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  26 responses   Quirky and fun economy hatchto last 10 years+
Member1026

Hey everyone,
I'm considering selling my 10 yo Ford Focus ZX5- I have loved, loved this car but it is getting to the age that a few things are wearing. It has been roomy, fun, fuel-efficient, and still looks good after all these years. It's been perfect.

I'm looking...
  17 responses   a drivers car for fun and travel for retired seniors
Stan P.

Looking for a sport touring roadster for seasonal use. Have driven sporting vehicles most of my life and value good handling and reasonable performance. My current go car is an 05 Passat TDI which is the best overall vehicle I have ever owned. My warm weather car is an 03...
  13 responses   First car out of college - thinking about a TDI
ttobin

I currently own a beat up 2004 Hyundai Elantra GT and am looking for something fresh. Fortunately I've acquired a good job so I can afford to invest in a car that will last sometime, but I don't want to find myself in a long term loan as I am...
  12 responses   Small/medium size family hauler - fun, inexpensive, good to look at it
agog

Our requirements are:
- good space for a small family with at least 5 seats
- 1/2 child seat capacity
- rearview camera is a must, love to have all around view
- like sporty looking cars specially in red color :)
- climate control
- love to have moon/sun...
  11 responses   Wagon or Hatch with great handling and turbo for the Rockies
SVO

I've offered some advice here so I thought I'd ask for opinions too. I'm a car guy- used to do all my own work when such was possible. Cars owned were BMW 335i (current), Audi S4 Avant, VW Passat 1.8T, Passat VR6. All bought CPO with long warranties. I live...
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  11 responses   Hot Hatch with a Lux touch
Member6055

I'm moving to California and looking at some hot hatch options. I currently drive the 2013 Jetta Hybrid and am happy with the performance and fuel economy, but the battery really hampers trunch space so I am now looking for hatch back options.

Currently I have my eyes on...
  10 responses   Keep the Protege5, get an RX-8, or neither?
mkaresh
Ten-Year Veteran


About five years ago I briefly considered getting a Honda S2000, then a Mazda RX-8. My father then bought one of the latter. We figured that once he tired of it, I'd take it off his hands.

It took much longer than he expected, but he has now tired...
  9 responses   To VW or not?
Member6147

Let the debate begin. I am extremely pulled between purchasing a VW Jetta GLI or Honda Civic SI.

My big 2 needs for my car are (1) 4 door (2) 6 Speed

I would also like to keep it under 28K which leads me to the above 2...
  8 responses   A reliable, safe fun to drive, low-moderately priced mid-size sedan or hatch that I cam give to my child when she gets her license in 2019.
probstp1

I am in the market for a fun, practical 2015-2016 mid-size sedan that I will feel comfortable handing over to my daughter in 4 years when she gets her license. Reliability, safety, handling and quiet comfort are all important to me but may be unatainable for what I will spend...
  8 responses   Fuel-efficient short commute car that is comfortable, very safe, and has good reliability with CD radio, USB, auxiliary input
rlstites

Looking at Honda Civic and CR-V. Really like the CR-V for roominess and interior as well as pretty good economy.
Wife wants smaller car with better gas mileage and top safety pick. So Civic looks good, but I'm still not sure.
Would be happy with a good used Civic for...
  8 responses   Fuel-efficient short commute car that is comfortable, very safe, and has good reliability with CD radio, USB, auxiliary input
rlstites

Looking at Honda Civic and CR-V. Really like the CR-V for roominess and interior as well as pretty good economy.
Wife wants smaller car with better gas mileage and top safety pick. So Civic looks good, but I'm still not sure.
Would be happy with a good used Civic for...
  8 responses   good value, sporty, manual transmission for a young guy
Member6648

So I am 19 and absolutely love driving. I learned how to drive on my dads 6 speed mini cooper S and fell in love with driving stick. It's time to buy a nicer car than my '02 accord, which is a manual transmission too and my next car must...
  7 responses   Fun
Member6563

Hello - I've gotten the response I wanted. Thank you to everyone who replied. I've decided that for now I am keeping my current car. Thanks again.
  7 responses   Reliable, fun, 4 door commuter, MT only
A member in California, United States

Looking to replace a 97 Civic that was rear-ended badly (rear seats pushed into front seats...glad it was just me in the car). It was a great, reliable car with 312k miles with normal maintenance (and lots of torn CV boots). Fun to drive, good handling (mild suspension work and...
  7 responses   Reliable, fun, 4 door commuter, MT only
A member in California, United States

Looking to replace a 97 Civic that was rear-ended badly (rear seats pushed into front seats...glad it was just me in the car). It was a great, reliable car with 312k miles with normal maintenance (and lots of torn CV boots). Fun to drive, good handling (mild suspension work and...
  6 responses   Fun daily-driver
tentoes

Looking for a performance daily driver. Only need room for 2, but would like a hatchback to throw stuff in the back. I keep my cars for 9 - 10 years and rate reliability above all. I have no time for dealing with repair shops. Currenly have a 2007 Accord...
  6 responses   ex-s2000-owner looking for a fun sedan replacement, has to be fun, manual tranny, reliable. AND CHEAP!! like 13k or less.
Member5962

Draging priorities didn't work for me, so here is what I'm looking for, fast sports sedan fun, manual tranny, reliable. AND CHEAP!! like 13k I've owned lots of cars over the years, Audi, Volkwagon, Acura TL, Integra, RSX type s,WRX, S2000. I just sold my S2000 because I havekidsnow and...
  6 responses   fun commuter car
ahm1127
Three-Car Garage


Was thinking Focus ST, let me know what you think
  6 responses   fun commuter car
ahm1127
Three-Car Garage


Was thinking Focus ST, let me know what you think
  6 responses   Weekend city car, practical needs, but want something I can track occaisionally
Member6008

I street park in a city, so smaller is better all else equal, and I'll live with dings
Not commuting, and I can fix stuff, so reliability isn't the top concern to me (but replacing a driveline while parallel parked is probably not happening, so some reliability matters)

Needs:
  6 responses   Weekend city car, practical needs, but want something I can track occaisionally
Member6008

I street park in a city, so smaller is better all else equal, and I'll live with dings
Not commuting, and I can fix stuff, so reliability isn't the top concern to me (but replacing a driveline while parallel parked is probably not happening, so some reliability matters)

Needs:
  6 responses   fun commuter car
ahm1127
Three-Car Garage


Was thinking Focus ST, let me know what you think
  6 responses   Tall man sized car
Member6565

I am 6'6" - so interior space and head room is critical.
Second is reliability - my perfect car never needs to have work done except for oil change
  6 responses   Fuel Efficient Hatchback - TDI? Prius?
Member5907

In about 2 months I will be moving way out to the country and will have a 45 mile commute to work, shopping etc. I want a hatchback or wagon that gets good gas mileage, has a comfortable ride (better than a RAV4 or CRV), and handles well on narrow...
  6 responses   Fuel-efficient, reliable, fun to drive, Colorado
Member4029

I'm looking for a reliable car that doesn't guzzle gas, that can handle mountain roads (i.e., has a little pep) and that is fun to drive. So far I have driven (and eliminated) a 2014 Kia Soul, a 2012 Honda Civic and a 2015 Honda Fit. I also drove a...

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