By on July 10, 2017

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Since we started Question of the Day, we’ve interrogated you on a myriad of subjects – ranging from the one that got away to your thoughts on a particular brand. Today, our question is a heckuva lot more straightforward.

What’s on the short list for your next car?

Let’s take an informal poll of our randy group of gearheads: hands up if you constantly check out Craigslist, cruise through dealership lots on the way home from market, or have a bookmark on a favorite build and price tool? *mumbles while counting*

So, that’s a full one hundred percent of TTAC readership, then. Excellent.

We’re all afflicted with the car bug, no matter if our next vehicle purchase is planned for the next week or the next decade. Deciding what we’re going to buy next is deeply ingrained in our DNA.

Me? Well, the final payment on the Filthy Charger will be made in September, yet we are still completely happy with the combination of rear-wheel drive, stretch-out legroom, and decent fuel economy. No plans to replace the daily driver, then. It should be noted this is the first car in my thirty-seven years on this planet I’ve liked enough to pay off.

Same story with the Ram. Sure, its box is starting to show telltale signs of the trademark Ram Rust (TM) over both rear wheel arches, but other than that it has been a great steed, regularly hauling 9000 lbs with nary a complaint. It can also be fixed with a hammer. The Ram stays, then.

No, my next purchase will be something for fun, not meant to replace anything in our current fleet. Surprisingly, I keep finding myself drawn to right-hand drive rides imported from Japan. Thanks to Canada’s import laws, we can now import vehicles from the early 2000s, unlike the Draconian legislation scuppering the late-model dreams of JDM fans in the States.

Four-door R34 Skylines can be landed for about $8,000 Canadian (or about twenty-five cents American). A nifty Honda Beat is about two grand cheaper, although I’m certain my lanky 6’6” frame would not fit in that funky convertible. At least headroom wouldn’t be a problem. Or, I could freak out the neighbors and pick up a tasty all-wheel drive, stickshift, turbocharged Nissan wagon for the same price as a Skyline. Whatever lands in my driveway, I’m confident in predicting the steering wheel will be on the wrong side.

Unless, of course, a cherry Lincoln Mark VII LSC comes along.

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217 Comments on “QOTD: What’s Next for Your Driveway?...”


  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Tacoma TRD Sport

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      CarMax has a 6spd TRD crew cab Offroad locally, I’m curious to take a look just to confirm my suspicions that the 3.5L is a downgrade from the 4.0L in the power delivery department. But from what I’ve read the 6spd manual and its shorter rear end gearing makes up for it (0-60 in 7.3 sec, despite the porky 4500lb curb weight).

      • 0 avatar
        joeaverage

        Like to travel on the highway? Where does the shorter rear end get you? 3K RPM at 70 mph?

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          Not sure, remains to be seen. But it’s enough to keep the Taco’s mpg rating in the realm of some half-tons. Just test drove a diesel Colorado crew cab during lunch, got an easy 30mpg on a predominantly highway/suburban route without really trying. That got my attention. The easy power to pull up hills without dropping a gear was really sweet too. The way the rear part of the bed/tailgate was constructed (horrible panel fit, I really hope this was a post-accident repair) was less than encouraging. Rear seat room was good for the class but I’m realizing if I were to go the new truck route, a half-ton is the way to go for my needs.

          • 0 avatar
            BaxterGill

            I actually just got rid of a 2016 TRD offroad.
            Crew Cab, automatic transmission.

            I struggled to break 22.5 mpg in mostly 65 mph zones… My father’s silverado got consistantly better mileage with a 5.3 and 6 speed auto.

            All in all, power delivery wasn’t great- a little peaky. Pretty unstoppable in the snow though.

  • avatar
    Timothy Cain

    ’18 Odyssey. Or decade-old Suburban.

    • 0 avatar
      Chocolatedeath

      Thats some contrast there buddy.

    • 0 avatar
      Willyam

      In the middle of this decision myself, sir. My Odyssey lease expires in 2 weeks (queue Arnold in drag from Total Recall “TWO WEEKS!”) and things are apt to change. As much as I like to do what-if searches, the pressure of a deadline looms.

      I have two old, paid-off, reliable SUV’s. They’re so old the value of selling them would never make up for their complete ability to continue to start. Also, two of the four kids are now driving, and we’re done with full-size child seats for the youngest. The Odyssey has just been SO good at what it does, it seems a shame to let it go. Yet it’s a lot of money to invest in a vehicle that we’re not in lust with.

      While I’ve been shopping for a CX-5 for the Mazda-fan wife (trying to hit the sweet-spot of depreciation and the larger 2.5 motor) the idea of stuffing all six of us in a vehicle for road trips, plus sub-$2 gas, had me accidentally ‘Burban-searchin. Then I found one. 15 years old, 80k miles, looked new. Roof-DVD player, cassette deck in the dash, 2wd-simple and that satin-tan that seems more durable, as all of them that survive are that color. At under ten grand, I could just commute in the silly thing. The idea has merit.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    GTI.

    • 0 avatar
      RyleyinSTL

      Heavily considering this as well. It just checks so many boxes. Plus it’s cheap.

      • 0 avatar
        TDIandThen....

        The GTI I actually want is about $10 less than the R. Sad face. Will probably go Miata RF instead therefore.

        • 0 avatar
          hreardon

          The “R” is nice, but unless I were to get a really nice deal on one, the GTI is a significantly better value.

          At that price point I’d rather get an S3, even with the added requirement of losing the manual transmission.

          While I love the manual, I really do think that this car is better suited to the DSG.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            I drove a manual and DSG equipped GTIs back to back. And, yes, the DSG is nicely executed. It’s also quicker, apparently. But I still want the manual.

          • 0 avatar
            TDIandThen....

            I agree with you both in a way: I would go either base GTI with manual and plaid (those seats! those seats!!), or go fully R with the DSG. For the $ difference between the GTI with Dynamic Chassis Control and the AWD Haldex on the R….I’m in Canada though and expect you’re in the US.

            The S3 is more $ for the badge (unless I missed something?) so I don’t see the value for the extra money. The R needs to drop about 10% for me to automatically hand over the money.

            10% less (barely, depending on options, here in Canada) than the R, sits the MX-5 RF, so, I also kind of must. Also I have a Golf, I keep my cars until death or TDI scandals intervene, and I’m not sure I want a high-performance Golf for the long-term.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            The base GTI is just so friggin’ good at what it does that loading it up with stuff like leather just doesn’t make much sense to me.

            Besides, the plaid seats rock.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      If I were given that shopping cart of cash with the stipulation that it be spent on a car, that would probably be my answer as well. Or the nicest pre-owned G37 I could find. I’d much rather have one of those sitting next to the 4Runner than an 80K mile ex-rental Nissan, but cheap & paid-for is nice too.

    • 0 avatar
      hreardon

      I’ve had mine for 18 months and it still puts a smile on my face every day.

      Only issue I’ve had so far is an irritating, random ‘clicking’ noise coming from the B pillar and stock OEM tires that at 16,000 miles are getting noisy.

      Computer shows 32mpg average over the last tank (mainly street, not highway).

      Otherwise, it really is the perfectly balanced car.

    • 0 avatar
      Astigmatism

      Go for it. I’m 26 months in and dreading the end of my lease coming up next year.

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      I want to… so badly… but I just can’t with long-term ownership, including years out of warranty, factored in.

    • 0 avatar
      tallguy130

      Can I offer a crazy alternative? I was just in the same boat looking for a base GTI with a stick and the lovely plaid seats. Predictably, I couldn’t find one within 400 miles and the local VW dealers did about everything they could to earn their shady reputation.

      I ended up with an Elantra Sport and it’s been fantastic. Little more room inside and got it for A LOT less. It is german engineered plaid perfection? No, but it’s nearly as fast and will likely hold up better, or at least not cost VW prices when something breaks.

      Just my two cents.

  • avatar
    NoID

    Jeep Compass or Renegade Sport 4×4. Not because I’m particularly excited about either one, but they’re the cheapest company leases right now and the closest thing to a small sedan that we sell at this five minutes.

    I had my fingers crossed that Fiat would bring the 500L Wagon to our shores because, let’s face it, Fiat can’t exactly be picky right now with what the sell here. I don’t actually WANT a 500L Wagon, because if driving a 500L was like driving an ovary, then a 500L Wagon would be like driving an ectopic pregnancy. But it would literally be THE ONLY corporate corollary to my Tinivan (Mazda 5) and as such it would be the proper lifestyle choice for me: 7 seats, 30+ mpg, low price, and the ability to part closer than 5 miles from headquarters.

    If anyone asked how I could stomach the thing, I’d just point out that I just consider it my personal Hellcat tax.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      “…if driving a 500L was like driving an ovary, then a 500L Wagon would be like driving an ectopic pregnancy.”

      Awesome.

    • 0 avatar
      wmunn

      I considered the renegade quite seriously for a few months. Then I went out and checked out similarly priced competition. I ended up with a 2017 Kia Sportage SX. The Kia was so much better than the renegade in all ways except for offroad, which being a former wrangler rubicon owner, we all know the renegade is a mere pretender in the off road arena.

      Be honest here guys, the renegade is a joke for offroading.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    ’14-17 Tundra CrewMax SR5 w/TRD package OR TRD Pro. TRD dual exhaust an absolute must.

    OR

    ’14-17 4Runner Trail Premium

    OR continue to tire kick and window shop and pay off some remaining medical school debt for my wife :/

    • 0 avatar
      NoID

      The Ghost of Dave Ramsay whispers “Option 3…”

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      Incorrect. THIS is your next car.

      https://tinyurl.com/ybxsyvcc

      If you don’t do it I might.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Ooh…. man that is nice. Talk about minimal TCO for the next two decades or so of comfy commuting. Although I will say, as much as I like stick shifts, I feel like the V6+auto combination is the one to get in a “fat” Camry.

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      She pay for herself, you have car boredom to satiate!

