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Can One Car Do it All?

Posted in Best of, Car Buying, General, Rants & Raves by MrAngry | January 30th, 2012 | 11 Responses |

Do it All Car

If you’re into motor sports, you’re on a budget, and you can only afford one car, then the odds of you wanting something that can do it all are probably pretty high. This is exactly where I fall and I’ll be honest, it’s a total bitch trying to find the right ride. For instance, say you have a budget of $30K and you’re looking for something with 4 seats, great track manners and overall usability. The choices are unfortunately somewhat limited. Cars like Subaru’s WRX and the Mazda Speed3 kinda’ fit the bill, but at days end they’ll always leave you wanting more and are cramped inside. Then there’s the Ford Mustang GT. A car with gobs of power and a decent suspension, but back seats that will only fit those with no legs. I thought I’d found a solution in my Dodge Magnum SRT8, but while fast and totally usable, it handles like a tugboat on the racetrack. So the question remains, is there truly a do it all automobile?

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11 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Cadillac CTS-V Wagon. Nuf Sed.

    • danny says:

      Amen to that! wait till one of those bad boys is offered second hand for cheap and ride out the current car. Next car for me will be a cts-v wagon.

  2. Willhelm says:

    I would say my diesel landcruiser because for me it does it all. fuel efficient, big enough to take lots of luggage, crazy fun to drive, can off-road with the best of them. While it may not be a track car at 90hp and raised suspension I think it does just about everything I would ask of my car. You speak of mustangs and such sporty cars as coming close but even then they cant really off road or tow a boat so I don’t see them as being that well rounded either.

    • Sanford says:

      90hp and towing? what?

      • Willhelm says:

        well, it is a diesel. while it only has 90 hp it has almost 200 torques. Also I don’t need to take the boat too far, but that journey involves some steep gradients and off-roading. plus I just don’t care how slow I go on the secondary roads, it does the trick.

  3. djrosa says:

    Audi S2 avant a big stationwagon with a 217 bhp engine and 4wd. and its basicly the same engine as in the RS2 which had 311 bhp. and there are loaaaads of people who have tuned out over 500 reliable hp. and the gearbox and quattro drivetrain in it is pretty much bulletproof. and with new coilovers, antiroll bars, brakes and tires (round 3k$) youll have a car that will put a fear in god into some porsches.

    • T says:

      Not that it’s as fancy, but I think the most versitile car I ever owned was a 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, for very much the same reasons.

      Second is the Forester XT. Complaint, obv, is it’s a bit on the small side, but it gets by. It can tow a bit even.

      • djrosa says:

        i dont know if id call it fancy there are loads of em and they are pretty cheap you could get a good one for less than 10k$. although i wouldnt buy one that the previous owner tuned since that is more often than not asking for trouble

  4. Set says:

    I hear the Ford Raptor is a pretty good do-it all vehicle. Matt Farah has one, and used it on a track as a camera car. Plus, it’s a truck so space isn’t an issue. Off road is a piece of cake. I’d say that’s the most swiss-army knife you’re going to get at a decent price. Past that, you’d have to go with a Porsche Cayenne or a Jeep Cherokee SRT-8 to have great performance while still being able to haul the kids, groceries, and the kitchen sink.

  5. dino says:

    The Skoda Yeti!

    No seriously, there are quite a number of good cars for a decent price. Ford alone has a neat range but then again as you pointed out some leave you wanting more.

    Also, if you’re in the US size is not that much of an issue, getting around places in a Raptor in Switzerland for instance can be quite tricky (but it’s a bargain)

  6. _ says:

    Mazda RX-8. 4 seats, check. Great track manners, check. Overall usability, check.