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User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

Ladies and gents,

As we all have different preferences when it comes to buying a car, I would like to hear what you look(ed) for.
Sport, safety, green, big, small.......you name it. There's no right or wrong.

As a parent I am well in to safety and impact zones. Never ever would you see me drive around in Renault Twingo, Smart or any other "lunch box" for that matter.

Currently I am driving a Golf GTI which in regards to safety is a pretty good car. But I can not deny the fact that I also like my car to have some performance. More or less all my cars I had I have tuned one way or the other. A bit of a petrol head indeed.
I am by all means not thinking green. Maybe I should but I am not for several reasons which I will not start with in this topic.

[Edited 2012-10-31 02:44:16]


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8458 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3439 times:

I heard you wanted to upgrade to a Tata Nano.

User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3430 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 1):
I heard you wanted to upgrade to a Tata Nano.

Damn you for telling!



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2640 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3427 times:
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Quoting sudden (Thread starter):
As we all have different preferences when it comes to buying a car, I would like to hear what you look(ed) for.
Sport, safety, green, big, small.......you name it. There's no right or wrong.

1. Good looks. Styling is super important in my purchasing decision. If I don't like the way a car looks, I won't buy it, no matter how good a car it may be.

2. Luxury and technology. Leather seats, woodgrain trim, roomy cabin, every feature and gadget imaginable in the car, quiet, refined ride.

3. Power. I'm not buying a truck, so it has to be reasonably swift off the line. 0-100km/h in under 7 seconds.

The Bentley Continental GT would be the ultimate.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3428 times:

Quoting sudden (Thread starter):



Comfort, space, luxury, style and power. I'm partial to full-size sedans.
I don't like to have to 'duck' my head to get in & out of a car due to low, sporty rooflines of so many cars today.
My car in the US is a Lincoln Town Car. The car I'll most likely purchase here in Thailand will be a used Toyota Crown Royal Saloon (1999-2003) Royal or Crown Comfort.
Although the the Royal Saloon has many more features, I like the 'Comfort' model because it still has available column shifter and fender mounter rear-view mirrors.
I'm not a fan of console shift.
Car must be rear-drive and ideally V8. A I-6 or V6 is ok as well.
Vertical chrome grille and hood ornaments are a nice added plus.



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User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3419 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 3):
The Bentley Continental GT would be the ultimate.

What are you driving at the moment?
Your preferences kind of matches what I had before the Golf as I was driving an RS4. Really comfy car with lots of gadgets and performance.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):

I don't think anyone here has missed your car preference.
Comes closer to flagships then cars.  



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2640 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3411 times:
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Quoting sudden (Reply 5):
What are you driving at the moment?

Umm ... a 2005 Ford Fairmont. It's a long, long way from being my dream car, but it's a full size sedan. The "Fairmont" is the more luxurious and better equipped version of the Australian "Falcon", and has the power from a 4.0-litre in-line six cylinder engine. It may not have leather seats and woodgrain trim, but it has velour seats and mock-woodgrain (plastic dyed with a non-descript woodgrain pattern) trim  



[Edited 2012-10-31 03:48:49]


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User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1010 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3400 times:

Important aspects:

1. Safety
2. Comfort: want to be isolated from the environment and the engine (as little noise as possible, soft ride)
3. Understated, modern design (think Audi)

With plenty of resources, it would probably be a RR Ghost.


User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3398 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 6):

Would a Holden with V8 and supercharger not be able to coop with your preferences? Nice looking cars with enough torque.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3403 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 6):
Umm ... a 2005 Ford Fairmont. It's a long, long way from being my dream car, but it's a full size sedan. The "Fairmont" is the more luxurious and better equipped version of the Australian "Falcon", and has the power from a 4.0-litre in-line six cylinder engine. It may not have leather seats and woodgrain trim, but it has velour seats and mock-woodgrain (plastic dyed with a non-descript woodgrain pattern) trim



The best American cars at the moment are made in Australia. I'd like to have one of those V8 Holden Commodores.

Quoting sudden (Reply 5):
Comes closer to flagships then cars.


Haha, the Toyota Crown Comfort is the smallest of cars I'd buy.
They're used as taxis in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2640 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3386 times:
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Quoting sudden (Reply 8):
Would a Holden with V8 and supercharger not be able to coop with your preferences? Nice looking cars with enough torque.

No, because it's a Holden  

The Holden-Ford rivalry in Australia is akin to the Mercedes-BMW rivalry in Germany. Not many fans of one brand would buy the other. If I'm ever to move away from owning Fords, it'll be to any brand other than Holden.



