Dilemma - sell or keep?

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Paul85
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Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Paul85 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:18 am

I bought my Tiguan SEL in September '66, mileage now about 26k and it ticks all my boxes bar one: fun to drive. It's essentially a utility vehicle which is why I chose it in the first place. My wife just gave her Polo to our daughter saying that she hardly uses it herself. Now, however, approaching my 79th birthday, I itched to drive something more pleasurable and dynamic, hence, a shiny Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 Tfsi S tronic sits on my drive and the Tiguan has stayed in the garage since it arrived a couple of weeks ago.
Sell it or keep it? I rarely need to carry a large payload these days. Similarly, we seldom carry more than two people. Under normal circumstances we travel back and forth to our home in France several times a year but, the Audi is surprisingly practical: a 380 litre boot and rear seats that fold flat and extend the boot (hood up).
The Audi is certainly fun to drive and a very attractive car. There will (eventually) be plenty of opportunity for top-down driving in France and the two rear seats are fine for adults for shortish distances.
And yet, I love the Tiguan. Technologically it's more advanced than the Audi with more driver assistance, it looks good (Caribbean Blue with Storm Grey leather) and it is very economical, returning 53 mpg on longer runs. My wife is not a fan of open top driving (she flatly refused to ride pillion on my Yamaha Diversion 900) but I don't plan long runs with the hood down.

What would you do?

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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Tubemonster » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:54 am

Don't take this the wrong way when I say that you're obviously not short of a few bob, well done you. You don't need to sell it and you've stated that you love it, so unless it's in the way, just keep it.
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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Essjay » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:58 am

Keep it (if cost is not a problem), and alternate between the two! You’ve got a great car for the summer with the top down and European trips, and then you have the practical Tiguan for the colder months when you may need the greater traction. Or use the Tiguan for trips to France in the winter.
I wish I had the same dilemma!

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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by carib230sel » Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:01 pm

Keep it. I think the love for the A5 cabriolet will wear off a bit.

I have run our Tiguan alongside a BMW M240i cabriolet. Went like sh*t off a shovel, glorious sounding, good looking in Estoril blue. Perfect for little trips out on a sunny day. But not to the garden centre, as you couldn't put much in it. And not anywhere involving motorway and rear seat passengers, as the buffeting in the rear seats was intense. And not when the sun was just above the roof line, as you couldn't block it out. And not when the sun was really strong. Etc....
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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by LspaceJ » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:05 pm

If you can, keep it. I've a Tiguan for the head and a BMW Z4 for the heart, but I find myself using the Z4 only occasionally. It doesn't fit the kids in the back, or carry much stuff. It's often just easier to jump into the Tiguan. But I like to have the option.
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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Paul85 » Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:34 am

Thanks everyone for the response. The idea of satisfying the needs of head and heart is appealing and it's good to see that others have decided to follow this. I'm very much inclined to keep both at least for the next year when, hopefully, restrictions on travel will be eased and opportunities to make the most of open top driving increase. Thanks again folks. This forum is certainly a good sounding board.

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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Tammma » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:16 am

Here is another thought...if you don't need both simultaneously...why not sell both and get something even better/more fun using the combined funds....clearly you don't need both with one sat idle most of the time.

Sorry to throw another spanner into the works ;)

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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Paul85 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:39 am

Well, Tamma, it's true that we don't need two cars; my wife's Polo rarely did more than 1000 miles a year so she decided to give it to our daughter. The problem is to find a car that is fun to drive, practical and reasonably economical. I've kept track of the EV scenario, particularly looking at forums like that for the ID3. Concerns about range, availability of fast charging points and reliability are common and I'm not in the Tesla S income bracket. The ID4 looks viable but with the same limitations and no real choice of options etc yet. That's certainly the way I'll go when these limitations are ironed out but that could be a few years down the line.
So, in the meantime, I'll stick with the Tiguan and the Audi, probably for a year and then review the situation against any new alternatives.

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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Blakey » Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:03 am

Have you looked at the Polestar 2?

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Re: Dilemma - sell or keep?

Post by Tammma » Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:12 am

Paul85 wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:39 am
Well, Tamma, it's true that we don't need two cars; my wife's Polo rarely did more than 1000 miles a year so she decided to give it to our daughter. The problem is to find a car that is fun to drive, practical and reasonably economical. I've kept track of the EV scenario, particularly looking at forums like that for the ID3. Concerns about range, availability of fast charging points and reliability are common and I'm not in the Tesla S income bracket. The ID4 looks viable but with the same limitations and no real choice of options etc yet. That's certainly the way I'll go when these limitations are ironed out but that could be a few years down the line.
So, in the meantime, I'll stick with the Tiguan and the Audi, probably for a year and then review the situation against any new alternatives.
Sounds reasonable. I'd steer clear of the id4. Wait till it goes into MK2. It will be a significantly better car then. ID3 is still having software issues if I am not mistaken.

I personally just plan to get the Tig on a stage 1 tune to add a bit more 'fun' to it...

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