Hey y'all, I have wanted a Sky ever since I saw one when I was 11, and now I'm 16 looking for a first car. If I have about $8k to spend, would a Sky be a legitimate first car?
Completely disagree with this. Sorry.Hi Skyefire42,
As Wnolte1122 says, where you live will determine if that is a good idea or a bad idea. You do NOT want to drive a Sky in snowy climates. The ground clearance will wreck a lot, especially the weakly mounted front fender liners. You will come home one day and find your engine compartment full of snow because you lost a fender liner somewhere. The front fender are made of fiberglass, they too will get seriously damaged from snow/ice boulders that fall off other vehicle fender areas.
As an old guy who raised two boys, I don't advise learning how to drive on a stick shift. You want to keep as much effort on safe driving, not how to move the car. Unless you are uniquely talented, I would limit myself to an automatic.
In the $8000 range, I would say buying a Base Sky will get you one in better condition and be more reliable compared to a turbo. Also, the turbo for a new 16 year old driver is too tempting for high speed resulting in trouble with the law, your insurance company, and possibly hurting yourself and others in an accident.
So, here is my summary. Limit yourself to a Base Sky with automatic transmission, but don't buy one if you live in a snowy winter climate.
And so there you have the flip side of my opinion.Completely disagree with this. Sorry.
Ive gotten more tickets now in my base sky than i did in my superchaged cougar back in the day. Not about the limit in speed of the car, its driving habits.
Second, I HIGHLY recommend a stick shift over an automatic to any new driver.
2 things: Pick up a skill that less and less people have, one that makes you more focused on how your car is driving. Huge perk.
Keeps your hand on a shifter and off a damn phone.
Not that it isnt done, but especially for new drivers, numbers of manuals with texting drivers is infinitely less than automatics.
I do also recommend the base model just on simplicity of working on it, and cost. Far less to go wrong, and far fewer major issues.
5 speed base model will do you right =)
As another old guy that raised 5 girls and 1 boy, I taught them all how to drive in a car with a stick shift. I also believe it takes a higher level of concentration and skill when learning how to drive. The driver is more connected to the vehicle and might I say "one with the driving experience". I suppose in time we will all hop into a driver less car but until then, I never wanted my kids to jump into a stickshift vehicle and say "What's that thing for?".As an old guy who raised two boys, I don't advise learning how to drive on a stick shift. You want to keep as much effort on safe driving, not how to move the car. Unless you are uniquely talented, I would limit myself to an automatic.
Congrats on getting your first car, the fact you said "y'all" leads me to believe snow may not be an issue where your from. $8k can buy you a lot of car, we picked up our Redline with 60k miles in May for less than that. I remember when I was 16 my parents offered to donate $4k to the cause. I had my eyes set on a 95' GT Mustang Convertible. The dealership wanted $9k, so instead I picked up an 89' Jeep Wrangler for $4k. I was just as frugal then as I am now. It of course had some issues which was great because I got to learn how to fix my own car and learn the cost of ownership. I had friends who their parents bought them brand new cars including one of them a Corvette, that guy couldn't even change a flat tire.Hey y'all, I have wanted a Sky ever since I saw one when I was 11, and now I'm 16 looking for a first car. If I have about $8k to spend, would a Sky be a legitimate first car?
Wow, what part of my statement implies being a "dork and piss off other drivers"? My statement was a lighthearted attempt to imply that regardless what you drive you will inevitably be pulled over for something. Have you seriously never gotten a ticket or been pulled over for a driving infraction?As far as tickets go, it doesn't matter what you drive, just learn to have a good story to help get out of it. I don't agree with the above statement. Drive carefully and obey the road rules. Don't be a dork and piss off other drivers. If you are out in the middle of nowhere you can do what you want. Just be safe and cause no harm.
First off, as for manual or auto, my son took his driver's exam in my manual transmission Sky. Figured if he could pass that with the pressure that comes with it he'd have no issue driving it regularly. He has had some minor issues in automatics, none in manuals. Why is anyone's guess but he currently drives a 1992 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4...and they only came in manuals. Also my first car was a manual. Practice enough and you'll be fine IF you don't know how to drive one already.Hey y'all, I have wanted a Sky ever since I saw one when I was 11, and now I'm 16 looking for a first car. If I have about $8k to spend, would a Sky be a legitimate first car?
Obviously we don't know each other, so I'm giving the benefit that you are misunderstanding my intent.A good story to get out of it? Is this good advice? It can imply deception. If you think it was good advice, please explain.
Honestly i'd say the best way I got out of tickets was a license plate frame ("Support your local police." I meant it as 'Speed, get tickets, the fines go to supporting your local police" but it wasn't taken that way so I went with it) or being honest but not admitting guilt. I've actually gotten out of a stop sign ticket in a city NO ONE gets out of a stop sign ticket for being polite and not arguing with the officer even when I thought I had stopped. He told me he was letting me off with a warning specifically because I was being polite and honest. I got out of an evasion charge by being honest. I kept my Sky out of impound by being honest. Sometimes you'll get the ticket, sometimes you won't, with or without the good story. Just depends on how the cop feels about the circumstances. At least that's been my experience.Obviously we don't know each other, so I'm giving the benefit that you are misunderstanding my intent.
So I will go first without getting too philosophical, I am a father of 2 boys, neither of which are at driving age yet. However, when they are, I would have no problem giving them the same advice as I stated above. The fact is, I absolutely remember being 16. Did I make some poor judgments at that age? Absolutely I still make some now, I would argue all of us did and still do. It's part of growing up, it's a fact of life, you make mistakes and then you learn from those mistakes. No one is perfect and I don't hold anybody to that expectation, but I still expect people to do what's right. I also try to recall the advice I was given at 16 and I remember what advice stuck and what went right out the other ear. So I believe making a generalized statement that it you get pulled over you better hope you have a good story to get out of trouble isn't too far out of line. Have you never ran a stop sign by accident? Or maybe you didn't come to a complete stop at one? Now let's say a cop was also at that intersection, does that make what you did more or less against the law? Not all driving infractions are malicious or nefarious as I assume you insinuated my meaning, nor did I intend my statement to be in favor of. Simply put, human nature dictates mistakes will be made, humans drive cars, thus mistakes will be made while driving a car. So I will rephrase, my best advice is I hope you have a good story to help you get in less trouble. I again refer back to my original questions:
- What part of my statement implies being a "dork and piss off other drivers"?
- Have you seriously never gotten a ticket or been pulled over for a driving infraction?
My first car...1963 Bug...should never had sold it.Skyefire42,
It’s amazing how your posting, looking for advise about a first car has sent many of us down memory lane. I shared your posting with friends ..... we talked about the cars we’ve had, ones we regretted buying, ones we still want and the ones we wish we never sold.
My next door neighbor still has his first car, a 1967 Mustang Coupe with a 289. How I envy that he had the foresight to hang onto his first love. Your first car, no matter what you ultimately choose, it will fill you with a lifetime of memories. Enjoy the Ride..... too soon you’re an Old Guy reading with a little bit of envy about a young person in search of their first car.....🏁🏎