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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2015, 07:55:19 PM »
New Mustang ,300hp, 30 mpg highway, not a hatch but a lot of fun for the coin! 

Especially a convertible!   ;-T

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« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2015, 01:27:41 AM »
If you're buying new, and only putting 3k on a year, any car sold in the US is going to be reliable for YEARS...

Late-model VWs should go 50-100k AT LEAST without something major.

If you like the Golf.... Get a Golf.

We have a 2004 VW Golf with 165000 miles om it and it is still going strong. It has some minor things go wrong but the engine uses no oil and the auto transmission stills feels like new. I agree with Kev get a Golf they are solid cars.
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2015, 09:59:09 AM »
My vote: Mini Cooper. We love the hell outa ours. We got the Clubman for the faux rear door and the barn door tail but they are discontinuing this model for a proper four door.

Been great on road trips - lots and lots of fun to drive.
Weird gauges and controls - rather counter or at least very non-intuitive... Odd for krauts but there you go these days.
We're very happy with how we've been treated by the dealer but we use the Penske anchored dealer and they alone may be outstanding as I've heard tales of dread from other BMW based dealer experiences.
We bought the "Sport" or "S" but will be test driving the non "S" next time. I/we love the power but it has old school turbo-lag and the "S" comes with run-flats rather than a spare tire.
Cool little car and while as cute as wet foal, it's not the emasculating fem-atic cute of a VW Sheetle with its bud vase.

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« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2015, 10:09:10 AM »
If you're buying new, and only putting 3k on a year, any car sold in the US is going to be reliable for YEARS...

Late-model VWs should go 50-100k AT LEAST without something major.

If you like the Golf.... Get a Golf.

 ;-T With a manual transmission.  ;)
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2015, 10:33:43 AM »
I had an '03 VW Golf GTI VR6, 6-speed - Lots of fun, I still miss it. I leased, and the car was so much fun to drive that I went way past my mileage. I decided to not keep it at the end of the lease, but I wish I would have. I still miss that car - I have also driven a newer TDI golf diesel when I was out of the country (it was my rental for a week) - I think it was an '05, and that was great as well.

The only thing that ever went wrong with my '03 during the 5 years I had it, was some sort of clutch plunger and that was replaced under warranty during the lease, but I don't recall what part it was exactly - Either way, it seemed like an easy fix.

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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2015, 10:38:38 AM »
My vote: Mini Cooper. We love the hell outa ours. We got the Clubman for the faux rear door and the barn door tail 

The Mini Cooper Clubman is a fun, cool car that might meet the OP's requirements.   ;-T
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2015, 11:10:39 AM »
I have a '12 Mazda3 Touring Hatch and it's a truly versatile vehicle.  As someone said above I doubt you need the mpg performance but you might be interested in the utilitarian aspects for such a compact car.  It's not tow rated but I pull my utility trailer and that combo is pretty unbeatable.

As for mpg performance I'm getting an average 34.6mpg with a 41mph average speed while running 87 Octane gas.  At $1.84 gal I doubt I can beat that with any vehicle that can tow a small trailer and fit 3 adults comfortably for a 3 hour ride.
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2015, 11:33:02 AM »
I went through all this last summer.  I was looking for a hot hatch.  The VW is great handler but expensive and I am afraid of the reliability.  The Focus and Fiesta just didn't turn my crank and the sport models are expensive.  I really liked the Kia Forte Turbo hatch but just couldn't deal with the dealer.  My sons have had Mazda hatches and they are pretty nice but I couldn't get a stick & sunroof, the dealer wasn't interested.

In the end I got a '14 Accord EX/stick 4 cyl which was the best option and cheaper than all but the smallest / cheapest hatches.  This model has had a few rattles but has been a comfy, economical, sporty and this one has some unexpected power.

I think you have to make some hard justifications to spend less money or money on a car than an Accord for a family car.
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #38 on: January 08, 2015, 01:00:08 PM »
OP here, I want to thank everyone for your ideas, including the Cadillac CTS :+=copcar. Seems to fit  that Guzzi owners are in the market for stick shift hatches which every other American runs away from the buy some jacked up hatch/wagon called a CUV.  I am going test driving next week and will report back once I get some seat time. Not sure about the Mini, have rented them and just did not like the high doors and closed up feeling.  My neighbor has been waiting for three months to get side rear glass window for her Mini Cooper S, German parts via the UK....Thanks again, looks like Golf, Fiesta, Mazda 2/3, Fit, and Nissan Versa Note are on the list now.

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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2015, 01:00:38 PM »
FWIW I have a friend who works at a multi - multi huge dealership near me. He says the one car model they sell that is in the shop more than any other brand, and he says by far, is VW. The earlier models were much better, but the newer ones need repair a lot.
And speaking of VW, they have a diesel model that gets over 80mpg that is not allowed to be sold in the USA. So much for competition.  
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2015, 08:33:02 PM »
OP here, I want to thank everyone for your ideas, including the Cadillac CTS :+=copcar. Seems to fit  that Guzzi owners are in the market for stick shift hatches which every other American runs away from the buy some jacked up hatch/wagon called a CUV.  I am going test driving next week and will report back once I get some seat time. Not sure about the Mini, have rented them and just did not like the high doors and closed up feeling.  My neighbor has been waiting for three months to get side rear glass window for her Mini Cooper S, German parts via the UK....Thanks again, looks like Golf, Fiesta, Mazda 2/3, Fit, and Nissan Versa Note are on the list now.

you might look at the Kia Forte Turbo hatch.  really.
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2015, 05:24:04 AM »
"Small 5 door hatch."