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Corey so far the strategy of occasional window shopping, endless car ad perusal, and having a rotating spot in my fleet for “craigslist flavor of the month” has worked out well for me financially speaking. But I suspect once a little one arrives, keeping up on maintenance and repairs of my fleet of 20+ year old vehicles may become difficult. Just owning a home is already taking up a lot of my former ‘tinkering’ time/energy.

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          Yep, that’s how I summarize home ownership.

          “Something always needs to be done.”

          • 0 avatar
            gtemnykh

            Oh yeah, also on the short list of tire kicking is a new Titan half ton with the beastly 5.6L Endurance motor. They’re discounting the bejesus out of them, a CC-4wd SV trim goes for as low as $32k, Pro-4X for $37k and it has a true locking rear diff. Aluminum F150s are on the short list of things to try out as well, they too have trim/packages like the STX and FX4 that have a rear locker. I’ve heard mixed things in terms of build quality issues on the F150s, and Ford still seems to have issues with things as trivial as cam phasers for going on two decades now. But for the performance, supposed fuel economy, and attractive prices it can’t hurt to look. At least they are made in the USA (*cough* Mexican Silverado *cough*)

  • avatar
    Ryan

    Adding a weekend car. Wishing a Miata would do the trick but with two kids, I’ll settle for a pre-owned Fit EX manual.

  • avatar
    Erikstrawn

    ’68-72 GMC 1/2 ton LWB, but I have to get two vehicles running and get rid of another two cars first.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      Not a fan of the ’67 grille? Do you want some scruffy Chevy V8 or the proper V6?

      • 0 avatar
        Erikstrawn

        ’67 was the earlier body style. I’d actually prefer a ’71-72 because they put a little more angle in the front grille. V6? No, sir. The engine will be a worked-over Vortec 350 with a Lunati cam, 9.5:1 compression, repop Corvette ram horn manifolds with 2.5″ outlets, and a TH700R4 backing it up. I can build the motor for well under $2k and it’ll put out over 400hp. I’ll put a 4.75×5 conversion on the truck and run the set of Corvette Gran Sport rims I have in the shed.

        IF I get the other cars taken care of before my mind changes.

        • 0 avatar
          bumpy ii

          No, ’67 was the first year of the rounded body. That year had the GMC logo stamped in the middle of the grille. ’68 and later had the letters mounted on the nose of the hood. ’71-72 is probably the best bet for a SBC build- most of them were V8s by then, and they had factory front discs.

          • 0 avatar
            Erikstrawn

            Noted, thanks! I’d say I can widen my search, but very few of them pop up in craigslist in my area anyways.

  • avatar
    chaparral

    A truck.

    For ten years I’ve used little hatchbacks and coupes as a substitute for a half-ton. I did this because of long commutes requiring 30 MPG and small mileages towing/hauling, along with low resale for coupes and high resale for trucks.

    I now have a 2 mile commute and will be towing for > 3/4 of my mileage.

    Haven’t decided between a half-ton with a minivan engine and a 3/4 ton with a roaring turbo-diesel. The first truck makes more sense, the second would be more fun.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      I have owned 2 3/4 ton diesels, 7.3 ford and a Cummins. I loved the Dodge and wish like you would not believe that I had not sold it.

      I am in the warranty business for automotive and the claims that I see for late model diesel trucks are mind boggling. As much as the B&B here hack on German sedans for repair costs (and I am one them!) the diesel trucks are not far behind in terms of cost to keep on the road.

      Based on this, I am out on diesel and in on gas. The mpg hit is not as wide as it used to be, gas has gone up and diesel has gone down.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Morgan does removing some or all of those new emissions systems increase reliability (assume the tune on the truck is fairly mild)?

        • 0 avatar
          87 Morgan

          gtemnykh…from what I have seen not really. If you are still under warranty, factory or extended and you remove the emissions equipment you are no longer covered.

          The primary issues that i see are injector pumps (5k) and injectors. The biggest called in and not covered are the EGR which makes the consumer mad, but what about exhaust gas recovery does not sound like emissions equipment and is not covered. The other is the new filters they have now on the exhaust which are stupid expensive.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      I totally didn’t “get” how people end up with huge 3/4 ton Turbo diesels while living in the ‘burbs and not really towing or anything, then I spent the weekend at some friends’ place where the guy has a F250 FX4 with the Powerstroke uncorked (removed DPF/urea/EGR crap) to 440hp/1000+lb ft tq that gets about 23mpg highway.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Nothing. Only 9 months into a new car and sh*t’s too expensive for two car payments.

  • avatar
    vvk

    Something electric. I am so done with ICE cars…

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      My wife and I generally carpool. We have one “good” car for trips out of town. We try to wear out the second car doing the local stuff.

      I think in a few years when we need another second car it’ll be electric. Will be looking at a Chevy Bolt or Nissan Leaf. The gas engine plugins are perhaps too capable and elaborate for our needs as it would seldom ever be asked to leave the county.

      Meanwhile we just replaced the “better” car with an off-lease Acura MDX Tech AWD. It has the last of the Honda 6 speed auto which has been fine. I sure wish it had a 6MT instead. Love it! We we shopping as much for interior quiet as anything else. Saw 27.5 mpg at ~72 mph on a recent weekend trip.

      We’ll probably keep it ten to fifteen years.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I’m waiting to see what happens with the last of the SSes, if there is another 20% discount, I might pull the trigger.

    Otherwise I am strongly considering a new Focus ST or perhaps an Elantra Sport.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryan

      I’d stand in line with you on a heavily discounted SS. I’m a long time Toyota/Subaru buyer with a love for hatchbacks and wagons BUT MAN…

      Keeping my eyes open for a deal…. Good luck to the both of us.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Just bought a 6M 2017 SS, very few if any manuals left by now. Greatest car purchase ever, the manual really makes the car better in so many ways.

      Unless Dodge changes the Powerwagon in several significant ways; there are zero new vehicles left that interest me. Sad state of affairs when we have so many automakers but such [email protected]&$y choices.

  • avatar
    idesigner

    Well looking for 2 cars.
    I’m part of the TDI scandal in Canada so need to replace my 2015 Golf by next September, good thing it was a lease.
    I’m a little bored with the golf so looking at a Nissan Qashqai(Roque Sport in the usa) or a certified Audi A5 and both need to be a manual, I know quite a wide spectrum.
    The other car is my classic 87 Audi Coupe GT its for sale and looking for a Porsche 924 or 944 replacement.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    I have been watching and and vacillating on sending an email to the seller of a Craigslist truck.
    1992 F-150 77k miles, XLT, 1 owner, 4×4, 5.4 V8, Auto, single cab, slider rear window, dual tanks, two tone gray paint with the factory chrome wheels.

    This thing looks brand new in and out and is an absolute time capsule. Guy is asking 10k which is too much but at $7500 it would be calling my name. I am bleeding cash right now renovating two properties so I guess that is a good thing as I really don’t need a 4th car.

    Nothing new really stands out to me anymore, too expensive and I don’t feel they are going to last any longer than what was produced 10 years ago.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      There was no 5.4L in 1992.

      For V-8 in an F-150, you had the 5.0L (which was really a 4.9L, or the “302”) and the 5.8L (“351”).

      5.4L didn’t come out until the redesigned 1997 F-150.
      Those are some great trucks, though, but I’d have the 4.9L I-6 (“300”). Not much better MPG, but its as reliable as the sun and I love an Inline 6.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    A small, cheap, manual used car or truck for the kids to drive. My son is 15, so he will be getting his learner’s permit next summer. My daughter is going on 13, so it won’t be long for her either.

    Since I don’t own a vehicle with less than 275 hp, there is no way in hell they are driving mine unsupervised.

    On the short list are (all manual, in order):

    – 2WD regular cab Ranger (4cyl)
    – The usual compacts, Corolla, Civic, Yaris, etc
    – Saturn SL series. These things are cheap and since I’ve owned two, I have a good handle on their “quirks”. Saw one for $400 on the weekend and was tempted.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Analysis paralysis is always my biggest issue. I’m about a year and a 1/2 from paying off the Highlander (which has been racking up the miles at a quicker pace than I anticipated at purchase – about 20,000 per year.)

    I want a big quiet sedan, something that makes you want to point the hood at the horizon and gobble up the miles, something with excellent adjustability for the lumbar, good thigh support, and roughly 300 hp minimum. $35,000 or less out the door before my trade in.

    I’d like to keep to the brands that are for sale in my fair city in an attempt to cultivate a relationship with a dealer. Buick/GMC, Ford/Lincoln, Chevy, Nissan, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Toyota is what is available in my county. I’m looking poised to buy a NEW car for the first time.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      I believe what you speak of is called the Lacrosse. You may have to consider used though to keep the price point where you want though. I am certain however that you would not be disappointed.

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        The Impala is well over 9/10 the car at 7/10 the price, and it has neither elephantiasis of the center console nor stop-start. It’s old enough to still have a full sized gas tank too.

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      “in an attempt to cultivate a relationship with a dealer.”

      Dan, unless you’re going to buy or lease multiple vehicles, why would you want to cultivate a relationship with a dealer? If you’re buying a BMW off lease, you’ll absolutely have an ongoing relationship with the dealer service department, but I’m sure that’s not what you mean.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        I’d like to have a dealer/salesman that I feel good about, a go to that I give first crack at my business. I’m at a point now in my life and career where I’m likely going to be doing 20,000 miles a year for quite a while.

        Buy new, 5 year loan, put 60,000 miles on the vehicle – at that point no matter how great the car is I’ll be completely bored and ready for something new. Trade in, buy new, repeat.

  • avatar
    CincyDavid

    Waiting till fall to look at the ’18 VW Tiguan, with the off chance that my bride will prefer the Atlas anyway. We shall see.

  • avatar
    Cole Trickle

    Current stable: 2015 4wd Yukon for the commute, which I intend to keep for 10 years barring catastrophic failure and 1999 Wrangler on 33s for weekends/dogs/bikes/fishing trips/etc.

