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    Volvo ftmfw

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodint View Post
    Looking for an appliance ... automatic so I can sleep in traffic and so the wife can drive it.
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    Problem with the car above is that it's a manual, which I'm not doing for utility purposes. Doesn't seem to be a lot of Abarth automatics...there are a plethora of MINI's with slushboxes.
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    Are we talking automatic or manual? It seems too obvious, so I can only assume it does need to be an auto?
    I don't know, man, life's a mystery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    You can't hate on the MINI and then recommend the FIAT "Only 15 years late" 500.
    Yes I can, and I do. Hate hate hate

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodint View Post
    I don't know, man, life's a mystery.
    Ah, didn't see that.

    Have you considered a Juke? Should be about there in price and gets you some ground clearance and AWD. I would also think about a 2nd gen Forester XT. They are not big, quite quick. You would be going back in time a bit, but probably not much money.

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    My Dad and step-mom both converted into Subaru people a few years ago. They love them.

    Looks like the Abarth got automatics in 2015.

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    Well, second gen Forester XT with more than 150k miles on them can be had for $7k or less around here. They should have had the head gaskets replaced on them by then, right?

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    Considering that, in one breath, you're talking about needing to make an 11 hour drive, and the next, talking about MINI-fucking-Coopers, you can't blame people for being confused.

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    Caravaned with a MINI Fucking Cooper from Davis to Lincoln, NE, and back. Rob's biggest issue with the drive was that his longest book-on-CD was only 11 hours.
    Whoomah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillerB View Post
    Considering that, in one breath, you're talking about needing to make an 11 hour drive, and the next, talking about MINI-fucking-Coopers, you can't blame people for being confused.
    Other than, "omg BMWs are unreliable", which is complete garbage spouted by non-BMW owners I haven't seen anything actually discouraging. Novi had electrical issues, bummer. I have no idea if that was observed on an appreciable number of cars or not. 1Gen had coolant leak issues so I've kind of moved past them.

    I get it has a viceral reaction for some people, though I didn't realize it would be this bad. I don't actually have any opinion on it yet, it was just the car that kept popping up over in my browsing so I thought I'd put out feelers.

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    I guess I just wonder if you've ridden in one over any distance. Unlike Russ, I find their suspension tuning to be unpleasant over long distances, especially when combined with interstates lousy with expansion joints in winter-weather country. Stiff springs + short wheelbase isn't my cup of tea for that sort of driving.

    Keep in mind, this is coming from someone who *likes* MINIs, but based on your other criteria, I just don't think they make sense in this case.
    Last edited by KillerB; October 2nd, 2016 at 08:21 PM.

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