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Ultimate Dream Car Garage: Road Trip Edition

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Frisky's posts gave me an idea to do one related to something I want to do one day: cross country trip.

So the rules are as follows:

1. You have to choose TWO cars: one NEW and one USED.

2. Cars have to be STOCK.

3. Budget for EACH of the cars is:

  • New car: $40k.
  • Used car: $20k.

4. Cars have to be comfortable and reliable enough to cross the United States from coast to coast at least twice (East to West and West to East).

Have fun.

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Just to clarify.. When you say comfortable and reliable you're saying no ACR..or any Fiats.. ;). But really, I assume no near track-only kind of cars?

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1 minute ago, ccap41 said:

Just to clarify.. When you say comfortable and reliable you're saying no ACR..or any Fiats.. ;). But really, I assume no near track-only kind of cars?

Well,  if you think you can drive comfortably for 8 hours in Dodge Viper for example, then please by all means ... :) 

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For me personally, I would choose a John cooper Works MINI Cooper S for the new car.

Used, BRZ Subaru.

Not really interested in creature comforts, not going to do a cross country drive on inter-state highways, I want something for the rural roads I will drive.

12 minutes ago, ykX said:

Well,  if you think you can drive comfortably for 8 hours in Dodge Viper for example, then please by all means ... :) 

Who said you would spend 8 hours a day driving...I am going to enjoy the trip...and take two weeks of vacation to do it.

17 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Just to clarify.. When you say comfortable and reliable you're saying no ACR..or any Fiats.. ;). But really, I assume no near track-only kind of cars?

I would gladly take a few suspension mods on either choice and compete in a couple of Autocross events as I went across country...the car seat might not have extra padding, but my 51 year old backside surely does!

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The new car budget is just $40k? Kinda conflicts with the idea of a "dream" garage!

I guess my new car would either be a Buick Regal GS or the new Buick Lacrosse V6.
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My used car would be a CTS Sport Wagon. Truecar has tons of sub-$20k postings.
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@A Horse With No Name at least two weeks - that is what I would take, but that's is more then 400 miles per day, and taking back roads -  that will be close to 7-8 hours of driving per day.

@cp-the-nerd At $40k/$20k I tried to keep it in the affordable range for the average person.  The goal is not just the car but the whole experience.

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I might want an odd ball vintage station wagon, given the choice...

16 minutes ago, cp-the-nerd said:

The new car budget is just $40k? Kinda conflicts with the idea of a "dream" garage!

I guess my new car would either be a Buick Regal GS or the new Buick Lacrosse V6.
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My used car would be a CTS Sport Wagon. Truecar has tons of sub-$20k postings.
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That Buick would be an excellent choice....

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27 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Who said you would spend 8 hours a day driving...I am going to enjoy the trip...and take two weeks of vacation to do it.

I think you could still dive almost 8 hours a day hitting awesome places and roads and still take 2 weeks to do it all.

But I know what you're saying! ;) 

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New:  75th GC w/ adventure package 1, sunroof, convenience package,a and remote cd  with applied 1500 discount currently available in my area comes to exactly 40,000 with destination.  if we can't use discounts just take the sunroof and convenience package off because I can easily live without both packages.

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Used:  2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R

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If i am going cross country I definitely want to see some of the harder to get to sites. 

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14 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

New

2016 Mustang GT Premuim w/Performance Package

http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/trim/gtpremiumfastback/

 

Used

Lincoln Mark VIII

 

Hell yes to both, especially the Gorgeous Mustang!

53 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

New - As much Lacrosse as I can get for $40k

Used - This 2006 VW Phaeton with 47k miles for $19,995

When that breaks down in Wyoming.....I hope your AAA is paid up!

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Just now, Drew Dowdell said:

You're thinking the W12.  the V8s are pretty solid. 

Interesting, i did not know they built those with a V8.  Learn something new every day!

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New- Golf R

2017 Golf R

Pretty sure I can manage a $195 discount. If not, I'll take a left over '16 that is under on MSRP.

