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    Quote Originally Posted by FighttheGoodFight View Post
    Might I ask what your price range and needed features are? I like to look for cars and do recommendations. My wife says it is a good thing so I stop buying more…
    35k range

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTravellers View Post
    2-door car, I guess the technical term would be coupe. No stick, drove one for decades (Bugs, Jeep CJ-7, Saturn) and don't really need to deal with one any longer. Any of the rest isn't really necessary, would be nice to have some of it, though. My work commute is about 10 min each way and we don't take long road trips, and I'm just a pretty basic car guy. CD player would be nice to have, mine crapped out years ago.
    That is a pretty tough ask as I look through models. It is basically a Civic or Accord coupe. Since you aren't into "muscle" style cars that limits one area. The only other two door style cars are Jeep Wranglers and Toyota FJ Cruisers.

    If you are wanting the coupe I think just waiting it out for a Civic or Accord might be it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soonerj2015 View Post
    35k range
    For a mid size SUV in that price range you might check out the Subaru Outback or Forester. Try out the Mazda CX-5 or CX-9 as well. Good built quality and reliable. You can also get AWD in both of those and turbos. You can for sure get out for under 35k based on trims. In normal times you can get a good amount off by haggling a little. Both are top 5 in reliability so you are getting car to keep.

    Both have their quirks or features but I would say give them a drive to see if they meet your family's needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FighttheGoodFight View Post
    That is a pretty tough ask as I look through models. It is basically a Civic or Accord coupe. Since you aren't into "muscle" style cars that limits one area. The only other two door style cars are Jeep Wranglers and Toyota FJ Cruisers.

    If you are wanting the coupe I think just waiting it out for a Civic or Accord might be it.
    Yeah, that's what I was running into, thanks for the effort! Muscle cars are cool, but they're just too big for me now, don't like anything bigger than a smaller coupe (my cars have been a 75 Chevy Monza, an MGB, a Jeep CJ-7, a Saturn SC1, Honda Civic Coupe). Had a Jeep CJ-7, didn't like it when they turned into Wranglers, so that's out too.

    I'm guessing I'll have to go higher price-wise or just go with a later used Honda (no way am I ever giving Honda itself any more money after the fiasco that my generation was, even though they apparently got their sh*t together on the one after that and later (again, because the generation before mine is stellar - wife has one and it's great). Thx again...

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    Subaru-BRZ
    or
    Toyota 86
    Basically the same 2 door coupe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey Boss View Post
    Subaru-BRZ
    or
    Toyota 86
    Basically the same 2 door coupe.
    Also I guess I should say a Miata or Fiata could be something in the same area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FighttheGoodFight View Post
    Also I guess I should say a Miata or Fiata could be something in the same area.
    Ha, was looking at a Miata way back in between my Monza and Jeep, couldn't afford it then, I think... And thx, JerseyBoss, I'll check those out.

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    Interestingly enough, I've pretty much decided on a 2022 Mini Cooper SE (the electric one). Need to do some more research and a test drive (hard to do when they have none in inventory, but they have 4 that should be on the lot in Nov/Dec if they're not sold by then (which happens with almost all electric Minis, but they said they could ask the buyer if they'd mind me test driving it for a few miles before they pick it up)). Tax credit of $7500 brought the price down to something I could live with, and wife has wanted a Mini for years.

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    Please follow up with how you enjoy your mini. I have a Prius right now and I’m considering a tesla(model 3) along with purchasing a Nissan Frontier(2022) because I love the outdoors and camping. I won’t be able to afford either until next year so I’ll likely stick to my Prius or get a Chevy Spark. But I’m serious eyeing the minis. I wasn’t even aware an electric one existed. I had an electric Fiat 500 in LA and sold it because I had an offer I couldn’t refuse and I miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    Please follow up with how you enjoy your mini. I have a Prius right now and I’m considering a tesla(model 3) along with purchasing a Nissan Frontier(2022) because I love the outdoors and camping. I won’t be able to afford either until next year so I’ll likely stick to my Prius or get a Chevy Spark. But I’m serious eyeing the minis. I wasn’t even aware an electric one existed. I had an electric Fiat 500 in LA and sold it because I had an offer I couldn’t refuse and I miss it.
    We test drove a 2019 higher-end model they had and it was more decent than I thought it would be. Reviews kept saying the ride is rough and the cabin is noisy, but the saleswoman said "if you come from a Lexus, yes, of course you'll find it noisy/rough, but if you're coming from a 2003 or 2007 Honda Civic (as we are), it'll be fine and might even be better", and yeah, we thought it was perfectly acceptable. Biggest downside right now is the 100 or so mile range, reviews have said they should just put the BMW i3's battery in it, which would triple the range and bring it in line with most other "comparable" electrics, since so much of BMW's other tech is in it, but the saleswoman said it would probably raise the price and it wouldn't be that large of an advantage, because most people would not use it as their primary (or long-distance) car, it's just kind of a city car for short commuting/trips (and that's exactly our situation).

    I'll let you know in 2022 how we like it, lol...

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    So I've found out that all Mini SEs ordered by the dealership are sold before they hit the lot, both here in OKC and in Dallas, and apparently the buyers have (generally) never test-driven an SE before.

    I test-drove my 2007 Honda Civic coupe a little bit before I bought it, but didn't take it out on the highway to find out how it would merge, which was a huge mistake - their drive-by-wire system has a serious lag in it, literally takes one second (or a little more) for the computer to realize that yes, pushing the accelerator all the way to the floor means give it all the power you can RIGHT NOW. Hate it, and will never buy another car without checking everything possible beforehand. So the big thing about having to drive the SE itself, rather than just a standard gasoline S model is the regenerative braking - heard it described as very different from regular driving and you really have to get used to it. So since I'll probably never get to test-drive an SE, I think I'll just try a BMW i3, they have the same type of braking. It's a shame Mini can't just have one SE sitting at a dealer for people to test-drive, but I guess since it's just an S with all the guts replaced, most people can just look at and test-drive an S and that's all they need, just wonder what the attitude of the new SE owners is towards the braking once they realize it's so different...

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