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User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3369 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 10):
The Holden-Ford rivalry in Australia is akin to the Mercedes-BMW rivalry in Germany

I can recall that Bill142 mentioned this to me. I would not mind owning a Holden though. I like them.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3367 times:

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 6):
Umm ... a 2005 Ford Fairmont

What you didn't spend the extra 50 and get a Fairmont Ghia!?

Quoting sudden (Reply 8):
Would a Holden with V8 and supercharger not be able to coop with your preferences? Nice looking cars with enough torque.

There has never been a factory supercharged V8 Holden, HSV have never made one either.


User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2640 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3358 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 12):
What you didn't spend the extra 50 and get a Fairmont Ghia!?

I would've loved to, but it was out of my price range. I bought my Fairmont used, it was 11 months old and had done 16,000kms when I bought the car for which I paid $28,000 (compared with about $45,000 I would've had to pay for a new one, it was a bargain). The Fairmont Ghia definitely fits my preference for more luxurious, top of the range big cars much better than the Fairmont does, but at the time, it was the best I could afford.



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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3325 times:
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1- Driving comfort... is it comfortable to steer, pedals right positions, seat go far enough down/back, controls easy to reach, etc

2- Drivability... acceleration is part, but also does it steer as i like (I like my steering responsive, not with a huge dead zone), easy to hold at speed, etc...

3- Overall look... not super important but I hate boxes... like Nissan Cube, Kia Soul, etc.



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User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3303 times:

Quoting sudden (Thread starter):
I would like to hear what you look(ed) for

1. Performance/Handling - I was looking for a complete package, a car that performed well in acceleration, handling, braking, economy, and ride comfort. Doesn't have to be best in class in any category, rather provide a good overall compromise. Also, it must offer a manual transmission.

2. Safety - airbags in the front and sides, score well in the industry standard tests. Traction control and ABS are must haves, and stability control would be nice too.

3. Practicality - live in the city, so compact 4-door hatchback is my preferred layout. Enough cargo room for the occasional IKEA run, easy to park, able to maneouver through city traffic, and seat 4 adults in relative comfort.

4. Equipment - I like useful toys such as seat warmers, sunroof, and CD player. Leather seats, navigation, power seats, and other gadgets only come into consideration if they can be had within the target price (see below).

5. Value - My target price was $25,000.

Result: Volkswagen Golf GTI. Bought it new 4 years ago, it now has 99,800 km (62K miles) and still looks and drives like new.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19931 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

I drive 55 miles to and from work every day.

I need:
*reliable
*fuel efficient (++++)
*safe in a crash
*comfortable

I do NOT need:
*attractive
*sporty
*luxurious
*big

Hence, I drive a Prius.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):
I need:
*to live closer to where I work
*to work closer to where I live
*to use public transport

Fixed it for you. The first two plus the third would be far more environmentally friendly than driving a Prius, then you can own a decent car for weekend use.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19931 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 17):

Fixed it for you. The first two plus the third would be far more environmentally friendly than driving a Prius, then you can own a decent car for weekend use

*My husband works in San Francisco, I work in a small town about an hour north. The Bay Area isn't exactly exploding with primary care pediatrician jobs near the City. Especially because I get a good deal where I work. so the more I move closer to work, the more he moves farther from work
*There is no public transport that could get me to work for less than $30 each way and 3 hours each way.

It's my life curse, really. The one and only time I had a good commute, the job was so horrible I quit after seven months. My curse is to have great jobs with horrid commutes.  


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6724 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3206 times:

I need two cars, three if I had a family. So far I only got one, the economic small hatchback that is easy to park, easy to fix, not too expensive to fuel. It's a Citroën C3. For luxuries I'm not difficult, a CD/MP3 player and electric front windows are enough for me, A/C if I had to live/travel south. It it handles right, is fast and can drop the top, I don't mind, so if I could afford it I would replace it with a BMW 135i cab or something like that. I already drive my 75HP C3 too fast, though, especially at night in my town, I know the streets too well.

The second car would be a sports car. It would have to be light first and foremost, so probably a Lotus, or something more extreme for track use only.

For the family I would take a minivan. I don't care if it has family man written over it, since it would be exactly true, and I would have the Lotus in the garage anyway. Currently I like the Citroën C4 Grand Picasso with glass roof :

http://hfr-rehost.net/http://www.vivre-maroc.com/automoto/upload/model/picasso_gold.jpg

The first two need to have a manual transmission (or a sequential one), the minivan could be automatic (although I've never driven one).