    Next: the best drop top Porsche I can find for under 15k, but not until I have (1) garage space for it and (2) my little guy can legally ride in the front seat. That is probably 3-5 years off depending on the rate at which I acquire either a significant other or career advancement that pushes cash flow deeper in to the positive.

    Of course if my boss’s boss heads for the hills as is rumored and my boss and I each take one step forward, the best NSX I can find for under 30k if you can still do that. I haven’t had the heart to look in a while.

    If the Yukon got hit by a bus, I’d probably hunt for a private party Denali for that sweet 6 liter and sweat it out in the jeep until I could find one. If the Jeep were hit by the same bus, I’d up my jeep budget and hunt for one with gears and axles already upgraded.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    I would absolutely love a Lincoln Continental but the price gets a little lofty for how I would want it optioned. More realistically I would probably look at Buick Regal TourX. Still sort of have a hankering for Mazda CX-9 and possibly new Subaru 3 row crossover. 3 row crossover would be extremely useful, have 3 kids but my car rarely carries whole family. Since I already have a 3 row crossover, not sure I necessarily need fuel bill from 2 large family haulers. So, back to the TourX wagon. Who knows, I usually follow the deals anyway. So usually try to find something that is a spec sheet champion but nailed to showroom floors. Hit em where they aint.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Top Charger replacement options:
    1. Chevy SS
    2. Genesis G80 V8
    3. Buick Regal GS (assuming the new one has a V6)
    4. Infiniti Q70

    Top Seville replacement options:
    1. Toronado Trofeo
    2. C4 Corvette
    3. LS400
    4. Oldsmobile Aurora

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      Right so I had a Q70 loaner Friday when my M went in for the Takata recall.

      That car is larger than the M but does not have more space.
      The transmission shifted abruptly.
      The engine still droned, though additional gears helped over the 3.5.
      Tire roar was very noticeable.
      Interior materials were a step down from M quality, and this had the $3000 sport appearance “aluminum” package (plastic).
      Steering followed any ruts in the road, pulling the wheel from my hand more than once.

      I was 0% impressed.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        I’ve never actually driven a Q70.

        I’m not necessarily looking for a luxury car with the Infiniti, more a Charger with better reliability and build quality.

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          The bad thing is, I *wanted* to like it. I wanted to think “Wow, this is so much better than what I’ve got now, it would be a nice step up.”

          Nope, just a larger car with same/less space and worse visibility. They’re still using the same shift handle and surround as they were in 06.

          It was “sporty” though, and rode much too firmly for such a large car.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Sounds like you were -28% impressed.

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          Haha.

          What I did like were the lighted exterior door handles (which are chromed plastic and feel cheap), and the surround-camera parking thing, which was very nice.

          The car illuminated the doors/lights/interior as I approached, also.

          Though those cameras are all of lower image quality than the backup cam on the M.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      I’ll just leave this here:
      https://okaloosa.craigslist.org/cto/6171281136.html

      Anybody ever do an LS swap into an Aurora? Remember, they did put the 5.3L in the W bodies, so as Mr. Data would say, “theoretically, it is possible, sir”.

  • avatar
    kosmo

    WRX.

    The day it becomes available again as a 5D HB.

  • avatar
    tylanner

    I picked up an old S4 which I am driving way too much…if I added another vehicle it would have to replace my 2012 GLI. It would either be the new Miata or a pre-owned, manual R8.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I’m trying to be good and finish repairing the hulks scattered around my back yard before buying any more .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    mikein541

    What I really want is a … Chevrolet SS.

    Barring that, it will be a Nissan Frontier or Toyota Tacoma.

    Sigh … can’t have everything …

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    A 2014 or newer Durango. We like them, they are a decent size, drive and ride decently enough and have 3 rows and can tow.

    We already have a 4 door sedan that we love so that is staying a long time. I have a weekend car and it is staying. The 2013 Rogue was given to us on the condition that we not trade or sell it so I guess we are stuck with that, though it will go with our daughter to college when that time comes so the newer Durango will replace that. We will still keep the 190k mile Durango that is our work truck.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      That seems the car of choice for a§§hole drivers, I’ve noticed. Tailgating, passing abrubtly (swerving and such), no signal, excessive speeding.

      Don’t let it turn you into a bad driver! Ha

      I do agree, they look good, and seem pretty well done. I saw one right behind a newer Grand Cherokee. You can see the family resemblance, especially in the tail lamps.

  • avatar
    jeoff

    If the 04 Quest ever dies/becomes too irritating, maybe a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (assuming it Chrysler ever gets it sorted out).

    • 0 avatar
      BryanC

      We’ve had ours since May. It’s a wonderful car. We’re averaging 75 MPG during regular life with 4 kids and a cello, and 30 MPG on long road trips without any charging. The electric drive is smooth and quiet. The looming recall is irritating, but we’re just driving ours anyway & very happy.

  • avatar
    2drsedanman

    I would like to get another MR Spyder for a weekend car. But after going to the Goodguys car show this weekend, I could see another Biscayne or Bel Air in my future. I would also like to have another 1978-1981 Chevy Malibu 2 door coupe. Unfortunately, all of these are getting harder to find.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    The same as so many other North Americans. We are ‘older’ the kids either live with us part time or we have ‘gifted’ then a vehicle. We have a dog. And our commute is largely highway.

    Therefore a ‘small’ CUV/SUV. Auto with FWD only.

    A Qashqai (Kumquat in Clarkson speak), Mitsu RVR (Outlander Sport in the USA), Honda H-RV or Chev Trax are the ones on our list although the Kia Sportage is also a possibility due to our favourable history with a Kia.

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    5 months left on the cheap Cruze lease, but I’ve been shopping for months. It’s so cheap I could buy something now or attempt to “trade it in” and only suffer a little bit financially. The Cruze has been okay, but just that. For as little as I drive it, it’s been fine.

    On the short list are hot hatches. GTI, Fiesta ST and 500c Abarth are the shortlist, with Mini Clubman there too. Mini might only be used or a lease, too much money otherwise for what it is. The VW is the most practical and most car, but the most money too, besides the Mini. The Fiat speaks to me though it’s quirky charm, pseudo-convertible top and its relative rarity. I loved my 01 Focus ZX3 and the Fiesta would probably be about the same experience. I want to love the Civic Si, but the styling is hideous to me. Not a huge Mustang fan and I hate the bunker Camaro.

    Unless the same Mark VII LSC comes up or Fox body Mustang convertible come up.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    Miata, Mustang, Giulia, or V90

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    We just bought two new to us cars (G37S & MKX) so nothing for a while. When I’m done with the G, which will hopefully be in 5-6 years, I’d like something German… a 911 (997 C2S, or if I can afford one a 991 C2), or more realistically an M235i or GTI. I also want a new motorcycle- not really interested in anything besides a Street Triple R, used or new.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    new Ranger, depending on how it can be equipped.

    otherwise, maybe a diesel F-150 SC.

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    A used Porsche Boxter S – cheap German roadster and also being able to fulfill my childhood dreams of owning a Porsche.

    But that dream – which was getting real close to fruition – was stalled out when my wife wanted a replacement car for her 14yo Mini.

  • avatar
    davewg

    My not so short list, and admittedly a little all over the map except for price in the mid-low 40s, and AWD (exceptions noted)

    – Golf R
    – Regal TourX
    – Regal Sportback AWD
    – Kia Stinger (would consider the RWD version based on recent reviews of better dynamics)
    – next gen V60 (only if it arrives this fall/winter)

    Outliers:
    – Elentra GT (no AWD, not a fan of the red trim on the interior
    – GTI (no AWD – with the R I’d be willing to spend the extra)
    – XC60 (only if the lease deals are appropriately incentivized)
    – Allroad (same as the XC60)
    – TLX V-6 A-Spec – is it really a decent refresh, is the handling improved
    – Q50

    I’m sure I’m missing a few…

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      I’m really against the Allroad. It’s too small, and too expensive. V60 is sort of the same case.

      • 0 avatar
        davewg

        No argument here on the Allroad. That’s why it’s on my outlier list.

        Hoping the next gen V60 is a lot more space efficient. I don’t think it will be out in time given my timefram (early ’18).

  • avatar
    mikey

    My goal is to run my 15 EB Mustang until I run out of warranty ..As of today 19,000 KLM’s on the odo (12,000 miles)..When I have exhausted all the warranties, I will reassess my situation.

    I guess I will be facing the burning question…Replace, or repair?..Right now I’m leaning toward the “repair” option. If I decide to replace , leasing has my attention…If the federal, and provincial government are still subsidizing EV/Hybrid, I’m thinking Volt.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    I’m thinking I’m a glutton for punishment; my next car may well be an Audi A4. Sick of Acura, good friend drives an Infiniti, Lexus got nothing, MB and BMW aren’t doing it for me these days. A4 is looking really good.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Dream car is Audi S7.
    May get an Audi S5 Sportback, financed for 96 months.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Probably an AWD Sienna.

  • avatar
    Eurylokhos

    Current garage is pretty great, MK7 GTI, Odyssey, 996 Cabrio. Been thinking about what’s next, and I think the GTI will be swapped out for a bigger hatchback. A5/S5 Sportback, 435i/440i Grand Coupe, older Panamera or a Tesla.

    I put about 20k a year on the GTI, my commute is about 65 miles into Boston and autopilot on a Tesla would make that a whole lot better, but I don’t have much faith in the company and I love engines. I’m slowly starting to look at the various options, drove the Model S and looked at the Sportback the other day, both are awesome but the Tesla felt like a tank while I love the light playful feeling of the GTI. Didn’t drive the A5, just checked out the interior and played with the buttons, I loved it from what I saw. Maybe I’ll go check out the Panamera and 440i tomorrow while I’m off. Every review I’ve read of the Panamera talks about how much it feels like a sports car, hopefully it’ll feel closer to my GTI or 996 than to the Tesla.

