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thestig99
thestig99 Reader
9/30/12 9:36 p.m.

I'm with you... at least as far as not buying a 9-3. I haven't owned a single car from 'MERICA.

Infiniti G35 might fit the bill here.

ST_ZX2
ST_ZX2 HalfDork
9/30/12 9:37 p.m.
SVreX wrote: I live in the land of MERICAN cars!

Focus ST

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
9/30/12 9:37 p.m.
Datsun310Guy wrote:
SVreX wrote: We will be building super high efficiency homes and additions. Green houses.
This says Toyota Prius.

You are right. That's why I mentioned it. But I've driven them and find them monumentally uninspiring when it comes to the corners.

I can't drive Highway 60 for 2 hours a day in a pedal car. I'd rather drive my truck.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
9/30/12 9:42 p.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker wrote: E46 M3, put EV stickers on it and leave an extension cord end dangling from the gas cap.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltraDork
9/30/12 9:43 p.m.
SVreX wrote:
Datsun310Guy wrote:
SVreX wrote: We will be building super high efficiency homes and additions. Green houses.
This says Toyota Prius.
You are right. That's why I mentioned it. But I've driven them and find them monumentally uninspiring when it comes to the corners.

My customer that sells Hvac pumps deals with a lot of engineers and he bought a Prius when they first came out. All the engineers loved to discuss the car with him.

I wouldn't want to own a Prius. A Honda Accord is bad enough......

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/30/12 9:44 p.m.

C5? Might be at the top of your price range, though.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
9/30/12 9:48 p.m.

Doing a little research:

CX-5 Video

"The crossover: the rolling embodiment of compromise"

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
9/30/12 10:00 p.m.
I am not BoostedBrian wrote: If you're buyer's are yuppies, you may run into this with a buyer or two when they hear the diesel engine.

In reply to I am not BoostedBrian:

Just watched that video.

It would be kind of fun to run into her. Literally.

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 PowerDork
9/30/12 10:10 p.m.

Mazda5 As a smaller minivan it looks more eco-efficient than it is. The rear seat holds two adults very well and jump seat 3rd row if they bring kids. As a van owner, you might appeal to family sensibilities. With a 5 speed, you might have fun.

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
9/30/12 10:15 p.m.

In reply to ST_ZX2:

That ST looks like a kick!

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
9/30/12 10:17 p.m.
JohnRW1621 wrote: Mazda5 As a smaller minivan it looks more eco-efficient than it is. The rear seat holds two adults very well and jump seat 3rd row if they bring kids. As a van owner, you might appeal to family sensibilities. With a 5 speed, you might have fun.

Hmmm... we turned down a 5 in favor of the MPV, which has been a great people mover. Not sure I need another mini van, but duly noted.

Osterkraut
Osterkraut UltraDork
9/30/12 10:30 p.m.

The MINI is literally a barrier-free car. It's cool for the old, cool for the young, cool for the rich, cool for the... well, middle class.

Travis_K
Travis_K SuperDork
9/30/12 10:41 p.m.

Driving a Prius is horrible. Even though they look weird a volt isn't too terrible to drive, or like was mentioned a jetta or a3 tdi would work. Or are any of the newer BMW and Mercedes diesels in your price range yet?

bluej
bluej GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/30/12 10:41 p.m.

Volvo C30 - 227/236 T5 w/ 6spd. can be had in budget. 8)

Mitchell
Mitchell SuperDork
9/30/12 10:46 p.m.

Do you need four doors? Will you be hauling potentials around?

SVreX
SVreX MegaDork
9/30/12 10:57 p.m.

4 doors are a want, not a need.

Plan B could include an update to my truck, which could then haul potentials.

gunner
gunner GRM+ Memberand Reader
9/30/12 11:41 p.m.

Depends on if you will be hauling just one client or not but CR-Z! great corner carver, and hybrid to boot!

MCarp22
MCarp22 HalfDork
10/1/12 12:24 a.m.

I've heard that the current gen Insight is fun to drive:

WhiteLX
WhiteLX Reader
10/1/12 1:55 a.m.

BMW e39 wagon, Volvo V70R or V70 T5, Subaru Outback XT or Legacy GT wagon.

If you don't need the utility of a wagon, try the sedan versions of the above wagons, or the e39 M5.

Toyman01
Toyman01 GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/1/12 6:47 a.m.

Here's my vote.

DrBoost
DrBoost UberDork
10/1/12 6:55 a.m.

TDI running on veggie. I'm sure there are all sorts of chassis bits that will make it carve, then the veggie will turn the green crowd on. But remember, you're NOT saving the environment

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/1/12 8:29 a.m.

I loved my BMW e46 wagon. I could get 30 mpg on the highway if I tried. Lots of fun in the twisties too. $10k gets you a really nice one.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/1/12 8:42 a.m.

This doesn't have the image you want, but if you want to stay with a truck get a recent-ish 4runner with XREAS suspension.

dj06482
dj06482 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
10/1/12 8:44 a.m.

Given what you're doing for work and your clientele, I think that some kind of hybrid would be the best move business-wise. I'm guessing a Prius could be made to handle if you need it to.

The Lexus hybrids are pretty sharp-looking cars, I'm not sure where they fall in terms of budget.

mndsm
mndsm PowerDork
10/1/12 8:50 a.m.
corytate wrote: speed 3, avant wagon, speed 6, passat w8 4motion wagon, veloster looks interesting

I second the Speed3 thing. New fuel pump, little tuning, and they run great on E85. Don't need to change the injectors, no one knows what the upper limits are of the stock ones....yet. The only downside is they can be kinda loud, and they can stick out if you do anything other than leave it stock. Second gen ones are even worse because they have the giant hood scoop going to the TMIC. Otherwise, I hate to admit it, but you might be looking at a CR-Z.

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