 

Used- E46 M3

E46 M3 on Cars.com

$19,500, and a 6MT at that.

 

As much as I love the outdoors and nature, I don't think I could compromise my enjoyment levels on twisty roads for the sake of being able to venture off-road. I may have been tempted by a GT Premium w/ Track Pack, but the way I'd want, it comes up over the limit. I may do another with trucks or SUV's.

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You might have sold me on the Golf R as the cruiser. I was trying to think of something on the luxurious side for a mile-eater and then have a toy for the real fun places. Golf R is a great compromise for sporty and luxury(not really luxury but very solid and nice).

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22 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

New- Golf R

2017 Golf R

Pretty sure I can manage a $195 discount. If not, I'll take a left over '16 that is under on MSRP.

 

Used- E46 M3

E46 M3 on Cars.com

$19,500, and a 6MT at that.

 

As much as I love the outdoors and nature, I don't think I could compromise my enjoyment levels on twisty roads for the sake of being able to venture off-road. I may have been tempted by a GT Premium w/ Track Pack, but the way I'd want, it comes up over the limit. I may do another with trucks or SUV's.

Certainly isn't for everyone to do some off-roading haha.  I may do one wih strictly pavement pounders hmmmmm.  

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My on road list.

 

New:  Challenger Scat Pack with the only option being the 8 speed auto.  40,490, but there should be no issue getting at least 500 off the sticker.  I figure she is big enough to give pleny of room to lounge in with a comfy ride, and still with good enough handling to be entertaining on the twisties

 

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Used:  This 2012 Mustang complete with the brembo brake package.  http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?endYear=2017&zip=41501&maxPrice=20000&showcaseListingId=426981070&trim1=MUST|GT&mmt=[FORD[MUST[MUST%7CGT^MUST%7CGT%2BPremium]][]]&trim2=MUST|GT+Premium&modelCode1=MUST&makeCode2=FORD&modelCode2=MUST&showcaseOwnerId=67968&startYear=2011&makeCode1=FORD&firstRecord=0&searchRadius=300&listingId=435899778&Log=0

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50 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

New- Golf R

2017 Golf R

Pretty sure I can manage a $195 discount. If not, I'll take a left over '16 that is under on MSRP.

 

Used- E46 M3

E46 M3 on Cars.com

$19,500, and a 6MT at that.

 

As much as I love the outdoors and nature, I don't think I could compromise my enjoyment levels on twisty roads for the sake of being able to venture off-road. I may have been tempted by a GT Premium w/ Track Pack, but the way I'd want, it comes up over the limit. I may do another with trucks or SUV's.

Nice choices both of them!

22 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

I might actually change my New selection from Lacrosse to a 300C V8 if I can find one nicely equipped for under $40k. 

Not much of a Chryco guy, but I have kind of fallen in love with the 300. You have my full approval for this....

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8 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Nice choices both of them!

Not much of a Chryco guy, but I have kind of fallen in love with the 300. You have my full approval for this....

There is just something about a big, V8, American luxury car... and this is as close as you get to that now. 

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@A Horse With No Name Thanks!

 

My list if I were intending to get off the blacktop and take in the wilderness-

 

 

New- Grand Cherokee 75th Ann Edition- 

Grand Cherokee Build

Comes in almost $500 under the limit w/out even needing discount. Nice road manners coupled with solid off-road chops? No-brainer.

 

Used- Toyota Land Cruiser-

Land Cruiser on Autotrader

Turns out 20K will buy a nice 100 Series w/ low-100K miles these days. A ride that many a new luxury sedan would be jealous of, and legendary off pavement capability. 

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I think my mile eater might be an ATS but I'm not sure how I would package it. I could either get it base and add the "black performance package" or start up a package and get more interior things like heated seats, power seats..ect. ect.. Either way it will be the 2.0T which is what I would want anyway.  Now 100% because a Golf R sounds enticing as well.

2017 ATS. I know the picture is of a V Series but that's the color I'd want.

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The toy car to sh!t and get would definitely be a C5Z. I don't think you can get any more performance for that much money.

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