Frisky Dingo

Ultimate Dream Garage: Midsize Madness

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Frisky Dingo    611

Yep, I'm going there. With all the recent pieces on the decline of the sedan segment- primarily the midsize one- I thought what better way to honor that classic, one-time quintessential staple of American families than by doing a Dream Garage thread.

So here are the rules-

1) It must have been a car for sale in YOUR market.

2) Any era is allowed.

3) It must be a mainstream brand, midsize family sedan. No compacts, full-sizes, etc. Ignore EPA ratings. We will use model hierarchy and position in market place.

4) Maximum of 5 cars.

5) Try to make these cars fulfill as many roles as possible- sport, family hauling, etc.

 

 

EDIT- I WILL ALSO ALLOW WAGON/SPORTBACK VARIANTS OF SAID VEHICLES

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Frisky Dingo    611

I was actually able to easily and quickly assemble this collection-

 

Mazdaspeed 6-

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Legacy GT Spec B

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Malibu Premier

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Passat W8 4Motion Wagon

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Altima SE-R

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Edited by Frisky Dingo

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Drew Dowdell    4,993

2009 Buick Lacrosse Super

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1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme International Sedan, 3.4 DOHC with 5-speed manual (SE model pictured)  - Such a sleeper with this setup, all the power and torque of a Taurus SHO in a lighter body.

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1990-92 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

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2017 Subaru Legacy Outback H6

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1983 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight Royale (What? In 1983, that was squarely Mid-size... the Ninety-Eight and Custom Cruiser were the full-size.)

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If my last pick doesn't count, then I'll just sub in a Final 500 Oldsmobile Intrigue as my collectors car.

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Drew Dowdell    4,993
32 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

Very nice!

I like your idea of the Passat W8 4motion wagon and I'd swap my Subaru out for it as a family hauler if those VWs weren't such maintenance nightmares. 

 

Another one where I wasn't sure of the rules.  The Charger/Magnum is a large car by EPA standards, and also is at the top of the Dodge food chain, however it regularly sells at prices similar to any other mid-size car out there...... Would that count or no? The reason that gets confusing is that the Accord, which is a mid-size by nearly every measure, is EPA large car in some configurations and sits at the top of the Honda ladder. 

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Hmmm...never had a midsize sedan in my life, though many as rentals.  For an oldie, I like my brother's '69 Fairlane sedan, 390 4bbl w/ automatic.  Pretty quick in a plain dark green wrapper with dog dish hubcaps.  I've driven it a few times and it's fun...  

I guess my dream midsize would be a BMW E39 540i or M5.  Though a Merc W124 300 sedan would be good also, I've enjoyed driving my sister's 300CE.

For modern midsizers, I wouldn't kick a Malibu (current or previous generation) or a current gen Focus out of my garage/carport...

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Drew Dowdell    4,993

I think he's going for mainstream brands, so no Benzes or BMWs would qualify, at least as far as mid-sizers go.... both brands are moving into the mainstream in compacts. 

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30 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I think he's going for mainstream brands, so no Benzes or BMWs would qualify, at least as far as mid-sizers go.... both brands are moving into the mainstream in compacts. 

Ah, missed that...though Audis, Benzes and BMWs are so common around here that they are pretty mainstream...

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Drew Dowdell    4,993
3 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Ah, missed that...though Audis, Benzes and BMWs are so common around here that they are pretty mainstream...

Yeah, the story last week about the mainstream mid-size sedan segment shrinking in terms of total sales is what spurred him to make this thread.

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Just now, Drew Dowdell said:

Yeah, the story last week about the mainstream mid-size sedan segment shrinking in terms of total sales is what spurred him to make this thread.

That makes me wonder...how are luxury mid size sedan sales going?  Shrinking also?  I would assume so, since luxury CUV ans SUV sales seem to be growing..

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frogger    106

Cannot think of anything not mentioned yet except for a 1995 Taurus SHO..  Also have a soft spot for 4 door Acura Integra GSR's of the same vintage.

 

 

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Drew Dowdell    4,993
28 minutes ago, frogger said:

Cannot think of anything not mentioned yet except for a 1995 Taurus SHO..  Also have a soft spot for 4 door Acura Integra GSR's of the same vintage.

 

 

Let's see your top 5!

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ccap41    1,161

The EPA rates it technically as a "compact"... I know you weren't going by just epa ratings or anything but it's at least on the wrong side of size:price:hierarchy "ratio". Everything else sucks in this class. Almost everything just..sucks.. Wait! You chose a damn station wagon! Those are in classes of their own!

Yeah, I thought the LX cars were too big. Oh well.

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Frisky Dingo    611
6 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

Mainstream??? So no Luxos above Buick, Lincoln, Acura?

 

 

Acura and Lincoln themselves are not included.

10 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

The EPA rates it technically as a "compact"... I know you weren't going by just epa ratings or anything but it's at least on the wrong side of size:price:hierarchy "ratio". Everything else sucks in this class. Almost everything just..sucks.. Wait! You chose a damn station wagon! Those are in classes of their own!

Yeah, I thought the LX cars were too big. Oh well.

 

I made an addendum to allow for wagon variants. The CC sits at the top of VW's sedan line-up, therefore it is excluded.

 

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ccap41    1,161

No way.. the only reason it's atop their lineup is it has a sexy body.

Addendum for "tiny cars in big bones". CC is allowed! :w00t:

Fine, I'll take a 2011 when the Phaeton sat above it. :P

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dfelt    1,774

H'mmm,

Buick Grand National from the 80's

Chevy Monte Carlo Aero from the mid 80's

Cannot think of any other sedan I would want or could fit into.

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Drew Dowdell    4,993
4 minutes ago, dfelt said:

H'mmm,

Buick Grand National from the 80's

Chevy Monte Carlo Aero from the mid 80's

Cannot think of any other sedan I would want or could fit into.

Both of those are coupes.

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dfelt    1,774
2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Both of those are coupes.

Sadly for me there is just no passion in this segment. All they seem to be is appliance auto's for the most part. I guess if it has to be a 4 door sedan over 2 door, then I would go with the Chevy SS.

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Drew Dowdell    4,993
Just now, dfelt said:

Sadly for me there is just no passion in this segment. All they seem to be is appliance auto's for the most part. I guess if it has to be a 4 door sedan over 2 door, then I would go with the Chevy SS.

Breaks the "no top shelf" rule.

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