OK, so we have been arguing about many cars apart from the mazda 3.
so, if money was not a factor, and notwithstanding the condition of the roads here, what car would you like? for what purpose, and most importantly, why is that car best for you?
well, let me start the ball rolling with a couple.
porsche 911Turbo the turbo 4wd version of the last aircooled porsche, 993 series
pure driving fun, requiring a bit sf skill to punt quickly but putting the most fun on the face. i have only driven a porsche twice, and only once in anger, but god that was fun. just an old 911SC.
the four wheel drive version fixes the one problem that the hugely powerful (up to 400hp) 911 turbo has, of oversteer that can quickly deelop into a flat spin if you don’t keep the throttle smooth mid-corner. the rear-engine weight distribution is simply the best for a racing car: you can’t argue with the evolution of F1 about that point.
it’s actually not the most recent turbo model but i prefer the body shape from a few years ago.
toyota landcruiser. big fat diesel 4x4 workhorse able to carry more than a ton across tall sand dunes, rocky riverbeds, muddy mountains, deep fords, etc. hugely capable offroad. (i used to be a field biologist in australia). not the best highway car, but even there eats up the miles in comfort. and when you’re done, just hose it out. really reliable, huge fuel tanks, big alternator for extra bits, up to models from about ten years ago, they were pretty easy to repair yourself too.
city and country cruiser. i like their technology and their design at the moment. and they introduced 4wd into rally, for sulavaca’s sake. semi manual gearbox, light aluminium body that doesn’t rust, four wheel drive, excellent balance and suspension… but this one’s been modded a bit too low for me
hey, 4wd seems to be the common thread here. glad i’m not paying for the petrol or the service bills though
and my current car: none.
so, what’s your favourite?