Also, I like colors. My C3 is apple green, the Lotus would be burnt orange or krypton green and the minivan gold or sky blue. Red is an option for all.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10099 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3195 times:
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When I bought my car in 2010, this is what I looked for:

1.) A compact sedan or coupe.
2.) A larger 4-cylinder than I had (I had a Civic) with decent pickup.
3.) Manual transmission, preferably 6-speed.
4.) Sunroof.
5.) Good sound system.

This is what I found:

1.) A Mazda 3.
2.) A Mazda 3 S (2.5 liter versus 2.0)
3.) A Mazda 3 S with manual transmission (the 3 S is a 6-speed)
4.) A Mazda 3 S with manual 6-speed and the Bose audio/sunroof package.
5.) see 4.

I'm pretty sure I got the only one of its kind in the greater LA area. I'm pretty sure of this because they searched, and it was the only one of its kind in the greater LA area.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 16):
I drive 55 miles to and from work every day.

My drive to work took 7 minutes this morning.  



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19931 posts, RR: 59
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 20):

My drive to work took 7 minutes this morning.

Go ahead and rub it in.

In my work:
*I make very good money.
*I can look myself in the mirror when I get home from work knowing that my job is to take care of needy children and that I am doing nothing evil or exploitative, nor am I being exploited.
*I have intellectual challenges that keep my work interesting and fun.
*I have great hours.

You know about all those Facebook posts about finding your purpose in life and being happy and fulfilled? Yeah, they're meaningless to me because I *have* found my purpose in life and I *am* happy and fulfilled.

I'll trade a crappy commute for those pluses. Not many other people in the world can say that their job gives them financial, emotional, AND intellectual satisfaction. Most have to pick the best two out of three.

So nyer! :p


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20730 posts, RR: 62
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Quoting sudden (Thread starter):
when it comes to buying a car, I would like to hear what you look(ed) for.

Fast. I have great merge genes, so I'm not afraid to hit the pedal and slide my way courteously into moving traffic, but that calls for a big engine. So I've always owned cars that were deceptively fast for their size.



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User currently offlinetz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2869 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3163 times:

Hmm, what I look for in a vehicle:

1. Room - I'm 6'5". I need head room, I need leg room. Give me both and I don't ask for much else, though...

2. Fuel Efficiency
3. Ease of maintenance - I always give my cars a look under the hood and under the car. If the car looks terribly complicated to work on basic maintenance, I probably won't buy it
4. $$$ - always look for a good deal.

[Edited 2012-10-31 19:27:28]


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10099 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3158 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 21):
Go ahead and rub it in.

Your wish is my command (in this instance only....I don't swing that way)....My commute has been between 7 and 15 minutes for the last 5 years.  

However, I'm moving this weekend, and it will go up to....GASP.....8 miles / 20-25 minutes. 

Of course, the downside is that I get terrible gas mileage, and my car won't last as long.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 21):
In my work:

All good stuff, and if it's worth it to you, then that's all that matters. I worked for a medical devices company for 4.5 years before I got laid off in May, and I always tried to tell myself, "hey, we're helping people". But unfortunately, it didn't offset the sheer torture of working there. Just a horrible atmosphere.

Now, I'm at a company whose products have been integral to hundreds, if not thousands, of space flights. That easily gets me to work every morning at the ungodly hour of 7am.  