  • avatar
    Mr. K

    2018 Camry if we like it or the 2002-2006 Camry that never seems to age if it gets a little TLC.

    Wife took my E46 and feels 3 trips to the shop a year is excessive.

    We liked our Volvos (850, 960) but the luxury of a totally reliable, comfortable appliance (and perhaps more with the 2018, we’ll see…) as long as I can keep the E46 is quite attractive to both of us.

    I guess the 2018 Accord (or, otoh, a used one) might be there too but I’d rather have real gears in the trans and more cubes and no black box with stuff spinning 100K RPMS under the hood.

    Quite frankly a week in Provance is more attractive then a car my wife will bitch to me about as long as we have it and we have to drive past many ‘other’ shops to use the guy we’ve been using for 20 years.

    Brakes and tires baby and 2 synthetic LOF’s a year, works for me as long as I have MY E46

  • avatar
    jack4x

    A new 3/4 ton truck to replace my rusty Avalanche.

    My head tells me all I need is a gas truck and the new Ford Super Duty 6.2 is very impressive.

    My heart tells me the end must be near for the manual transmission in the diesel Ram and I really should pick one up before they are gone forever.

  • avatar
    iNeon

    When I bought the Dart(Aero Turbo 6-speed) I thought I had another long-term manual shift car in my left knee, but my body is telling me otherwise. That, and some undisclosed (and poorly repaired) body damage (CarFax is worthless, FYI) has been gnawing at my gut since the bondo started bulging about a year after purchase.

    Another problem: the Dart has proven to be absolutely too large for my needs or inclinations.

    I would do the CLA to get a bit better interior trim and a little less size if the mechanized clutches didn’t scare me so much. A Chrysler compact coupe would be pretty optimal since I’m so comfortable with them.

    In an ideal world… A two door wagon or SUV/CUV with a more comfort-oriented tuning.

    I’m getting too old for raspy exhausts and racing pretensions.

    Maybe the ATS coupe?

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Dart with Bondo?

      Wow. Tell us more.

      • 0 avatar
        iNeon

        I would– if only you weren’t mocking my misfortune.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          I’m not mocking you at all. It’s just that a Dart with Bondo is…interesting.

          • 0 avatar
            iNeon

            Sorry to have taken such offense. I’m just terribly embarrassed by the experience and do feel it diminishes what’s turning out to be a fairly decent car– it also diminishes my manhood and anything I thought I’d known about automobiles.

            I simply should have known better.

            The car was purchased a year old, used– in January 2016. Good shape, 12k miles. Perfect miles, perfect color, perfect optioning– perfect pricing. The thing cost so little, even if I have to re-repair the damage, it’ll cost the same (overall) as my High-School neon did new in 1998. Not terrible.

            The Saga of Peggy Wanker(Don’t Bother to Thank Her!):

            After purchasing the car– with a clean CarFax, mind you– I noticed the rear upper brake lamp was crooked. ‘Chrysler build-quality,’ I’d blamed.

            The second red flag was that the trunk carpeting at the rearmost edge was puckered in a way no manufacturer would allow. “Maybe the internets were right? Maybe my last two decent compact MOPARs were both flukes?!” I’d thought to myself.

            I put it out of my mind for quite a while– they were simple pop-fastened plastic bits that haven’t fallen off nor gone crooked since.

            A year or so later, the bondo began to swell over the rear passenger’s tire– making itself known. The pretty white paint has begun to show the tell-tale signs of having been painted out-of-doors– little rust spots are appearing on the surface.

            I’m the kind of person that uses factory replacement parts. I wax the car at every wash– clay bar the horizontal surfaces once a month. I wipe the finger prints from the touchscreen at red lights and keep the doorjambs clean.

            But I’m also a realist. If Lorenzo Bomnin Chevrolet of Miami, Florida would have disclosed their repair to me– I would have likely still bought the car. The Aero cars are special and I couldn’t locate another anywhere nearby. They, however– chose to do *poor* work and to hide that work with lies. That’s not cool and makes me feel wrath and shame.

            They also sent my paperwork to the government under the name ‘Dusting’ which is hilariously hispanic. Still get junk mail for Dusting– so they’ve also sold my information to the devil.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            I’m sorry to hear about your Dart, man.

            I feel your pain on having your info sold.

            I took my mom’s Taurus to a Ford dealer when it hit 60k for an oil change and inspection (I have done all other oil changes, save for the first free one, myself). Naturally, I put my own name on the paperwork. That was several years ago, the car now has about 98k miles on it, and I’m still getting YOUR FACTORY WARRANTY IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE, ACT NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!! notices in the mail.

            1)car is out of warranty, has been for some time.

            2)car has had 0 mechanical issues. The only thing I can think of was the blendor motor for the passenger side, which was all of $15 and I replace it myself.

            3) the only major repair I’m worried about in the future on this car is the water pump, given its location on the 3.5L V-6. But no warranty is going to pay for a water pump on a car that will soon have over 100k.

            I filed a complaint with Ford corporate about that dealer selling my info. I knew before I did so that the dealers are independently owned an operated, but I figure if enough people complain, maybe Ford will have a talk with them. A very expensive talk.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            They did a Bondo job on it? Holy crap!

        • 0 avatar
          87 Morgan

          I am, on the one hand, not mocking your misfortune and would enjoy reading about your experience as, unfortunately, it is the best teacher. If I can learn from your unpleasantness I would like to.

          • 0 avatar
            87 Morgan

            Not to totally defend the dealer, but keep in mind they may have received the car in trade or bought from Enterprise, or an auction under the same pretense with which you purchased it, as a clean carfax never been wrecked Dart.

            The state of CO now has a form that customers sign that basically informs the customer that to the best of the dealers knowledge the car you are buying has a clean history, however this may not be 100% accurate..or something along these lines.

    • 0 avatar
      omer333

      Oh, someone else with a Dart horror story? I thought I was the only one.

      • 0 avatar
        iNeon

        No horror story by the car, just the unsavories that sold it to me.

        I’ll let y’all know if it turns ugly. Trust I’ll let you know.

        It’s a little buzzy, but no moreso than any UBER Corolla, Civic, Jetta or Mitsubishi I’ve ridden in. Those new Pilots (the last UBER I was in) are absolute garbage and have no better build or materials quality than the Dart– The transmission was jerky, the door panels were exactly the same hard plastic as the Dart, and the design was much worse.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          I actually tried out a Dart last year when I bought my Jetta – a Rallye, with the 2.4 and a six speed automatic. It’s actually a fine driving little car.

          What that dealer did to you is unconscionable, though.

        • 0 avatar
          iNeon

          Let’s get this back on topic:

          Fiat 500 would be OK as a replacement, but one of my Dart complaints is the raspy nature of the Italian engine. It was seductive at first, by being so different from my old 2.4L American engine, but it’s just exhausting.

          Maybe I’ll just buy the engine noise cover and hood/Trunk insulation pads(aeros don’t get them as factory, to save weight, maybe?) for the one I’ve got– grab up a pair of front door panels from a Limited, and Dynamat the front doors?)

          I want a quiet small car. Like, 1998 compact-class, small. The Dart is larger than a GLK and is just a peen’s length shorter than an E-Class.

          It’s too big!

          Maybe they’ll have the proper A-Class here by the time I’m actually shopping? Is a CLA much smaller than a Dart? I don’t like that it’s full of Nissan parts, either.

          Maybe the X1? Iunno. Renegade isn’t my type of vehicle, but the Chrysler version would’ve been. Buick Encore?

          Something PT-like, but with softer seats and wood trims.

      • 0 avatar
        joeaverage

        Hey guys, buy a cheap “Digital Painting Thickness Meter” or “Paint Thickness Tester Meter Gauge”. The first one is electronic and the second one is a magnetic type tool. Just search the web and you’ll find many examples.

        When looking at a used car you can randomly check the car for repairs.

        When I bought my last used car at a dealer as part of the deal they had to put the car up on the lift and let me walk around under it with my flashlight.

  • avatar
    Dan

    I just bought a new truck last year, I’m good for the next ten years. Of course I’d said that the year before that too, but truck resales lately make the impulse upgrade much less of a kick in the balls than it is with a car.

    If Chrysler had the sense to put a 392 in the Ram, or Ford their 6.2, I’d be upgrading again.

  • avatar
    turbosasquatch

    Considering the absurd deals on used Fusions, probably one of those. It’s not too hard to find 2017 Titanium models with 30k miles for around $16k. That’s half off for a practically brand new car. Absolutely bananas

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      That IS a good deal. I know someone who recently bought an S-Max hybrid and loves it.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      I recently drove a Fusion Titanium and am quite smitten with the car. Excellent balance of ride and handling, solid, quiet, and up to 40mph the 2.0 Ecoboost packs a strong punch. Used prices are silly low.

      I wish these had been around in 2013 when we were looking for used midsizers; the current used car market being what it is, a nicely optioned SE with the 2.0T is going for barely more than the previous generation Fusion with the 2.5.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      My brother loves the 2016 Fusion he recently got. He said he’s never enjoyed driving a car as much as this one (he generally prefers trucks).

  • avatar
    silentsod

    Downsizing by one car.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      Replacing the engine in car #2 – our carpool car (300K miles) – and we’ll keep driving it. The other car is a very nice touring car. Don’t want to stack up the miles on it just running around town.

      We could afford another car (with or without payment) but don’t want to pay a premium for a cross town low speed commute.

  • avatar
    Maymar

    I’ll likely be driving my current car (Mazda2) for at least another 4 years (until it’s paid off, and after that, until I have good reason to replace it). Plausibly, by that point I’ll be in a position where I get a company car, in which case, who knows? Barring that, the closest to a logical choice I’m able to and willing to make is a Golf Wagon (I’ve got a short commute with plenty of alternatives should it be even a fraction as unreliable as the B&B would suggest). Slightly less logically is some variation of entry-level luxury sedan (a Giulia or XE would hopefully be plenty depreciated), or the Buick Regal Sportback is looking appealing (again, off-lease).

