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New Car Choices

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So I damaged my current car, a Saab 900 SE Turbo [smallthumb]262983[/smallthumb]

We're not likely to keep it, and I've got a a short list of choices that I'm trying to make up my mind on.  As I don't make a lot of money, my boyfriend (husband? we've been together 4+ years) will be financing this completely for me.  I'm very fortunate.

The first choice is a Mazda Miata, one that comes with a hard top and a limited slip differential.  The positives of this being, it's affordable, easy to repair, very fun to drive and very fuel efficient.  The cons are there is road noise, it's not a super smooth ride and probably wouldn't be a fun car to commute in rush hour traffic if I ever had to again.  Also since it snows here ideally I would want two sets of tires for summer and winter.

The second choice would be a Volkswagen Jetta or Golf TDI.  TDI's are very fuel efficient and comfortable to ride in.  The negatives being they're somewhat expensive for what you get, the interior has a lot of hard plastic molded to look like leather and it feels a little cheap.  This choice also is one where I will be sharing the vehicle with my boyfriend.  The idea being we would equally share the two cars we have depending on need.

The last choice is an Audi A3 TDI.  It's the nicest of all the options, it's fuel efficient, very comfortable, well built, and looks really good.  The downside is they're very expensive and pretty hard to find.  This would also be a shared vehicle, which in reality isn't necessarily a bad thing.

So I'm not sure on the best choice so far.  Should we go with the cheap car, that may not be very comfortable, but is pretty ideal in some ways.  Should I get the VW that's cheaper then the A3, but not as nice or well built, or go all out on the A3.  All this with in mind that what ever the choice I want to keep this car for at least 10 years, and be happy with it.
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Added: 6 years, 2 months ago
 
Shokuji
6 years, 2 months ago
This journal makes me wish I was more into cars so I would actually have something to say. >_<;
DOtter
6 years, 2 months ago
If you want a long-lasting car, go with one of the diesel models. Diesels last forever. In the expectation that fuel prices will never drop significantly, (ie. back down to where they should be), the Golf TDI is likeliest to be the cheapest in the long run. That's my suggestion.
ottah
6 years, 2 months ago
My boyfriend has always been an Audi fan, so he's really leaning that way.  In general it's likely we're going to go diesel.  Beyond the reliability and the fuel economy, having something that runs on an alternative fuel to gasoline is appealing.

Have you ever owned a diesel car?  One of our worries is how difficult it might be to live with in the winter, especially if we for some reason decided to take it in the mountains.  None of the VW's had engine block heaters, but all the Audi's have them stock.
DOtter
6 years, 2 months ago
I don't know whether the Audi has better fuel economy than the VW, it's probably online, but Audi is a good make with a track record. Up here, diesel is actually a little more expensive than gas, but it goes further. I've never had a diesel car, I'm just going by reputation. I heard of the Golf TDI's exceptional fuel economy from Consumers Union, back when I could afford their magazine; up there with hybrids, they said. From what I hear, you'll want a block heater either way. Diesels are notoriously hard to start in the cold. But they do start.
ottah
6 years, 2 months ago
Volkswagen owns Audi and they share a lot of components in common.  The Audi and the VW TDI engine aren't the identical, but the fuel economy is.
DOtter
6 years, 2 months ago
Well there you go, then. It's a decent car, it'll save you money, your sweetheart will love it... Go for it!
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