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Hi,

First time poster, long time reader. I'm in need of some brutally honest feedback for a real reality check. Aware this may be a repeat topic, but can't find any from a quick search. Long story short, I've wanted a Skyline/GTR since I was 12 and have been pretty much obsessed since. I'm now 28 and in ~2 years may be in a position to buy one.

For those here with mortgages, wife's, kid's (which I have), and would consider themselves pretty "set", how realistic do you think it would be to buy and run a second hand GTR based on the below:

- £1400+ free cash per month once loans are paid next year + random bonuses and shares which sum up to about £62k per year currently (Sole earner)
- After that, only major outgoing is a mortgage
- No more kids on the horizon + stable household and job
- Want a used model maybe around £35-40k, but ideally want the 2011+ models with the newer updates (not sure how much these will be in 2 years. but 2009/2010's seem to be going for £35-40k on auto-trader. Could be in dreamland here, just want the uprated engine and improved parts)
- Car will be financed for 3 or more years with a small deposit, not sure on monthly amount
- Won't ever track it, will be an everyday car, so want costs to way lower than the ~£4k p/y i keep seeing for tyres/brakes/service etc.

The wife wants a discovery, or dare I say it, this new 2013 Rav4 (we've had 2 in the past). Can't bring myself to buy one of those, especially since I got to have my first taste of something fast a bit ago when I had an old Volvo V40 T5 for 2 months (sold as it cost me £300 in fuel in the first few weeks, poor poor economy).

So, there you have it, feel free to crush my dreams, as I said, I need a reality check whether it's practical as an everyday car, can be used by a family, and won't cost me the price of a 2 week vacation to the Maldives every year.

Cheers in advance.
 

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Sorry just saw all the replies, for some reason I didn't receive any notifications.

Thanks for the replies so far. To try and answer your questions:

- saving up to buy outright would take me many years and GTR's would probably have grey beards by then :(
- I'd do less than 10k miles p/y and I'd say at least 75% of the driving will be relatively steady given i may have the wife or kid with me. We also do a 2hr journey from milton keynes to yorkshire 1-2 times p/m to see family.
- We have no plans to buy anything else significant, no more kids, jobs stable, and unless the house explodes, we're pretty set. So don't expect anything unexpected to get in the way.
- To Fred, understand, the kid is small though for now, and once the wife learns to drive soon i'll buy her a cheap mini or something to do the family driving. Oh, and there's also the fact I've wanted one for 16+ years, so it's hard to look at anything else.

Seems that if i get a cheap family run around, and keep the miles/speed down in the GTR, that it could be feasible for me to run. There's only one niggle I have, and it's if something like the gearbox blows, which I don't have £10-20k for.
 

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I'd definitely have a warranty, I'm thinking I'd like a MY11 too, but like I said, only if the price drops. I'll have a couple of pay rises and prob a promotion between now and purchasing, so money should be even less of an issue, but still, i wouldn't want to pay more than £35-40k. Fingers crossed.

oh, and are there any guys in Milton would let me have a closer look or maybe take me for a drive? (passenger)
 

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Not sure I can afford to mod to be honest, my insurance will already be very high, let alone slapping on 1-2-3-400hp more (would love to though ;) ). We had a £15k rav4 stolen and burnt out which I had to claim 2 years ago, and before that someone bunny hopped their car into me slightly but with no damage at all to my car. So I rang the insurance just to inform them in case the guy tried to swindle me, as i'm seeing a lot happen these days, but turns out they now penalise me for this as they say regardless who's fault it is, I was in a collision. Needless to say, it's the last time i call my insurance about things like that.

So anyways, I'm 28 and still pay nearly £1k to drive a crappy Toyota Auris 1.6 petrol.
 

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I'm looking at buying in a couple of years, would an 11 plate not have reduced significantly like the 09 plates by then?

Needing the reality check now so I can stop annoying myself if it's not like feasible, which I've been doing in recent years.
 

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One of my other faves is the AC Cobra, but i can't bring myself to buy a car that is A) incredibly dangerous when I have a family, and B) costs £25k+ for a good quality kit when its basically just a piece of fiberglass with some wheels.

Don't get me wrong, there are many cars I like, RS6 included, but the only car that I've thought about nearly everyday since a kid is the R34 and now R35.
 

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well, fingers crossed Verinder1984. Just lucky enough I have a job that will enable it one day, cos otherwise it would always just be a poster car (not that i have a poster :D ).

Flynn, just heard things about the gearboxes blowing up, launch control issues (can't remember which year they disabled it, and was sure one years version had repetition issues), and other random things. I don't really hear such things about the later models, maybe because I don't have the time to read up on them lately, but maybe because they're always improving too. If I'm wrong, I'll accept that. Just would like a later model if the price is right.

Of course, if i won the lottery, I'd buy everyone a 2013 model with the Switzer E900 mods :p
 

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Well Flynn, I currently have £100 in the bank cos the wife just went crazy for Christmas. Would you take installments of mince pies?

Anyways, sounds like some good advice gents. Just need to knuckle down, try to get as big a deposit as i can, get a cheap family runaround, then take the leap inc. a warranty. Oh, and keep the mileage and speed down after I do :)
 

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Indeed, family bus is the way to go. Just need to get her to pass her test now. Anyway, telling her she can have a mini makes for good leverage when it comes to me saying I'm buying the GTR.
 

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Just saw a 24min video review of the 2013 version in white. Looks too nice. They don't make it easy to buy an older model when they keep improving it loads every year.
 

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To be honest, these cars should never go below £30k because then every teenager with a bit of cash will snap them up and write them off. Knowing my luck, I'll have just bought one after all these years and then they'll bring out a new model and I'll want that one instead.
 

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Same here.

It's getting the right balance between having what you want and not having it because you are planning for the future.

I used to do the latter too much, now I'm enjoying the finer things in life a bit more. :)
Sorry again, the forum hasn't sent me any notices again about all these replies. But on your point, I have spent 11 years in education inc. a masters which also brought huge debts, then knuckling down in work for the years after that even having to move abroad for work, and have basically always been sacrificing the "good things in life" to get to where I am. That brings me to the present, where all my salary also goes on supporting the family, so I still never see any of my cash or the "good things". To be honest, I'm getting to the point now where I want to say F*ck it, I want what I want, and I've worked bloody hard to get it. Once the debts are gone, it's "my time".

Since I was around 16, there's only been a few things on my life's shopping list, 1. an okay'ish house, 2. a wife, 3. A SKYLINE/GTR!!!

Anyways, there you go, rant over :D
 

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This.

I've stretched myself to afford my GTR. I'm a young-ish chap, saving for a wedding, and nearer the start of my mortgage term than the end of it. But my GTR makes me happy. I see it everyday when i leave for work and when i get back i can go for a hoon if the weather's nice.

I work hard so i can enjoy life,not just squirrel it away for the future. The worlds ending tomorrow by the way so everybody get out there tonight and have a blast!
Amen. Couple more years and I'll be able to change the "owned" list on the left.
 
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