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25 Post contains images TSS : My preferences are simple: A largish compact/smallish mid-size wagon with RWD and a simple, reliable engine and drivetrain. Basically, Smithair747 and
26 MrChips : For me, I look for the following in a car, from a practical point of view: 1) Size - I live by myself, so I don't need anything larger than a midsize
27 af773atmsp : I have only bought one car in my life so far (2001 Volkswagen Passat), but my preferences for future purchases are: -preferably an American or Europea
28 Post contains images Kaphias : Things I would currently look for in a car, most important first: 1. AWD 2. Manual transmission 3. Station wagon ------------------------------------
29 Post contains images Superfly : Smithair747 might beat you. He's been on a life long quest for a 1978-1981 Chrysler Town & Country.
30 Post contains images TripleDelta : For me, I look for the following in a car: sufficient room in the interior (like tz757300, I'm just short of the 2 meter mark ) sprightly handling: do
31 sudden : Had one of those. Great car to be honest and I had mine tuned a bit as well. But when the gearbox decided to shread itself to pieces I got rid of the
32 dazbo5 : That's a massive commute! My commute is all of 3m / maybe 5 seconds; I work from home! For me, fuel efficiency is No1 priority followed by comfort, s
33 DocLightning : I could never do that. Leaving aside that working out of your home as a physician doesn't really make any sense, there are too many distractions at h
34 vikkyvik : You got that right. I'd probably just end up sleeping in every day.
35 Post contains images 3DoorsDown : I wasn't paying attention to who wrote it but as soon as I saw vertical chrome I knew it was Fly.
36 Post contains images ANITIX87 : I'm 25, single, and I love driving, so when I bought my car in 2012, this is what I looked for: 1) A hatchback. 2) Manual transmission. 3) Blistering
37 zippyjet : When I'm in the market, I look for the following not necessairly in this order: Reliability (Consumer Reports ratings/reliability) Practicality Fun to
38 TSS : As an addendum to post #25, here are a few things I avoid in a car: 1. Sunroof- The majority of them steal precious headroom, they make the car hotter
39 TheRedBaron : I take 4 to 5 minutes tops to get from my door to my office...!!! I bought a Golf Variant (sportwagen in the USA). 175HP, torquey, super quiet, roomy
40 sudden : I owned a Cayenne for a while and regarding comfort it was great. Kids loved it as they saw over the other cars. But if I were to own one of those aga
41 KiwiRob : I'm always looking at cars, I can't help it, I'm also a serial buyer of cars, 7 in the last 5 years, but my wife bless her has said no more, we have t
42 sudden : hahaha.... You are sure in for a treat.
43 mad99 : Right now I'm looking for a car that seats 2 isofix seats and one adult in the back seat. Might try the 520d if i have time but i doubt all three will
44 na : 1. Superior styling with future classic appeal (as opposed to trendy). And that means beautiful outside and inside. 2. Rarity (I hate those bestseller
45 vikkyvik : Is that a mix of Navigation and Levitation? Could be pretty neat, especially in heavy traffic!
46 Post contains images KaiGywer : I feel your pain. Mine said the same thing. I am not allowed to mention "new car or truck" until I have had my current one for at least 3 years
47 Post contains images LostSound : Earlier this year I bought my first car. The 3 top values I was looking for were Style, Fuel Mileage, and Performance/Fun to drive. I also did keep my
48 Post contains images OzGlobal : - Safety - Styling - Performance - Efficiency Not necessarily in that order. I live in central Paris and have a company car which I only use on weeken
49 NSMike : I liked the new Focus as well but I'm a hot hatch kind of guy so I bought a 2013 Focus ST. It's in every way much better than my Integra GSR was. The
50 Post contains images LostSound : I'm jealous! I have not learned manual and that's the only option for the ST. It also wasn't offered yet when I bought my car. haha I love the hatch
51 Post contains images TripleDelta : I drive a 2011 Focus hatchback (5 door) with the 115 HP 1.6 Ti-VCT engine. Having previously owned a Skoda Octavia - an excellent, sensible, comfy se
52 LostSound : It is definitely a sporty ride! You guys have a lot more engine options then we do. We only have the 2.0L Ti-VCT GDI I-4 with 160HP and then the ST m
53 TripleDelta : In Croatia, all engines on offer are either 1.6 or 2.0 liter - though they include both petrol and Diesel, and come in 95, 105, 115, 125, 140, 163 an
54 Post contains images NSMike : I was considering the Titanium when they offered the 5 speed but when they announced the ST I just had to go for that. Didn't go for the Nav package b
55 sudden : As I am not a Ford person (meaning I don't know much about their engines), but is not ST the top end engine? Great looking car though.
56 melpax : I used to drive Falcons as well (the last 2 I had were Fairmonts), much more durable & better built than the Commodores. Was looking to go back t
