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Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:02 pm

An Alfa MiTo 1.4 Multiair 135HP





The one I like is worth about € 22.000, a little bit expensive.....
 
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Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:10 pm

SEAT Ibiza Sport Coupe

http://www.desktopcar.net/wallpaper/35945-2/Seat_ibiza-SportCoupe_157.jpg

About $14K USD. I have a test drive scheduled.
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:23 pm

I am slowly moving to a new car and am having problems deciding how I want to go.

Right now the Kia's look pretty good when you consider the healthy rebates, 100K warranty, etc.

And on my last trip to the VA I was talking to a guy from the DAV and decided to join as your membership helps the new guys who are hurt. When I got my "benefits booklet" I found that Ford offers discounts to DAV members. That might make a Mazda 3 an interesting choice,

Or I might head back to a program car.

Basically we just need a decent "city car" for the wife who prefers small cars. The difference between a mid-teens car and something more expensive is travel money to go to the UK or Australia a couple of times.
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:57 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 1):
SEAT Ibiza Sport Coupe



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 1):
I have a test drive scheduled.

You can get an Ibiza in the US?

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Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:03 pm



Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
You can get an Ibiza in the US?

I guess he lives in Mexico. But I'm still surprised that he can get an Ibiza there.
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Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:11 pm

I'd like a new car, but even with a decent paying job at this point I cannot justify getting rid of a reasonably good paid for car. Compounding things is that my car is less and less everyday as a trade or if I bothered too selling it private party.

I guess maybe my requirements are too much but in a new car I want:

Good fuel economy -- preferably 30+ mpg hwy
Ability to seat 4 comfortably
Good cargo capability -- which means hatch/wagon/compact CUV
Would like something with a little bit of power as well


Problem is I really can't get all 4 in one package. I absolutely do not want a sedan. I have a mid-sized 4-door sedan, while it is comfy for 4 adults and all, I do have an occasional need to carry bulky items. And a sedan just sucks for that. Plus I am looking at sub US$20k cars... if it is closer to $15k even better.

I'd consider some of the following:

Hyundai Elantra Touring
Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf 5-door
Subaru Impreza 5-door
Mazda3 5-door
Nissan Versa 5-door
Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute FWD 4-cylinder
Pontiac Vibe
Toyota Matrix

Slightly used opens up a few more options -- but I'd rather have a new car. Without having driven any of these cars the only one on paper that is REALLY compelling is the Hyundai.

Quoting F.pier (Thread starter):
An Alfa MiTo 1.4 Multiair 135HP

I like me some MiTo. We'll be getting the FIAT 500 in the US sometime in 2010. I don't remember if the MiTo will be showing up along with some of the bigger Alfas.
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Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:13 pm

I would say the MiTo. It simply looks so cool  biggrin  A bit expensive though, one can get quite a big people-mover in good condition with an automatic gearbox and a big oil burner for that amount of money!
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:25 pm



Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
You can get an Ibiza in the US?



Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 4):
I guess he lives in Mexico.

 checkmark  The advantages of living abroad Big grin

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 4):
But I'm still surprised that he can get an Ibiza there.

How so? Mexico has a much MUCH better car brand/model variety than the US will ever have. As for SEAT, we get the full SEAT line and even a few cars that not even Spain gets (at least not last time I checked), like the beastly Leon Copa Edition  drool 

 
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Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:40 pm

I like the MiTo, but I sooo badly want one of these.



Specially on its Abarth version YUM!

http://www.diariomotor.com/imagenes/2008/09/fiat-500-abarth-ss-paris-0.jpg

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 7):
Leon Copa Edition

We have the Leon Cupra and the Leon FR

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Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:44 pm

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 8):
We have the Leon Cupra and the Leon FR

Ah but you see, neither one of those comes with racing stripes, black rims, and 310HP 


And I agree that 500 Abarth is quite the beast. Not exactly affordable though.

[Edited 2009-10-23 15:45:21]
 
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Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:56 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 9):
Ah but you see, neither one of those comes with racing stripes, black rims, and 310HP

Ahh touche...

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 9):
And I agree that 500 Abarth is quite the beast. Not exactly affordable though.

Exactly, 19k EUR is a bit too much for the Abarth 500 but still... I would if I had the money Big grin

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Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:56 pm

I am currently sitting at home in my free time, and praying for some money to miraculously come my way so I can buy a "not-so-affordable" version of a VERY affordable car when it comes to the US as a 2011 model.



