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Re: a great saab replacement ! a quirky supercar ! Alfa Romeo
Posted by Randy Thatcher [Email] (#22) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Randy Thatcher) on Tue, 5 Feb 2019 07:47:35

In Reply to: Re: a great saab replacement ! a quirky supercar ! Alfa Romeo, neil dale [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 4 Feb 2019 16:48:24
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I must admit I'm not looking for a new car anytime soon.

I'll drive my SAAB 'til the wheels fall off, and then I'll look for another manual shift wagon to replace it. The wagon is a perfect road trip vehicle for my family of 4, it's super in all seasons, and it is nice for trips to Home Depot. Another 9-3 SportCombi unicorn would fit the bill perfectly. Or a 9-5 manual wagon, which is perhaps a purple spotted unicorn.

We got a Ford Focus RS 2 years ago, and that would have been the garage space for an Alfa. The RS is a hoot. 350HP, AWD, Manual, hatchback, and fits the family. I also took it on a track day where it really shined.

If I were to buy another car it would be a C900 convertible for the wife to enjoy, or some kind of dedicated or semi-dedicated track car. I'm thinking a Miata, Porsche 944, a Lotus, or a Cayman. I would consider a PDK Cayman for track work. A friend made the switch and cut lap times significantly. Another friend keeps trying to get me to consider a vette. Of course has a Z06, and is a bit biased. The new top end Camaro with the track setup looks interesting. It's ugly, and I'm not a Camaro fan. But it is a monster that has serious performance credibility. I like the Mustang GT350 more than the Camero. I had one coming at me hard behind my 911 on track and wondered what it was. I got a look at the car in the paddock, and then I realized what it was. 525HP in that car is no joke. Some flavor of GT3 would be fantastic, but that is not going to get financial approval from the household CFO. But if so, I'd want manual, front axle lift, a cage, and the color to be mexico blue, riviera blue, miami blue, voodoo blue, gulf blue, viper green, acid green, or gelb grun. Not that I've thought too much about it.

If the RS suddenly needed to be replaced, a few on the list to try (other than another RS) would be a Fiesta ST or a Chevy SS. Fiesta ST is supposed to be loads of fun. And the SS is supposed to be fun, a sleeper, not too common, and available in manual. I never thought I'd consider a Chevy, but that one intrigues me. Caddy CSV wagon, in manual, at a reasonable price would also be nice. But that is also a unicorn.

Randy
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