Ok I am sure I might get some slack about this from some people but I am at the point to where the 6 is going to become my weekend warrior. I need to find another car and I need to do it this weekend. I am down to three cars and I would like some help to decide. My three options come down to the following cars. Any advise on any of the cars would be appreciated.
1. 08 Honda fit- This is the adult in me wanting a good gas mileage car.
the honda fit is the least practical unless you're always going to be driving alone...
plus you're in texas. Go readin the forums how well those fits do on gas with the A/C blasting in the summer.. they still do decently, but not spectacularly... it instantly drops it to within reach of your other choices on the list, assuming you aren't constantly dipping into the go pedal.
The most practical is probabl;y the MSP.
The most fun is without doubt the miata.
frankly - all good choices. the fit can be boosted fairly easily and become a fun little ride... still getting okay mileage lol.
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if you've been reading, gas is nothing but going up especially in the holidays. and im sure youre used to texas heat. its not too bad. the mazdaspeed, well, you know how you would drive it or be tempted to drive it.
and the fit would be most practical for gas and daily driving. be the one people say when they see you at a stop light sitting in their trucks.......................i wish i was that guy driving an econ.
However, have you thought about mini cooper s? Those cars handle well, get decent gas mileage 28-30ish IIRC and still have enough grunt to have fun in. Plus, you will not find better customer service from a dealership. Free maintenance for 3 years without hassling you about things will make you happy.
I was going to say get the Miata, as a top down car is a frickin blast
but its sold now
That other mazda seems damn nice. Great deal too.
Too bad the Miatas are so damn small, otherwise I would have got one, But at 6' and 180, they're too small for me by a longshot
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the miata was engineered to be lightweight and nimble so that u can go fast without packing a crap load of power.
less weigh = eat less gas if u don't go too happy on the fun pedal. RWD is definately a plus.
my sister drives a fit. yea, it does have 4 seats, but they're very uncomfortable seats. and the up right driving position just isn't my thing. but if that's your game, go for it.
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Ive been told by a couple people that owned MSPs and they had lots of quirky problems so Ive always avoided them. Not to mention they hold their value way too well for what they are. I mean they had some rims, a turbo and a nice body kit package but its just a protege. Its just like how people pay $5k more for a Type-R honda.
Miata isnt practical for size but if you dont need space or a trunk go for it.
I like the new Fit as well because the gas milage and having a new car with a warranty and a lower APR is worthy of considering. I just got done redoing the entire brake system on my DD and I hate not have buying a new car with these deals out there. They are offering 0% APR for multiple years, free oil changes, free fuel etc etc. Find a good deal on a new car with a warranty!
I would go for the Miata. I lived in Houston and worked for a pool company for 3 years doing pools in the summer heat, it's not that bad. You know as well as I do what Houston traffic is like and you don't want a bunch of miles on a used and boosted car. That Protege probably hasn't been beaten on too hard but it's still used and isn't much of a car as is. With the Fit you'd have a car payment along with that adult in you thinking. I'm guessing you could pay for the Miata and MSP out of pocket correct?
Either way, if you get either boosted car...change the intercooler..they're both plastic end tanked and sun and heat kills plastic pretty quickly. You get that dry rot and then it starts to crack the same way plastic end tanked radiators do. The last thing you want to be is that jackass that freezes the 610 loop in the middle lane.
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