My Next Eventual Car

Discussion in 'Community' started by JesseJames, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
    Well, after much deliberation and perusing auto websites--reading reviews, specs, owner comments. I've whittled the field down to 2 contenders for my driving enjoyment for the next 5 years at least.
    It's either going to be the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart sedan with 5-speed. Or the soon to be in showrooms replacement of Chevrolets venerable Cavalier--the Cobalt. The coupe model with a 5-speed. There will be a supercharged version that will crank out 200hp versus the 170hp of the trim that I've decided on.
    Both look like real good cars. I'm sure I won't be disappointed with Mitsubishi should I choose that. But I have a GM Card that I've been using lately and I've got GM Points to redeem.
    At least the headache is over and the teeth-gnashing done. They are both sensible cars and since I like DRIVING (on a budget), I can't go wrong.
    Now, to save up the down-payment while pursuing other endeavors. ;)
  2. JesseJames thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    At least you're skipping GM's rather bland G6...
  4. JesseJames thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
    Dude, I was so disappointed with the new G6. The old concept photos made it look low-slung and mean. But the production car is just more of the same.
    Maybe the GXP trim will give it the teeth it needs. But of course, it will be pushing 30k.
    So disappointed.
  5. hacking_4_b33r macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2004
    my ip
    my dream mobile

    here's my future baby i plan on driving her down the mountainsides...i can get 50 miles to the gallon on this hawg.[​IMG]
  6. GroundLoop macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2003
    I will be trading my 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid in for a 2005 Toyota Highlander Hybrid in about a year. I have decided that I miss my SUV. This way I can be able to haul stuff around and still be environmentally friendly.

  7. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    I'd go with the Mitsubishi.

    We don't get the Lancer range over here, the nearest we get is the Carisma (something it's lacking in) or the fire breathing Evolution 8 model.

    So then, the Lancer Ralliart whats the specs??

    Also, why have Mitsubishi America changed it's snout?? the euro/WRC one is much cooler IMHO.
  8. evoluzione macrumors 68010


    Jul 19, 2002
    down the road, that's where i'll always be
    i'm with iGAV, go with the Mitsubishi...

    i'm not sure what the RalliArt specs are, but I think the base Lancer is pretty crappy, get the best one you can afford, and if you like driving, and if you can stretch, go for the new evolution 9 when it comes out. outstanding car.

    iGAV ... i think they changed the nose for front impact regs, not sure.
  9. crenz macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2003
    Shanghai, China
  10. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    I don't see how the regular Lancers are worth it. They are slow and underpowered, have softer suspensions, lack all of the goods, and look ugly with all the Evo skin stripped off. But then again, I'm a Subaru kind of guy, so it'd take a lot to get me to look at a Lancer.
  11. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    I've rented Lancers and Cavaliers.. the Lancer is my preference of the two. The Cavalier has such a tight interior.. at 6' I couldn't get the seat back far enough to be comfortable. I'm sure you've test driven both many times so, go with your gut.

    I would take a Toyota Corolla over both.. the new 170hp XRS isn't bad looking.

  12. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    How about that Ford GT they advertized just before the SB? It looks like it would be fun to drive.
  13. ebow macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2001
    Trapped in a world before later on
    Reminds me of a Simpons scene where Homer, wearing a monacle, is test driving a Bentley to score some free spa tickets:

    Homer: [forced British accent] What advantages does this motor car have over, say, a train -- which I could also afford?


    Hickman, how is the Civic Hybrid? Does it have enough power when you need it? I wouldn't want to be one of those people who's only up to 50mph a quarter mile onto the highway. I should really get my btut out test driving...
  14. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Re: My Next Eventual Car

    Good luck on getting a new car. I know how hard it can be to get a new ride.

    The Cobalt looks great, but be wary of getting a car in its first year.

    The Mitsu's are strong car''s; but due to the massive rebates they seem to offer, the trade-in value suffers. Chevy is starting to see the same effect.

    Even though you plan on keeping the car 5 years, if you have an accident and want to trade out, that is where a good depreciation is helpful. Take it from someone that has been there.

    For me the Subaru Baja Sport rules! The base engine seems to be more than enough for most people IMO.