    But I’m more concerned with the simple goal of getting an actual driveway, before worrying about what’ll fill it. Right now, that’s pretty much depending on a major collapse of the local housing market (which, yes, I’m callously rooting for).

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    RX330/350 (probably 330) to replace Tahoe.

    • 0 avatar
      Carfan94

      Really?

      I have a 2007 RX 350 with 159,000 miles, and I have nothing negative to say about it other than the horrible cracking dashboard issue.
      I strongly recommend the 350 over the 330. The 2GR-FE is much more powerful than the 3.3 liter, and gets about the same gas mileage. And the 3.5 uses a timing chain, while the 3.3 uses a timing belt. The 3.3 liter does seem ever so slightly smoother than the 3.5 (maybe because it uses a belt, and not a chain?) But the 3.5 is still very smooth and quiet.

      • 0 avatar
        Corey Lewis

        I know the 3.5 has the chain instead of belt, but they’re asking quite a bit more than the 330 does, and don’t offer other improvements aside from the engine. I’m hoping to find a 330 with the t-belt done not too long ago.

        I don’t put that many miles on anything I own, so I’d be done with it before it needed another belt.

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          Corey my folks have been extremely happy with their ’09 RX350. It’s the last gen of RX350 with a classic high quality Lexus interior, and nice open dash/console layout. Also, more of an emphasis on a smooth comfortable ride and excellent NVH suppression rather than chasing the Germans with sharp handling. I get what you’re saying with prices on the 330 being noticeably lower, but drive a 350 and 330 back to back and I can almost guarantee that the 2GR in its epic oozing torque and smooth rush of power will have you sold on the upgrade.

          I think the one real pattern failure was leaky power steering racks at low-ish miles although I don’t think my folks have had an issue. Also something about a leaky oil hose on the back of the block on early run (07ish) cars that was replaced/recalled with a metal hose that does not leak. Theirs is also garaged so no dash cracking problems to date.

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            Thanks!

            I will see what I can do with my budget and a 350. I checked out a 330 last Friday, and was sorely disappointed that the seller had used photos from 5 years ago, when the thing was actually in good condition. He hadn’t cleaned it since.

        • 0 avatar
          Carfan94

          I’m not noticing a huge difference in price between the RX 330s and 350s in my area. But I will say the extra power of the 3.5 is definitely noticeable. It’s a full second quicker to 60. I don’t know if you care about this but the 07-09 has much better graphics for the navigation system than the 04-06.

          My 07 was Made in Japan, Most RXs are made in Canada but they still in import them from Japan in small numbers

          One thing to note is the sticky/cracking dashboard. I don’t know if its a problem where you are but in the southern states, It’s a big problem on 2RXs and other Lexus. I got put on a waiting list at Lexus of Memphis at the end of August to have it replaced for free, and got the new dashboard in May, Got a Lexus loaner for the day at no cost to me, and a brand new dashboard. The warranty extension expired May 31st, or 10 years after the vehicle was first bought (If its less than 10 years old its still covered). Club Lexus is a great resource

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            There seems to be a couple grand in price difference here in Ohio. I have not seen *any* for sale with a dash issue, though I’ve seen photos of what that looks like.

          • 0 avatar
            Carfan94

            Yep, Mine had very small hairline cracks (barely noticeable) by the gauge binnacle, But the dash was also very shiny, Somewhat sticky, and scratched very easily.

            The first owner of mine had the oil hose replaced by service recall in 2010. Although I think the new hose is still rubber.

  • avatar
    CadiDrvr

    Exactly one year left on the Escalade lease, and the top three, in no particular order:

    –S550
    –GLS550
    –Range Rover

  • avatar
    threeer

    What I want next? A manual 3 or 1-series. What I’ll likely get? A minivan. My daughter does dog shows now and all of her “gear” simply won’t fit into my Escape if we travel to weekend shows as a complete family (wife, kid, dog, gear, luggage). Not sure which one…I know the Dodge/Chrysler twins are typically suspect in quality, but I do really like the stow-n-go seats. That, and I kind of like it when I see a fully blacked-out Toyota Sienna. Darth Vadar and all that.

  • avatar
    JMII

    At some point I’ll have to replace my ’02 Dakota V8 Quad Cab. No current issues other rusted wheel wells in the bed but it can’t run forever (or can it?). Only complain is gas mileage while towing my boat as it gets 12 under optimal conditions. Would like to go diesel this time. Guess that means a Colorado. Not really a GM fan so not sure I can stomach it. New ones are stupid $$ so it would be a used buy.

    Wife got a Q60 just a few months ago so we are good there. Looking to put a supercharger on my Z this year to up its entertainment value. That will likely lead to a spend on wheels/tires.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Pretty much narrowed down to either an Elantra GT or a Forte5 SX. Not where I was hoping to be on paying off student loans, so looking at next year.

    New/used/year yet to be determined. Will depend on prices and deals at the time.

    Long shot is a 6MT Civic sedan EX-T, but I really want a hatchback and Honda doesn’t offer the EXT hatch with the proper transmission yet. A used EX sedan or coupe is possible too, but those are barely cheaper than new, and a wee bit above my budget.

    Hell, I just can’t wait to be in position to buy a damn car. That in itself would be a win.

  • avatar
    Frylock350

    I’m hoping to pick up a 6.2L powered GM pickup.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    Probably a BMW i3 – 2-3 year old models are now way under half new price and it has nearly the same interior space and performance envelope as my current Mini Clubman S.

  • avatar
    stevelovescars

    I’m all over the place on my next car. While I keep looking at local CL ads for some super deal, there are two new cars that seem to be at the top of my list. This would give a factory marketing executive fits, but I’m really wanting a Mazda6 Touring with the manual transmission or a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Totally different classes of cars.

    I’m a single parent and my driving is either local around town trips to baseball practice, shopping, and commuting (rarely more than 20 miles in a day) or the other extreme of 200 mile road trips to travel ball tournaments or road trips. So, in these cases, the Pacifica would give me silent electric transport nearly every day (there are also chargers at my workplace) and the room and comfort for those longer trips. It’s really a heck of a luxury car, too.

    On the other hand, I drove the Mazda6 manual and it just felt so right to me. It had a refined mechanical precision that just seemed to outclass its price point. There were serious discounts available as well since it’s a slow-selling sedan. The fuel economy is pretty darned good and it would be half the price of that Pacifica and would be a lot more fun to drive. However, I really like having a wagon or hatchback as I have used my current wagon to carry a lot of stuff. So I struggle with giving up that practicality as a one-vehicle household.

    Ugh, if Mazda imported the Mazda6 wagon I would have one in my garage already. I suppose the VW Golf wagon could work, but I’m just not sold on it yet. I need to drive one.

  • avatar
    427Cobra

    I’m all over the place. Currently have 3 vehicles. The 2016 Ram 2500 ccsb 6.4L 4×4 is used for camping/towing/dog… has under 5k miles at present. The 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis LS is the daily driver, & has less than 32k miles on it at present. The weekend toy is an ’04 Corvette Z06 that has under 9k miles on it. The Ram is staying… as is the Z06. The Marquis has a lot of sentimental value for me… was my grandfather’s last car. It’s roomy, relatively quiet & reliable, but I hate the seats. Any drive over an hour aggravates the hell out of my sciatica. The seat bottoms are just too long/flat. I may or may not hang onto it. As for replacements/additions… if I go with another sedan… Fusion… Regal GS… Lacrosse… who knows. On the sportier side, would consider a Focus ST or Juke Nismo. If I go with a compact econobox, probably a Honda Fit or HR-V or Toyota/Scion iM. I have my eye on an unlisted ’86 Mustang GT convertible… if it could be had for the right price. Tempted to pick it up now, as they’re hard to find in clean condition. Want to do a Coyote swap in a few years, pending sufficient funds. I also have a soft spot for Explorer Sports (the old 2-door body style)… especially with the manual trans. Usually, I just get to a point where I’ll just go out & buy SOMETHING because I’ve grown tired of just looking.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      My parents 2008 Grand Marquis killed me to drive or ride in it. The seats, seating position, lack of foot room and its boat-on-choppy-seas ride caused me to tense up which leads to more pain after a while.

      The ride of the 2012 Taurus that replaced it is still comfortable, but more firm and controlled. The seats are absurdly better. More supportive, better sitting position, and the leather is MUCH better and has less wear than the Grand Marquis did when it was sold with about 10k miles less than what the Taurus has now. After I clean their seats, they look awesome. I use Meguire’s leather care just like I did on the Grand Marquis’ leather. The interior materials of the Taurus are so much richer and nicer, its quite a difference from the cheap junk they put in the Panthers.

      I have driven a B body Olds and Buick (early 80s), and I know they have some of the same ride qualities of the Grand Marquis being BOF, but I enjoyed driving them. I don’t remember having an issue with them.

      I also loved driving 96/7 Lincoln Town Cars, which are on the same platform as the Grand Marquis. I can’t explain it, I just hated driving or riding in that car. I’m glad it was exported, lol I never want to see it again.

  • avatar
    NG5

    Either an ND Miata Sport and swap in an LSD or a car with a naturally aspirated V8 (maybe a recentish Mustang, Camaro, or Corvette).

    I have a Fiesta ST now but despite how fun it is at any speed it’s wrong-wheel drive, and I have great fun RWD memories of an old 1602 BMW my dad had. Even so, if they don’t import the next Fiesta to the US it will be difficult to part with mine because I will think there won’t be another fun little ICE-powered FWD car like it.

  • avatar
    Thorshammer_gp

    My Subaru Outback Sport has been wonderful and I fully plan on keeping it until it’s no longer feasible to keep maintaining and/or my life situation changes enough that I’d need something bigger. I really like the current Chevy Colorado, and if I were going out to buy a truck tomorrow, I’d most likely come home with a crew-cab Z71 in Laser Blue. That assumes, of course, that I was in a financial position to do so, which I’m not, so any serious discussions on what my next car would be are a long way off.

