I was due for a new car. A new new car. It took lots of research, a few test drives and of course some bumps along the way.
The great thing about the 1995 Nissan Maxima I was driving is that it was paid for. In recent months it had gotten to the point that I was virtually making a payment a month in repairs. New tires in April, a new starter in December, an oil leak issue in January. It had 150,000 miles on it. The engine was replaced at abou 140,000 which is great, except that the rest of the parts weren't. There was a daily alternation of burning oil or burning gas smell. The whistle of the leak in the sunroof liner was irritating. Every day I was worried that I'd end up on the side of I-5 waiting for a AAA tow truck.
|My old car, except my front bumper was maroon and the rear was black.|
Eventually I settled on a list to test drive. Hyundai was the first stop. The Veloster is a hot little two or three door car that is supposed to be driver focused and aimed at "car" people. I really wanted to like it but at only 138HP @6000rpm it was fairly gutless. I'd have had to get the turbo model and that seemed like a speeding ticket waiting to happen. It was easily the most disappointing test drive. The Elantra was a nice ride, not amazing but there were some nice options. A small mid-size/big compact that would fit my needs but not necessarily be anything special.
Any bets on what I bought?