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  15. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Go GM. GM Rocks (And all of its subsidiaries and partners including Subaru).

    Remember, Apple is the Caddilac of Computers.

  16. hacking_4_b33r macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2004
    my ip

    tooo funny, i was reading this in class and started laughing aloud and my class now thinks i have serious issues.
  17. Dros macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2003
    I was thinking of getting the new Toyota Prius. Is that dumb? I don't actually drive that much... walk to work. But I do sometimes take longer trips. So the savings with gas would not be substantial. I do get tax credit in my state. I have a 13 year old Honda Civic hatchback, and it gets 40 mpg fully loaded with stuff on the highway. Just as a matter of principle it would be hard for me to accept getting worse mileage after 13 years. The Prius is one of the few cars that is a step up in size that doesn't think 28 mpg is something to crow about.

    But a good Corolla model, say, would be several thousand cheaper. I don't care THAT much about the environment, and me walking in to work is already doing my part to keep the environment clean. And yet, that is the car I think I would like. Am I just some big sucker? Anybody here drive one of the new models? Anybody here think they are terrible?
  18. madoka macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2002
    Seriously, I disagree. I just went to the GM Auto Show in Motion event where GM bought over 100 different cars (both GM and competitors) for test drives. I ended up test driving about 40 different cars. It became obvious to everybody there that the GM cars were far outclassed by the competition. It got to the point where no one was lining up to even test drive them. I mean the lines were EMPTY. The employees were asking anybody waiting for the other cars if there was any interest in immediately driving, say a Buick Rivera as it was the ONLY car not being currently driven. There were about 75 of us waiting in line and not a single person budged. I also remember when someone stepped into the line to test drive a Saturn Vue and was the only person to do so. The employee was so surprised that someone wanted to test drive it that he asked, "Are you sure you want to test drive the Saturn Vue?" Everybody laughed.

    BTW, Jobs refers to Apple as the BMW of computers.
  19. themadchemist macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2003
    Chi Town
    Here's my next eventual car.

    Oh, you can't see the picture? I wonder why. ;)
  20. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    That's a horrible thing to say about Apple.

    GM is all about hype and budget. I keep thinking that GM will actually produce better than average cars, but they continue to provide below average results.

    I was quite impressed with the Pontiac Vibe until I sat in one. Everything was incredibly cheap. I tried the Toyota Matrix the same day. Since it's basically the same car, I was surprised to find the Toyota so much nicer.

    Go with the Mitsubishi. It won't underwhelm you.
  21. GroundLoop macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2003
    Civic Hybrid

    The Honda Civic Hybrid is an awesome car. It has plenty of get up and go too. 0-60 in under 10 seconds. Not fast, but more than enough for a commuter car. The only bad thing about it is that the rear seats don't fold which limits cargo versatility.

    I just need more cargo room. I simply cannot wait until the Highlander Hybrid comes out.

  22. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    dros- my dad just got a new prius and my brother has a civic hybrid (manual)... i think that either car would be pretty sweet

    some differences between them

    prius- bigger, supposedly better gas mileage (though the only automatic thing could hurt some people's ability to get high mileage... there's sort of a "trick" to driving these things...), batteries not in the way of cargo area, more "high tech" with optional maps and all that jazz... a bit weird to look out the rear window... the shape of the car kinda blocks your view a bit

    civic- apparently drives pretty much exactly like a gas car... with the manual especially, you can really do a good job of beating the labeled gas mileage... doesn't look like a space ship...

    hope that helps a bit

    from what i've seen, they both are pretty dang good at what they do (ie, reducing gas use, and yet driving pretty much just like gas cars).. for your uses (you don't mention hauling a ton of stuff or need for 4wd), i think that either or would be good... if you don't need all the gadgets and whatnot, i personally think the civic is better, if only because it looks more normal. hah
  23. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    -Come to daddy in 2005!

    The 2006 4-Series:

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  24. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020


    Today I got to work in my black 2002 Rockports...:D
  25. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    That looks like our local MBTA Commuter Rail, but ours run with diesel. I travel around Boston on a Bus and Trolley.

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