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Joined:Jul 2005
Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:04:44 PM

Criteria by which my next car (and it will be a sedan or wagon) will be judged on:

1. Excellent handling and ride (usually mutually exclusive) including a tight turning circle (which often excludes FWD/AWD).
2. Comfortable seats for extended driving and which can be gotten in and out of without the aid of either a step ladder or a hoist.
3. Excellent sight lines with no discernible blind spots, especially A pillars, C-D pillars and directly astern.
4. Front turn signals that are clearly distinguishable from headlights to oncoming traffic (to avoid the “photocide” effect) either by distance between highlight and turn signal or intensity of turn signal (but not by killing the headlight).
5. Amber (not red) rear turn signals that can be seen from the side of the car (outboard/corner-mounted) and that are not hung too low – see next item.
6. Back up lights at the bottom, where they have a chance to illuminate what you are backing into) and brake lights that provide a newly lit area, not just an intensification of an existing lit area (e.g tail lights at night).
7. Large side view mirrors that are rectangular and not triangular in shape.
8. Ability to direct ambient (i.e. cold in winter) air onto driver’s face while heating passenger compartment. (see separate thread on this topic)
9. Ergonomic inside door handles (canted forward 15 degrees off vertical).
10. All critical controls reachable while hands are on steering wheel (except for # 13 and 14).
11. 100% of instrument panel visible to driver.
12. An instrument panel that is neither and assault on one’s eyeballs or an insult to one’s intelligence (i.e. tells you what you need to know, crisply and cleanly).
13. A handbrake.
14. Optional high mpg turbodiesel and a manual transmission option with that TD.
15. Heater controls that are intuitive.
16. Windshield wipers (front and rear on wagon) that cover a very high percentage of window space (although I use rain repellant) and glass that extends to the metal and is not masked by black paint.
17. A wagon version that is REALLY a wagon, not just a sedan with a squared off roofline (i.e. extended wheelbase, real cargo space with uncompromised roofline).
18. A locking fuel filler door.
19. Classical good looks (neither over nor under-styled, with everything in proportion and harmony and a pleasing, functional theme) which includes minimal front overhang.
20. Built like a proverbial brick outhouse, with quality components capable of lasting 20-30 years, even under adverse conditions.

Unavailable due to Current Safety Regulations

5 mph bumpers that could really take a hit without damaging the car. You could also safely use them as nerf bars to push or be pushed.

[Edited by: Pugpal at 1/6/2013 1:06:36 PM EST]
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Champion Author Jacksonville

Joined:Aug 2012
Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:36:31 AM

How many miles to the gallon does it get.
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Sophomore Author Ontario

Joined:Mar 2013
Message Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:34:11 AM

a nice shiny car with zip
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Champion Author Wilmington

Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 1:21:28 PM

A car that will outlast my payments. :/
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Champion Author Birmingham

Joined:May 2005
Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 12:48:24 PM

Depends on what my needs are as I am in the market. What car died that put my into the market.

Was it my daily driver, which is a sporty car? Was it my pick-up? Was it my wife's car? All have implications on what criteria I seek in a new vehicle for my driveway.
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Champion Author Arizona

Joined:Jun 2010
Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 4:28:01 AM

must have 4 round wheels
must run most of the time
must have working AC , after all i live in Arizona

must run on WVO ! that's about it
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Champion Author South Dakota

Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 5:59:02 PM

The biggest factor for me is what kind of vehicle fits my needs. I can get more picky from there.
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Champion Author Atlanta

Joined:Jun 2007
Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 9:25:53 AM

Unit that can kick butt
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Champion Author Nashville

Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 9:18:55 AM

What I need it for, how much it costs and comfort and performance.
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Champion Author Los Angeles

Joined:Oct 2012
Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 7:42:05 AM

price and power
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Champion Author Pennsylvania

Joined:Jun 2003
Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:09:47 AM

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Champion Author Washington

Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 3:04:27 AM

Great, all except 6, 14, 17, add safety. Emphasize good handling
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Champion Author Arizona

Joined:Jun 2010
Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:10:08 PM

Any car or truck i may buy must be one of two things and would be better if it was two of these two things

1: Must be a Diesel that is old enough to run on WVO (waste vegetable oil) at 100% . if i have to buy fuel for it , i don't want it

2: Any car or truck i can turn a profit on in a 6 month time frame

[Edited by: CactusBobs at 1/6/2013 8:11:56 PM EST]
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Champion Author Nashville

Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:07:47 PM

If I like it, I drive it.
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