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  1. #41
    Frank
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    If I lived in a place with nice weather all year, the new Ford Mustang Convertible would be my current pick. I rented one in Florida a few months ago and it was so much fun to drive with the top down. Actually a good car to drive with the top up as well. Even in base trim with the V6, it's a very good value at $32K. Huge improvement from the previous generation Mustang.


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    For places with 4 season, the 2015 Outback would be my car if I needed to get a new one. I always liked the Outback but didn't care for the styling of the older models. The 2015 redesign looks so much better. The interior is much better as well.


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    I agree on the Mustang, but I've never been a convertible guy. If it's a convertible, it would have to be a big ol' Cadillac, or some vintage Ferrari that is way out of my price range.

    While I like many aspects of the Outback, I still don't like the styling. You also can't get a stick, which would be a large disappointment. I drove one of the last generations and it was a good car, just plain boring. I haven't sat in the current gen, and I'll admit I didn't give it much thought when I bought my current Golf SportWagen.

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    In the days of the classic 900, I thought the Saab 900 was as close to perfection as possible. The last Saab 9-3 was also nice. Unfortunately, there is no 2015 9-3.

    In my opinion, possibilities for the next best thing are:
    BMW 428i (3 series BMW with a hatchback)
    Volvo S60
    Acura TSX

    A number of years ago, I rented a Subaru. It was just ok. The Ford Fusion looks pleasant but a car is more than just how it looks.

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    I've been looking around the past couple of weeks for ideas for the next main car.

    2009- BMW 5 series.
    2011- Mercedes E Class.
    2011- VW Passat.
    2009- Skoda Superb.
    2010- Saab 9-5.
    2010- Peugeot 508

    I can get a selection of these models starting from 9000-15,000. For 2009-2012 models. I'm not really concerned with mileage either as long as it's not starship mileage. I'm not really bothered with Saloon or Estate versions as I don't use the car as much as I used to. Especially for the things I wanted to, as long as they've all got at least 500 litres of boot space it'll do for holidays.

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    The Focus ST is my daily driver (lots of kit added since purchasing) but for more room and comfort, I got the 9-5 Sportcombi. The Mustang is for summer and the Triumph is for tinkering. No boring cars, and no SUVs, thank you.
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    2016 Focus RS

    /game over

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    Agree Jeffrey - the Focus RS will definitely be a force to be reckonded with, and give STI's a run for their money.

    Sadly, trading my ST for an RS isn't a realistic option - it wouldn't make a lot of financial sense.
    My car now easily matches the factory stock RS, power to weight, but AWD sure would make it much more usable.

    The ST's ESC actually applies light braking to the spinning drive wheel. As a driver, you unconsciously compensate for the torque steer and then the ESC also pulls in the same opposite direction making for some frenetic steering at WOT. The car is much more controllable with ESC off, at least with the performance upgrades I've done. I understand that a quaife LSD would help, should I find a few extra $K that wasn't working for me.

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    I have a TurboX. If offered enough as trade I'd use that as my down payment on the 16' RS given I like the feel over the TurboX. I've never has a car payment and I'm not sure if I ever want one either. . . But a new car with awd, performance and a warranty is very enticing.

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    HOWEVER - if there was 1 car I'd want today that I can't afford - and based upon looks and sound I'd want the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnsside42 View Post
    HOWEVER - if there was 1 car I'd want today that I can't afford - and based upon looks and sound I'd want the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe;

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    I received an email from my Jaguar dealer (I'm apparently still on their books from my XJR) promoting the manual shift F type, V6 only. The cheapest one is a couple ticks under $70K (including destination).
    Beautiful cars - buying one without a V8 would be like buying a Mustang without a V8, there would always be regrets.

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