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Old 07-28-2005, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

I'm new to the forum, and so far it looks great, I forsee wasting alot of time that I should be working lurking around here.

A little backround, I am looking at replacing my car, I currently have a 2002 Golf GL, it has been awesome, but now I'm looking for something a little bit quicker. I've been looking around at a bunch of things, but I have a few concerns, first of all, I'm a big guy, leg room isn't my problem but headroom is. I at first was leaning towards a Acura RSX Type S, which I believe is a great car, but when I went to test drive one, I was about 4 inches short on head room, tough luck there. The other concern is reliability, as much as I would love to have a project car, I need something that is gonna start every day and be driveable in the winter, I am from Calgary, in Canada, so we do get a good amount of snow in the winter. I have been looking around, pretty open on what I want, I haven't been a big fan of american cars, nothing against them, I just haven't been a fan of the styling.

Any reccomendations on things, the miata thread has inspired me in that way, and I wanted a 3rd gen RX7, but its not practical. Any pointers on cars, I would prefer something on the newer end, sorta late 90s, but would move back for something perfect.

Oh yeah, the budget bit of things, My budget is about 25000 CAD, which is about 20k USD.

Thanks so much in advance,
Nick
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Old 07-28-2005, 05:08 PM   #2
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Welcome....it would have been nice to see you introduce yourself in the correct place before posting, but you're polite enough lol.

Have you ever thought about a Volvo, or Saab?

Head room wont be a problem and they are built like tanks, too. You can also get quite a bit of car for your money, too. I'm inclinde to sway towards a Saab overall though. I've never been a big fan personally, but they have a proven reliability record and seem to answer all of your criteria, especially seeing as how you need a car that will sart all year round!...I mean, the Swedes are used to snow etc lol.

I understand it may not be a sports car...but the head room is vast!
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Old 07-28-2005, 05:23 PM   #3
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Ever thought about the new Eclipse?
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Old 07-28-2005, 05:35 PM   #4
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Ever thought about the new Eclipse?

I really have, but I have found that I would want the GT model, and that is beginning to escape my pricerange when things like tax, and freight come into things. I have also heard underwhelming things from magazines like Car and Drive about the fun to drive aspect.

They are pretty heavy cars. But I would drive one, but since I would have to strech the budget to get into one in the first place, I would want something that would be well worth it. But I will be test driving one when I get the chance.
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Old 07-28-2005, 10:43 PM   #5
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