It is finally over

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It is finally over
Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:41 am
  • after 15 years, I'm giving up on me lil GTI VR6. Its been nice not having a car payment for about a decade, but six visits to the shop in the last year have beaten me down.

    So now the process of finding a new car begins. Anyone want to rant or rave on a ride? Yes, I know a M3 is a killer ride, no I don't have that kinda scratch. Haven't had a payment in so long, I feel no need to saddle myself with a 500 dollar a month anchor.

    Lets hear what ya got...I might spend 15K, might spend 30K. Not sure if I will buy American or not, but the fusion and the Dart are gonna be the first test drives. (yeah, Im gonna drive everything since i have no idea what i want)

    thoughts?

    edit: oops forgot I already drove the Camry, so I guess its the leader out of the gates.
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Re: It is finally over
Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:24 am
  • For longevity, you can't go wrong with a Subaru. Just stay away from the turbo.
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Re: It is finally over
Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:39 am
  • yeah, i always forget about the subaru..not sure how they stack up these days to others in their class. the awd is not even a concern down here in dallas and that is the best thing about them.
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Re: It is finally over
Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:16 pm
  • drove 7 different cars today, came home with my ol VW.

    damn near pulled the trigger on a new Lancer..great driving car.
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Re: It is finally over
Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:42 pm
  • I'm glad you're not just jumping on a car. Take your time, research, and get one you really like.

    Personally, if I were looking for a new car right now, I'd look into the new Ford Fusion. That thing looks awesome and I love Fords.

    P.S. Would you mind posting which cars you test drove and a very short summary of your thoughts? I'd be interested since I haven't been in the car market for years.
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Re: It is finally over
Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:19 pm
  • Sure why not?

    I am gonna try and drive everything that is in my budget and interest.

    Dodge Dart. First I drove the Rallye trim in a six speed. It was a mistake. The clutch was so light I thought I was going to smash my foot through the firewall. I think this is a pretty good looking car so it was the one I started my day with but the throw of the shift lever and the feather like clutch was so far from my GTI I was more hung up on making good shifts and such, I totally missed out on what the car was about.

    Next up the Subaru 2.0 Impreza Sport wagon. I was not looking at this car at all. I wasn't even really looking at Subaru until it was mentioned in this thread. I want a sedan and now I am right back in a frikin hatchback! But wow! This car drives really well. The CTV transmission in the Subarus is out of this world. Mash your foot to the floor and the car just starts going faster and faster. Not a change in tone, nor a stutter, or even a hint of it shifting. You are going to feel the vibration of someone farting in the backseat before you feel this car shift. Really Impressive. I was kinda let down by the lack of "techy" toys in the Impreza after just driving the Dart with its 8 inch touch screen display.

    The Legacy sedan. Too big, too heavy. That is what I thought anyway, probably more due to the fact that I have been in a hot hatch for 15 years. The seating is too low, steering too heavy and just a yawner. Not saying anything bad about it as it rides real nice but just seamed to be a snooze fest to me.

    The Impreza sedan. Just what I thought it would be. I liked this car alot. Had the pep and responsiveness of the wagon and didn't feel so much like a tank like the Legacy. All in all, the Subaru line left a good impression. Everything looks well done, fit and finish wise, but it feels like they have been sleeping on all the bells and whistles that the others are putting out in this price range.

    On to the Fords...I am with you Outfileld. The Fusion was the car I thought I wanted when starting all this process in motion. Problem is, it is pushing my budget a bit. I could get into a base model with a few options, but then I realized if I want a mid sized sedan, I wan't it all, leather, NAV, bluetooth, power everything, yadda yadda, even the Hybrid, now you are in the 35K range. I think this is one of the best looking cars on the road. I see them all the time and they look good coming the other way at you, but honestly when I was standing right above one. that Jag/Aston Martin look seemed to have gone away and it kinda looked, blah. I knew I couldn't afford what I wanted..so I didn't even ask to drive it.

    The Focus sedan. Ahhhh the ol plastic sh*^t box. I HATE THIS CAR! O.k. not the one I drove, but the one I remembered. I used to do outside sales and did about a thousand miles a week in an early 2000's focus. I really didn't even want to look at this car but its in budget, and I am here so....

    Guess what? Its still a plastic econo box. But the improvements can be seen everywhere. The plastic looks like, well, better plastic. There are two displays, one in the instrument cluster and one in the center con. Way too many buttons, but you know what? They bring out the nerd in you and you want to try them all. By far the most techy car of the bunch. Drives like, well a focus. The transmission is clunky and I asked the guy if they offered this car with CVT and he said this one had it. I kinda lol'd Don't know if he was b.s.ing me or not since I haven't looked it up. All in all, if I am gonna take the cheap way out, I will give it a second look, just for all those nerdy buttons! Thought about driving the ST hatch, but if I was gonna spend that kinda money on a boy racer, I'd be back in a GTI. VW ergonomics>*

    Hey! What kinda test driver are you?? You went to the car you wanted to see first, dove a stick, then a bunch of AT's afterward. Hello light bulb!

