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      12-21-2018, 08:37 AM   #1
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Sad when parting with a car?

I will admit that I am a car hoarder. but I am not sure if I am supposed to feel a bittersweet sadness when I trade in a car or not.

The time came for a "reduction of fleet" when my Carrera threw a check engine light and took it to the dealership. A beautiful white/graphite blue 2019 Carrera with all the options I would have ordered myself and then some caught my eye. It was love at first sight. Since it's Winter, Christmas, end of year, and a new model due out soon, they made me a HUGE price reduction. With my trade from the old Porsche and the 528 (they gave me exactly what I would have sold it for myself, it's showroom new and is probably the most over-optioned 528 in history) it's pretty much a homerun.

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This morning when I cleaned out the 528, I felt a wave of sadness come over me. The final straw was when I wiped out my profiles and data and she didn't know me anymore. I've been walking around with a gray cloud over me since.

Maybe I'd feel different if it was giving me problems but it still drives like new, The old P'car, well the check engine for the 3rd time sealed her fate and I don't care about parting ways. I'm sure (hoping) I'll get over it once it's done and the new one is in my garage. Is this how you guys feel when you get rid of your old cars?
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Either like that, or I want to pour gas on them and light them afire b/c of all the troubles (like that '3 checklights and out' reaction), but those have been rare. I have a small pile of mementos in a back corner of my rollaway with something from each to remember them by. But better she go on to a new home and new driver who will no doubt love her, rather than just sit in the back corner while you drive the new one.
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...hello darkness my old friend...
THAT was the first time the frown left my face since I broke up with her this morning.
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      12-21-2018, 09:19 AM   #6
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I feel horrible with every vehicle I part with. The process of cleaning it up or sale, posting the ad, the financial transaction, etc. It all just kills me. But then the second it's gone I'm over it. I maybe regret it for a day at most. But usually I'm like "Thank God! I got something so much better now!" The only vehicle I never really got over was my trusty 1989 Toyota 4x4 pick up. Loved that little thing.
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      12-21-2018, 10:57 AM   #8
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I feel horrible with every vehicle I part with. The process of cleaning it up or sale, posting the ad, the financial transaction, etc. It all just kills me. But then the second it's gone I'm over it. I maybe regret it for a day at most. But usually I'm like "Thank God! I got something so much better now!" The only vehicle I never really got over was my trusty 1989 Toyota 4x4 pick up. Loved that little thing.
That's exactly what I am hoping for.

Thanks everybody for making me feel like I'm not some kind of sad ungrateful car loving freak This has been really helpful
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With some cars I do, I literally welled up when I drove away from my Boxster S, most of the time I'm just done and moving on.
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I've junked 3 vehicles in the last year and I was sad to see them go. I run my vehicles until they are completely shot so I've gotten every cent out of them. I do feel bad due to the memories. Getting ready to junk a car I've had since I was 17...now 30, it's where I asked my wife of 10 years to marry me. Also the first for other things. That one is going to be hard to see go, we both feel that way. But hey with 9 vehicles you have to shed some.
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I still text the new owner of my old car now and again to see how she's running. He's stopped replying now
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I bought my car brand new back in 2008 and it has 220,000 miles and counting. I'm going to miss letting go of it (probably within the next 5 years).
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      12-21-2018, 12:12 PM   #14
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Very rarely, I was sad when I traded in my GT350 for my new 18 ZCP. I had done a decent amount of mods and it was dialed in very nicely to my liking. BUt, unfortunately they are made by Ford and after two of them I was at Maynard point of pouring gas on it because of all the issues etc to get rid of it. I loved the car just wish it was made by somebody else besides Ford.

But, after 4 months in the new M3, I'm very happy and have zero real issues. I don't have to check the oil twice a week to make sure the engine isn't eating itself and the overall BMW build quality is miles ahead obviously. So the missing it part faded very quickly. It is just the "what it could've been" that bugs me every now and then.
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Time heals everything.

The last vehicle *I* traded was my Jeep Wrangler back in 2001. If I see one driving down the road I think back to some of the fun I had, and also some I never got to experience. Then I pat my little truck on the dash and tell her "Good Girl!!!" When she goes, it's either to my soon in Portland or my wife's uncle here locally. We're talking 3-5 years at the earliest though.
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I’ve owned a lot of cars, and it’s never happened to me. If you like a car so much, that selling it makes you sad, why sell it?
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I've owned a lot of cars, and it's never happened to me. If you like a car so much, that selling it makes you sad, why sell it?
It was just time to thin out the herd by at least one and the 5 made the most sense and free up prime garage space.
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      12-21-2018, 07:32 PM   #19
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Man... i've had quite a few vehicles and some of them were somewhat decent; but god damn I sure as hell didn't miss them overall... but that's because i've always upgraded in a way. I guess I could say I miss certain features of some but overall not a single car i've had before I'd want back.
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So at one point in my life I had four beetles in quick succession. I think the most expensive of the lot cost me $250. I drove each of them until the motor died, then just got another one. They were awful cars to be sure, but they got me through undergrad.
The first car I bought by choice, and with my own money, was a 59 TR3A. The most recent car I sold is pictured below, on the day I sold it two years ago. That 540 was my DD for 13 of the 17 years I owned it. I agree with OP's sentiments about cars and then some.
Not only do I remember each and every car like it was yesterday, but even now I date events in my life based on which car (or motorcycle) I owned at the time (eg: I dated so'n'so in 1970 because I had a 70 T120R at that time). All these machines, even the worst of them, are held fondly in memory (although it did take a couple decades for the VWs to acquire that status).
bloody nice P car OP, btw.
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I had Dinan supercharged E36 M3. Had it before the kids were born, sold it when the youngest was ten. It was heartbreaking, because they didn’t want to see it go.

However, now they have a strong attachment to the new beast.
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