57 idealstandard : Heavily enforced speedlimits is all good and well, but 100 ish horsepower in a big Skoda, must be pretty bovine in it's performance? Well done. I put
58 Post contains images na : Well done too. Mine has less power though, its a 1.9JTDM with 150 hp, the luxury version. Ride is excellent apart from bad surfaces, were the suspens
59 idealstandard : Hiya, Mine is the 1.9 JTDM as well, but i had the DPF (diesel particulate filter) removed, the EGR blanked off and Alfa Romeo software remapped - and
60 Post contains images LostSound : HOT HOT HOT HOT Here's mine on a road trip: Windows tinted since. :P
61 KaiGywer : I am like you. I live in a climate that is extremely cold for parts of the year, and extremely hot for other parts. Leather is way too cold in the wi
62 YVRLTN : I need to move a lot of boxes or more around I need to accomodate 4 adults plus luggage / snowboards on a regular basis Often have to go onto unprepar
63 qf002 : A woman driving a Alfa 147 ran a red light at 60kmh and hit my Mum's C Class about 8 years ago... Her car had a (sizable) dent in the side and she co
64 Post contains images NSMike : Right now it is, but there's a rumour that a new RS version is coming with 350 hp.
65 idealstandard : Front impact is very different from side impact. German cars are also built like tanks, especially the older ones. My 159 is a 5* EURO NCAP result, w
66 qf002 : Not me ?? Haha, that's a good place to start.
67 JJJ : Cars are design to crumble on impact, and it is especially noticeably on front impacts. You really want the nose to crumble and dissipate the energy
68 B777LRF : 1. Bayerische 2. Motoren 3. Werke
69 na : A 147 is a totally different class of car than a C-Class. I wouldnt want to sit in your Mums Benz when a Audi A8 hits it. That said, interestingly so
70 ANITIX87 : If I had had way more money to spend than I did, a BMW 5-series would definitely have been my choice. I don't generally go for German cars from a cos
71 Post contains images NSMike : It does drop a fair bit after 5500 but there's so much low end compared to my previous car, which made 128@6200... I've never driven a Mazdaspeed 3 s
72 Post contains images KaiGywer : Have you thought about getting a roll up Tonneau cover? I have one on my truck and when rolled up it's out of the way so you have an open box, and wh
73 ANITIX87 : Well the nice thing for ST owners is that the Ford Ecoboost engine is a direct descendent of my car's DISI 2.3L. The tech is the same, the mechanics
74 YVRLTN : I have, I actually had a hard cover on back order when I bought it, but in the first couple of weeks I had loads 4-5' tall. Then on my way home from
75 Post contains images KaiGywer : Yeah I don't like them since they're always in the way. Yeah not a good idea
76 Post contains images KaiGywer : Four by four came in handy today For those that say that a truck isn't needed unless you either haul stuff or go off road, think again
77 Post contains images sudden : In these conditions I say a truck is THE car to have. Lots of ground clearence, torque, and maybe 4 wheel drive even. Would not say no to a truck wit
78 B777LRF : Don't need a truck, or even 4WD, to navigate a bit of snow. Hell, I drove my automatic 530d all last winter without getting stuck, just by fitting it
79 Post contains images sudden : But if you live in Canada or similar where the winters are real winters it might make more sence to have a truck. Still a valid point you have. I wou
80 Post contains images KaiGywer : Somehow I think the winters in North Dakota are just a litle harsher than in Luxembourg... It's very true you don't need a truck to navigate a bit of
81 Post contains images Ken777 : I'm basically a car slut. Mo son had a Miata and I really enjoyed it - reminded me of when my Dad had a TR-3. My son-in-law has a Pacifica and every t
82 KiwiRob : You make sure your car has proper winter tyres and you're good to go.
83 Kaphias : No, a LOT of snow. Like those mornings when you wake up and there's 16 inches of new snow on the ground and the plows haven't been by. My Subaru is a
84 Superfly : Are you kidding? I used to live 3 miles away from DocLightning. There are only about 10-15 days a year when you can drive with the top down. I used t
85 KiwiRob : Should have bought a Volvo XC70!
86 sudden : Makes no difference if it's that much snow anyway. In that case an SUV or truck to get proper ground clearence.
87 ANITIX87 : Pffffft. I have an inkling anything is better than my car was the other day! It was, quite literally, undriveable! I've got ridiculously overpowered,
88 Post contains images Ferminios : My car preferences: 1) Comfort: not too much noise, nice seats and something that's easy to park in the Dutch historical inner cities. 2) Fuel 3) Desi
89 Kaphias : What a great car; doesn't fit my needs or my price range but it would be something to look at for the future if they keep making it. The only thing I
90 Post contains images fbgdavidson : For me a blend of luxury, (stealth) performance and brand cache so I've got a Mercedes S600; 500bhp, 590 lb/ft torque, massaging seats and enough room
91 KiwiRob : XC70 has decent ground clearance, my wifes lower V70 would easily plow it's way through a foot of snow, Volvo makes great winter cars.
