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    Thoughts? Preferences? Suggestions?

    Two or four door hatch with room for me and a Rottweiler. To and around town use. Stick preferably. AWD would be a plus. Accommodation for a bike and kayak rack is necessary.

    It'd be nice if it got about 75 mpg.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Mazda 3 with the 2.5 liter engine and a stick
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    I'd go CX-3, myself, but yeah.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Subaru WRX STi.


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    Get a kickass motorbike with a sidecar. Goggles on the dog. No kayak accommodations, but you won't care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Get a kickass motorbike with a sidecar. Goggles on the dog. No kayak accommodations, but you won't care.
    Should I get one of those 2wd sidecar rigs for driving in December, January, February, and March?
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    The Russian ones? They'd rock, and are allegedly indestructible. Someone might confuse you for a Trumpist though, unless you painted it blue.
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    As long as the snow is below the sidecar sub-frame you should be OK with one-wheel drive. This from a number of years using a sidecar as primary transport in Chicago, warmer than driving my rusted -out '63 bug
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    I've been impressed with my sweetie's little Honda Fit. Bigger inside than out. Zippy fun to drive. No manual, methinks.

    Or... I'd second the Mazda CX-3
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    Seriously, K. and I are going to test drive a WRX STi today. She needs a replacement for her much loved and daily driven 1987 Corolla GTS Twincam, a truly fun zippy economical little car. The WRX STi is the closest we’ve found.

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    The WRX STi is a very impressive piece of machinery. I wish I found it more comfortable.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    The WRX STi is a very impressive piece of machinery. I wish I found it more comfortable.
    Why is it uncomfortable?

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    wrx sit seems a giant step up from a thirty year old corolla. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Should I get one of those 2wd sidecar rigs for driving in December, January, February, and March?
    I wonder if you can fit one on an otherwise slightly overpowered on/off road bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    wrx sit seems a giant step up from a thirty year old corolla. . .
    You may remember she bought an Audi S5 a couple of years ago. It sits every day as she prefers driving the ‘87 Corolla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Why is it uncomfortable?
    I just don't find the seating position and seat fit all that comfortable. Probably because I've become accustomed to a higher-sitting, upright-stance vehicle with easier entry and exit.

    I'm also bummed to see they no longer offer a wagon version in Canada. Dunno about the USA.

    What are you doing about it?




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    I drove an early Ford Fiesta for awhile.

    As I recall, it had a 2-liter-plus engine MADE IN GERMANY.

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    might need to train the rottie..
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    Can I interest you in a pedal powered roadster, sir?

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    Do you need good ground clearance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I've been impressed with my sweetie's little Honda Fit. Bigger inside than out. Zippy fun to drive. No manual, methinks.3
    There's a stick Fit in my drive at this moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaseLockedLoop View Post
    There's a stick Fit in my drive at this moment.
    What sort of sticks did you use to build it? <G>

    OK, seriously... that's good to know.
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    A friend just bought a Prius plug-in and they love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Do you need good ground clearance?
    Negative
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    A friend just bought a Prius plug-in and they love it!
    I've driven Priuses. That antitheses of 'zippy', I'd say. Also not all that roomy behind the driver. OK if the dog was happy to lie down throughout, I guess.
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    Hyundai i10 1.2. We had one for 6 years now, great little car. As for mpg, the best we ever got is the high 50's on a journey keeping the speed to just under 60 mph.
    http://www.hyundai.co.uk/new-cars/ne...YLjg&gclsrc=ds

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    I'm partial to the Kia Soul because the roof is high enough for convenient entry and exit. There are lots of small crossovers with high roofs, but I prefer front wheel drive.

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    The Soul; may not be "zippy" enough, but I've got half a million miles of ownership in the Chrysler Horizon/Omni and really like small hatch-backs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    I'm partial to the Kia Soul because the roof is high enough for convenient entry and exit. There are lots of small crossovers with high roofs, but I prefer front wheel drive.
    I'll never go back to front wheel drive as long as I live in Manitoba, but the Soul was a great rental on my last trip to New England.

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    SWMBO had a WRX wagon, zippy for sure, it was never comfortable for me and fuel economy was not very good about 25mpg. But that was 2005, maybe better now. Fun to drive, it remained tight after well over 100k miles, a few tickets though.
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    I am going to drive a fiat abarth 500 from Florence to Venice tomorrow. I'll submit a report.
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    Don't think I'd be interested in any flavor of Fiat500. Too many bad reliability ratings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Get a kickass motorbike with a sidecar. Goggles on the dog. No kayak accommodations, but you won't care.
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    Can the dog ride pillon?
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