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Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:17 am



Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 4):
I guess he lives in Mexico. But I'm still surprised that he can get an Ibiza there.

We can get it here in Colombia too.
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:05 am



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 5):
I'd consider some of the following:

Hyundai Elantra Touring
Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf 5-door
Subaru Impreza 5-door
Mazda3 5-door
Nissan Versa 5-door
Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute FWD 4-cylinder
Pontiac Vibe
Toyota Matrix

Might want to look at the Kia Soul on edmunds.com:

Soul on edmunds

This is a design range sold by several companies - like Nissan, Scion, etc.

The Kia version starts at $13,300 (for the manual).

The Kia Sportage also looks reasonable - basic auto is about $17,500 with the $2K rebate.

Actually, it's a good time to look at the various rebates available now. Not as good as before the Cash For Clunkers run, but nice. I keep checking edmunds on incentives and user reviews for multiple brands & models.
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:17 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 1):

http://www.desktopcar.net/wallpaper/35945-2/Seat_ibiza-SportCoupe_157.jpg
Not in that horrible color

YEECHHH!!! better the red color.

I am thinking of changing my flawless 206 to a 207 cc in green...

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Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:46 pm

Some great looking cars posted. I drove a Toyota Yaris for a while during a friend's illness a couple of years ago since he couldn't drive. I was very impressed with the roominess ( I'm 6', 300 lbs) and the get up and go of the engine. The trunk wasn't too bad for a two door coupe and the gas mileage was about 40 mpg! All for around $14K. They offer one in a very cool looking dark green!

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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:23 pm

If you're talking new, I'll take this model:

Honda Fit (second-generation North American model shown here):

 
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Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:19 pm

Drove one of these a couple of weeks ago from SAN to LAS and back and the total fuel bill for the trip was $60US and that is with fill ups on above average fuel prices from SoCal, the engine has more punch than I expected and is very roomy on the inside for a small car, also the dribing position is higher than on other cars of the segment.

The only downside that I found was that at highway speeds (due to the flat profile of the car) crosswinds will keep you busy keeping the car centered on the lane you are in.

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Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:49 pm

I'd stay away from Kia, my ex owns a 2008 Spectra, it is a pig. Some other people I know who own Kias have had trouble getting warrenty service.

I like the Mercury Milan Preimum with an I-4 and automatic. Sync is great.
 
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Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:57 pm



Quoting RayChuang (Reply 18):
If you're talking new, I'll take this model:

Honda Fit (second-generation North American model shown here):

IF, when I get my next car, I go for a compact/subcompact, the Fit is waaay up on the list...Saying that though I've had a '98 Civic for several years, and while I love it as a very reliable and very fuel efficient car, the need for a somewhat larger cargo space is pushing me towards considering a CR-V for the next new/lightly used car I get. If my Civic (now at 165k miles) lasts another year and a half I'll be a very, very happy man...
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Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:37 pm



Quoting F.pier (Thread starter):
An Alfa MiTo 1.4 Multiair 135HP

I have almost 20.000 km. on the 1.4T 155hp and still loving it.

Let's see if they bring out the factory-certified upgrade to Veloce trim, 15 extra hp will always be welcome.
 
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Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:44 pm



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 21):
I'd stay away from Kia

I'd stay away from Korean cars, period.

Quoting Theredbaron (Reply 16):
I dont know why

Because its a Ford. Altitude has nothing to do with it.

Quoting Theredbaron (Reply 16):
I once had a Audi RS4 and it was great but heavy and a handfull, in comparison a lowly peugeot 206 with a ton of weight and a 140 hp engine will make you smile at every corner, dont talk about reliability or resale those are drawbacks of smalll cars but hey a 206 is 1/4 of the cost of an audi RS4.

Epic downgrade. Then again I don't even want to know what the "tenencia" was for it.
 
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Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:02 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 25):
Because its a Ford. Altitude has nothing to do with it.

Spoken like a true American, hahaha. (I'm kidding!!)

In all seriousness, the Fords sold in other parts of the world (i.e. NOT the USA) are far, far, far better cars. I have a 2000 Ford Focus here in New York and I take phenomenal care of it. Even still, at 58,000 miles, I'm not convinced it'll last another year. However, my uncle is a Ford dealer in Switzerland, and everyone in my family drives them. My grandmothers, a 1999 with 150,000 miles on it, runs like brand new, and has no trouble flying down the highway at 160 km/h or climbing the steep mountain road to our chalet. I drove that Focus when I was there and was blown away by the build quality.

