Originally Posted by revhigh
This discussion arose because the people that are complaining about the value loss are trying to get out of their cars quickly, because they can't stand the issues with them. Therefore ... they didn't get many hours of 'playing' with them at stoplights, and if they did, and valued that aspect ... they wouldn't be complaining about the lack of resale value ..... because it would have been worth it to them.
As I said ... if you end up liking the car and are going to keep it forever (or a long time), buy whatever you want to ... but if you get a problem car that you end up hating ... and you bought all the bells and whistles .... you're gonna keep it ... or get wrecked on the resale or trade-in value.
You make your purchase and live with the consequences.
That's fair, I never said folks weren't being irrational about the depreciation issue.
But your posts indicated your strong opinion that everyone should be buying lesser equipped larger cars than highly equipped smaller cars.
I don't agree. Everyone should equip their car to the minimum that will make them not regret their purchase in 6 months. And if that means buying a smaller car so they can enjoy those extras, so be it. Like me: if I had cheaped out and gotten cloth seats and steel wheels, I'd really be regretting my purchase right now and would hate driving it until the point when I can get out of it without taking a bath.