I have never said that the Cobra is not good enough for me, and I never will. Are other things out there better? yes and there will always be something better. The fact that I'm reaching out for cars that I only use to dream about doesn't make me a spoiled rich kid. It means I'm taking the initiative to achieve what I want and I'm paying for it. As far as bringing the hate upon myself? I highly disagree. My Cobra costed $8500. This is probably in the 50th percentile of cars at my highschool. I'm not saying that makes my car inferior to others, I'm just trying to show you that perspective is everything. If people are jealous or resent me for having a nice car at 16, then so be it, because I'm not bragging about it or getting in anyones way. So no, I do not bring it upon myself.
I buy/sell stuff on CL as a hobby/job. But I also work about 10-15 hours a week at Marsh Supermarkets as a bag bitch/shelf stocker.
Yes, you do think it's not good enough. Anytime you think about trading it for a Saleen or CTS-V or adding a $15k winter 4x4 then you think you deserve something better. There are plenty of guys on here who cycle through new cars quite frequently (One guy has a Shelby and had a Raptor he traded for a new Cummins) but they're older and earn all the money yourself. The fact is you don't make nearly enough money flipping stuff on craigslist to afford a cobra, saleen, or cts-v, and you got your loan through the "bank of dad" with no interest and no pressure if you miss payments. I don't have any issue with people's parents getting them a good car if they can afford it, it's the parent's money so let them do what they want with it. Someone at my high school had a GT500 and kids at my college drive $100,000k + cars (most notably a Bentley and SLS AMG.)
You have to realize 80-90% of people on here work real jobs during school (Yes, 40 hrs+ a week plus taking classes) to afford their cars, and if they took out a loan it was from a real bank who charges interest and they lose the car if they miss payments. Factor in insurance, gas, repairs, etc... and not many 15/16 year olds can afford a Cobra without some help.
That being said (like I said before) I have no issues with your dad getting you the cobra even if he payed for the whole thing. The thing that's turning people against you is that you're always looking for bigger and better things. There's nothing wrong with that, I go online all the time and look for different options for vehicles for myself, like selling the truck and mustang and getting a terminator, new 5.0, M3, etc... or using some extra money I have to buy an R6 or Ninja, but I never come on here and make threads about it. Once I'm serious about it (like ready to head over with cash in hand) I might make a thread asking serious questions about it, but never say "Should I upgrade?"
Search craigslist all you want, but realize that everyone's point is that at 16 you shouldn't be serious about upgrading from a Cobra. Drive it, and if you're really unhappy with it after 6 months then get serious. If you've search online consistently then you'll have a good idea whats out there and what the price ranges should be so you don't have to ask us for opinions on prices.
So to answer your question, keep your Cobra. It has a great motor and is a good platform for future modifications. I can guarantee that you'll enjoy it enough so where you won't want to upgrade for at least a few years.
He knows that I'm an obsessive
person and I always have to have something better. I have problems settling and its something I need to get over, because you shouldn't have to force yourself to "settle" for a Cobra haha. But he's just impressed about me making profits as long as nobody gets hurt.
Obsessive would be out cleaning the cobra every day and trying to make what you have better. As someone in your position "spoiled" is the exact terminology that would fit here.