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I think I've made a mistake. Or two.

When my Challenger was totaled a little over 9 months ago I made a couple of decisions.

- A new Challenger would never be able to replace my old one, so there's no point in replacing it with another Challenger. Apparently this is a form of mourning, such as losing a loved one and not feeling like anyone will be able to take their place.

- I wouldn't spend much time looking at photos/videos of my old Challenger. Hell, I never watched the GoPro footage from the cruise that ended in the accident. Why would I? It would just make me sad.

So I ripped off the "Challenger band-aid" quickly and moved on with a Jeep. My 6th Jeep, to be precise. So not something I'm unfamiliar with and something that's fun and was/is more practical than a Challenger.

My mistake? Last week I decided to go watch some of my old videos. Ever since then I've been stuck wanting another Challenger. I'm losing sleep over it. I'm trying to justify it in my head and figure out how I can make it work since now we live where there's snow and ice. I could always work from home on those days, but there's still the concern with salt on the roads during winter. Perhaps a weekly or semi-weekly touchless wash with underbody spray would work out fine, plus there are car washes that offer monthly wash programs and unlimited washes for pretty cheap.

Somehow I need to make this happen. Really, the roadblock is making it happen without my wife killing me.

I need help.

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Related to this...my dilemma is whether I get another 6-speed or if I go with the A8. I already know it will have to be a B5 R/T Scat Pack.
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Tell your wife she needs to pick up the slack and get a second job so you can get a new Challenger.... If that does not work start accepting applications for a new wife that understands... Try a "go fund me" to pay off the jeep, yeah good luck with that.
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Move South young man! Problem solved!
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Tell your wife she needs to pick up the slack and get a second job so you can get a new Challenger.... If that does not work start accepting applications for a new wife that understands... Try a "go fund me" to pay off the jeep, yeah good luck with that.
Oh, it's not a matter of affordability. It's a matter of "wifeability." Before my Challenger I would get bored and have the itch to get a different car every 6-12 months. It was horrible. I'm feeling that way again, 9 months after buying the Jeep, but I know exactly what I want because I've had it before and it was the only vehicle I've ever known that I wanted to keep forever.

I just have to convince my wife that this is a matter of sanity and happiness and hope that she doesn't flip her lid when I tell her I made a mistake and need a Challenger again. Yes, it's need. NEED.

Funny you should mention gofundme, that actually crossed my mind. haha

I actually am prepared to sell some of my other toys to help offset the cost of the Challenger.
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Move South young man! Problem solved!
Not an option. Would be cheaper/more practical to just buy a winter beater, but since I can work from home due to weather and my wife doesn't work that's not really needed.
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Welcome back...and amongst all of us on CT I'm sure we can come up with something to help get the wife on board!
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I wouldn't worry about the snow and ice if that's the primary reason preventing another Challenger purchase. I live in Anchorage, Alaska and drive my Challenger year-round with the factory all season tires without problem. An engine block heater, low-temperature windshield washer fluid, Rain-X on all the glass, WeatherTech mats, and careful driving technique is all that's required. A set of Blizzak snow and ice tires will further aid driveability if your area experiences a lot of ice, and a weekly run through an automatic (preferably touch-less) car wash with under-body wash will partially mitigate salt corrosion. With this said, you will find the Jeep a more capable snow vehicle overall, but the Challenger does just fine.

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Get the challenger. Then tell the wife. Problem solved. Possibly another one in the process.
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guess the only question is in another 6-12 months are you going to regret buying another challenger and want to get rid of it? do you think this is something just short lived until the URGE so to speak wheres off?


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