Originally Posted by Kajtek1
No offense chinny. I don't want to bring our age difference here as an issue, but if your are really as mature as you present here, what is the problem with your father?
Here's my real thought's on my father.
WHen he was about my age, his first car was a 1968 Chevy Camaro Z28 and his second was a 1973 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, at his time, two rather fancy and flashy cars with lots of pedigree behind them.
One thought was that he didn't want me to become him, or become a person who is flashy and spends his money to show off as he somewhat did and still does (for example he continues to lease the most expensive BMW that he could afford at the time, and doesn't settle for a Japanese saloon that is just as good as his E60 545, like a more cost effective Infiniti M45).
I entirely side with him for that aspect...however, those cars were brand new when he bought them at his time, and I do believe he did buy them himself. Again, I totally side with him, but the car I'm looking at isn't brand new...it's not like I'm asking him to buy me a $100k CLS55 AMG (heh, I wish). In addition, I plan on paying for most of the car myself (half the initial price if not more, then maintainence, repairs, gas, parts etc).
I mean, initially, it costs as much, and in some cases more than a 90s Honda Civic (obviously, more costly to maintain), it's just as fast off the line as a Toyota Camry SE V6, it's just as reliable as either, and it's alot safer than them. And any car can be fast. A Honda Accord can be fast and the V6 tops out at around 120 MPH. He also might think that the 150 MPH top speed on the W126 maybe a little enticing, but i have a personal rule and I never go over 15 over the limit. And if I got th eMercedes, I would enforce that because I wouldn't want to make them say they were right when they said it was too fast, but they really havent said that yet.
The other only problem is obviously it's a car made by the infamous Silver Arrow. It's the ego of the company that he thinks is just "too fancy of a brand." I don't agree with that though. It's just a car, it's a car that's affordable compared to the newer ones.
I don't want it to show off or be flashy. Sure, I sorta do want some style points but half my friends either don't know what the hell a 560 is and when they see it, think it's an ugly POS (by direct quote of some) and it looks like an "old man's car."
I want it because it's a grand piece of engineering that will last me a lifetime and even save my life in the case that something horrible happens.
Not to sound cocky, I also consider myself a decent driver for my age, as opposed to some other teens my age. when I was taking my 6 hours with my instructer, my mom argued with me that she wants me to take 3 2-hour sessions with the instructor to get "time with him" in. But during a session, my mom called to clarify that I was doing what she wanted me to do. She spoke to my instructor as I was driving, and he even convinced my mom that (by direct quote) "Mrs. Chin, your son is so good of a driver that I can fall asleep in the back seat and not worry one minute about him," thus he convined me that 2 3-hour sessions were fine. Now, I'm not saying I'm the best driver in the world, but I am damn well ahead of other kids my age, and of course, I still have things to learn onthe road. What also helped was I always studied the way my parents drive when ever I sat as a passenger, from having a love of cars.