And the Focus RS is just even better. Those new Focuses are awesome (even the lower-range models) because they look 100 times better than the American ones and are more reliable and far better-built. The Focus ST is a blast to drive, and that Focus RS I posted in an earlier post in this thread is simply phenomenal. There is a reason the Focus is one of the best-selling cars in Europe, and a reason Ford has such a dominant presence there in general (with the Ka, the Kuga, the C-Max, and their other models). Ford Europe is a far, far better company, and if they can bring the next world-generation Focus here and build it the same way, I think people will be very, very impressed.

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Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:26 pm



Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 26):

In all seriousness, the Fords sold in other parts of the world (i.e. NOT the USA) are far, far, far better cars

That is true. Euro-spec Fords aren't all that bad. But still, they barely keep up with other Euro brands.
 
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Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:32 pm

I got to drive the Mazda3 2010 and that was a pretty good car. I'd get it over the current Civic or Corolla.

My friend paid $18K USD for his, IIRC. He got one model above the basic one.
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:47 pm

I really like the Ford Mondeo.

 
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Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:14 pm

I probably won't be in the market to get a car until late '11/early '12, but i'll be looking at these cars, I imagine.

-Honda Civic
-Chevy Cruze
-Chevy Spark
-Ford Fiesta
-Kia Forta
-Kia Soul

All get great gas mileage, and all are pretty affordable. The Fiesta and the Spark, which are coming out in '10, really interest me with their good gas mileage.
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:44 am



Quoting Marcus (Reply 20):
Nissan Cube

That looks like a rolling refrigerator...

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 25):
Because its a Ford. Altitude has nothing to do with it.

Yes I know, but I dont want to have my post deleted because they have Flame bait..

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 25):
Epic downgrade. Then again I don't even want to know what the "tenencia" was for it.

Yes it was painful to pay a handful of money just to have it, plus insurance, then a lot for Gasoline and then getting averages of 17 km/h on the trip computer with 350+ horses under the hood.

The other day a client of mine tried to sell me his 2006 RS6, with white leather interior, simply beautiful, but I have been to that pain before....
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:02 am

I am happy with my current car; 2007 Dodge Caliber. If I had to buy a car right now: A jeep wrangler with a 6 spd. In the future I will look at these:

Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen GTI
Honda Civic
Dodge Charger
Lincoln Town Car
Mazda 3

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Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:12 am

I'm still in favor of the Honda Fit (Jazz) because it's probably the ONLY car in the US market that has the interior flexibility of a European-market B-segment multi-purpose vehicle like the Opel Meriva or Renault Modus.

If I had the money right now I'd buy one.  bigthumbsup 
 
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:22 am



Quoting Marcus (Reply 20):
Nissan Cube

I love the new Cube. A neighbor has a "alien" green 1.8SL model, and it's just the coolest thing. She loves it and says that it will hold a tremendous amount of stuff in the cargo hold.
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:24 am



Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 29):
I really like the Ford Mondeo.

So do I. If I were to downsize from my current car, the Ford Mondeo would be my pick. I'm not keen on compact cars, the Mondeo is about as small as I'm willing to go. It should be a bit more fuel efficient than my Fairmont.

Another car in the Mondeo size category would be a Honda Accord Euro (otherwise known as the Honda Accord in Europe and Acura TSL in North America).

Or I might just decide that there's no need to downsize and buy the new Falcon  Smile
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:56 am

I'm living in the US, and curiously me my wife(bambino on his way) and 3 cats need three vehicles hehe...

So, we have a new Yaris which is awesome because everything works-big novelty for me! It has a very comprehensive warranty, more so than hyundai/suzuki/mazda because the only components not covered are genuine-dunce consumable components like tyres and brakes. A 'lifetime powertrain warranty' is meaningless if non-wear clutch parts aren't covered for instance.
The Yaris gets 40mpg cruising at 80mph and because it's a manual it can make alot of power if you let the hamster-wheel engine spin up  Smile

My workhorse is a used Ford Ranger with broken AC, very nearly 100k miles - I find this the most fun to drive because it's rear-wheel drive of course - tail-happy in the rain or snow! Has heavier steering than the others and long-throw gears. My wife hates it, tells me we need to sell it, then tells me to go to the hardware store in it to pick something up. I'm keeping it!

