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Old 03-02-2014, 10:10 PM   #1
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My official departure to the ZL1 brotherhood

I've been realizing for quite some time that me owning such a high end car like my ZL1 wasn't (cost) practical mainly being since I barely put 3K miles on him in one year. The car sat a lot mainly because I was always worried about some idiot hitting the car in a parking lot or worse someone driving stupid and wrecking in to my $60K vehicle. The high stress levels of constantly keeping the car in pristine cosmetic appearance was something I couldn't deal with anymore.

So I decided it was time to do some major downsizing and I bought myself a little Mini Cooper S which is actually pretty fun to drive. Yes, I do realize the car barely has 1/3 the HP that my ZL1 had but it's actually pretty impressive on the street. The getty-up-n-go surprised the heck out of me. I'm more than pleased with the car and I feel like my wallet has gotten this huge burden unloaded as well.

I still plan on hanging out on the C5 forum but mainly in the car washing section. I met some very nice members in this section of the forum and I'm thankful for that.

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Old 03-02-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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Sorry for your loss dude.... but for a practical car you did pretty well. The mini's are very fun.
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:32 PM   #3
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So I guess you traded it in,on the mini...Remember how much of a Buzz was made about them when they first came out...The wait list was huge..Well enjoy it...
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:35 PM   #4
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:39 PM   #5
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Enjoy the mini they are fun to drive
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:56 PM   #6
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congrats on your new endeavor, good luck and glad you plan to hang around still.
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:37 PM   #7
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Sorry for your loss, but your continued presence is very welcome! Always a brother.
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:45 PM   #8
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That sucks, but you gotta do what you gotta do...
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:59 PM   #9
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Owning a very nice car can be a stressful endeavour. People might think I'm crazy for it but I drive my ZL everyday in sun, rain, snow or blizzard. It's my DD and not only that it's my work vehicle so it operates as my mobile office. I do business consulting and only keep my cars for 36 months so I get every second of enjoyment out of it that I can.

It kind of saddens me that you owned such an incredible car but that the stress of it took away from the pure joy that is the ZL. I hope you get lots of enjoyment from your Cooper and I've seen them at the Autocross and they do very well. Life is much to short to not enjoy every minute possible so good luck with your new car.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:22 AM   #10
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So you traded the car because you were afraid it would get messed up and you'd lose value? looool
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:38 AM   #11
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Congrats on your purchase. I can identify with some of your concerns as I've had similar feelings about my current cars. Some things that have allowed me to enjoy preserving the look of my signature cars were having a dd, and keeping the main cars in a garage. By no means should one over protect a car, but when you have your good car outside then you should use your judgment and watch your surroundings.

Good luck, and maybe if you change your mind you may find yourself in a ZL once again. It would be a shame to lose an ownership opportunity just due to worries about potential damage.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:16 AM   #12
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Sayonara! I feel your pain brother....every month. Best to you!
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:55 AM   #13
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I dont get it?
what's there not to get? I traded in a huge stress factor in my life because I was obsessed about keeping it spotless and in a safe condition. $60K doesn't come easy to me so the fear of something happening to such a high end vehicle got the best of me.

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Sorry for your loss, but your continued presence is very welcome! Always a brother.
thanks man. I will miss the awesome power that my ZL1 had but I won't miss the stress of owning such a high end car and my wallet won't miss the hefty monthly payment. lol

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So you traded the car because you were afraid it would get messed up and you'd lose value? looool
read my first post again.

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Congrats on your purchase. I can identify with some of your concerns as I've had similar feelings about my current cars. Some things that have allowed me to enjoy preserving the look of my signature cars were having a dd, and keeping the main cars in a garage. By no means should one over protect a car, but when you have your good car outside then you should use your judgment and watch your surroundings.

Good luck, and maybe if you change your mind you may find yourself in a ZL once again. It would be a shame to lose an ownership opportunity just due to worries about potential damage.
I will have another high end car one day. just now isn't the time. I decided to buy something very practical and affordable so I can begin to stash some $$$ for a few years.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:03 AM   #14
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...and now, for the swan song...play "My Way" by Frank Sinatra....
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:52 AM   #15
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I've been realizing for quite some time that me owning such a high end car like my ZL1 wasn't (cost) practical mainly being since I barely put 3K miles on him in one year. The car sat a lot mainly because I was always worried about some idiot hitting the car in a parking lot or worse someone driving stupid and wrecking in to my $60K vehicle. The high stress levels of constantly keeping the car in pristine cosmetic appearance was something I couldn't deal with anymore.

So I decided it was time to do some major downsizing and I bought myself a little Mini Cooper S which is actually pretty fun to drive. Yes, I do realize the car barely has 1/3 the HP that my ZL1 had but it's actually pretty impressive on the street. The getty-up-n-go surprised the heck out of me. I'm more than pleased with the car and I feel like my wallet has gotten this huge burden unloaded as well.

I still plan on hanging out on the C5 forum but mainly in the car washing section. I met some very nice members in this section of the forum and I'm thankful for that.

Sorry Ozzie did you sell it to Felix or trade her in?
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:16 AM   #16
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It's just a car. I'll bet that new ride will be just as fun to drive around on public roads. The C5 community tends to get too wrapped up in these Camaros. They're just cars. Whatever works for you is what's important. Congrats on the new ride. I like the color combo.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:25 AM   #17
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Totally understood, Best of luck.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:34 AM   #18
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Sorry Ozzie did you sell it to Felix or trade her in?
traded in. The Mini dealership gave me a little more than what Carmax offered me so I took it. I never should have traded in my Bee which by the way was paid for. :(
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:38 AM   #19
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I share your pain. Instead of selling though, I just picked up a second car (truck).

I wish you the best of luck!
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:57 AM   #20
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I have always liked the Mini's, Enjoy!
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:32 AM   #21
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Wish you the best of luck, maybe we will see you as a Z owner again. I too sold my Z a little while ago, but now I'm thinkning of getting another one. Go figure..... If the 2015 has an option for the LS9 I would be all over that!!!!1
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:09 AM   #22
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I'm sure it was a tough decision - Glad to hear that you're going to stick around!
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:35 AM   #23
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I'm sure it was a tough decision - Glad to hear that you're going to stick around!
it was a very tough decision. a decision that had been eating away at me for quite some time. I just didn't want to accept it. I had a 2010 SS Transformers car that was paid for when I traded it for my ZL1. I took a pretty big bath (money wise) when I did that and now an even deeper bath by trading in the Z. I do feel like a huge financial load has been lifted off my shoulders and I'm thankful the monthly output will be going from a fire hose sized out put to a drinking straw sized out put.

that's the only positive outlook I have in this ordeal.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:46 AM   #24
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I dont get it?
keeping the car clean and the "what if's" stressed him out so bad he sold his zl1 for a mini cooper....wow.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:45 AM   #25
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Ozzie, it's sad to hear but nothing is worth stressing over for.. Cars come and go. Enjoy.
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