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According to my revised vehicle desires (upon reading Consumer Reports' new car magazine) I am undergoing what would be called a small mid-life crisis. I am now wondering if I could swing either the Acura RSX, VW GTI, Mazda 3, or Civic Si. And to further prove I've been captured by aliens, I find myself wanting a spoiler to make the car look "cooler". Can I look at myself in the mirror? Yikes.

The Mustang V6 has a very poor reliability rating. The V8 is much better, but I can't justify that. It's just wrong. While that is the most attractive car on the market right now (one girl's opinion) it definitely fails more than one practicality test. It fails virtually all of them.

But suddenly, incredibly practical little hatchbacks are looking more like underappointed little boxes. And they don't really have that much cargo room. And if I'm not going to have cargo room anyways, why don't I get something that will accelerate decently?

* What cars turn your head when you see them on the road? And I don't mean Lamborghinis, I mean regular cars.

(Lately for me it's the Mazda Protege5 but that's not in their current product line.)

Footnote: I can't get over how many SUVs there are out there. It still baffles me every day. It's so expensive! Way more expensive than my sportycoupe dreams!

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judithiscariot
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
practical is for after you breed. fuck practical.
2002-2005 Ford Thunderbird. Audi TT. And the 350Z (duh).


snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: practical is for after you breed. fuck practical.
i really actually don't like the look of the t-bird for some reason. i do not know why. i think it's the roundedness of it. the mustang has lots of angles.

it is times like this that i triply miss IM. weh.
angela_la_la
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Depends on your definition of "regular cars", I mean, I think Lamborghinis and Ferraris are hideous. The cars I find sexy are under 100K, for sure, but they're not exactly cost effective either. Ultimately the one vehicle which quickens my pulse more than any other is the Audi TT. My god, what a hot fucking car. I also have a hard-on for Karmann Ghias and old Mercedes(es), but I know that's not what you're asking.

In terms of non-luxury brands, I have a huge soft spot for Civics. My secret dream is to have a really hot sleeper.
snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
I guess for me, anything over $40,000 is completely ridiculous. But who knows I might wake up tomorrow and change my mind, at this rate!

Your sleeper idea has much merit.

If I were to list cars that turn my head from the pre-1990s, I could be here all day. :D
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cheetahmaster
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
And to further prove I've been captured by aliens, I find myself wanting a spoiler to make the car look "cooler". Can I look at myself in the mirror? Yikes.

Cars with unnecessary spoilers = not cool, by definition.

Not to mention this whole thing is a betrayal of your hippie creamy center, but hey.
snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
oh, hence the being able to look at myself in the mirror comment.

so what cars catch your eye????
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msteleute
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but that car looks really comfy. Instead of the lady imagine me standing there gawking at it in my pj's holding a teddy bear. Mmmm.
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blindtillnow
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
mazda is coming out with a "speed" version of the 3 later on this summer. for your needs, it's what i'd hold out for... and it's supposed to cost under 25k.

http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayPage.action?pageParameter=upcomingMS3

-S
blindtillnow
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
oh! and if you feel like spending 33K, i can't say enough good things about the toyota avalon, touring edition. it is, for all intents and purposes, a lexus gs300, and it gets 30 mpg on the highway. hell, i bought one.

http://www.toyota.com/avalon/index.html

-S
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debela
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Nissan Altimas continue to turn my head. They just do. I also have a soft spot for the late model Accords. The fact that I drive both these cars is not a coincidence, but they do qualify for sleeperdom in certain respects.
snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Your car aesthetic and mine could not be further apart. I loathe the look of all sedans and I particularly find the Accord boring and uninspired! This is not meant to belittle your opinion, it is just my own completely subjective feelings on it. :)
tzel
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
I saw one just this morning!! On 32 heading west. They did not review the Prowler in Consumer Reports, but I will have to double check.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
The ONLY reason the Subaru WRX Sport Wagon is not on this list is that it seems so much more expensive than the rest. Otherwise, I would heart it just as much. I didn't even read the Infiniti reviews for that reason times ten.

If you buy a sweet little car that is fun to drive, the only times you will regret it are if you lose your job and it takes longer than four months to find a new one, or if you lose a leg or an arm.

Or if it turns out to be a lemon.

I am not buying a car yet; I will eventually buy a car, obviously, because you don't see too many Ford Aspires with 200K miles on them. But I have now found that I simply adore talking about them (thank you for indulging me) and your words speak right to my heart. :)

I do want a car that will be awesome for ten years.

I do want to know that when I write that check every month (something I have NEVER DONE - all previous cars fully paid in cash) I will not regret it.

There's another emotional aspect to it besides the "hippie" thing. I have always been able to shrug it off if my car gets dinged or dented or someone effs up the lock trying to break into it. If I get any of these cars - which I still have no idea if I can actually afford btw but it is not out of the question entirely - I will be parking at the back of the lot and constantly being paranoid. But I suppose being able to merge into traffic easily and having power steering will make up for that.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: oh yeah and
I see. The Mazda 3 5-door has a spoiler, the Mustang GT has a wing.

BOTH LOOK HOTT.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, until I bought the magazine I had no idea they even existed, I had been focused exclusively on the xA. Which is still cute and practical but on review would lose to the Fit or Yaris in a hot second.
traceracer
Jun. 30th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
You know, my dad is probably still sitting on his 73 (I think it's the 73, it might be the 71, I can never remember which was which) Mustang Mach 1, which inspired the latest Mustang design. He'd probably part with it cheap. Of course, it would need some work, which probably wouldn't be as cheap. I got used to driving around with the windows down because exhaust leaked in. But he might have fixed that.
snidegrrl
Jul. 1st, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
I won't buy anything pre-airbag! I'm terrified of it. That closes off a whole bunch of VERY attractive cars! Someday when I'm impossibly rich I'll have a classic car retrofitted with them.
frecklefaerie
Jun. 30th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
I think you want a sexy car because you are turning into a rock star.
zenthia
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh god! It's true!
malkin
Jul. 1st, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
"What cars turn your head when you see them on the road?"

Priuses. Especially red ones. :)
snidegrrl
Jul. 1st, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
I should have pointed out that any car that is lime green, anywhere, ever, will turn my head! There are not many.
zenthia
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
My head is turned by volvos - especially older ones - and hybrids! They make me happy. Someday I will use my fortunes to outfit a volvo 240, 740 or 850 with a hybrid engine and then I will be the happiest clam in the highway sea!

I care nothing for acceleration!

How is your very pretty bike? Do you take it out?
snidegrrl
Jul. 1st, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Volvos do turn my head a bit because I look at them and think, "Man, that car is so safe. Heh.

My very pretty bike is great. It is taken out infrequently to flat places. Methinks I need to get an adjunct bike with actual gears.
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candidevoltaire
Jul. 1st, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
* What cars turn your head when you see them on the road? And I don't mean Lamborghinis, I mean regular cars.

Air-cooled VWs, especially bay-windows buses! Sadly my beautiful 1971 died in a collision. *sniff* OK, so the mileage and speed suck and they suck money but they are just so pretty. I could also go for a beetle (old, not new). The nice thing about Blacksburg is that there are so many buses...
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