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Cars of the last ten years you would consider "unique"

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Eliminating exotics like the Ferrari Enzo and our favorite muscle cars (Camaro, Firebird, Challenger, Vette, Viper, GTO, et al) as well as trucks and SUV's (Cyclone, Wrangler 4 door etc.) what cars of the last ten or 15 years do you consider creative and unique?

My list

Miata (I like the first two generations better than the current gen, but the current gen is still a fine car)

CTS (Current and previous generation)

RX-8 (Rotary power)

Audi TT (the first gen had better styling I thought)

Solstice

Sky

Boxter perhaps? (mid-motor)

Malibu Maxx (streched family sedan, a good idea I thought)

Volvo C-30 (cool rebirth of a neo sports car from Volvo, really kind of like the interior, seems very "Scandanavian in design somehow)

Buick Reatta (a little old for the list but one of the guys at work has one and its wayy cool)

Mini Cooper S

Cadillac Allante

What obvious cars am I missing?

Chris

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Hmm...I agree on that list, and also add this one:

'95-99 Buick Riviera

Not just because it's a GM (no influence), but more that it was probably the most unique and different vehicle ever to come off the G-platform, and a great car in reality.

There's lots of others...but I'm drawing a blank...

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Ditto on the SSR and Riviera. One of the guys at my former place of work had a pristine Riviera of that generation and managed to total it driving drunk. Some people should just not be allowed to own cool cars.

Chris

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Saturn S-Series

Sure, I'm biased, but unique points:

-polymer panel/spaceframe (not the only car with it, and Fiero had it first, but still a rare design feature)

-beautifully simple engineering

-engineering seperate from rest of GM (for better or worse. lol)

-3rd door on '99.5+ coupes

-good combo of power and economy

-independent rear suspension

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Again, one of those guys at work thing but...

I would have to agree. Tom, whom I work with bought one for his wife. It is a very unique car in the ways that you describe it.

Also have seen it have some success at auto-X and SCCA style road racing.

+1 esp on the engeneering part.

Chris

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93-95 Cutlass Supreme Convertible. It is the only convertible since probably the 85 Eldorado choptops that actually had a usable rear seat AND a usable trunk. With the top up, there was no intrusion into trunk space from the convertible mechanism... you had exactly the same amount of room as a hardtop Cutlass coupe would. In the back seat there was *gasp* legroom! The 3.4 DOHC V6 would run with the Mustang V8 of the day and would easily chirp 2nd gear when it wasn't eating alternators. Yes the timing belt was an issue, but as long as you were good about changing it every 60,000 miles you'd be fine. There hasn't since been a single convertible this side of the Arnage that has the room AND performance that the Cutty did.

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Saturn S-Series

Sure, I'm biased, but unique points:

-polymer panel/spaceframe (not the only car with it, and Fiero had it first, but still a rare design feature)

-beautifully simple engineering

-engineering seperate from rest of GM (for better or worse. lol)

-3rd door on '99.5+ coupes

-good combo of power and economy

-independent rear suspension

My friend had a '99 coupe with the 3rd door. I drove it a lot (usually when he was too drunk to drive), and I hated everything about it. But then I was comparing it to my Integra. :AH-HA_wink:

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2002 Camaro SS Convertible

2005 SSR in Aqua Blur or Silver with 6 speed

Ditto on the Cutlass Vert...make mine teal. It will be 1 of 3 FWD cars on my list.

1998 New Beetle - white over black TDI...just like the one I gave my wife on our wedding day.

2006 HHR LT2 Orange please.

BMW M roadster

BMW M5 - any year/color. Even take a rare Touring model.

Chevrolet Nomad Concept - hey it is a WISH LIST.

1996 Impala SS

BMW 840Ci

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I'd even put the LX in there because it represents the rebirth of the affordable, large, American (yeah yeah, it uses E-Class parts I know) RWD, V6 or V8 powered car.

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BMW Z8!

A sexy throwback to the 507, only lasted 3 years in production.

BMW_Z8.jpg

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BMW Z8!

A sexy throwback to the 507, only lasted 3 years in production.

BMW_Z8.jpg

I would jump ship for one of those. :thumbsup:

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the aztek is in my garage

I feel for you. But hey, at least things can't get any worse, right?

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fiero

certainly a unique vehicle, but it missed "the last ten years" by quite a bit. I'm sure there are a few others people have listed that do as well, though...

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Past 15 years? So that's '93 MY and newer?

Most cars newer than early 1970s suck IMHO.

As far as "unique" there's a small percentage

of modern cars that do not suck. That is

unique I suppose.

But if I had to choose just a few:

1. Last gen. B/D-body, even the non-LT1s, esp. Caddy F.B.

2. Anything off the Sigma platform, esp. the pushrod-V8 CTS-V

3. BMW 850 hardtop

4. current Mercedes CL600 hardtop

5. current Mercedes CLK550 hardtop

6. Chevy/GMC trucks with a Duramax t.d./allison & quadrasteer

7. 4th gen. F-bodys (duh!)

8. 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)

9. 1995-8 BMW M3

10. Kappa, the Solstice and Sky are both freekin' awsome!

and yes there's plenty of other cool stuff like

the '93 Fox body Cobra & exotics like the McLaren F1

Edited by Sixty8panther
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