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[Jul. 4th, 2004|04:41 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
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So, my car's about to turn over 150,000 miles. I'm at 149,9xx right now. I've been battling with all kinds of annoying, inexplicable problems with it, and it's taken a beating and a half from me. The paint on the hood has started to chip off from one-too-many stones flying at it, and teeny bits of rust are creeping their way up. The trunk still smells slightly of rotten potatoes (don't ask) and transmission fluid, my air conditioning still only works when it wants to, the stereo hates my CDs, the keyless entry is fritzing out, &c &c &c. I _still_ have to run midgrade fuel, which I wouldn't mind, if that's what the engine was calibrated to take. True, all this could be fixed, but at 150,000 miles, it's time to throw in the towel. I've been talking about buying a new car for a _while_ now, everything from the Acura CL Type S to the Altima to the Volvo S60R. Each one of these has it's ups and downs, but is generally in line with what I want. 220+HP, AWD, excellent maintenance record, climate control, comfortable, and not-fucking-around good looks. This leaves out pretty much all cars, except for the Infiniti G35X. Some of you may know about my experience driving the RWD coupe. It's not a sports car, it's a very small Lincoln. If I wanted an AWD boat, I'd buy a damn SUV and hog the road, trying to intimidate people whilst I scarcely check the road ahead of me in a flurry of 80+MPH diversions. Anyway, I got _really_ bored and checked my all-time favorite car info site, AutoSite. They've got this "find a car by features" selector where you tell it everything you want in a car, and it tells you what's available. For those who base their $30,000, 5-year decisions on more than "sedan, coupe, convertible", it's indispensable. Fully expecting it to pull up the same old G35X and Volvo S60R, both out of my price range unless I do that whole "1-payment lease approach" thing and have to answer to the dealership for every mile, out pops option three. Surprise, surprise, Subaru does it again. The WRX was a close contender, but never really an option due to it's small size and uncomfortable interior. They came out with a 250HP Legacy sedan. Yes, I'd kind of like a coupe more, but I know I'd never keep the trunk clear enough to put groceries in, and it'd be no lighter than the sedan. I can live without bird's eye maple interior, I can live without 2-memory auto driver's seat and auto-telescoping wheel. It's brand new in my price range as of right now, as compared to having to scramble to find a really, really gently used car for a preposterously low price on some backwoods dealer lot after six more months of squandering. Hell motherfucking yes. Subaru is second only to Lexus in long-term brand-wide reliability, even with three differentials to worry about. Maybe it's a little Saab-ish in appearance, but I can live with that for the actual usability of this car. Finally, I can put Celeste to rest.

[User Picture]From: thehaloproject
2004-07-04 03:34 pm (UTC)
What about a Lancer Evolution? I hear they are quite the whip: 13.0 1/2 mile from the factory. Can't beat that with a bat!

Well, except the price tag. I'll dream on.

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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2004-07-04 05:38 pm (UTC)
The price tag is in range if I remember correctly, but it's waaaaay too much car to be a daily driver, especially with the manual. It is one damn fine piece of machinery, though. If I had the cash for a second car, that would be pretty high on the list.
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