  • avatar
    YeOldeMobile

    If all goes according to plan, I’ll definitely look into leasing a MY 2018 or 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti, almost certainly in Sport trim because the 19″ wheels are so much more beautiful than the Lusso ones.

    Also on the shortlist would be a Jaguar XE if it can be ordered in green, a CPO 2016/17 Cadillac, or, if I win the lottery, a Range Rover Velar. Alternatively, I teach myself to drive a manual and buy a 1955 Packard Clipper.

    • 0 avatar
      stingray65

      A 1955 Packard Clipper is almost certainly going to be equipped with Ultramatic automatic transmission. If you want a Clipper with manual, look at the original 1942-47 version which mostly had 3 speed + OD and a modernized take on the classic Packard styling.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I honestly don’t know. We replaced Wifey’s 2002 CR-V EX with a CPO 2015 CR-V EX, so my 2012 Impala LTZ will stick around for the foreseeable future.

    It had better…

  • avatar
    omer333

    Considering I probably committed heresey amongst the B&B for trading in a perfectly good Honda Accord for a used GTI well before the Accord’s lease was even close to being up, I’ll say I’m not in themarket for anything.

    But if I have to keep fixing stuff on my wife’s MDX…

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      What MY MDX and what breaks? Just bought a used one.

      • 0 avatar
        omer333

        It’s a 2007.

        My wife wanted a 3rd row SUV. Me, being an idiot thought an 07 MDX with almost 100k in mileage would be ok at less than $20k, especially since the lease on our CR-V was almost up.

        Looking back, we overpaid.

        In our one year of ownership I had to replace the timing belt and water pump, which was fine. Then 2 tires, ok. Fine. Next, it was the main power steering pump line, I was unprepared for that. I’ve had shops say I need to replace the motor-mounts, the oil pan and it’s gaskets, and also brakes.

        I got my 2012 GTI for just over $16k with 72k miles, and that was after the dealer took my Accord as a trade, and I would be considered “upside down”.

        The lesson I learned was never buy a 3rd row SUV in Utah.

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          “In our one year of ownership I had to replace the timing belt and water pump, which was fine. Then 2 tires, ok. Fine. Next, it was the main power steering pump line, I was unprepared for that. I’ve had shops say I need to replace the motor-mounts, the oil pan and it’s gaskets, and also brakes.”

          Honestly none of that sounds too bad, you knew the t-belt/wp was coming, same with tires (I’d honestly replace all 4 on that SH-AWD system), same with brakes. Power steering pump line looks like a fairly simple job, in the several hundred dollar job farmed out to an indie. The motor mounts and oil pan definitely could be labor intensive, and mounts pricey if using OEM parts (recommended).

  • avatar
    deanst

    My next 3 cars:

    – a sporty hatchback – GTI is the current favourite
    – hybrid or electric car – Kia Niro most likely
    -an interesting 3rd car – like an old MR2, CPO A5, or a used Kia Stinger

    Of course all this changes if someone introduces a decent wagon with a manual transmission.

  • avatar
    Thorshammer_gp

    My Subaru Outback Sport has been wonderful and I fully plan on keeping it until it’s no longer feasible to keep maintaining and/or my life situation changes enough that I’d need something bigger. I really like the current Chevy Colorado, and if I were going out to buy a truck tomorrow, I’d most likely come home with a crew-cab Z71 in Laser Blue. That assumes, of course, that I was in a financial position to do so, which I’m not, so any serious discussions on what my next car would be are still a long way off.

  • avatar
    06M3S54B32

    Currently 2006 E46 M3 BMW coupe manual. May get 8-speed Steptronic BMW 230i coupe, or if I need more hump, a M240i.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Either an R32 Skyline or C33 Laurel with the nonturbo RB25DE, depending on what turns up.

    As for daily drivers, something like a Mirage, Prius C, or Bolt or Leaf in another 3-4 years if I have a lengthy commute. If not, then I’ll just use up my supply of old Nissan beaters.

  • avatar
    slap

    Cars to consider: Regal TourX, Golf Sportwagen, Subaru Impreza hatch, Volvo V60/90, etc. VW and Volvo reliability is spotty and repairs expensive, so used versions are iffy.

    But I’ll mostly drive my MX-5, so I can’t justify dumping $$ into something I’ll only put 3-5K miles a year at most. I need the ability to haul stuff and my wife wouldn’t like me using her CR-V for those projects.

  • avatar
    Clueless Economist

    2019 or 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz, if it actually goes into production. If not, then Ford Ranger.

  • avatar
    TTCat

    Just acquired: a babied 2014 Cayman with less than 20K miles on the clock – first ever Porsche purchase, waiting to see who winds up owning whom, but it’s been great so far…

  • avatar
    volvo

    If I had to buy a new car right now (which thankfully I don’t) my criteria would be Civic size or smaller, $35K or less OTD, all safety bells and whistles, NA engine for longevity, decent handling, low end torque and acceleration.

    With the demise of the moderate displacement NA I4 and V6 engines at my price point I guess I am left with Prius Prime (pretty cheap after fed and state tax credits) fully optioned Mazda 3 or mini cooper. GM, Ford and Fiat are not on my radar.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    I have zero reason to replace my F150 but I do like the idea of owning a Power Wagon. Granite Crystal Metallic with the black stripes and logos and leather interior. There is a black one similar to what I’d like as far as options go currently on my local dealer lot.
    My wife wants to replace her Sienna with either a Tacoma or a Rav4. After 16 years together I still haven’t figured out her thought processes :0

  • avatar
    brettc

    It’s a toss up. Driving a 2012 Sportwagen TDI at the moment, but will turn it in late next year. Contenders are:

    2017 C-Max Titanium
    Golf wagon
    Golf GTI
    Buick TourX
    2018 Tiguan SE
    2018 Elantra GT

    I’m kind of undecided. I’ve haven’t read the first drive article for the 2018 Elantra GT yet.

  • avatar
    Fred

    I’ve retired and moved to the Sierras, perfect roads for my Elan, if it was only running. I’ve got the car stored at my brothers in the Bay Area and I want to get it running while I can still enjoy it.

    For a new car I’m waiting to see how well I deal with the snow and ice. If I have to I’ll probably get a Subaru but I’m hoping some good snow tires will be enough to get me into town and back in my FWD Acura wagon.

  • avatar
    Wagen

    I have the practical car, now need something fun.

    While gas is cheap and they still make them, something with 8 cylinders. And since California with great weather, convertible.

    Not a fan of the gun slit Camaro and after many years of BMWs, they are dead to me after losing their identity with recent models.

    That leaves Mustang GT, C63, E550?

  • avatar
    always a Coventrian

    Right now we have a Range Rover Sport HST and F-Type Convertible, both 2016’s . Love them both for different reasons obviously, so will replace them both for the same thing when the 18’s or 19’s come out.

    I’ve tried to come up with a better Combo but haven’t really come up with anything, any suggestions ?

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I’m interested in driving the new Accord w/manual, Stinger and Buick TourX wagon later this year. Still want to drive a ’12 Cayenne with V8 and the hybrid, the Acura RLX Hybrid, Genesis 5.0 and the new Clubman with a manual.

    I’ve ruled out (all used) the Panamera, A8, Touareg, 550i, E500 wagon and sadly, the SS due to fuel economy. Still considering the XJ with the NA V8 – I really liked this – and the E350 wagon which was just okay.

    My criteria is a fun car with great seats, a great stereo, more room than my 10 year old 3er wagon, and hopefully the same or better mileage.

    Like others, I’m all over the map.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      The Stinger sure looks interesting.

      I liked the later model Accords I’ve driven and been in, its a fine car, feeling far nicer than an Altima for sure.

  • avatar
    Goatshadow

    Going to trade my piece of shit Frontier in for another Wrangler as soon as I can. Or maybe a Raptor. Never again Nissan.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      What went wrong?

      • 0 avatar
        Goatshadow

        Thousands in engine repairs because of defective engineering. Flimsy plastic parts breaking all over, not just on the cheap interior. Electrical parts failing including fans, relays, locks and switches. At least the body, frame, and suspension are solid and good.

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          “Thousands in engine repairs because of defective engineering.”

          Is this related to the timing chain guides/tensioner by any chance? What year is it?

          I’m mildly interested in Frontiers myself, if only for the fact that they offer a stick with the big torquey VQ40.

          • 0 avatar
            Goatshadow

            Sorry for the late reply. Yes, it was the timing chain issue. I might have been unnecessarily harsh on the truck, because it quickly became clear that the previous owner did not take care of it. If you are looking at recent or new ones, all of the bugs have been worked out of them by now, except possibly the fuel emissions vent canister thingy clogging with dust issue, which hasn’t happened to mine yet.

            And yes, the VQ engine is definitely torquey and worth romping on. I wish I had found one with a stick, then I would consider keeping it.

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged Miata Man

    With the lease just signed on my DD and the Miata waiting patiently in the garage for slightly cooler weather, I’m telling myself I won’t be purchasing anything new *for myself* for at least a year or so. (Let’s see if that holds.)

    The next purchase decision I’m likely to be involved with is to replace my parents’ 2007 SWB Town & Country minivan. It’s still going fairly strong at 114K miles, plus it has the lifetime powertrain warranty to fall back on, but it’s still a decade-old Chrysler product, and I don’t entirely trust it not to break at an inopportune time.

    Unfortunately, today’s minivans are “mini” no more, and the closest current alternative in size and purpose would probably be some kind of medium-size CUV. I also want to avoid touchscreens and other (needless and fussy) tech items if possible. That’s going to be a tall order.

  • avatar
    hpycamper

    A VW GTI convertible would be at the top of my list if VW would sell them here.
    Otherwise, Audi A3 or A5 convert, BMW 2 or 4 convert. Maybe even the usual answer-Miata!

  • avatar
    readallover

    I have been giving this a lot of thought. Considering my age and genetics, this will probably be my last car. My 2004 Mazda 6 is due for retirement, though it refuses to die, some replacement items are starting to stack up. I am patiently waiting for autumn to drive the new Regal, the new Stinger, the new G70 and hopefully, a redesigned Mazda 6.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    I have several scenarios that will determine what I buy next.

