8 thoughts on “Car Time”

  1. Woah, Kevin. You’re all over the map there, in terms of vehicle and engine size. What are your criteria for selecting a new car?
    I’ve also ended up with the Pontiac G6 a number of times at rental counters, but on a recent trip I got a Chevy Impala, which I was happily surprised by. Good handling, peppy engine, nice interior. Much better than the Cobalt (which is another popular rental) and the Malibu.
    Of course, I’d argue for the Audi S4 over everything else — don’t foresake fun and solid German engineering (Max will need a car in, what, 10-11 years?) for a budget. Kids will always remember the awesome cars that their parents own fondly… I still remember the Corvette Stingray that my mom had. If only she’d stopped having kids after me — she could’ve kept it! 😉

  2. I bought a 2005 Honda Civic coupe last May and I LOVE IT. The most expensive model came in at $18,600, and a year later, and I have had no mechanical problems at all. It gets good gas mileage, starts every time, and the stereo is pretty cool. The only downside is the road noise, but that’s why you have a stereo, right? Right!
    Happy car hunting!

  3. Kimberly, you nailed it… I’m not exactly sure what I want. Fun, four doors, good mileage, looks different. I rented an Impala about a year ago, and it was OK other than it felt too wide.
    I’d argue for the S4 too, but I’d lose (just wait till Jen gets back, she’ll tell you why).

  4. If you’re worried about the S60 being cramped, try taking a Civic out for a test drive. It’s a shoe box. Newer ones not so much as the older ones, but it’s still a small car.
    We just bought a Yukon, which we love, but clearly isn’t what you’re looking for. And you know I’ll only recommend GM or Ford products, or maybe a couple of European models, so I won’t be a whole lot of help. :)

  5. ’07 jeep compass. wagon thing they have coming out. worth a look. a potential replacement (for me) for the grand guzzlerokee (which has been a great car, all things considered). unfortunately i need a something that will truck a decent amount of cargo around… and it has to be awd, or i’d go smaller. i’m also looking at the patriot… but seems like it may be a little underpowered.
    i digress.
    have a look at the compass.

  6. Like Tim said, I normally would be pushing for a 1999/2000 BMW, but I know you won’t listen, so I’ll at least say this: I’ve known several people who have owned Nissans – both Altimas and Maximas – from that year range, and they’ve all had electrical problems, all across the map. So if you’re sick of your Blazer doing fun electrical things, stay away from the Nissan, no matter how nice it feels.
    As for the Honda, please, please, please, stay away. Just trust me. Go for the Audi, it’s at least German and not built out of a tin can.

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