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What do you drive?

My lease is up and I have no idea what my new car should be.  What do you drive?  My dream car is a Mini Cooper, but I don't know if it's the most practical car to have.

Re: What do you drive?

  • I have a Volkswagen Jetta that has 120,000 miles on it and absolutely no issues. But I know a few other girls on here who have or have had Volkswagen's with major issues. I do have a manual transmission which may help it stay trouble free, good trunk space and leg room.
  • we are a nissan family.  We have a 2000 Sentra with 91K miles and a 2008 Altima (lease) with 19K miles.  We also leased a 2005 Nissan Maxima for 3 years.  My parents are also Nissan drivers. My dad has had a Murano since they debuted and my mom has the Quest (the van....blah!). 

    All vehicles have run well.  The Sentra (being the oldest) has some minor repairs from time to time, but I have not had a major system failure.  

  • We have a VW jetta as well automatic and it hates us. I actually like vw and just feel like I am having some bad luck with this one. When we buy a new car (well new to us most likely) we will be looking at station wagons, because I want the trunk storage bur hate suvs. So my short list is VW Jetta Sport Wagon (Diesel), Subaru outback legacy, and some preowned volvos.
  • I drive a Volvo S40 and love it.
  • We have an 08 Honda Accord and love it.  We also have a 95 Subaru Legacy which we also love-but it is headed towards retirement unfortunately :(

  • We have a Nissan Rogue.  It's ok.  great gas milage. access to the back seat is very spacious.  Sometimes when you get in to an SUV, the wheel well sticks out so far that there is barely any room. So we thought in the long run, that may be a nice feature for car seats.

    As far as the design of the car, when trying to back up, or looking behind you for on-coming traffic, it SUCKS major ass, there are these little triangle windows and you can see ***.

    Nice trunk space, seats fold flat.

    I still miss my Xterra!!!

  • We have a 2008 Nissan Altima and 2003 Honda Accord.  They are both great cars.  We've always been Honda people, but the Honda Accords were getting too expensive for our taste when we were shopping last year, and we didn't like the Civics.  I am turning into a Nissan Girl.  I love the Altima.  It's spacious, smooth running, and I am a sucker for gadgets.  So I'm in love with the push button entry, push button start, and gearless transmission. 
  • I have an 08 Mazda 3 and I love it! No complaints.
  • I've only ever driven Nissans, but I want a change of pace.  Between me and DH, we've driven a Murano, Xterra, Altima and Pathfinder (02 and 08). 

    For the Jetta drivers, do you have the diesel engine?  I hear that you can get 50 miles to the gallon. 

    I really want a Mini, but it doesn't really make sense when I can get a practical 4WD for the same price. 

  • I will add that my nieces mom drives a mini and loves it. She has absolutely no problem getting my niece in and out of her car which surprised me, for the small size they really opens up on the inside.

    Just thought I would mention in case your future children were a consideration.

  • We drive a Prius. Love it.

    Foolforfood; we sold our Mini Cooper S about a year ago. Here are my thoughts on it.

    Pros:

    It is a FUN drive!! Lots of pick up and very nippy. Looks great and you get the Mini wave from all other mini drivers. People let you in in traffic jams, etc because thy love to look at the car. Easy to park. Pretty fuel efficient. Looks like it's smiling. Sounds weird, but totally true.

    Cons:

    Too small for long journeys with luggage. Tough to get things in and out of the back seat, including passangers. Rides low to the ground which makes speed bumps challenging, and is a super bumpy ride. Can be quite jarring on the back - Mr Stoli had trouble with this on his long commute. Thin tires, so potholes make mince meat of your rims which are costly to replace.

    All in all, I would say don't do it. I would love another one as a run around town, fun second car, but would not have one as a primary vehicle. Honestly even when I had it as my fun around town car, I still didn't use it much as we had to replace two rims at vast expense and I was too worried about hitting potholes to enjoy it for what it is.  

     

  • a Ford Edge and love it
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    We drive a Prius. Love it.

    Foolforfood; we sold our Mini Cooper S about a year ago. Here are my thoughts on it.

    Pros:

    It is a FUN drive!! Lots of pick up and very nippy. Looks great and you get the Mini wave from all other mini drivers. People let you in in traffic jams, etc because thy love to look at the car. Easy to park. Pretty fuel efficient. Looks like it's smiling. Sounds weird, but totally true.

    Cons:

    Too small for long journeys with luggage. Tough to get things in and out of the back seat, including passangers. Rides low to the ground which makes speed bumps challenging, and is a super bumpy ride. Can be quite jarring on the back - Mr Stoli had trouble with this on his long commute. Thin tires, so potholes make mince meat of your rims which are costly to replace.

    All in all, I would say don't do it. I would love another one as a run around town, fun second car, but would not have one as a primary vehicle. Honestly even when I had it as my fun around town car, I still didn't use it much as we had to replace two rims at vast expense and I was too worried about hitting potholes to enjoy it for what it is.  

     

     

    Thanks for the advice.  DH thinks the Mini would be a great 3rd or 4th car to have in the family.  Unfortunately it would be my primary car and I guess I should look into something more reliable.   I agree with you, whenever I see a Mini on the road, I just smile.

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    I've only ever driven Nissans, but I want a change of pace.  Between me and DH, we've driven a Murano, Xterra, Altima and Pathfinder (02 and 08). 

    For the Jetta drivers, do you have the diesel engine?  I hear that you can get 50 miles to the gallon. 

    I really want a Mini, but it doesn't really make sense when I can get a practical 4WD for the same price. 

    I  have been researching the jettasportwagen diesel which gets about 41 highway miles per gallon at its peak

  • I just got a Toyota Rav4 a few weeks ago and so far, I love it. It's very spacious, while not being too huge, and it gets good gas mileage.
  • we have a super sexy 2004 toyota corolla. don't be jealous.

    also, i can vouch for LandD0's awesome nissan. it's pretty fancy

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    we have a super sexy 2004 toyota corolla. don't be jealous.

    Psh. You need to be jealous of my SUPER sexy 1994 toyota corolla with no hub caps. No matter how many times we buy them, they always come off.

  • we have a 03 Acura RSX and an 02 Subaru Forrester. We just got rid of the 98 Corolla.

    When the kids happen, we'll be trading in the acura (sob) for a corolla probably (sigh.)

  • 07 Honda CRV and love it
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