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Sort of Getting the New Car Fever.

October 15th, 2014

My Toyota Solara is 13 years old. It’s in great condition and has less than 35,000 miles on it. But it lacks all those bells ‘n whistles available on newer vehicles. GPS, rear camera, Harmon-Kardon sound system, iPhone-linked controls, and the delightful feeling that accompanies acquisition of a new car (should I say new “toy”?). Yes, I’m beginning to get the new car fever.

My vehicle preference has always been the two-door coupe – and there aren’t a lot from which to choose. Have checked out Lexus and Mercedes-Benz products. Recently read that Consumer Reports really likes the new BMW M235i and their review aroused my curiosity.

Yesterday I visited the local BMW dealer for a test drive of the M235i. Sort of fell in love with it. Came home and signed on to BMW USA where I customized a future vehicle order. Waded through lots of options. Decided on red exterior and red interior as my preferred color choices. Found most of the options clear-cut but a few questions remain. Haven’t decided on the M235i or the M235i X-drive. Also a bit confused by the ’18” double-spoke 436M wheels with mixed summer tires’ option (as opposed to other wheel options). And not turned-on by the Automatic High Beams, Cold Weather Package, Driver Assistance Plus, Concierge Services, Heated front seats, or Parking Assistant offerings. Instead would probably add some of the other features (Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package, Enhanced USB & Bluetooth plus Smartphone Integration, Harmon/Kardon premium sound, and anti-theft alarm system).

Now all that’s left is to decide one question. Do I really want a new toy? (Not going to bother with silly questions like do I deserve it, is it a necessary acquisition, can I justify its purchase and why am I doing this?). Besides, if Consumer Reports likes the car, that’s good enough for me! Question #2.

Should I buy now or wait a bit longer for the new model year to age a bit?

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