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If price wasn't a huge barrier, what car would you drive, like for every day use? I'm not looking for iconic, one-of-a-kind vehicles, I'm thinking of something that can be bought for less than, say, $50K. Tell me your desires in autos

 

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Mazda M-5 convertible. It's the closest car I can get that's affordable that's like my Dad's old stingray. It's low to the ground though so eventually I will need something easier to get in and out of.

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Just a regular reliable commuter car. Electric if possible—which seems to be realistic in Seattle. I don’t give a fuck about cars honestly. I have a 2017 Hyundai Sonata and it’s great. I mean other than the fob being broken so I have to actually use the key to unlock it and open the trunk. Terrible.

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My last debate was between a Volvo V70 Cross Country and a Mazda CX-5. The V70 won, but it was more expensive and smaller. But I do think the CX-5 was very practical and a good car, and I probably should've picked it, but I went with the fun car. The V70 handles amazingly in snow, though, and it is the perfect skiing car, or if I didn't have little kids and a big dog.

Really I just need a big ass SUV purely for roadtrips.

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I like to drive trucks as a daily driver.  If I were looking for something new, I would get a new Ram 1500 Big Horn truck with extended cab, 5.7 Hemi V8.

 

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I would seriously consider getting the Ford Maverick, the hybrid version. I know electric is all the rage, but honestly a hybrid or plug in hybrid is the best, IMO, as I expect both problems with the electric grid and with fuel shortages in the next 18 months. I'm a ray of sunshine, I know. 

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I like the idea of an electric car, but they would be completely impractical out here without incredibly serious upgrades to infrastructure.  Staying in town would work perfectly fine as things are, but a lot of electric cars could just barely get us to the nearest cities that would have chargers.  Of course, I don't really care so much about fancy cars.  If I got another sedan, I'd probably go for another Altima or an Accord.

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4 minutes ago, Jacen123 said:

I like the idea of an electric car, but they would be completely impractical out here without incredibly serious upgrades to infrastructure.  Staying in town would work perfectly fine as things are, but a lot of electric cars could just barely get us to the nearest cities that would have chargers.  Of course, I don't really care so much about fancy cars.  If I got another sedan, I'd probably go for another Altima or an Accord.

I hope, though I don't know if it is feasible, that advances in super capacitors are made. It would be great for a more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries to be found, one that also allows for much shorter charge times. I don't think I can hold my breath on that, though. We could be decades away.

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53 minutes ago, perfectsim said:

I hope, though I don't know if it is feasible, that advances in super capacitors are made. It would be great for a more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries to be found, one that also allows for much shorter charge times. I don't think I can hold my breath on that, though. We could be decades away.

 I have a big concern for when the batteries in these cars start wearing out.  How much is it going to cost to completely replace the cells in your electric car? Then there's the question of where do these old batteries go and are they completely recycled?

 

Just checked it out. It's not cheap!

 

https://www.greencars.com/guides/cost-to-replace-an-electric-car-battery?gclid=CjwKCAjwu5yYBhAjEiwAKXk_eGgKWRGg3ZYgSgSwjqlB0vApx95AswQLrfsAYGCLNZjRSqfo_DakXBoCTr0QAvD_BwE

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22 minutes ago, Gamevet said:

 I have a big concern for when the batteries in these cars start wearing out.  How much is it going to cost to completely replace the cells in your electric car? Then there's the question of where do these old batteries go and are they completely recycled?

 

Just checked it out. It's not cheap!

 

https://www.greencars.com/guides/cost-to-replace-an-electric-car-battery?gclid=CjwKCAjwu5yYBhAjEiwAKXk_eGgKWRGg3ZYgSgSwjqlB0vApx95AswQLrfsAYGCLNZjRSqfo_DakXBoCTr0QAvD_BwE

 

There was a recent post on twitter where one Volt user with 80k miles had to pay 29k for a battery replacement. As far as I know, some of the Toyota products are sorta easy to self replace. Some of the cells will go bad and a person with some hard work and know how (and multimeter) can replace them one at a time. That's not a dealer service, though.

