View Poll Results: What are your top priorities in buying a car/truck/SUV?

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  • The cost of buying the vehicle

    42 65.63%
  • Fuel economy and/or how green the vehicle is

    36 56.25%
  • How much/how many it can carry - big is better

    4 6.25%
  • Luxury/comfort

    15 23.44%
  • Performance - ie powerful and fast

    24 37.50%
  • Country of origin/brand

    10 15.63%
  • Safety of driver and passengers

    21 32.81%
  • How the car looks - cute, sharp, prestige

    23 35.94%
  • Length warranty

    13 20.31%
  • Multi-use capability (4 wheel drive etc). both as car/truck etc

    21 32.81%
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    The public prestige factor of Nissan Zs has fallen significantly. Their twin turbos used to be seen is as killer performance cars. Now they are rarely mentioned. Not sure why.
    They are stuck in an open space in the market with no other competitors in the price or performance range

    The Mustang GT 2012 and newer are faster and cheaper (412 or so hp vs 332), the Camaro SS is faster and cheaper. The 90s twin turbo 300 ZX had the performance of a vette from the same time, with a much better interior. The 370Z is not close to the performance of the Vette, but is cheaper
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I love driving a stick, and for some unknown reason I am easy on clutches (even though I am an aggressive driver). Someway, somehow... knock on wood... I have never replaced a clutch in my life.

    When doing my research prior to buying that Mazda almost all the so-called expert websites warned against a stick because they have lower resale value than an auto. Ok, sure, as far as that goes. But, I figure that I saved more in gas costs driving the stick than anything I would have lost in resale value. Plus, my pleasure in driving the stick has value, too.

    The only time I would actually prefer having an automatic would be if I had daily stop-and-go city commuting.
    You said it. I prefer a manual transmission over an automatic also. I have replaced many of my own clutches through the years, but always from abuse.

    I can see them saying the resale value would be lower due to the amount of younger people who can not drive a stick. I guess that would take away a good chunk of the market. MPG on a stick is def better than an auto so you are right on the fuel savings. Even though my truck is an auto ( mainly because Ford no longer offers a manual in the 1/2 tons ) I would rather have the manual.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Sales were poor for the Ranger, fuel economy was poor and its safety would be very out of date

    Both GM and Ford offer compact pickups in foreign markets that they are thinking of bringing to the US. GM is further along in that process then Ford
    I guess that makes sense then. Does GM still sell that Colorado? I keep thinking I still see them on the lots. I believe Dodge stopped selling the Dakota.

    Funny thing is right after we were all discussing this small truck deal, my buddy who is a huge Ranger nut called my talking about the Aussie Ranger. He heard rumor it is coming here. I guess we will have to see.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Racer View Post
    I guess that makes sense then. Does GM still sell that Colorado? I keep thinking I still see them on the lots. I believe Dodge stopped selling the Dakota.

    Funny thing is right after we were all discussing this small truck deal, my buddy who is a huge Ranger nut called my talking about the Aussie Ranger. He heard rumor it is coming here. I guess we will have to see.
    The Dakota has been killed along with the Colorado. The only small/midsize trucks on sale right now are the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma. GM is likely to bring on onto market in 2015 or 2016, I would probably expect a 2 L diesel to be an option in it.

    I have not read anything about the Aussie Ranger (at least that I can remember). I expect Ford will wait and see if the GM midsize trucks sell well enough to justify bringing it over
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Only two:

    1. An immediate NEED to purchase another.
    2. The one that minimally meets the desired functional utility.
    I was all set to read the thread and respond, but then I read this and realized it mostly fit my situation.

    Recently my old worn-out car died, and I had to purchase another. I considered cost, fuel mileage, and then looks/warranty...but I was constrained by time to purchase something rapidly, and what I purchased did meet minimum requirements (within price range and will get me to work tomorrow).
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Racer View Post
    You said it. I prefer a manual transmission over an automatic also. I have replaced many of my own clutches through the years, but always from abuse.

    I can see them saying the resale value would be lower due to the amount of younger people who can not drive a stick. I guess that would take away a good chunk of the market. MPG on a stick is def better than an auto so you are right on the fuel savings. Even though my truck is an auto ( mainly because Ford no longer offers a manual in the 1/2 tons ) I would rather have the manual.
    Manuals tend to bring more on resale in performances and sports car type models. Manuals are better on fuel for long hauls, but tend to be less in city driving depending how gently the person does the manual transmission (how far the person winds it out before shifting.) Automatics with lock-up torque converters will match manual trannies on the highway. I under powered vehicles, manual transmission cars can accelerate faster by sliding the clutch. In performance cars, manual transmissions are slower as automatics torque-up while shifting.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I was all set to read the thread and respond, but then I read this and realized it mostly fit my situation.

    Recently my old worn-out car died, and I had to purchase another. I considered cost, fuel mileage, and then looks/warranty...but I was constrained by time to purchase something rapidly, and what I purchased did meet minimum requirements (within price range and will get me to work tomorrow).
    Yeah, I'm not much of a 'car guy'...way too many more important things in life!
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt Racer View Post
    I never did understand why Ford quit making the Ranger here? My buddy was devastated when they stopped production here. He has owned at least 5 of them, totaling all but the current one. Seemed like they were everywhere, but maybe sales fell off?

    That Ecoboost is a big hit with Ford and seems like the future for the company. I would personally like to see a small Diesel engine in the 1/2 tons. Have to wait and see.

    That Aussie Ranger is pretty sweet looking. Maybe they will eventually make it here and you can get that.
    I've owned 4 of them and bought 1 for our daughter. The Ranger was a great little truck and came in many forms. I think Ford stopped selling them as they dented their full sized truck sales that they could get a lot more money for, when they cost about the same to make as the smaller Ranger. Certain year/models came with German made German motors good to at least 200,000 miles.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Cost, fuel economy, safety features, and how many tasks it can perform. The small SUV class has worked for me pretty well. I will say that heavy doesn't necessarily mean safe, effective safety features means safe. It was one of a few selling points for me.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Some people see the vehicle they drive as an extension of themselves. Just as a person's body houses the essence and personage of a person, the vehicle they are in becomes like their body too - in both form and function to themselves and to others. Thus, what car/vehicle they are driving is a very serious decision meriting great consideration akin to a person having the ability to pick what body they have. A curious perspective.
    That is true for some people but I have always had at least 20 cars at any one time and my collection got up to about 110 at one point, so if the car is an extensión of my personality, I must be Sybil as I like to switch to different three or four times a day.

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