What about an Impreza?

You said you liked the Prius. Just ready for something different?

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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2015, 07:12:20 AM »
"Small 5 door hatch."

What about an Impreza?

You said you liked the Prius. Just ready for something different?

John Henry

I've got three hatches- '12 Mazda3 (70k), '07 Fit Sport (90k), and an '06 Saab 9-2x (Impreza wagon and 80k).  Ok so the Mazda has a lot advantages with being newer but my brother had the '05 Hatch and I can say without a doubt the Mazda is the best of the lot.  The Saaburu is just so quirky and at 80k miles has had more issues than than the other two.  Throwing misfire codes on the back cylinders, torque-bind on the drive train, and leaks are the most memorable.    The Fit doesn't give me fits but it's not near as practicable for hauling or moving stuff around as the other two and Kim's Bimmer gets better all around mpg.

Don't know anything about the Korean hatches but the Mazda is really hard to beat.  Kim' off to the furniture store this morning and I'm sure I'll be pulling a heavy piece of something out of the back when I get home.



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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2015, 07:41:46 AM »
I really can't believe that no one suggested a Rolls Phantom Drophead Coupe. ???
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #44 on: January 09, 2015, 08:44:21 AM »
Easy,
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2015, 09:16:01 AM »
I'm gonna a wee bit outside the box here and have you check out a late model Ford Flex. With the normal 3.5L engine it will touch 30mpg on the freeway. She is a bigger car, three rows of seats (keep the back ones folded if you don't need 'em). They ride VERY nice and was my first choice (ended up with my second choice, a Ford F150 - it's a long story) when I recently traded in the Edge (best damn car I've ever owned, almost as nice as the Flex in ride, sits a bit higher; hell, check out the Edge too!).
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #46 on: January 09, 2015, 10:49:18 AM »
I'm going to say it again... with the amount of miles you drive, GET WHATEVER YOU WANT. It's NOT GOING TO BREAK for MANY MANY years and miles.

Get a Fiat or an Alfa if it makes you happy.
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #47 on: January 09, 2015, 10:50:48 AM »
I'm going to say it again... with the amount of miles you drive, GET WHATEVER YOU WANT. It's NOT GOING TO BREAK for MANY MANY years and miles.

Get a Fiat or an Alfa if it makes you happy.


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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #48 on: January 09, 2015, 11:48:24 AM »
I'd stay away from the Nissan, if I were you. Any of the models below the Maxima have less than great build quality.
They're just not in the same league as the other Japanese manufacturers. The Versa has been panned repeatedly.
Almost any of it's competitors would be a better choice.

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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2015, 12:19:35 PM »
OP Here, seems to be a fair amount of Mazda love here, will move it up my list.  Some anecdotal VW concerns.  Love the C6 idea, but need to seat 4, and remember this will be our only car.  Regarding low miles and MPG concerns, wife is a bit of a tree huger so no sense in barking up that tree, besides coming off a Prius anything is going to seem like a muscle car. You Subie lovers, I get it, but I developed an allergy to snow ice and window scarping in 82 when I left Colorado for San Francisco,  when the great two lane passes in the Sierras close for the winter, I just don't head for those hills.  Again moving Mazda 2/3up the list, test drives next week. I rented a 500L in Italy for about 3 hours this fall, about the worst thing I have ever driven.  One good idea is to rent, will do when I get serious.  I have to say I have rented some  very high mileage Chevy Cruize 45-50k and very impressed by the how they held together, but we don't get the hatchback.....

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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #50 on: January 10, 2015, 06:27:09 AM »
I don't blame you a bit getting away from the white stuff! OTOH, you don't HAVE to live in an area like mine to justify owning a Scooby. It is still an economical vehicle to own and operate, and a fair bit of room for stuff.

In any event, you need to get something you'll be happy with, regardless of what it is. Otherwise, you will be kicking yourself every time you have to drive anyplace.

I noticed reference made to rentals. I'm not sure if you were thinking of renting when needed, or renting the vehicles you may have narrowed your choices down to for a week or so in order to evaluate them. (The latter being a thought of mine. Sometimes it is hard to make a choice based on a test drive.)

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« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2015, 08:43:55 AM »
I seriously love Scoobies, and the AWD is good for handling all the time, especially in rain. BUT if you're not getting a turbo model and not driving in snow ever, then it does come at a cost of economy that might not be worth it.

I'll add to the positive Mazda anecdotal stories. I've got a bud who is a parts manager at a Mazda/BMW dealership who had Mazdas as their personal drivers because he is impressed by them mechanically.

I would quite possibly still get the VW for other reasons.
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Re: Car Buying Advice (NGC)
« Reply #52 on: January 10, 2015, 11:37:40 AM »
you will be able to narrow your search when you test drive the cars you are interested in.
Some cars just don't fit. Some cars are not fun to drive.
You will know it when you have found "the" car for you.

 

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