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Whatever electric hybrid vehicle I get will always be Toyota. My Prius is still running strong and I have the battery cleaned and checked yearly. It's a 2013 and the battery is still in its best shape. Because they make so many and are the most popular make of electric vehicle my battery will be cheaper to replace than to buy a brand new car. 

I love the crap out of my Prius. There are Prius cars out in the world with over 500,000 miles on them. As a super "Frugal" wacko I love that. Best commuter car EVER. And the space for the back seat beats out almost any other car. The Honda version hybrid is probably just as well engineered but Prius ones sell more and are on the road more so there's a lot of hacks out there for parts and stuff. I don't know why but I hate Teslas. It's probably a knee jerk reaction to Elon Musk.

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If I had 50k spare to spend on a car it wouldn't go on a car.

That said, I wouldn't mind a station wagon or Van or something that holds a little more in the way of cargo than my Honda Civic. 

I'd also love to have an old 70s Ford Escort or Capri or something but that's mostly nostalgia. But yeah, if I had the money I'd totally put it back into my house not a car.

 

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Yeah, if I were looking, I would take a hybrid over a full electric car.   Range just isn't there for electric unless you are using it to and from work or grocery getter.  Maybe in a few years, especially with California's mandate outlawing the sale of gas cars by 2035 will accelerate the technology.  But for now, if one is looking for that type of vehicle, hybrid is better for road trips. 

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On 8/25/2022 at 10:45 PM, perfectsim said:

 

There was a recent post on twitter where one Volt user with 80k miles had to pay 29k for a battery replacement. As far as I know, some of the Toyota products are sorta easy to self replace. Some of the cells will go bad and a person with some hard work and know how (and multimeter) can replace them one at a time. That's not a dealer service, though.

 It gets worse. The manufacturing of the batteries for these cars is an environmental hazard and it preys on child labor. Zero emissions is also a lie.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Gamevet said:

 It gets worse. The manufacturing of the batteries for these cars is an environmental hazard and it preys on child labor. Zero emissions is also a lie.

 

 

Lol. Yeah the idea that electric cars are somehow better for the environment is a massive scam. It's just a transferral of the problem to another ecological disaster. The mining for minerals used in batteries is catastrophic for the environment and toxic to the local human population, but so long as it's happening in far away places who cares, right? 

 

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That's one of the reasons why I keep using my cell phone until it's so broke I can't fix it because buying new phones every year is bad too. I plan to keep on driving my Prius for as long as it wants to run for me. All I've ever done is normal maintenance to keep it up and it just keeps going. Because of the damage I've already done by even having a car. I'd take public transport if it was more reliable. I mean I loved riding the train from Tucson to San Antonio instead of driving it but the routes now only run maybe three times a week now for Amtrak.

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My company truck is a 2022 Toyota Tacoma. I've been getting a new company truck, each time that a new model is bought by the company. I had a 2020 model at the beginning of the year and a 2019 the year before that. The company started in 1993 and I believe we still have an old beater from 1996 in the fleet. The 2019 had 150,000 miles on it, when I turned it in. The truck felt like it was new, even the brakes were in excellent shape. Toyota is hands down, the most reliable car manufacturer.

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So apparently Hyundai and Kia's have a security issue and the cars don't have the auto engine block enabler if the car is broken into and attempted to be hotwired. So a string of car thefts at a mall near me are going on where their cars are beings stolen in droves.

I used to love Honda's but they have bad transmission issues.

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A transmission repair is one of the most expensive things to have on a car. That's why I was always leery of buying anything from GM.

 

Speaking of stolen. Toyotas have more catalytic converters stolen than any vehicle manufacturer. They have a larger amount of a very rare metal that is very expensive to purchase.

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