    I may have a job doing small delivery, if so, I won’t use my current Taurus as its mileage is pretty high and I think I will wear it out faster than I can afford to keep it going.

    For this job, I’m considering:
    1999 Chevy Prizm 5 speed
    1996 Plymouth Neon coupe 5spd
    1998 Plymouth Breeze
    1995 Chevrolet Corsica
    1990s Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
    The goal is a cheap beater I don’t hate, these fit that.

    Uber cash car:
    If I buy a car for cash to do uber, I’m considering the following:
    Ford Fusion
    Scion xB (first gen)
    Ford Taurus (08-09)

    And the “I know better, but…” cars for that list:
    Kia Amanti
    Suzuki Forenza 5 speed
    Kia Optima 2008, 5 speed
    05-07 Ford Taurus

    If I finance:
    2015 or newer Ford C-Max
    2010+ Ford Taurus (prefer a 2012)
    Kia Soul 6MT

    PERSONAL car for me, well…
    1984 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Recency (found a pristine 4 door for $3k)
    Toyota T-100 beater work truck
    Some Honda with a manual.

    • 0 avatar
      Frylock350

      If you get the 98 do a write-up on it! I love those early 80s b-bodies and wish I have somewhere to keep one.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Frylock350,

        I would indeed, probably on any of those cars should I get them.

        I love the Ninety-Eight. I went to a junkyard today to buy a 5th matching wheel for my Taurus off a 2004 they had there, and there was a 1984 Ninety-Eight in rough but not terrible condition. They want $700 for it. It has a 307 with a rod knock.

        I believe the 307 belongs in a Cutlass, not the flagship. I would likely swap in an Olds 350 or 455 into any Ninety-Eight I get. Its gotta be an Olds engine, and no [email protected]$$ backyard swap job. It needs to look right. It won’t look factory, because I plan to replace the belt-driven fan with an electric one, but you’ll see more of that sweet Rocket V-8 than you otherwise would.

        I have been wanting a big RWD Olds for as long as I’ve been buying cars. I’ll have one someday. I would prefer a coupe, but a 4 door is fine. Less personal, but an excellent trip car for a group of 4. Stretch-out room, pillow top seats, it’ll be glorious!

        :)

    • 0 avatar
      gearhead77

      A small wagon for delivery is pretty good and you *could* use it for Uber too. I was a courier driver independent contractor before the time of Uber, but it was mostly the same deal. I bought an Aerostar to use, but I killed it in short order. I was using my Focus ZX3 with a stick, but driving a stick all day (4-8+ hours of driving per day) in the city was killer. Plus, it didn’t have the capacity of a wagon.

      Enter an ad for a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportwagon, brand-new and 5k off MSRP. I put 76k on that car from new in 3 years and with only two visits to the shop for issues. I could take larger stuff than my Focus, but wasn’t getting killed on gas like a minivan (of the era).

      2nd gen Xb would probably work well.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Gearhead77,

        I sorta answered you below, but just to clarify, I would hopefully not have the delivery job long. And its not anything big, a CRX would do lol. Too bad any that come along are ruined or high priced, or both.

        There is one wagon I would consider as a second car, its too old for Uber. Its not a 5 speed (nor a sedan) like I’d prefer, but it is charming and quintessentially Japanese, a 1996 Suzuki Esteem wagon.

        I’m not a wagon guy, usually.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Prizm.

      My neighbor has an immaculate Corolla from that era, with around 70,000 miles.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Watch out for oil burning though, those 1zz motors are notorious for it (but will still run forever as long as the level is watched).

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        The Prizm has 98k on it. The exterior is PINK. It was a dark maroon/red, but its a pink hue now on the sides (think Ford’s Rose Mist Metallic) and nearly white on the roof with about a 3-4 inch area of surface rust a few inches above the windshield.

        I figure I’d give it what it deserves: a rattle can flat black special. I’ll even do the door jambs lol.

        Plus, I could make the P in “Prizm” look like a J. That was always the nickname for my best friend’s 1995 years ago.

        I figure I’d get a gold Chevy bowtie and a chrome Toyota (T) emblem from the junkyard, and cut them in half. Glue half the bowtie and the other half toyota logo where the badge goes on the front and back. On the back, in the center of the trunk, use letters from the junkyard to spell out “CHEVYOTA”. Its a beater, might as well have fun with it.

        Any second car would be welcomed so I can take my Taurus offline to do repairs and maintenance without leaving myself without wheels (with my physical issues, even simple jobs can take me a couple of days). Any of those beaters would serve that purpose perhaps as much or more than just being a “work car”.

        The delivery job would ideally be a temporary, means-to-an-end thing, as soon as I could get a 2005+ vehicle, I’ll do Uber and Lyft which will pay much better. The beater still works as a backup daily in this situation, since I don’t want to use the Uber/Lyft car for non-ridesharing driving (as in personal trips/errands).

        Gtem, I wanted to explain, I am considering financing a car to use for ridesharing because I will be in something I won’t have to keep reparing, it’ll build my credit so I can move on with my life, and it’ll hopefully be something I like.

        I don’t mind putting lots of miles on the financed car. I will maintain it obsessively. I don’t care about resale value because if the car is good to me and I like it (the 2012 Taurus is the one I’m thinking of here, and the C-Max, not the Soul as much), I will keep it in the fleet after I retire it, or I stop doing that job. I’m not concerned with how high the odometer gets, heh.

        The terrible cash cars are only there because they’re new enough and in decent shape for what they’re asking. They’re disposable, just something to get me by for a bit until I can upgrade.

        The Foreza is under 100k and is $2k. There is a 2008 Sable and a 2008 Taurus for around the same price but they have more miles and look pretty well used. They’d probably still be better cars, but when I’m ready, I’ll check them all out. There are a couple others, but that’s about the main candidates.

        The list of vehicles represents cars in my area or not too far to drive for, that I consider worth close to what they’re asking. As you can see, pretty slim pickings.

        The Cutlass Ciera is only on there because I just don’t mind them, haven’t had one, and I find low mileage ones in decent shape for cheap. I know the Plymouths have their issues, but I like the cars okay and wouldn’t mind driving them.

        What I’d really like is a Honda as a second car, it would work for the temporary job as well.

        The Prizm is probably my best bet for that role out of what I found, though its my least favorite. I would seriously consider a Ford Aspire 3-door or a Festiva, both with a manual only. Prefer the Aspire, it has upgraded hubs/brakes, safety features and all were EFI. I had a 1990 Festiva years ago, neat little cars. I also spent some time in a 1996 Aspire 5 door 5spd, didn’t mind it a bit. Plus, I could always upgrade it later to a 1.8L Mazda BP engine from a 91-96 Escort GT. Ha

        I would also consider an Escort or Tempo, but there aren’t any around here right now. My best friend in Washington state just bought a Tempo tonight, looks like an 88-91 sedan. Haven’t talked to him, but saw a pic. Looks nice. I think he’s trying to get me to come up there LOL.

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          John definitely sounds like you’re in a tough spot. Are you in a pretty large metro area to do Uber? For what it’s worth, the people making money with it are the guys/gals driving friday/saturday nights until 2-3am hauling drunks between bars and home. As long as you’re okay with that there’s certainly money to be made. I totally get the angle of buying something new so you won’t be taken out of comission with repairs. But the worst thing would be to lease/finance something and then realize that the Uber gig is really wearing you out and you’re cutting a closer margin than hoped. At that point you’d be in an even tighter spot financially. Is the delivery stuff really that much worse pay-wise?

          I’d put a 5spd Saturn SL on your radar as well, and maybe a GM J-car. Both are somewhat crude and basic, but also reliable and in the case of the Saturn fantastically fuel efficient (the Saturns also tend to burn a lot of oil with age). My brother just sold a customer’s really clean 150k mile SC coupe with a 5spd for $1500. Car came in for a simple EGR related issue, I guess they had just grown tired/frustrated with it. Easy cheap fix, car was in great mechanical condition otherwise, just needed some tires.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus

            Gtem, yeah I’ve had a 1999 Saturn SL. Not bad at all. But, it killed my back. Not sure if any besides maybe the larger cars would be better (Cutlass Ciera). I do not like J cars. The only ones around are newer Cavaliers, and I just _do_not_like them. I know the Corsica is J-based, but I actually like how they drive and how I sit in them, unlike the Crapalier.

            Yes, the delivery job pays about minimum wage, and its part time. I haven’t talked to the lady in person yet, but it sounds to me like delivering pizza or other food. I talked her sister and was told that she is looking for responsible drivers for small delivery runs. Like I said, I bet its food. I put my name in the hat, and plan on going down there today or sometime this week.

            I don’t live in a metro area, but its not far to one. Down on the coast, there are casinos, night clubs, airports (3 within spitting distance), hotels, etc. I could see myself making good money down there Fri-Sun.

            There are other cities within driving distance, so I’m not too limited. I feel there is great potential for me in the ridesharing field. There are other transport jobs around that require a newer vehicle. So, if Uber/Lyft wears thin, I may check into them.

            I also may relocate back out to Washington state eventually, but I’m really hesitant on that. I would certainly have more Uber/Lyft customers, but the cost of living is high and I don’t want to move too far away from my parents, as they’re in their 70s and I’m about the only one around to help them these days.

            That’s another reason Uber/Lyft appeals to me. The flexibility is unheard of! I can think no other job where if I wake up and my back is KILLING me, I can say “not today” and go right back to sleep, and/or take pain pill and not worry about having to drive.

            Likewise, say mom needs to go to the cancer center for her checkup (she’s a breast cancer survivor), I can easily take the day off and take her. No boss getting mad at me, no chance of being fired if I don’t come in. It really seems well suited to my issues and life.

