An update: I haven’t given up.

My wife said she’s now for me getting a slightly larger car with a more usable body style as we approach time to start trying for a second kid.

Our goal is to get $13,000 out of the 6 on trade and find a TourX for $25k or so. With interest rates being low at local banks and such, I could get a nice, low payment that we would be comfortable with. And, we’d end up paying it off early, anyway. Like we did with the 6.

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This is the one I’m most keen on right now:

Just over an hour from me. Lightly used with 11,000 miles. So, likely to have a scratch or ding here and there - which I’m okay with. I can’t stomach owning a brand new car again - that first scratch/ding breaks my OCD heart too much.

This one is a bit overpriced as you can find new ones for $28k all day long (but they aren’t Essence models). I’d hope to get them down to $24,500 or so.

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The only feature it lacks that my 6 has is a sunroof, but I figure that may be a good thing in the long run as it’s one less thing to worry about breaking or leaking.

It has remote start and heated seats - the two things my 6 doesn’t have that I REALLY wish it did. And, through OnStar, I can do the connected services where I can remote start/lock/unlock the car with my phone. Nifty.

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