The other mule is a Honda Accord with 120k miles or so on it which just won't die, has noisy power steering and ac, needs new tyres, need to spend some money on it...
2.2L Vtec engine is rev-happy, this car is faster than the 3L V6 mustang we used to have, fastest I've ever driven was in this car, it got up to 120mph and wanted to keep going but steering started to feel light so I slowed down Big grin

But anyway, what other affordable car would I like? Well, my wife wants to trade in one of the others on a minivan at some point, and with a baby on the way that's just a matter of time before we outgrow the Yaris & Accord.

I had my sights set on a Suzuki SX4 crossover, Mazda 5 minivan, or perhaps a Subaru.
One idea that would be fun would be to get a Tata Nano and thrash it to see how quickly I could break it hehe Smile
Anyway, I'm blathering, it's 4.00am and I have a kitchen to paint before wife gets home, ho hum...
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:22 am



Quoting CXB77L (Reply 37):
Or I might just decide that there's no need to downsize and buy the new Falcon Smile

I'd have to agree. A G6E Turbo would be very nice. Economical and fast, without being too costly.

But I'd like one of these:

http://www.fastvoice.de/NSXfiles_engl.html

And I know they are more affordable these days than they were as new - and so rewarding.
 
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:24 am

I know it's not available new anymore (but used it would be affordable), but I have been lusting after an Alfa Romeo 156 for many years - pity they were never available in the US.
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:26 pm

Somehow we don't see as many Hondas in my parts of Europe. Its sad because the Accord is a great vehicle. I have always liked the Renaults as well. Great cars and fun to drive. Peugeots looks great but I am not so sold on their overall quality.

Quoting Cpd (Reply 39):
I'd have to agree. A G6E Turbo would be very nice. Economical and fast, without being too costly.

You forget one thing, image.
The farmer cars (Ford and Holden) just comes with such a bad rep. They are just considered the opposite of cool and people will always look on you like ohhh stonewashed jeans and a mullet next.
Just cant do...
Its a good drive though even though I prefer Holdens equivalent.
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:56 pm

Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 41):
The farmer cars (Ford and Holden) just comes with such a bad rep. They are just considered the opposite of cool and people will always look on you like ohhh stonewashed jeans and a mullet next.

I don't care about brand-snobbery. Exclusivity is a Pagani Zonda F, the only one of its kind that is personally customised for you with a bespoke interior, bespoke exterior finish, bespoke luggage and driving shoes tailored individually for you. That's cool - because your next-door neighbour is never going to have one like it, even if they did have the money.

Exclusivity and cool is not a BMW 320i, or even a BMW M3 or M5 for that matter. Those are run of the mill production line cars. That's why I don't buy into the badge/brand snobbery with these ordinary mass production cars, because your neighbour can go to the local dealer and buy exactly the same thing tomorrow. That's not cool.

Look at the auctions for cars like Ford Falcon GTHO Phase II or Phase III, in original condition. And compare with like-minded cars from a similar vintage like Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3, or the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, another one with a gigantic V8 engine. You see exactly what the serious car collectors look for. AUD$700,000 and higher prices for one of those legendary Fords says everything about the status and desirability of those cars.

And if you look at some more recent Holden cars, like the HRT427, a serious (and well known) collector paid AUD$920,000 for one of those.

http://www.themotorreport.com.au/417...-australian-car-record-sale-price/

These serious car collectors who spend millions on their collections, they know what is cool and what isn't. The cars you usually don't see in their collections are the ones that are more commonly associated with brand-snobbery.

[Edited 2009-10-25 06:12:23 by cpd]

[Edited 2009-10-25 06:14:00 by cpd]
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:41 pm



Quoting Wingscrubber (Reply 38):
Well, my wife wants to trade in one of the others on a minivan at some point, and with a baby on the way that's just a matter of time before we outgrow the Yaris & Accord.

Strangest things about women and babies. They seem to be focused on the large cargo space needed in their cars when 7 to 10 pounds of baby is added. For my mother it was a station wagon ('55 Pontiac) and the minivans took over from them. Then it was a cross over that took the "in" status. I have to admit that I did have a Corolla wagon in the early 80s for a company car that my wife quickly took over.

Congratulations on the baby! Having our first was a real life change for me. After two weeks with a new son at home it was impossible to remember what it was like to just be two people who could go somewhere without packing up the car. And all of a sudden the square footage in the house was cut in half.

