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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Fiat Abarth? Reply with quote

I'll be buying a car for commuting in rain and over the winter when I can't ride my motorbike.

I am considering the fiat Abarth. Drove the 500, and it was pretty underwhelming as far as the engine goes, but the style is nice and I liked it.

any other suggestions for a gas efficient, but not ass-ugly or boring commuter?

Going to test a chevy spark and dodge dart. I want to keep it under 22K, and if possible, under 20K.

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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a Mazda Protege5 that we really liked...they now have the Mazda 3 hatchback that has a similar look and feel. The Dodge Dart has a cool look to it, I think. You could go Civic Si coupe. The Scion coupe is pretty cool too.
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whats your typical driving? City or Highway. If highway, a used TDI is the way to go. If city check out a used prius. Those are the only two I have experience with. TDI I drove for 5 years, (125K milage). The thing was a tank, never had any issues except for a replacing the alternator. Prius I drove for two days to St. Louis.
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you already eliminated the Mini Cooper from your list?
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ford Focus?
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Have you already eliminated the Mini Cooper from your list?


Don't know enough about any of this stuff to comment, other that Mini Coopers are cool little cars. My neighbors daughter has a Mini Convertible and it is a stinking fun little rig.
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't buy a Prius. Oh the horror....

TDi love is strong with me.

Love the Abarth. Love Minis. Other good sub-20k options are Impreza, Focus, Dart, and even the Cruze.

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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mini Cooper is out for irrational personal reasons, which are not mine, yet by which I must abide, lest I receive no more adult pleasures at my whim.


TDI, eh?

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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2013 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i can't believe you're considering the fiat. get the gucci edition!
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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chavez wrote:
TDi love is strong with me.


I think it's down to a TDi Jetta or GTi for me.

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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a 2005 Passat TDI for $12k to commute to work and let my aupair drive it on weekends. We've put 30k miles on it in the past year and I am happy happy happy with it. It typically pushes 42-43mpg.
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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2013 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my first taste of running the TDi in sub-zero temps this morning. Sure, she was a bit pissed off when I first fired her up, but after about a minute or two of idling she smoothed out.

Also, we did pretty well on some icy ass roads. Traction control worked better than expected, especially considering the stock "all season" tires are definitely tilted toward summer.

We typically return 42 on flat highway, but have seen 45 on a few trips.

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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2013 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a Mazda Miata?
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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2013 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Golf TDI could be a fun car, not sure how these things get up and go but I've considered ditching the SUV for a golf and a beater truck.
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PostPosted: Jan 14, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about a Mazda Miata?

Miata is always the correct answer. Well usually. Ok, almost never. But still.


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, new MkV Golf TDi will set you back some serious coin if you want it optioned up. Used, you could probably find a decent MkiV example for under 15k with moderate mileage on it.

A few tasteful mods and you have yourself a real fun to drive car. They aren't horrible stock either, so long as they have some decent rubber.

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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2013 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mini cooper is ok my roommate has one and its really underpowered. Youve got to go for the Cooper S.

I drove another friends fiat and the same problem it was just way too slow.

I know you mentioned spending under 20k but ive read some good things about the new subaru brz.

Didnt read if you were looking for new or used but 20-22k could get you some nice used cars.

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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2013 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Test drove a chevy sonic, and will pass.

Test drove a new dodge dart... and I liked it quite a bit. The SXT Rallye, specifically.

It might be the ticket.

Thing is, I have not had a car payment since.... 2006. I am not eager at all to take one on. Considering another used piece of cheap junk... ugh, decisions, decisions...

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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2013 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neognosis, thoughts on the Sonic? Still just another sh*tty rebadged Daewoo or?

Seen a few Darts around here lately. Defintely a sharp looking compact. I'm still partial to the Maz3 or Focus in that segment though. Love me some 5-door hatchback and the Dart doesn't offer it (yet).

I feel you on the payment thing. It is sure nice to not have a payment....

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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my mom drives an 07 mazda3. it feels like a go kart... really fun to drive other than lack of power compared to my wrx. Laughing it's too bad mazda made the newer ones so ugly.
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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2013 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im not so keen on Dodge's reliability. Try to get the best/longest warranty possible if you go the dodge route.
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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2013 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Im not so keen on Dodge's reliability. Try to get the best/longest warranty possible if you go the dodge route.


Don't worry about the Dart, it's actually a FIAT. They have a stellar reputation for reliability!



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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2013 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just get an 8th gen. civic SI and be done Laughing
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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2013 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I did not care for it, and I'm not going to lease or own something made in korea, so it's OUT.

Test driving a mazda 3 saturday. Still liking the Dart, but the sales guy is starting to irritate me. I'll report back on the Mazda 3 saturday, as well as any new development with the dodge guy.

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