sudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4127 posts, RR: 6 Posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2202 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.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2182 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2185 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.
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.
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
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38485 posts, RR: 80 Reply 9, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2161 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.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2182 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2144 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.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2182 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2116 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.
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.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 16802 posts, RR: 57 Reply 18, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1983 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.
Aesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 4768 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1964 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 :
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.
New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
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.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 18802 posts, RR: 64 Reply 22, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1926 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.
tz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2836 posts, RR: 7 Reply 23, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1921 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.
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.
"Two and a Half Men" was filmed in front of a live ostrich.
25 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 Kaphias: Things I would currently look for in a car, most important first: 1. AWD 2. Manual transmission 3. Station wagon ------------------------------------
29 Superfly: Smithair747 might beat you. He's been on a life long quest for a 1978-1981 Chrysler Town & Country.
30 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 3DoorsDown: I wasn't paying attention to who wrote it but as soon as I saw vertical chrome I knew it was Fly.
36 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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