But it's well worth it!
 
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Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:18 pm

Well, since I already have a car I like, I'd go for a fun second car. Here are some of my favorites:







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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:19 pm



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 35):
Quoting Marcus (Reply 20):
Nissan Cube

I love the new Cube. A neighbor has a "alien" green

Just the car and color that will fit right in the Southern California lifestyle.

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Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:46 pm

Ordinarily the first thing I say is "Toyota" anything. But, as much as I travel right now and with each stop I'm renting cars and wound up in a Ford Focus the other day and I was pretty impressed for the first time in a long time with an American Car. The worst thing I've driven was a Chevrolet HHR, that thing was a piece of crap but the little Ford was truly impressive and of course Toyota's always are.

For us and the way things have been, I would prefer to see us all buy American if it makes any kind of sense to do so and Ford seems to suddenly be trying to really get our business. They stayed out of BK, the Gov't doesn't own them and they're coming up with some really cool stuff right now.
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:16 am

Personally, I would probably choose between a Kia Rio, Peugeot 207, Renault Mégane or a VW Golf (though I'm not really a fan of Volkswagen). As to Ford, I'd need to be re-acquainted with the European line of products, though that Mondeo doesn't look that bad.

Oh, and another thing: If someone wants to sell me a Chinese car, I'll stay the hell away from those deathtraps (see the ADAC crashtest videos of Chinese cars on Youtube) and cheap copies!
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:43 am



Quoting Cpd (Reply 36):
or the Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9

I've seen one for sale in MAD for about 10K euro. Not in pristine condition, though.
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:46 pm

I like the Mito, although a bit expensive for what it offers (apart from looks).

I'd get a Fiat 500, I really like the new trim designed by Diesel:

http://www.egmcartech.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/fiat_500_diesel_image_001.jpg

http://image.motortrend.com/f/auto-news/fiat-unveils-limited-edition-diesel-jeans-500/10979655+cr1+re0+ar1/fiat-500-diesel-edition-interior.jpg
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:56 pm



Quoting Lewis (Reply 43):
I'd get a Fiat 500

Hopefully FIat can get the 500 (and a lot of other models) to the States fairly fast. Chrysler certainly needs cars like the 500 and, I believe, that when the "European Invasion" starts it will catch the buyer's eye.

There are certainly going to be some dealership infrastructures (like empty Saturn dealerships) available for some European innovation.
 
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:49 pm

Anything by Renaultsport. They drive the best of any hot hatches.
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:04 pm

For me, the best cheap(ish) car that fits most of my needs and wants would have to be the Hyundai Genesis coupe. It's not too expensive (several versions under $30,000), and having driven the 2.0 turbo I4 version, I came away completely impressed by how the car handled (this coming from a BNW owner). Shocking as it may be, they've hit a home run with this car.

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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:38 pm

We are seriously considering a BMW X1, 2.0 diesel, I can trade my wifes 08 3 series and end up paying less per month than what I am now, it also solves the winter problem we have leaving our house in heavy snow.

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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:54 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 23):
That is true. Euro-spec Fords aren't all that bad. But still, they barely keep up with other Euro brands.

I think that's a little unfair - the Focus and Mondeo sell tremendously well for a reason. Motoring journalists love them (especially for the driving experience) and those who drive them generally do as well. People probably shouldn't fall into the trap of comparing them with upmarket 'Euro' brands, such as Audi or BMW, as they're simply not in that sector.

I don't drive a Ford though (as happy as I'd be with a Focus - I recently had one as an insurance courtesy car) - I drive an 09 Skoda Fabia 1.4. I'd like a bit more power than it has, and so I suppose the affordable car I'd like at the moment is the one I've got - just with more than 85 PS...
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RE: Which Affordable Car Would Like At The Moment?

Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:23 pm

What are we considering "affordable"?

Quoting F.pier (Thread starter):
An Alfa MiTo 1.4 Multiair 135HP

The one I like is worth about € 22.000, a little bit expensive.....

€ 22.000 = $32,709.40 USD

That isn't cheap for a car.
I can get a Mercury Grand Marquis for only $25,000 but that still isn't considered an affordable car.
The most inexpensive car on the market I'd consider would be the base Ford Mustang which starts at around $19,000 with V6. Probably the most affordable rear-drive car on the US market.


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