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What’s Your Perfect Car?

Posted in Classic, Collector Cars, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Conversion Kits, Dodge, Exotic Cars, General, Pop Culture, Popular Cars, Porsche by MrAngry | November 2nd, 2010 | 12 Responses |

… that’s the age old question isn’t it? If you could have one car that fits all of your needs and wants, what exactly would it be. I go through this dilemma on a daily basis as I am always on the lookout for my next new ride. Americans as a whole live in their automobiles as we use them for everything from going to the store, to taking the kids to soccer practice, to hitting the race track on the weekend. Therefore when the subject of buying a car comes up, the process is nowhere near as easy as people think. You’ve got to consider price, usage, seating, storage space, MPG, performance and most of all, you’re lifestyle. Ask someone what they could buy if their funds were unlimited and odds are they’d choose some sort of exotic. Ask them again, but this time interject that it will be the only car that they can have, and all of a sudden their answer may change.

Porsche GT3 RS

We are living in an automotive renaissance ladies and gentlemen and from an enthusiast standpoint, the automobiles that are being produced today are the best the world has ever seen. Safety features, performance and styling have reached peak levels and so far show no signs of slowing down. Now, while that’s all well and good, that doesn’t change the fact that regardless of what your purchasing, you will in some way have to compromise.

Chevrolet Suburban

For example, my current car, a 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8, is a wonderful machine on all levels, however it was a compromise. I needed something with 4-seats that could cart around some boxes and at the same time stand up to some light track duty. At the time, and for my price range the big Maggie was the only ride out there that fit the bill. Would I have liked to have gone out and purchased a used Z06 or 911… absolutely, but they simply did not fit the bill for me. With all of the above being said I’m curious to know how you guys came to driving the cars you drive today, and if they truly fit your lifestyle.

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12 Responses

  1. SNAK3 says:

    Yeah their isn’t really a perfect for me because I love the performance of cars on the street, but love playing in the mud as well. The closest thing would probably have to be a performance SUV such as the SRT 8 Cherokee, or something thats german.

  2. Allen Autos says:

    My dream car would be a very expensive one, either Mercedes Benz Mclaren at around 500k’ish or a Bentley Continental. If I wasn’t as rich a Benz SL65 AMG or even regular Benz SL500 will be fine. I don’t plan to have kids ever so a two-seater is fine with me; I could care less about practicality. I have a coupe right now and it’s more space then I need since I always ride solo. Tops on my requirements; status, prestige, speed, fancy interior, advanced features such as a usable navigation system, bluetooth of course

    MPG and practicality are not important to me. I’m single and I like to live large baby! Price is not really an issue either, although right now I’m not as wealthy as I would like but one day I will be and then it’s exotics all the way!

  3. Trystan says:

    Actually there is a company that makes cars that fit that description called Shadow Hawk Super Terrain Vehicles. I also like a combination of street performance and mudding. The Shadow Hawks have diesel engine that makes 1100 HP and 1805 foot pounds of torque and it weighs 4800 pounds, but it has an adjustable suspension going from -2 inches to 42 inches from parked height.

  4. SNAK3 says:

    Well I would like something under 100k… lol

  5. Lee says:

    Icon FJ45

  6. Mark Smith says:

    OK. I’ll bite, especially since I’m planning my next car. Let’s start with the fact that my car history is…dismal. The last car I actually wanted and liked was the first car I owned (an old silver Honda Prelude that I had in college). In high school, I drove a 1967 Camero and a 1965 Buick Electra (depending on whether I could get to the Camero before my sister did). After that, the Prelude, a 67 VW Bug (Girlfriend rolled the prelude..corner to corner…married her anyway), a Celica Hatchback, a Honda Civic Hatchback, a Mercury Sable (my first automatic (boo!)), and a Honda Insight (manual) with a couple of min-vans thrown in as the family car. I currently drive a 2007 Prius and my wife has a 2010 Lexus RX 350.

    My dream car, since before I could drive, has always been a Turbo Carrera. I’ve always loved Porsches and, despite the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to get to drive several exotics, they are still my dream cars.

    Now, I’m in a situation that, with a little bit of asset management, I could actually afford a Turbo 911 set up the way I like it, but I find that I actually would like a car that I can toss luggage enough for a couple of days of road trip into. The compromise I’m looking at is a Cayman S with most of the performance options. I’m going with the manual even though I know I can get a bit better performance out of the PDK. I just like driving a stick.

    Now, I’m cheating a little because I’m not intending to get rid of the Prius. It has enough room to toss my telescope and overnight gear in the back of and I don’t mind taking it on dirt roads to set up away from the lights. My plan is to more or less alternate the use of the cars as commute cars, but to use the Porsche for weekend drive outings and the occasional road trip (with the Lexus being used for the rest of the road trips). The Prius will be the car that you don’t mind beating up a bit.

    In any case, that is my compromise. About $100k cheaper than my “dream” car, but a bit more practical (if any Porsche can really be called practical) and I can pay cash for it. The best part is my wife is about 60% convinced. I figure another 6 months or so.

  7. MrAngry says:

    It’s a tough call man and I feel your pain. It sounds like you have everything worked out though. Also, picking up a Cayman S is no compromise as they are simply astonishing cars in their own right. I used to think they were baby 911s until I drove one, and my God was proven wrong.

    Your other option is to go used and pick-up a used 911 Turbo, the market is falling on these cars and good used ones are readily available for the price of a new Cayman S… just something to think about.

  8. chuggada says:

    I’d go for either an M3 or a 911 turbo. With all the different setting on the M3 it can be a nice daily driver, and of course the renowned handling. It’s also one of the few German cars you can tune a bit without it looking stupid. 911 turbo because it’s fast, beautiful, I’ve heard it can be somewhat hard to drive which appeals to me, and of course that straight six uses some sort of witchcraft.

  9. turbosrt says:

    Good one. I currently own a Neon SRT4. Gets good mileage, reliable, can haul more than 2 people, makes most mustang owners mad, and best of all its very fun. Truth is tho the car I want doesnt exist yet. I always envisioned a modern dodge demon. It would be a tad more rommy than a new mustang with plenty of head room, twin turbo straight 6 engine, RWD, 6 speed manual, and 2 + 2 seating. Eh I can dream

  10. BigRuss says:

    a jacked up C30 with a new Duramax Diesel engine… take it to hell and back and when the zombie apocalypse comes… your ready to roll because it will be easier to find diesel fuel than gasoline

  11. Bryant says:

    I am 21 and have a 07 Charger with the 3.5 and love it. It does fit me perfect. Like the fact it is a sporty car but has four door and isnt considered a “chick car.” Its got enough speed to do everything I need, not a fan of street racing. It looks good(I spent a little extra to go for chrome wheels) and is rear wheel drive(don’t go bad in the winter as long as you keep it on the road). As a stock car driver with 7 years under my belt the large size doesnt bother me a bit, I actually welcome it. It fits 5 full sized adults comfortably for a short trip(60-90min max), and 4 adults for a long trip. Trunk has a lot of room too.

    With no plans to take it to the track(have an Outlaw Latemodel for that) it is a great car. Looks good and isnt a slug, with room for my friends and room for my stuff in the trunk, and fun to drive, what more could you ask for.

  12. alberto says:

    am happy with my v6 1991 firebird i always wanted its just an amazing car just looking at it gets me exicted it just needs a hood bird to be perfect