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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=80171
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 122  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 12-18-2009
View Stats Category: Vehicle Misc
The beachside Florida air hasn't been kind to the 'ole girl... :(


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4-11-2010 @ 04:02:29 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
Here's what I have.

L 188.9 in
W 72 in
H 53.7 in
2823 lbs

L 196.2
W 72.7
H 56.6
3543 lbs

L 175.2 in
W 66.7 in
H 56.8 in
2725 lbs

4-11-2010 @ 04:03:10 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#61, Regarding Skid's post on size/weight/fuel economy:

The Regal is less than 2 feet longer than the Focus, lower by 0.2 inches and wider by six inches. The 6K weighs only 98 lbs more than the Focus and is lower by 3 inches while being nearly the same width as the Buick. They look very different proportionally, but it isn't all that extreme when you add it up. The 6K and the Focus make about the same power but the Focus gets almost 30 mpg average while the 6K (if it were running) would average around 20. The Regal will blow the doors off both of them (if it were running) and it gets better mileage than the 6K if you drive it easy. It's gotten 31 mpg on the freeway at 70 before. The Focus is actually more comfortable on long trips because the seats fit me better than the Regal (and I love that leather even if it isn't stock). The 6K fits me great too, and I long to drive it again. I just don't think I'd trust it on long trips anymore, unfortunately.

[Edited by wannabemustangjockey on 4-11-2010 @ 04:04:35 AM]

4-11-2010 @ 04:07:19 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#62, The Focus is hardly luxurious, but we got ours because it had leather and felt more premium than a standard shitbox Focus. The Buick is supposed to be luxurious, but its interior looks and feels cheap (what can I say? It's a 1999 Buick).

So what kind of "luxury" are you looking for exactly?

4-11-2010 @ 10:30:52 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Oh, and I will say, I know it sounds prejudice, but I will *not* be looking at a domestic compact sedan. Through my years of college, I've met enough people with Cobalts, Calibers, Neons, Cavaliers, and Focii that have had numerous "no-start" and component failure problems... the domestics may have improved the quality recently, but 5+ year old cars, they're still lagging behind the Japanese.

...I either want a modicum of luxury (not just leather seats and power everything, but a refined platform/vehicle, overall)... and if I'm not going luxury, then I want MEGA-awesome fuel economy (~30-35+mpg)

[Edited by DiRF on 4-11-2010 @ 10:32:32 AM]

4-11-2010 @ 12:31:10 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#64, Go for a Volvo S40, a first gen one.
My dad's Space Star rides on the platform and it's really good: comfy and handles well (a little bit of nice, progressive trailing throttle oversteer). The rear suspension is pretty complicated though, I don't know if changing all these bushes when the time comes would be cheap.

4-11-2010 @ 01:55:23 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
...an S40 definitely fits what I'm looking for in a used car... and some appear to be within budget... but reliability and repair costs concern me... are they prone to go wrong, and are they expensive when they do?

[Edited by DiRF on 4-11-2010 @ 01:55:34 PM]

4-11-2010 @ 02:58:32 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
Okay, so your criteria are:

- Small (presumably no bigger than a G20)
- Light (presumably no heavier than a G20)
- Likely not American
- Preferably, not necessarily, RWD
- Refined platform
- Under $4000

Therefore, DiRF, I have concluded the perfect car for you is.....

An Infiniti G20.

In all seriousness, an Acura TL would fit the bill, and I've seen several listed for under $4000, 2.5s and even a few 3.2s. You might also want to consider a Nissan 240SX (S14 gen) since one with an automatic transmission tends to be cheap, though their gas mileage is in Ford Crown Victoria territory.

4-11-2010 @ 03:04:17 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Maybe I'm being too specific, and should just take whatever I can find that looks reliable *shrugs shoulders* I used to not be this picky, but the fucking G20 has spoiled me.

[Edited by DiRF on 4-11-2010 @ 03:04:28 PM]

4-11-2010 @ 03:24:24 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
It's a shame there aren't many good condition Merkurs left around....they'd fit the bill.

4-11-2010 @ 09:03:38 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
You could try a newer G20, I really like the P11s. A 2002 G20t might be a really nice car.

4-11-2010 @ 10:26:18 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#70, Have to admit, finding a P11 in my pricerange would be extremely tempting.

4-11-2010 @ 11:43:41 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#71, All the ones on AutoTrader within 200 miles of Satellite Beach are below $8000, and some are below 100k miles too.

4-11-2010 @ 11:50:35 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#72, Unfortunately, $3500 is pretty much the ceiling of my budget... I's poor and out of work. I'm still surviving (barely) on my inheritance from my grandmother and hawking my Nascar diecasts and random Anime DVDs to whoever will buy 'em...

4-12-2010 @ 12:08:42 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Hmmmm... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...em=260581718302

...The roof is atrocious, but, ~23,000 miles on it?! I mean... DAMN... and I have a respect for the Ford Mondeo... *twitch* but it's too early to be looking at a car just yet... My mom is the one that wants to help me find a new car, and she doesn't want to until May.

4-12-2010 @ 12:30:26 AM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#74, And you dismissed the FOCUS as unworthy?! XD

4-12-2010 @ 12:31:14 AM
Posted By : Bling24 Reply | Edit | Del
I hate to say it, but a late90s Honda CR-V, loaded civic, or loaded 4 banger accord(IIRC some 98-02 4 bangers with hubcaps had leather), Integra too(barring it hasnt been abused). As far as Maximas go, I love mine, more than adequate power, decent ride, decent size, nice handling, but ones of my gen(5th) are likely out of your price range unless you can find one with a ton of miles on it. A S14 240sx too, ad oddly those arent nearly as abused as the earlier ones. As far as TLs go, avoid them at all cost, the transmissions were utter poop

4-12-2010 @ 01:11:57 AM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#74, The cars were engineered differently than a Mondeo. Same car, yeah, but the US one is suited for in town driving, where going fast is not a priority. The European one is better suiting to long distances between stops. I would pass on any US Contour/Mytique if only for the sake of having unkown reliability versus the European version.

4-13-2010 @ 11:12:13 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Hmmmm... http://spacecoast.craigslist.org/cto/1690002360.html
[edit] Actually, no word on air-conditioning... which is the main reason I'm looking for another car... erk...

[Edited by DiRF on 4-13-2010 @ 11:22:47 AM]

4-13-2010 @ 01:31:21 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#68, I feel you. I know what car I want but when your budget is low, you just take whatever is close and isn't too bad. Especially if you are like me and my dad: we try to have an open mind when it comes to cars.
Case in point: my dad NEVER wanted to buy a minivan but one Saturday we popped into a local used car dealership next to a mall, just because we were bored. My dad noticed the Space Star, said "hey, what's that? seems kind of neat" and I said "I have no idea, but yeah". We looked it over, got back home, did a bit of research on the net and three days later dad bought it.
Never regretted it.

4-13-2010 @ 02:16:58 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Y'know, I think I realized, I'm not looking for a particularly luxurious car... I just want a car with a good, solid, dynamic chassis. I don't want a loss-leader economy-garbage chassis car... I want a car where the designers gave a damn about how it handled... like my G20, like a Catera, like a Miata, hell, even like a Celica.

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