So I'm looking to get a new car soon. Currently I have a 1999 Mercury Cougar (V6 model). It's OK, I guess, but too many electrical breakdowns have made it clear I bought an American car, so my next purchase is going to be foreign for sure. I'm looking at:
- Mini Cooper S
- Subaru Impreza WRX
- Lexus IS300
- Audi A4 3.0 Quattro
- Honda Accord Coupe EX
- VW Passat GLX
I know, wide range of prices and types of cars, but they all appeal to me in one way or another. I went for a test drive in a Mini yesterday. I had to dive 20 miles to the dealer, and when I got there, I was told I couldn't drive the S, only the normal Cooper. What the hell? They said they only have 3 on the lot and want to only give test drives to people who are ready to get one. Umm... how can I be ready to get one if I've never driven it... stupid dealer.
The Honda looks nice, but doesn't come with a manual transmission, so I think I'm going to have to rule it out. The WRX is very tempting, I'm going to test one out next weekend. And then the Passat, A4, and IS300 all look very nice and are at the cusp of my price range. The A4 quattro is on the top of my list right now, I'd just need to find a way to get the money for it!
So, anyone out there that owns any of these cars? Got an opinions? Anyone living in southern California and looking for a 99 Cougar? :)