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  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...
  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...
  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...
  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...
  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...
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  7 responses   Good looking, quick (~300hp+), RWD/AWD car for running around town and use as a toy
Member6256

I'm interested in a good looking (I realize this is subjective), relatively sporty car for running around town. My preference would be something from one of the German big three luxury brands but lately I've been very intrigued by the 6th generation Mustang (2015+ model year). My one big concern...
  6 responses   Wagon that fits 2 adults & 3 kids, manual transmission, and FWD
john_jans
Loyalist


I'm looking for a wagon or large hatchback that has a manual transmission. I prefer FWD. I do not need AWD as I know how to drive in the snow. Conventional gas engine is okay, as is diesel. I'm looking to seat 3 kids in the back (1 car seat,...
  6 responses   Everything - within reason
Member5798

Even mix of city and highway driving - more rear passenger seat room will be needed for the pair of vertically-expanding spawn; I want some power and decent handling. Driver two holds rear parking sensor (or rear camera) and passenger safety in high priority. A bit ( not too much)...
  6 responses   Longhaul commuter for a big guy
Member4448

Thought I wanted an SUV or crossover, mostly because I've had a wagon/hatchback/SUV in the house for 30 years. I've used them for family camping and home repair stuff as well as commuing. Replacing a 2006 Ford Freestyle, 180,000 miles, that is much bigger than I need now that our...
  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   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...
  7 responses   Station wagon with manual transmission - daily driver
john_jans
Loyalist


Looking for a FWD, manual transmission wagon or crossover, under $24k. This is a very small pool of vehicles in the USA.


Settled on a Mazda CX-5 or VW Golf Sportwagen. Unfortunately, the Mazda, though roomy, has anemic performance (manual transmission models get a smaller engine - why???)....
  6 responses   Time to let go of my 2001 Civic coupe and get a family car.
Member31

I have had my 2001 Civic since new. I have a daughter that will be inheriting it at the end of the year. I have a 15 year old, wife, 18 month old and a dog. I need a car I can take them all in on mid to long...
  7 responses   Business, Fun Daily-Driver
Member6655

As I have just gotten a new job, I will be driving 20k miles a year on my new car. I am 24 and an Automotive Engineer, so I know everything about cars I'm just not very good at these decisions, considering it is my first.

At 24 years...
  5 responses   Fun car for the daily commute and spirited back road driving.
Member6673

99% of my driving is going to be the daily 1+ hour commute. The rest of the time will be for weekend trips with my wife/wife+family. That said, I need four seats but I don't need a ton of cargo space.

I want some power, handling, decent fuel efficiency,...
  5 responses   Commuter with good handling and decent rear seats for adults
Member6089

I'm looking for a car for my daily commute (30 minutes of back roads), but which can handle vacations too: highway travel with 3-4 adults and their gear. My current Fiat 500 doesn''t cut it for the latter use and is a bit too rough over nasty pavement.

I''m...
  5 responses   Commuter with good handling and decent rear seats for adults
Member6089

I'm looking for a car for my daily commute (30 minutes of back roads), but which can handle vacations too: highway travel with 3-4 adults and their gear. My current Fiat 500 doesn''t cut it for the latter use and is a bit too rough over nasty pavement.

I''m...
  5 responses   Fun to drive, compact to mid-size, manual transmisison and big trunk
Member5602

My golf course doesn't have club storage so I leave my bag and cart in the trunk all summer and go on road trips with 2 sets of clubs. Needgood sizedtrunk.
Want a manual transmission for driving fun. Don't want lowest trim to get the MT. My other car is...
  6 responses   Small SUV
becca89

Must have sunroof. I've driven the Buick Encore, mazda 3 hatchback, honda HR-V and liked them all.
  4 responses   Island Car
laurieo

Looking for a safe, reliable used car, preferably a small SUV or station wagon in which I can fit larger items when necessary. Live on an island, but will make trips to city (150 miles round trip) 2-3 times a month. We are a couple and this will be our...
  4 responses   Kia Soul ! vs. Hyundai Elantra GT?
Member6484

Given these two, albeit quite different looking, choices, which would someone who's looking for a very reliable, not gas guzzling, fun to drive, sporty-feeling, quality interior car pick?

I've test driven both, and am drawn to the Soul for the fun factor and the fact that it's different from...
  4 responses   Carolina's Car
Anonymous

Acura RDX - Bad, UNreliable turbo engines
Lexus RX 350 - Love everything except for the wood grain stuff
BMW X3 - Love except for Price
Honda CR-V, EX-L - Not sporty enough

  3 responses   daily driver
porscha356

Mazda CX5- pros: exterior styling, drivetrain, interior layout
cons: no manual trans, poor visability out the rear quarter, hard plastic interior, gas only

Subaru Out back- pros: exterior styling, workmanship
...
  3 responses   Comfortable,safe fuel-efficient hauler for senior driving.
Member4926

My wife is 4feet11 and the kia rondo, was perfect to get in and out We are looking for somthing similar ,sowe also can take a lot of thing ,when we travelling,but the Rondo was not easy on gas..
  3 responses   Comfortable,safe fuel-efficient hauler for senior driving.
Member4926

My wife is 4feet11 and the kia rondo, was perfect to get in and out We are looking for somthing similar ,sowe also can take a lot of thing ,when we travelling,but the Rondo was not easy on gas..

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