            I will also buy cars to fix up/repair and resell. I can do this in my spare time, when not driving. I love doing it, but at my pace, it won’t be more than 1 every few months, so no legal issues there. I wish I could do it enough to justify getting a dealers license, but oh well.

            I feel like opportunities will make themselves known when I have a decent income. Right now, I’m stuck in “limp home mode” (LMAO) and I’m about sick of it.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    The reality is that I really really shouldn’t buy any more vehicles in the near future. I bought 3 in the last 15 months and I still don’t haven’t completed all of the repairs, maintenance and upgrades/upfitting to have them where I want them to be.

    On the other hand my wife has already managed to rack up 15K miles on the car I bought her in October, and that one, a 2008 Escape Hybrid was pretty much intended as a stop gap and as a bit of “punishment” for my wife. Her Fusion Hybrid had been totaled and in the interim she went back to driving the family truckster that had previously been her daily driver. The Fusion like most of the vehicles I buy was loaded with almost all of the goodies. When we were looking at a replacement she kept balking at the prices of the top of the line models. Getting tired of her driving the 15mpg SUV when I found the base Escape Hybrid I brought it home. It didn’t take too long for her to start complaining that it didn’t have all of those features she claimed to not need but took for granted having them on most of the cars she drove over the last decade plus. So it has served its purpose cutting the fuel bill in half, and pointing out that while she certainly doesn’t need back up sensors, sunroof, heated leather seats and that she can get by with just remote entry, she really likes and misses those features. We are also becoming less than happy with the early Ford Hybrid’s belt driven AC compressor and were spoiled by the 2010 and up electric AC compressor.

    So about 6 weeks ago we went on a test drive and if the right deal were to present itself there may be a 2013-2016 Fusion Hybrid or Energi or a 2010-2012 Escape Hybrid AWD following me home.

  • avatar
    NoID

    Now, if kid-carrying capacity and budget weren’t constraints, I’d go for a Dodge Challenger GT AWD or Chrysler 300S AWD.

  • avatar
    Rengaw

    Looking for a last fling. Being 75 years old, with a body that is remembering what I put it through, this fling ain’t what it would have been several years back.
    Currently aboard a 2011 Nissan Xterra. Which stays for utility.
    I try and be open minded and practical in the cars I test drive. Numero uno, I want to be comfortable in the driver’ seat, don’t like floaty suspensions or bone jarring low profile tires. I want descent fuel economy with nice handling and minimal electronics.
    The VW Golf S with the 6 speed auto in blue with the 1.8 L turbo. When I drove it the first time I could not believe how much I loved this car. My only hesitation was foreseeing me being even older and more bunged up trying to get in and out of it. But crawling in and out of it would be little deterrent considering how much I like the car.

  • avatar
    KOKing

    On my current horizon is replacing my F55 Mini daily with the new Civic R.
    I mean, I’d love a R33 Autech GT-R Anniversary sedan or a Stagea 260R but I’m not up for going through all the hurdles for those, being in California and all.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Model 3 – maybe Q1-2018, but who knows.

  • avatar
    kobo1d

    Having bought one car in May and another in June, I reckon our family is good for another 5 years. We donated our 2003 Eclipse GTS to my sister in May, and purchased a 2008 Boxster. Then we purchased a 2017 Pacifica LX in June for a my wife to drive when our 2008 Mazda3i committed seppuku via blown head gasket.

    The more pressing question is if we will keep the 3, which should be coming out of the repair shop any week now. Having a backup child-hauler would be nice about once a month, but insurance, registration, and maintenance ain’t free. I’m not sure how much faith I have in the work in the lowest-bidder shop that’s fixing it. It’s cheap for a reason, ¿Lo entiendes? But most shops wanted more than the car is worth to fix…

  • avatar
    SilverCoupe

    Probably a 2017 or so S5 – in three or four years when my A5 is a decade old. I save up for and replace my cars once every ten years.

  • avatar
    brn

    Depends on which vehicle annoys me first.

    If the Mariner needs replacing, something that can tow without being massive. The Colorado would be on my short list, but once optioned correctly, it’s pretty expensive. I’m open to other suggestions.

    If the Taurus needs replacing, a lightly used MKZ with the 3.7 would be on my short list.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Like I said above I just got my SS with the 6M, most amazing vehicle ever.

    Unfortunately I don’t see any new vehicles on the horizon, (obviously ignoring costs) because everything else on the market is boring to look at and embarrassing under the hood.

    With that said I’ll be doing the Holden conversion in short order because I cannot stand the thought of the SS being mistaken for another Chevy car. The rest of Chevy’s sedans are simply embarrassing.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Congrats on the SS!

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        It’s really an amazing piece of engineering, stuff like real metal trim around the windows gets me. Everyone should test drive an SS before they’re gone.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          The sound is intoxicating, put the car in Tour mode and you have a comfortable sleeper that no one not in the know suspects. But put it into sport or performance and (with a manual) you have an exhaust sound that will turn every head you pass as they stare in wonder at why your impalabu sounds better than a Ferrari.

  • avatar
    raph

    Resto-mod fox notch with a 5.3 2v MOD. The GT350 is going to be the last new car until I retire I think.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Our 09 Pontiac G6 is running fine with the exception of an “Old GM” wheel bearing that’s gone bad. Once the house stuff is done, I will deal with that. But ~120K miles, body is great, interior is pretty good, mechanicals are fine… I think we’ll hang on to her. The minivan is holding up, but Mother Rust and Father Time are in a race to see which kills her first.

    I’d love to have a hot hatch, but not a mid sized VW. So the Fiat 500 Abarth gets my vote. I keep my cars forever and am in the stage of life where I don’t see myself buying many more cars before the Alzheimer’s takes my capacity away. I like having a minivan, but I want an electric car, too. The Chrysler Pacifica may do the trick. But I really would like to go all electric, so maybe a Bolt would work. I’ve got another 10-12 years to retirement, so I have time…

  • avatar
    SuperCarEnthusiast

    Toyota Sequoia!

  • avatar
    duffman13

    Late to the party, bit I thought I’d chime in anyway. I have 2 vehicles right now – a Mazda 3 hatch and an S2000. My decision waffling is basically because I don’t know if I want to keep or sell the S.

    Keep S2000 – Jetta Sport, Elantra Sport, Accord Sport SE, Sonata Limited, Fusion, (used) Genesis sedan, (used) Lincoln Continental

    Sell S2000 – Mustang GT performance/premium/recaros, 370Z, e92 M3, M235i or M2

    I still want a track car, but I’m waffling between economy and complete silence/luxury because I commute 90 miles each day. The new Hyundais are on the list because a) my wife’s Santa Fe has sold me on the high-trim ones, b) they throw so much cash on the hood it’s hard to say no to the deal, and c) they’re still quieter on the highway than my Mazda is. Keeping the S2000 gives me the plus of not tracking my DD though too.

  • avatar
    George Herbert

    Toy 86. Test drove one and for current production, closest fun to my now-deceased RX-8 (which I replaced by convincing my wife to “be practical” and buying her a brand new Mazda 3 2.5 5-door, letting me take her RX-8 hand-me-down…). But a new 86 would have 8-10 years of DD duty endurance versus 4-5 before her RX-8 needs its third engine at current expected wear rate.

  • avatar

    Having purchased a 2016 Honda CRV EX-L AWD for family duty, as well as selling off the old family hauler recently (2003 Toyota RAV4L), my daily driver will be next up.

    It’s split up into two parts…I want to get something soon-ish, then a nicer car in a few years (the CRV will probably be replaced with a Pilot or something similar).

    I’ve narrowed it down to either another Aerostar, or a older Honda…preferably a hatch with a stick. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle for now), those are relatively easy to come by. I just have to pay the PNW tax LOL

    In about 3-4 years, once we’re more settled in to wherever we’re going to wind up (more than likely back in Portland), I want to get a nicer car for the weekends/pleasure driving. I’ve narrowed it down to either a 2012+ XK or an 997. I’ll have to drive both cars again to see what I like at that time.

    Dark horse candidates are either the upcoming Accord coupe or the Q60. I know that the cars aren’t exactly comparable, but I’m stoked about getting an Accord with the Type-R motor in it.

  • avatar

    Having purchased a 2016 Honda CRV EX-L AWD for family duty, as well as selling off the old family hauler recently (2003 Toyota RAV4L), my daily driver will be next up.

    It’s split up into two parts…I want to get something soon-ish, then a nicer car in a few years (the CRV will probably be replaced with a Pilot or something similar).

    I’ve narrowed it down to either another Aerostar, or a older Honda…preferably a hatch with a stick. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle for now), those are relatively easy to come by. I just have to pay the PNW tax LOL

    In about 3-4 years, once we’re more settled in to wherever we’re going to wind up (more than likely back in Portland), I want to get a nicer car for the weekends/pleasure driving. I’ve narrowed it down to either a 2012+ XK or an 997. I’ll have to drive both cars again to see what I like at that time.

    Dark horse candidates are either the upcoming Accord coupe or the Q60. I know that the cars aren’t exactly comparable, but I’m stoked about the Accord with the Type-R motor in it.

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    TeeJayHoward

    I’m trying to figure that out myself. I’ve got a 3000GT VR-4 I’ll be getting rid of soon. What am I going to put in its place? I’ve already got a FANTASTIC daily driver in my ’15 SS.

    I’d like to have a big N/A inline six singing through ITBs while spinning the rear wheels of a 2500lbs two-seater. Something where you look in the engine bay and all you see is a motor. Basically a modern 240Z. Anyone got any recommendations?

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    Noble713

    Used Evo X, definitely.

    I have a 2JZ-swapped Altezza I’m fixing up to sell.
    Then I want to sell my daily driver Mark II iR-V, and take the money from both sales to buy a high-mileage Evo X at around $14k.

    At that point my vehicle lineup will be the AWD dual-clutch Evo for daily driving and my 5-600hp Supra/ weekend project car. And a 250cc naked bike for occasional 2-wheeled fun.

  • avatar
    ncwalls

    2007-2008 Lotus Exige S hopefully.

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