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My Car needs/wants/not-wants List

This is what I've got so far. Any comments/suggestions/anything, please comment! This will be updated as I think about it more.


Automatic Transmission (you know, so I can drive it)
6 cylinders (?) (I need my get-up-and-go. Mike's car is 4 and his doesn't have any.)

Power locks / Power windows / Power steering. :-P
Cruise Control
Positionable Steering Wheel

Cloth interior
30 mph/gal highway (is this unreasonable?)
decent size gas tank (current is 20+gal)

Would be nice (in order of importance, kinda):
Inexpensive to service
Parts easy to find/order
large trunk and/or fold down backseat
plenty of leg room everywhere / comfortable backseat
low road noise
enough cup holders/places to put things/purse
audio system that plays MP3 CDs & CD-Rs
audio controls on the steering wheel

Must not have:
Console. Hate. Consoles.
Huge Blind Spots (like Dad's Volvo)



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 3rd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Check out the new VW Rabbit. However, 30 mpg highway is a bit of a stretch for a LOT of cars...
Apr. 3rd, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I get 33 highway in my 2000 buick lasabre. The thing is a boat, I think I should be able to find something that does similar.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
30 mpg is totally doable, but probably not with 6 cylinders. I have a sporty little Honda Fit Hatchback. It's only 4cyl. 110hp engine, but it feels peppy and I can climb hills and pass trucks on the freeway. Partly that's the light body and the advanced transmission.

With a truck class frame you need 6cyl just to make it feel like a mover. Most importers offer really good performing smaller vehicles (in the coupe and sedan form factor) that get better than 30mpg and don't feel underpowered.

Honda Civic, Honda Fit, VW Rabbit, or the Scions might fit your bill. (Although consoles seem to be the wave of the future at the moment, so you may be dissappointed.)
Apr. 3rd, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I get 33mpg highway in my LeSabre. People are always surprised.
Apr. 3rd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Do you need the cylinders so you can make quick getaways?

I never got a chance to respond to your last entry, but I'm sure our cars aren't nearly as fancy anyway. I do like NOT having electric stuff, though, like power windows, because I had a car where it broke and it was expensive and a pain to fix it. Plus I get arm exercise rolling windows up and down.

You should get a 1988 black Acura Integra. That's my dream car. The Tracker we have now is really, really nice, too, though.
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Quick getaways are a must!
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
6 cyclinders and a 20+ gallon tank might be a bit extreme. Plenty of cars get good pickup with 4-cyclinder engines. 30 mpg on the highway is definitely not unreasonable. All cars sold now are required to have mileage estimates posted on them at the dealership. As of the 2008 model year they're using a new measurement standard which is much more accurate than the previous one.

I hate consoles too, but every car I looked at last year had one. :-(
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)

What is a console anyway?
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)

second picture down on the right.

don't you ever use google?
Apr. 4th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Yep, but I'm not sure what it is that is the console specifically (what you don't want). Is it the heat controls, the radio controls, the part in between the front seats, the cup holders, all of it?
Apr. 4th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh, the part between the front seats. There should be seat there... not plastic and crap. I want to be able to get out the passenger side if I need to.
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)


I get 34mpg highway.
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
And yeah ditch the idea of needing six cylinders unless you're driving a beast. A smaller car does not need a six cylinder 2+litre engine in order to accelerate quickly. This is why I like my Jetta, I have a 2.0 litre engine with four cylinders and since it's really light, I get great acceleration.
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