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Car options for my mother

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OK, so the choices have been narrowed based on her requirements, and the cars that fit them that she likes have been selected. So here is the final list of all the ones she is considering...

1. Eclipse (Spyder or coupe)

2. Mustang (Convertible or coupe)

3. G6 (Hardtop convertible only, doesn't like the coupe)

4. Altima coupe

5. Accord coupe

6. BMW 128 coupe / cabrio

7. Mazda RX-8

Eos, MINI, and C30 were all considered and dropped from the list.

So, of those seven, what would you choose and why?

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What's your Paypal? After your mom meets me, she surely won't let you take a barbed-wire-bat to me. :smilewide:

Just kidding man. But seriously, get a G6 'vert or Altima Coupe.

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1. Eclipse (Spyder or coupe) No, who knows how much longer Mitsu will even be here.

2. Mustang (Convertible or coupe) There are worse choices. If she likes it, go for it. RWD in Toronto?

3. G6 (Hardtop convertible only, doesn't like the coupe) Not bad, get the 3.9, looks sexy with the top down.

4. Altima coupe Eh, styling is bad from the rear

5. Accord coupe The coupe is one of the few Hondas I like style wise. Get it in red.

6. BMW 128 coupe / cabrio no, too bloody expensive for what you get

7. Mazda RX-8 I have a soft spot for these and have always wanted to drive one. So I'd say yes.

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  1. Eclipse (Spyder or coupe) Not a bad looking car at all, I'd wait for the MCE to be on market though
  2. Mustang (Convertible or coupe) Get it with the manual because the auto sucks the life out of it.
  3. G6 (Hardtop convertible only, doesn't like the coupe) Looks oddly proportioned, cheap inside, did I mention ugly?
  4. Altima coupe Looks better in dark colors and up close, but the further away you stand from it the more strange the proportions get. Also doesn't seem to handle as well as the sedan for whatever odd reason.
  5. Accord coupe I like the coupe a lot, it's one of the few Hondas with style, and actually looks desirable, plus it seems to be a great drive
  6. BMW 128 coupe / cabrio Overpriced, styling is kinda funky along the sides, probably spartan compared to the others for similar price
  7. Mazda RX-8 suicide doors add practicality to the coupe concept, looks good even now, just not good on gas....but it handles great

The only one I can say I definitely wouldn't recommend is the G6. I personally would not go on with the Altima, and the BMW, the rest are fair game.

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The Eclipse, Mustang, G6, and Altima are kinda crude, and they'll depreciate like last year's laptop. Apart from the Mustang, which can be timeless in the right spec, I don't think they will age well.

The RX-8 is interesting, but it's not exactly practical or well-suited for everyday driving. For the long haul, I'd get the 128i or Accord coupe, both of which I can imagine still being desirable after five years. The Accord is comfortable, well-made, economical, and reasonably priced with the 4-cylinder; the V6 six-speed approaches $30K, and at that price, I'd get the more entertaining 1-series. The BMW is the quickest of the bunch, is rear-drive but has stability control (something you can't get in the Mustang) as well as the uncompromised engineering you'd expect from a premium marque: 50/50 weight distribution, aluminum rear suspension, complimentary scheduled maintenance, and so on.

It's $5K less than a 3-series, and like all Bimmers, you can get European Delivery on it ($25,245 ED invoice, including destination). It does have an image problem, being a new BMW and all. An Audi TT gets around that problem...

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The 1 series is in a different league than the others on that list.

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Isn't there a rule that if you're trying to suggest a car for your mother to drive, then you have to mention the Camry?

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Isn't there a rule that if you're trying to suggest a car for your mother to drive, then you have to mention the Camry?

One of her requirements was "no sedans".

Boo hoo, Camry didn't make the list. :AH-HA_wink:

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Mustang, G6 or 128i, in no particular order. The Mustang is a permanent fixture here in the USA, thank God. The G6 is very handsome in convertible form, top up or down, and the owner reviews have been good at Edmunds. The 128 is just a sweet car, bumper to bumper.
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Now really, who cares about his mom? We want to pick a car he'll be proud to borrow! :AH-HA_wink:
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1. Eclipse (Spyder or coupe) - Not sure about anything Mitsu, and of course there's the issue of the company pulling out of the US before her warranty is up

2. Mustang (Convertible or coupe) - V6 vert = quintessential chick car. She'll be compelled to stock up on hot pink lipstick and nail polish. However, it doesn't go, stop, or handle all that well compared to the other cars listed here.

3. G6 (Hardtop convertible only, doesn't like the coupe) - interior is cheap and ugly, the only hardtop 'vert presented here, giving her the best of both worlds. Consider going CPO for a nice deal

4. Altima coupe - looks like an rejected design proposal for the G35. No thanks

5. Accord coupe - Accord coupe > Accord sedan. Looks awkward from some angles, but otherwise an OK choice.

6. BMW 128 coupe / cabrio - It's a BMW. Probably more than what she's looking for. I could take it or leave it.

7. Mazda RX-8 - Not great on gas, not all that torquey, burns oil

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The 1 series is in a different league than the others on that list.

You're right.. it's ugly and overpriced.

Forget NOS, he's a kid! So is your mom hot? :smilewide:

Yeah because we already know that PCS' children(s)' mom is hot... :P

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No Solara? The Accord Coupe would be the "safe" choice. If it would be for myself, I'd choose either that or the BMW.

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No Sebring Vert?

What about 9-3?

One more reason to avoid the G6 vert:

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No Sebring Vert?

He had nice cars on the list. Even Dodge has admit that the Sebring isn't a nice car.

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