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post #4171 of 9498
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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

Toyota Camry or Ford/GM/Chrysler midsize sedans.

Would never buy one but admit they have a few positives about them and btw all those qualities can never be found in a single car. Economy and performance rarely go hand in hand with good styling.

I didn't say you could find all the qualities in a single car - only that all the qualities should be considered. This is an exercise in compromise... wink.gif
post #4172 of 9498
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

OK - so I have a topic for discussion: Let's suppose you were going to buy a car (new or used) that you plan to drive until it has at least 150K+ miles. What would you buy? You should consider the entire experience - longevity, total cost of ownership, comfort, economy, performance, style, etc. But it will be your ONLY car for the next 150K+ miles.

Depends on how long it taakes for me to get to 150k............  Honda NSX biggrin.gif

post #4173 of 9498
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

OK - so I have a topic for discussion: Let's suppose you were going to buy a car (new or used) that you plan to drive until it has at least 150K+ miles. What would you buy? You should consider the entire experience - longevity, total cost of ownership, comfort, economy, performance, style, etc. But it will be your ONLY car for the next 150K+ miles.

 

Toyota Camry 4 cylinder or Honda Accord 4 cylinder. The Camry is a more comfortable riding car, plenty of room, and great MPG, but it's a cruiser, not a driver's car...the Accord is more of a driver's car yet still comfortable enough, roomy enough, and decent MPG.  Both legendarily reliable over the long haul.

 

My dad drives a 2012 Camry and my uncle a 2012 Accord, both 4cyl. automatics (6-speed for the Camry, 5-speed for the Accord). Both of them observe speed limits for the most part (for example setting the cruise at a real 69-70 mph on the highway where the limit is 65) and both average slightly over 30mpg.  

 

10 years ago my answer would have been something different, I'm sure....lol. If costs were not a factor my choices would also be different.

post #4174 of 9498
I am going to really push it and suggest the Camry hybrid. The fuel economy is astounding and acceleration was pretty impressive too for a hybrid.

It's hard not to like the initial surge of power but it's silent as a monastery so won't be replacing my garage any time soon.
post #4175 of 9498

May I just suggest a left wing practical suggestion? Mazda 6...... 

post #4176 of 9498
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

 

Toyota Camry 4 cylinder or Honda Accord 4 cylinder. The Camry is a more comfortable riding car, plenty of room, and great MPG, but it's a cruiser, not a driver's car...the Accord is more of a driver's car yet still comfortable enough, roomy enough, and decent MPG.  Both legendarily reliable over the long haul.

 

My dad drives a 2012 Camry and my uncle a 2012 Accord, both 4cyl. automatics (6-speed for the Camry, 5-speed for the Accord). Both of them observe speed limits for the most part (for example setting the cruise at a real 69-70 mph on the highway where the limit is 65) and both average slightly over 30mpg.  

 

10 years ago my answer would have been something different, I'm sure....lol. If costs were not a factor my choices would also be different.

 

You know, I realize I was thinking about this from the perspective of a family man, which billybob is...yet his question was what we would want. And that changes my pick instantly.....I would instead go for this....

 

Folding hard top Miata, and if it was to be the only vehicle, then I'd take the 6 speed auto with paddle shifters. (I know Magick just died a little inside reading that last bit....lol)

post #4177 of 9498
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

 

You know, I realize I was thinking about this from the perspective of a family man, which billybob is...yet his question was what we would want. And that changes my pick instantly.....I would instead go for this....

 

Folding hard top Miata, and if it was to be the only vehicle, then I'd take the 6 speed auto with paddle shifters. (I know Magick just died a little inside reading that last bit....lol)

Since Billybob's children are old enough to leave his hous and therefore make him an empty nester, I think he could drive any car he wants wink.gif

 

 

Auto Miata? What about resale value after 150k? Manual would be worth a lot more tongue.gif


Edited by veyrongatti - 8/24/13 at 12:23am
post #4178 of 9498
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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post

What about resale value after 150k? Manual would be worth a lot more tongue.gif

Not in the USA.....lol.

 

Most of the time here, even if a manual is available on a car, you'll still have to order it from a dealer....they won't have one on the lot because so few Americans drive them nowadays.

I could be happy with a manual about 98% of the time...but that other 2% is enough to make me think the paddles would be enough for those days I feel frisky.

post #4179 of 9498
Thread Starter 
3-4 y/o MINI Cooper S or a new Fiat 500 Abarth, being entirely serious billy. Those are about as much fun as you can find for under $40k, great economy too.

Oh, and the Focus ST, that's one to add too. I'm going to buy a Tanner Foust edition, that's gonna to be a killer ride.
Edited by Magick Man - 8/24/13 at 12:36am
post #4180 of 9498
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Not in the USA.....lol.

 

Most of the time here, even if a manual is available on a car, you'll still have to order it from a dealer....they won't have one on the lot because so few Americans drive them nowadays.

I could be happy with a manual about 98% of the time...but that other 2% is enough to make me think the paddles would be enough for those days I feel frisky.

Ohh......... 

post #4181 of 9498
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

3-4 y/o MINI Cooper S or a new Fiat 500 Abarth, being entirely serious billy. Those are about as much fun as you can find for under $40k, great economy too.

Oh, and the Focus ST, that's one to add too. I'm going to buy a Tanner Foust edition, that's gonna to be a killer ride.

Servicing costs?

post #4182 of 9498
I remember billybob travelling a fair bit every day, wouldn't suggest a hatchback.
A big sedan would be more comfortable and better for highway driving.
post #4183 of 9498
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

I remember billybob travelling a fair bit every day, wouldn't suggest a hatchback.
A big sedan would be more comfortable and better for highway driving.

That Cooper S, with the selectable suspension, that's a really comfortable car. No joke.
post #4184 of 9498

Gikigill,

Get the Camry, not the hybrid though....

post #4185 of 9498
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Originally Posted by wink View Post

Gikigill,

Get the Camry, not the hybrid though....

 



I wouldn't buy a Camry, I acknowledge it does things a lot better than a lot of cars but I never use my head while buying.

 

My heart always takes over and I end up buying something that,s fun but a pain in the wallet,

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