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Old Jan 25th 2016, 1:28 am
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Originally Posted by dbd33 View Post
Call me a Luddite, but I reverse using mirrors. I'd actually like a car with less gadgets; I've no need of an alarm, a seat belt buzzer nor DRL. A variomatic transmission is two cotton reels and a rubber band more than I want or need in a car.
I'm a fan of reversing cameras - if used in conjunction with mirrors. On the F150 it was a godsend & the screen was a small one mounted in the rearview mirror. That felt more intuitive than looking at a larger screen in the centre console which is where it is in the Mrs's Rav4.
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 2:50 am
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Went into the local Mazda dealership a few weeks ago and couldn't believe how horrible their interiors were.

How about a Nissan Juke NISMO or NISMO RS??
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 2:50 am
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I am really hoping that this year I'll be able to drive my Capri, it's on the priority list...I quite fancy a Solstice, but they are few and far between and not that convenient now we have 2 doggies.
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 2:57 am
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Went into the local Mazda dealership a few weeks ago and couldn't believe how horrible their interiors were.

How about a Nissan Juke NISMO or NISMO RS??
They are IMO somewhat of "acquired taste" looks wise
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 3:14 am
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Originally Posted by Piff Poff View Post
I am really hoping that this year I'll be able to drive my Capri, it's on the priority list...I quite fancy a Solstice, but they are few and far between and not that convenient now we have 2 doggies.
That would have their ears flapping in the breeze! A bit tight space wise for them, it would be a touch cosy!
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 4:04 am
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That would have their ears flapping in the breeze! A bit tight space wise for them, it would be a touch cosy!
Yeah its one reason the Spitfire had to go. It was fine for Henry but once we got Daisy too, it was a bit squishy to even try.
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 5:14 am
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Daughter has a new Mazda CX3 and loves it
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 5:39 am
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Thanks Folks, the Mustang is still very tempting!
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 12:45 pm
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After the kids thought we were actually going to win the Jeep Renegade in the mcdonalds round the world thingy, I looked for reviews, and they're surprisingly good.

Get the 1.4 turbo for power + economy (I think the 2.4 is for capacity obsessed North Americans) .

Also it's a fiat underneath which may or may not be a bad thing.

Your best bet of course is a second hand saab with a military grade turbo that will cost you a pint and a bag of chips....
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I am really hoping that this year I'll be able to drive my Capri, it's on the priority list...I quite fancy a Solstice, but they are few and far between and not that convenient now we have 2 doggies.
The rental car somewhere or other was a Solstice (I just specify "convertible" and take whatever comes). It didn't work because there wasn't room for even squashy bags. We had to settle for a car with a metal folding roof, the weight of which meant glacial progress even downhill.
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 2:53 pm
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Thanks Folks, the Mustang is still very tempting!
Definitely worth a test drive!!
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 3:50 pm
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Speaking of fun hatchback, I quite like the Ford Focus ST. If you do without the bells and whistles it comes in at $30k base. It only comes in 6-speed manual, which doesn't bother me I like manual, but if you want an auto i'd consider the VW Golf GTI as well.

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The GTI actually comes cheaper than the Focus ST base by about $2k, it comes in manual as well. I like them both. Now, haven't actually gotten a chance to test drive either, but I imagine this is the kind of car i'd like to drive. I'm not a fan of the bigger cars. (dad has an F150, i hate driving it) Mums is the Lincoln version of the Ford Escape, the MKC. It has quite alot of punch and I find it very fun to drive but its an expensive car.
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 3:59 pm
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I'd be wary of Mazda if you want to keep it for a while- muttering suggest they may have value-engineered these things to be less durable than Hyundai/Kia. They're certainly fantastic value new.

The Focus seems to be a good bet, hatchback practicality and plenty of go in the sportier versions. The VW has the badge and the bills.
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Also it's a fiat underneath which may or may not be a bad thing.
Don't the Fiat-based Jeeps have some of the lowest reliability ratings on the market?
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Old Jan 25th 2016, 5:27 pm
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Kia Soul maybe?
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