something that was only good running stoplight to stoplight. I want something you don't see that often, is fast/quick, and is comfortable to drive.



"New" '19 Track Edition vs. New '20 50th Anniversary Edition?

20 June 2020 - 06:14 AM

I am in discussions with two dealerships. The "new" '19 Track Edition is listed for $99K but has close to 7,000 miles on it. According to the salesperson, they claim the vehicle was a demo car and never titled. so while technically new, that's a heck of a lot of miles on a demo car. But at the same time not a bad price on a Track Edition, though not with the bump in HP the '20 Track Edition got. On the other hand there is a new 2020 Anniversary Edition in white for the same asking price. Pros and cons for  each? For the '19 Track Edition, could one assume that the factory warranty in-service date does not begin until the vehicle was actually purchased and titled? I'm also concerned with that vehicle having almost 7,000 miles on it, that could be a lot of romping around in it, launching it repeatedly, and possibly some track days.

What Should I Pay for a Used '18 or '19 Premium?

28 May 2020 - 01:19 PM

I am in the market for a used 2018 or 2019 Premium. When doing a search on Cars dot com for a 2018 Nissan GT-R premium, there are only three listings:


$79,995 with 18,297 miles

$81,999 with 13,103 miles

$91,000 with 14,000 miles (which seller claims is an Alpha 7).


When I search on 2019 Premiums, I find:


$92,900 with 5,335 miles

$102,995 with 4,455 miles

$108,695 (mileage not listed, but Carfax shows 1,911 miles as of April 28. Worse, the ad indicates, "Powerful Vi!")


I'm really surprised over the low inventory out there. I know I could get almost the same car with a 2017 but I really like Android Auto, and I've read that isn't in the 2017. Anyway, it's not easy for me to determine what's a good price and what isn't. I am partial to the red 2019, because that was the color of my then brand new 2009 GT-R. But it's still listed for $92,900. For that much, I would expect one of the upgraded interiors but that's just me. So it looks like right now I could get a 2018 for high $70,000-something or right around $80K, and at best a 2019 (hopefully) around $90K. Thoughts? Is this just a bad time to look for a used GT-R?