92 Post contains images sudden : I never drive if I need to go in to Amsterdam. I know more or less for sure that I will have a scratch or something else if I park it there. Too tigh
93 na : You just mentioned THE reason not to drive an Audi. How boring is it to drive the same as everyone else around you. I´m coming from an Audi and BMW-
94 Post contains images sudden : Lets freeze frame there shall we. I owned, and loved, an RS4 B7. Best car I ever had. Comfy, fast, reliable and safe. And I come from a Benz family.
95 Post contains images swissy : just upgraded from MB R350 to a GL diesel my 3rd MB and I am very happy with my choice. safe, solid, lots of space in that vehicle... kids are growing
96 na : Nice to see happy Mercedes owners but I´d like to tell that a friend of mine has bought a B-Class Merc in August which has broken down several times
97 tommy767 : I look for gas mileage, performance, looks, and ergonomics in that order. I crashed my 04 malibu recently and just got an 03 saab 9-3 for 6K. I absolu
98 dazbo5 : Yes, but the only thing Saab's have (had) in common with their aerospace brothers is the night panel button! Having said that, I had an 07 9-3 TiD 15
99 Post contains images swissy : You have a point... we had BMW's in the family in the past...rubbish if you ask my sis in law , wife absolutely gets the shivers just thinking about
100 Post contains images fbgdavidson : Well, they're all 3700 miles away and my parents are divorced and my brother has his own family...but yes, I sort of see your point! I am seriously c
101 tommy767 : My buddy last night brought up the night panel cross over fact. Too funny how it's the only thing they have in common. Is saab ever going to come bac
102 nickh : Heh-heh. I have you all beat when it comes to daily commutes. My daily commute is about 45-seconds, or perhaps maybe 2-minutes, if I stop to smell th
103 Post contains images sudden : But also easy to work on. You don't need to actually search the engine in those old school cars. Would I want one? Nope!
104 tommy767 : I hate VW too. Something about them being cheap, overpriced, Audi's and the connotation of my spoiled ex-GF getting a new Jetta from Daddy right befo
105 dazbo5 : You don't have me beat, 45 seconds is a long time compared to my normal daily commute! Have a look at my post in reply 32. While there's no doubt the
106 Post contains links nickh : Here is a book that I read recently, entitled "My Mercedes is _NOT_ for Sale": http://www.amazon.com/Mercedes-Not-S...ords=this+used+car+is+not+for+sa
107 Post contains images KiwiRob : The Jetta certainly wouldn't have the rather brutal torque steer of your Saab
108 dazbo5 : I can't say I ever had an issue with torque steer on the 9-3 I had, it certainly didn't seem any worse that any other FWD car I've had. Darren
109 idealstandard : Yes but did you have the 200+ hp petrol or a diesel model?
110 dazbo5 : I mentioned it in reply 98 above, 150bhp TiD. I've driven less powerful cars with more torque steer than in the 9-3 and I had an Aero 210 bhp petrol
111 ANITIX87 : The new GLI is an impressive car. Maybe not quite as classy as the GTI, but awesome nonetheless. They are certainly among the best looking, except th
112 na : Right, these three BMWs mentioned are rather ugly, the revamped 1series is inferior to the competition in most respects, the X6 just a pimp´s car an
113 KiwiRob : I don't think either are ugly, especially the 5 GT, it's a great car if you want a lot of space, it's also fairly practical. The X6 has been so popul
114 idealstandard : The hot turbo petrol Saabs were known for their torque steer. The diesel is a totally different car. The 1.9 engine in yours is excellent though.
115 tommy767 : I don't mind the Torque Steering on the Saab. It just means you have to put two hands on the wheel at all times!
116 Post contains images KiwiRob : I really shouldn't go anywhere near car dealerships, almost, bought a new car today, thanks honey for saving me! One of these: I will own one one day.
117 Post contains images Flighty : We had a 9000 Aero back in the 90s... great car (manual). Today one of my cars is a 9-3 Arc (2.0T). Torque steer really is not a problem in the newer
118 tommy767 : The GLI and GTI's are fast but there is just something about them I just can't get on board with. They have a rather obnoxious quality about them. My
119 Post contains images Flighty : Interesting. Well, you should have tried that 9000 Aero! I remember the steering would wobble slightly on high acceleration over broken pavement. Mor
120 mad99 : Have you ever driven one? I worked with a guy who's father build one for him and a got to drive it a few times. Super car for about an hour.
121 JJJ : You can (or used to, at least) rent one at several tracks on special track days. Every time I went through Bahrain I checked their schedule as it was
122 Post contains links and images ANITIX87 : I don't know if I would call them fast, exactly. The GTI I test-drove when I bought my car really, really underwhelmed me with its power. I wasn't im
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