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I sold my 2013 ST this weekend and it had me reflecting on my past and looking through my photobucket account.
I bought my first new car pretty 10 years ago.
I figured I'd post a brief summation of what I've driven for the last decade, ending with my 2013 hatch, what I've done and where it's heading.

The day I brought home my 2005 Cobalt SS


after lowering, sc pulley swap, CAI and tune it made 260whp/230wtq and ran [email protected] with a terrible 60'


The Cobalt got traded in 2008 for an F150 because I thought I needed 4x4 after moving to the country lol.


In 2011 I factory ordered a 2012 Mustang V6 with the performance package and otherwise base.
I miss this car very much. Only mods were Magnaflow axle backs and rear lower control arms.



Late 2012 I picked up a 2013 SE 5 speed with the black pack for my wife.


January 2013, I decided the V6 Mustang wasn't nice enough so it got traded in on a 2013 GT California Special which I immediately lowered and threw on Roush axle backs, it was loud as [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)].




May 2013 I couldn't live with the Mustang, the manual transmission was terrible as were the stock all season tires so it got traded for a performance blue ST3.
I lightly modded it 3" MBRP exhaust, Injen CAI, Cobb tune.


At a Mustang club dyno day it generated quite a bit of interest.


In 2014 I decided to dabble in used cars for the first time.
I flipped a 2000 GMC Sonoma, a 1995 BMW 740i and picked up a 1999 Miata which I'm converting to a track car.





My most recent addition is a 2006 Chevy Colorado which will be my runabout until it's Miata season or I find a replacement for the ST.



Finally to my remaining Focus.
A couple months ago I decided my SE needed some love and attitude.
First step was the snorkel delete and K&N drop in filter.
I dont have a lot of pictures of it because it always played second fiddle to the ST lol.



Next up was a custom axle back exhaust and the removal of the primary resonator.


a sound clip: http://vid37.photobucket.com/albums/e51/chuckp456/Mobile Uploads/IMG_0170_zps7534afe8.mp4

I got a good deal on some used 18" Titanium rims, Im just waiting for summer to throw some rubber on them and install them on the car.



The next step (once it warms up) will be upgrading the suspension and tinting the windows. The SE is going to see some auto-x this season so stay tuned.
 

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Good God I bet you lost a lot of money with all those trade ins.
 

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Would it have been financially beneficial to buy one car and drive it til it dies? Sure but I love cars and live within my means. I've also found some good deals. The f150 was $14k under sticker, the Mustang GT was $9k under sticker, when I traded it in (5 months after buying) I got every penny back plus a sales tax credit on the ST. There are many tricks to getting what you want, like buying a Mustang in the middle of winter (January) and finding one that had been sitting on a dealer lot after the original special order fell apart.

I will concede that used cars make a lot more sense than new ones, which is why last year I started buying used ones. I spend on average of two hours a day looking at cars for sale online, it's like a hobby or an obsession says my wife. The money I got for my ST will be re-invested shortly in some new projects. I would love an SVT Focus and an E36 M3/4/5.

My local gaming commission (lottery) has a saying "know your limit, play within it"
 
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