Should I buy a MK4 supra or wait for the MK5?

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    Should I spend $50k-55k for a MK4 supra or wait for the MK5?

    Its hard to justify since I think the MK4 bubble has popped in a sense that the prices have slowed down from jumping up, but then again new car depreciation would hit harder.
     
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    From a financial aspect, the MKIV is certainly the better choice. Even with MKIV prices plateauing, there is still plenty of opportunity for an MKIV purchase to be a potentially profitable endeavor. However, with the way prices are, it does make it difficult to be able to enjoy the car as much as you would like. Set-value insurance is a must, and a simple thing like a small fender bender has a significant impact on potential resale value, even if repaired correctly. Not to mention, Supras are tough to find parts for and as such can be expensive to repair.

    An MKV Supra, even if its a fantastic success at launch, will still be victim to immediate depreciation. Of course, it could potentially be cheaper to insure (set-value insurance ranges wildly for classic cars, so this is up in the air), and generally will be a more guilt-free drive because it has a warranty, parts will be easily obtainable at your local Toyota or BMW (lol) dealer, and a small accident is easily fixed and forgotten about without too much worry of resale value. However, reliability is a complete unknown, and chances are that it won't have the same reputation as the MKIV.

    Another thing, that many people also tend to forget, is that a new car is far safer than an old one. MKIVs are NOT safe for modern standards, not by any stretch of the imagination. I have sadly seen too many deaths in MKIVs, many in incidents that would be no problem for most modern vehicles. The MKV will no doubt be very safe, and will also come equipped with a safety suite with pre-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, etc etc. It's easy to ignore safety for an emotional purchase like a sports car, but it certainly is something that I stress people to think about.

    I know that I didn't really give you an answer, but I'm not sure if I can, to be honest. You just need to weigh the variables and figure out what exactly you want in your next car purchase. You've got some time til the MKV hits the streets too, so I'd wait until some reviewers you trust get their hands on the car and give it a shakedown before really thinking about making a decision. Much of this car is still unknown.
     
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    Both?? :D:D
     
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    I'll probably just wait till more info on the MKV is released.

    I asked this question because there is a somewhat low mile mk4 supra that I found. Its not necessarily a good deal by any means, but in this day and age its getting harder to find clean low miles one (especially one that doesn't have any stories to go with it). With that said though I still feel like 50-55 is alot for a used mk4 supra IMO.

    I guess the only thing I don't like about the MKV with the info release so far is that there is no manual trans.
     
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    I am not sure the details of the US market, but down here A80 vary in condition between showing their age and almost new, and the driving experience, imho, is light and day.

    I sold my 2013 GT86 for a A80 RZ. I looked at a few before buying, and some of the older ones really felt like old, tired cars. Still built well but sitting inside them made the jump from a new car to and older one very hard.

    I ended up settling on a very good condition 1999 model, the interior virtually new, so was good.

    Similarly, being an older car, things will start to go bad. Bushes, trims, dampers etc. Thankfully most of it is still available new (compared to an A60 or A70 supra this is amazing). The JZ will need a major service, which is just another expense to factor in.

    A stock turbo A80 won't light the world on fire for straight line performance, but good for the day. A 3" exhaust and intercooler will see you at around 320hp @ wheels with just natural boost creep.

    I'm debating selling my AMG for the A90, but with so little information out, it's a very difficult decision to make.
     
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