    Dodge Dart Limited. This is it, top of the heap for Dart with an AT in the 1.4 turbo. Nice car. Leather seats with great bolsters. Moon roof, keyless entry, push button start, 8 inch display again. Lets roll. Enjoyed the car much more this time. It is a "sporty" car. Not fast by any stretch. Bit of turbo lag, but pulls pretty good. There is a GT coming mid year with 184 HP and might be the perfect mix. I'm not gonna wait that long and it will probably push that car up to 30K.

    Hungry..Lets go home..whoops wrong turn. Hey! There is a Mitsubishi dealer....

    The Lancer GT. Nice. Nice. Nice. Loved this car, almost ended my search. Always have liked the exterior of the Lancer, it just looks like nothing else. Another bonus, you don't see a lot of them on the road. You can feel the Evo pedigree right away, this car feels like it is on rails, yank the wheel and it goes where you point it. There is torque steer in this car, and too much of it, but that doesn't really bother me. Its kinda like grabbing a handful of your girls hair and saying "yeah, take it" as she pulls away from you. Least amount of road noise of any car I drove today. The fit and finish is tight, even though there is quite a bit of plastic. They tried to make it look fancy and almost pull it off if you squint your eyes just a bit..hmmmm is that ebony on the dashboard? AT with paddle shifters, lets you control the revs if you like. Like the Sub's they are a bit lacking on the gizmos, but my daily commute is 5 miles so I'm not so hung up on that.

    I went as far as letting them pull my credit, make me an offer and I can pick one up on Monday if I like, but there is the Civic Si, the Altima and the Korean cars to still try..we shall see.

    as it stands today: Lancer, Impreza, Camry, Dart, Focus, Corolla S
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Re: It is finally over
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:47 pm
  • Thanks for the info! I enjoyed the read and it was funny at times :)

    I agree about the Lancer. I really was considering buying one several years back, but ended up going with a Mustang. And you're right that you don't see many on the road, which is surprising to me given their nice appearance and price range.

    I've driven a stick shift all my life, so I don't know if I could be convinced to even test drive an automatic :P
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Re: It is finally over
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:45 am
  • What are you expecting to pay per month? What features are most important to you? What features are absolute necessities?

    I sell Nissan, btw. If you'd like some information about them, I am certified in every product Nissan makes. I'll tell you one thing, most of the people who come in to buy Nissan's, typically already have one, or several in their garage... They are amazing machines.
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Re: It is finally over
Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:58 pm
  • Ahhh car shopping! You are doing it the right way though. Unlike my wife, who just got us tied to a new CRV for our newborn and already wants a new car!

    My fault though since I made the mistake of telling her it was her pick since I chose our last car, which was an 06 Trailblazer SS. Best car We've ever owned.
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Re: It is finally over
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:11 pm
  • If you're going to buy a stick shift go with Honda. I don't know how they do it but Civics, especially the 6 speed SI are unmatched in their buttery smooth and effortless shifting and clutch action.

    Not as much power as a VR6 or WRX but how often do you really push a car to its limits?

    The new SI increased the torque and has much more power available at lower RPMs so you no longer have to wind the engine all the way up to really get a feel for it.

    A truly superb machine.
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Re: It is finally over
Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:24 pm
  • well, my old car kinda forced my hand. I had a leak in the power steering and when I went to get into it Sunday it was whining pretty badly, and there was another puddle in my parking space :( . I was gonna keep that car and sell it to some kid who got a chubby cuz it had a six cylinder in it(like I did when i bought it), but I really didn't want to take the chance of having to fix it again before I could sell it.

    Soooooo.... I got the Lancer GT! Kinda wish I could have drove the Si and the Nissan before I pulled the trigger but I really like the Lancer more than anything I had drove to that point so I am pretty comfortable with my decision. Plus, in no ways am I a belly button in this car. Its not like its a G35 which you will see every hundred yards here, and I got the Cosmic Blue which only came out this year. Wish I had a flicker account or something cuz it is pretty dang sexy if I have to say so myself!
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Re: It is finally over
Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:39 pm
  • Galen96 wrote:What are you expecting to pay per month? What features are most important to you? What features are absolute necessities?

    I sell Nissan, btw. If you'd like some information about them, I am certified in every product Nissan makes. I'll tell you one thing, most of the people who come in to buy Nissan's, typically already have one, or several in their garage... They are amazing machines.


    Thanks. I'll tell ya, one thing you don't ever want to do is tell a prospect you will email them information, then don't do it. I was supposed to go back to Nissan first thing last Saturday, but when the salesman didn't get back to me I thought I would drive around a bit and catch him on the way home as he was closest to me. He never emailed me. If he would have followed up and told me I had an opportunity to get into an Altima for what I paid for my Lancer, I would have stopped by. Even a loaded Sentra might have worked.

    follow up, follow up follow up.
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