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Old 03-22-2016, 12:57 AM   #1
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Hey NASIOC, its been awhile since I was really active on here but I figured this would be a good place to get a wide array of suggestion for my next car to purchase.

First a little bit of back story for those interested, for those not interested skip to the end for the pertinent information:

I am currently the proud owner of a 2004 Subaru WRX with multiple upgrades built into my autocross car, a 2003 Subaru WRX wagon which I race in Stock 4wd class in SCCA rallycross, and which is also my daily driver, and a 1972 MG MGB roadster which I drive on weekends or use as a run-around when ever I want to have the top down and enjoy the Southern California weather.

In July I blew the rear diff on my 04 WRX at the autocross (it was bound to happen as it was the remaining piece of the driveline that hadn’t yet been upgraded). Until last week the car had been parked in the garage for months while I tried to find the time, money & parts to replace it with an r180.

Then last month at a rally cross, the oil return line on the turbo came loose, which resulted in a spun rod on the 03 WRX, which as I mentioned above is also my daily driver.

Now until this, I had always managed to never have more than one car broken at a time, so I always had a reliable back up to drive. Not the case now, with the 04 packed for months at this point and now my daily driver out, I was forced to rely on a 44 year old British-made car, to get me to work everyday.

I’m proud to say that my little MG turned out to be quite the champ, driving 60 miles every day for two and a half weeks, with out so much as brake light going out! But still British reliability (especially from that decade) didn’t get its reputation with out reason, also the car is not exactly water tight leaving me with wet feet on a few days driving home in the rain, so I’d like to not have to be in position of this car being my sole mode of transport in the future. I’m also beginning to reconsider the wisdom of daily driving you race car, (or maybe that should read, beating the crap out of your daily driver on the weekends), but since I’m not about to stop rallycrossing I think the solution is obvious...

I need to add a 4th car to my stable, one that I won’t be taking to the race track (well maybe just once or twice ) that will be dedicated to commuter duties. Now, I could get something predictable and rational like used Honda or Toyota, but I spend 2+ hours every day commuting in heavy LA traffic, so I want to spend that time in something interesting and hopefully moderately comfortable and maybe a little fun. Plus, life is too short to drive a Corolla.

I’m shopping used and buying with cash because I don’t want to carry a car payment, budget is $5000 (plus or minus $1000). In the past I’ve always owned small cars, in fact I’ve usually preferred small cars, now its time for a change, I’m thinking larger mid sized or full sized sedan (but not opposed to a wagon). Rear wheel drive, because I’ve done the AWD thing already with my Subarus. Manual transmission preferred but not opposed to an auto. 15(ish) years old or newer, and I’m not afraid of high mileage (that’s just a meaningless number anyway) as I’m pretty mechanically inclined and not afraid to take on repairs myself.

So far the best suggestion I’ve come up with is a 2000-2003 Jaguar XJR (yes British, I know, what can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment). It’s RWD, has a supercharged V8, is fairly comfortable, and has one of the best rear suspensions this side of a Lotus. And while the interior and its options might seem a bit dated today is still pretty nice inside and not a bad place to spend time stuck in traffic. Plus these cars have suffered almost comical levels of depreciation putting them realistically in my budget.

But I’m interested in hearing what other suggestions you guys can come up with. Here is the TL/DR for those who skipped to the bottom.

*Realistic used price (in decent condition) of $5-$6k
*RWD
*Full sized or larger mid sized sedan (but would consider wagon)
*Manual trans preferred but Auto OK
*Comfortable car for commuting and traffic
*15(ish) years old or newer
*not concerned with whats on the odometer, high mileage cars are fine.

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Old 03-22-2016, 01:15 AM   #2
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:17 AM   #3
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10yr old automatic V6 convertible Mustang.
Yeah, I thought about older mustangs, but a sedan would be more practice for me as a daily driver, plus I've already got a convertible with my MG.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:22 AM   #4
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So keep the top up? When you and 4 of your bros go cruising the option to take the top down is a must. You ever felt the warm summer air waving through a man bun? Well, soon you will my friend. Soon you will.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:24 AM   #5
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*Realistic used price (in decent condition) of $5-$6k
*RWD
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*Manual trans preferred but Auto OK
*Comfortable car for commuting and traffic
*15(ish) years old or newer
*not concerned with whats on the odometer, high mileage cars are fine.

Literally a Mercury Marauder.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:39 AM   #6
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:45 AM   #7
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Literally a Mercury Marauder.
only about 2% of the population are man enough to drive a Marauder. the odds aren't good here.
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:06 AM   #8
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Literally a Mercury Marauder.
I actually did think of the Marauder, just didn't think i could find one for sale, and not in my price range.

But definitely +1 for the Marauder.
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:57 AM   #9
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Old 03-22-2016, 04:42 AM   #10
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Just FYI you can get the Lincoln with a V6/5MT if you can find one of the 2,331 that were produced from 2000-2002. Unfortunately there was no V8/MT though.

Looks like there are about five for sale in the country right now.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:22 AM   #18
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:32 AM   #19
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Literally a Mercury Marauder.
This was going to be my answer after reading the OP. It almost perfectly fits the requirements.

But as an alternative, look for a used Lexus.
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Just FYI you can get the Lincoln with a V6/5MT if you can find one of the 2,331 that were produced from 2000-2002. Unfortunately there was no V8/MT though.

Looks like there are about five for sale in the country right now.
I guess I don't get why anyone would want to sit in traffic for 2 hours with a manual transmission.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:06 AM   #22
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I guess I don't get why anyone would want to sit in traffic for 2 hours with a manual transmission.
I don't get why people live in major cities. To each their own.
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