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Old 02-01-2017, 06:57 PM   #1
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Need your help, alternative car for 1LE in off season

Hi all,

I need your input. I will be purchasing my 1LE in the early spring. The 1LE will be my fair weather car and track car. I will not be driving it in the winter.

I am looking for some opinions on some secondary options.

Some criteria;

Needs to fit two kids seats in back.
I live in Maine so driving in the snow is a definite.
Fairly reliable and inexpensive to maintain. (This is subjective but I was a mechanic for many years so most repairs I do myself)

I would ideally like to keep it to a $10k limit but may stretch it to $15k.

No Subarus, BMW, Audi or Mercedes

I have been considering a ATS 2.0T with manual (Leary of the 2.0T reliability though)
A Dodge Charger interceptor (old cop car)
A Jaguar XF

Thoughts or personal experiences would be appreciated.
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:04 PM   #2
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If you're driving in the snow, why wouldn't you consider a Subaru?
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:14 PM   #3
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If you're driving in the snow, why wouldn't you consider a Subaru?
Because most of their models are overrated. I currently have a STI that I will be selling shortly. A decent car but too small for a family of four.
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:17 PM   #4
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:29 PM   #5
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1st Gen Mazdaspeed 3. So that'll be a pre-2010 car. It's a 4 door hatch with a real limited slip front diff. With snow tires they're nearly unstoppable. Lot's of torque down low and pretty decent handling. Also there's plenty of inexpensive mods to make it even more fun.

At the top end of your price range you could probably get a 2nd Gen car but there aren't that many differences other than looks.
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Old 02-01-2017, 07:44 PM   #6
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Anything 4wd with a bow tie in front
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:17 PM   #7
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Hands down,best choice for a used snow vehicle. I'm on my third.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:28 AM   #8
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My choice a year ago was a WJ Jeep Laredo. Cloth interior, 4.0 and Selec-Trac transfer case. Fully satisfied with it. They are getting old, but there are plenty to chose from. I found a clean, garaged, elderly-driven example. Pre-electronic stability control though.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:24 AM   #9
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The 4Runner is a great choice. I have had a few in the past. But I already have a SUV that I will use for any sort of decent snow. I am looking more for a car this time.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:34 AM   #10
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The 4Runner is a great choice. I have had a few in the past. But I already have a SUV that I will use for any sort of decent snow. I am looking more for a car this time.
I owned an ATS with AWD and the 2.0T. The back seats are acceptable, but not the most fun for anyone 6 foot and up. Ingress and egress into the rear is pretty terrible (hit your head easily). Still, it was a great car and I think I'll ultimately end up getting one again someday (maybe a V-Series or CTS Vsport). Loved the engine, chassis, sound system, and mpg.

The current Alpha CTS is a better family car I think, since it has much more room in the trunk and rear. I'm not sure if stick is a dealbreaker for you.

Manual ATS does not come in AWD, by the way. So if you went RWD you would be picking up some snow tires for sure.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:59 AM   #11
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I owned an ATS with AWD and the 2.0T. The back seats are acceptable, but not the most fun for anyone 6 foot and up. Ingress and egress into the rear is pretty terrible (hit your head easily). Still, it was a great car and I think I'll ultimately end up getting one again someday (maybe a V-Series or CTS Vsport). Loved the engine, chassis, sound system, and mpg.

The current Alpha CTS is a better family car I think, since it has much more room in the trunk and rear. I'm not sure if stick is a dealbreaker for you.

Manual ATS does not come in AWD, by the way. So if you went RWD you would be picking up some snow tires for sure.
Thank you for this feedback! All good points. The manual isn't a deal breaker nor is RWD vs AWD. While nice, it won't be necessary. I will put snow tires on it regardless. I have a 2 year old daughter now and one on the way. I am 5'11" and my wife slightly shorter. Hopefully ingress and egress won't be much of an issue for sometime with the kiddos. Otherwise, we will just use the Rover.

Did you have any issues with the engine at all or the drivetrain for that matter?

We had a new Camaro with the 2.0T here at the track for a comparison vehicle last week and I was impressed by the driving dynamics of the car. Power wasn't bad either. The nose was nice and light and steering felt good.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:10 AM   #12
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The 4Runner is a great choice. I have had a few in the past. But I already have a SUV that I will use for any sort of decent snow. I am looking more for a car this time.
Wait, why not just drive the SUV you already have? The STI isn't exactly short on space either, unless you have an older one. My co-worker has a '16 WRX and we hop in his car with 4 for lunch all the time, no sweat.

It just seems like you already have a really great stable for all purposes, unless you're simply bored of one and want change for the sake of change.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:15 AM   #13
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Wait, why not just drive the SUV you already have? The STI isn't exactly short on space either, unless you have an older one. My co-worker has a '16 WRX and we hop in his car with 4 for lunch all the time, no sweat.

It just seems like you already have a really great stable for all purposes, unless you're simply bored of one and want change for the sake of change.
One vehicle will be used by myself and the other by my wife. Two kids seats in the back of a 2011 STI isn't exactly ideal. (especially with one of them reversed) Plus I want something a little more refined.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:33 AM   #14
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Why no Audi? The previous gen A6 3.2 Quattro is pretty reliable. Other lower maintainance options are Acura RL SH, G37X, M35x, GS350 AWD..
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