Lets talk about cars for a moment.
Well, my trusty, rusty, Tracker is just not cutting it for me anymore and I need a new car. Not brand new, but new to me. Here is the skinny on what I am looking for:
Sporty: It needs power and should easily pass traffic on the highway with a simple press of the throttle.
AWD: All wheel drive is important to me as my Tracker has pampered me with 5 winters of 4wd traction. Lets face it, 2wd is only good for dry pavement, and with winters like this last one, I don't want to sit there spinning my wheels.
5/6 speed: I prefer manual transmissions, and simply wont get an automatic. I would prefer 6 gears over 5 as the extra over drive gear will lead to lower revs on the highway for potentially increased fuel mileage on those long trips.
No Trucks, Hatchbacks, or Wagons: I had a hatchback as my first car, not bad but I never liked how easily accessible the trunk was from inside the cabin. I already own a truck type vehicle (read: Tracker) and quite frankly, there is no sport in something with this much body roll. Not to mention, the car gets blown around a lot on the highway due to its large side profile. Its like driving a billboard sign. Wagons are for family's. I do not have one as of yet.
Must have a young feel: This one is kind of vague. Basically, I'm 27 years old, but I feel like I am having a midlife crisis. All of my friends are older than me, everyone I work with is older than me, everyone I have dated has been older than me, cougars hit on me all the time, and just last week, I was told by someone that I look like I'm 40. Quite frankly, I feel as though my youthfull years are over, and I don't even know when I was supposedly having them. So with that in mind, I am not ready to settle into something ordinary.
Alright, now that that is out of the way, here is what I plan on using the car for: Daily driving. This will be my only car and I want to make sure that it can get me from point A to point B each and every day. I am not looking for a car that I will have to wrench on, or take into the shop because it requires weekly service check ups. I do not plan on driving the car like a maniac, nor take it to the track, but I want something that I can get on the gas, and actually feel some power. I want to have fun in a car again and not see it as just transportation.
My budget: $25000 max.
Cars I have looked at:
2006 Subaru WRX STi
2000-2002 Audi S4 2.7 Bi-Turbo (maintenance nightmare)
2003-2005 Audi A4 quattro (possible maintenance nightmare)
2002-2005 BMW 330IX
As of now, the STi is about the only one that I feel meets all the requirements. Its a little "boy-racerish" with its huge wing on the back, but its Japaneese, and its drivetrain is nearly bullet proof. I really like the BMW, but something about the car feels ordinary. Its just another BMW on the road. The Audi's aren't bad but the S4 is a lemon, and requires too much maintenance just to own. The A4 is nice but I wonder if it lacks power with its little 1.8L Turbo engine. Thats a lot of car to lug around with such a small engine.
So I am open to suggestions. I know I have a lot of demands out of a car, and I really shouldn't be so picky considering I am driving a Tracker, but lets face it $25000 is a lot to spend, and I want to make sure I am buying the right vehicle.
Tom DeCoste aka "Tommy Tarmac"
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Last edited by VTEC_EATER; 03-27-2008 at 11:32 AM.