Ive read everything on CM on this subject, and BIG than ks to all who've posted before me.
I've narrowed it down to a 2003 Subaru Forester $8000?
Or a 2004 Acura MDX, about 13000?
Which inner voice do I listen to? The "save money, you got other priorities"
or the one that says "I'm 46, divorced, and tired of scrimping, plus I can't afford new after all so I wanna spoil me this time"
I can afford both, both will hold up well, safe etc. I did my research. For me, I needed a car with comfortable seats, (baaad arthritis) and these two were it. No Fords, Toyotas etc felt just right.
My 10 year old, of course loved the MDX with the DVD player, 3rd row GPS and all. My only worry is the price of gas, and if it needs repairs. Insurance isn't much different.
Or, I can buy the Subaru and think of all the money I'm saving. I may regret it later when I need to haul around kids' friends, luggage, building materials, or take our planned road trip to Arizona. (1800 miles!)
And yes, in the end I know I got it good. I have friends who drive 10 year old compact cars, so I'll feel thankful either way.
So moms, what would you do?