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    V6 Mustang convertible, that's what all girls drive
    ScarFace88 - "So you're a dildo?"

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      Originally posted by SquareLeft View Post
      The car should:
      1. be safe and reliable
      2. have an automatic transmission
      3. be a 4-door
      4. be equipped with a decent radio (must have phone/music player jack)
      5. be somewhat stylish (in 19-year-old girl-think)
      6. get decent fuel mileage
      7. cost less than $6,000
      If it wasn't for the 1st one, a Jetta would tick all those boxes. #3 and #5 are going to be hard to reconcile, though maybe a compact crossover like a Rav4?
      "Power corrupts. Lack of power corrupts absolutely."
      -Redliner, ironically



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        Originally posted by prizrak View Post
        V6 Mustang convertible, that's what all girls drive
        When you find me that 'safe and reliable' 4-door Mustang V6 convertible, let me know!

        Kids today are just different. I didn't know about the 4-door thing until we were doing the search that ended in their purchasing the Sentra. I found a really nice Honda Civic coupe - which was immediately shot down with: "Two-doors are soooooo inconvenient. I don't want my friends having to crawl over the seats to get in the back." Lesson learned and remembered.

        SL
        Last edited by SquareLeft; November 15th, 2017, 11:44 PM.

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          Originally posted by SquareLeft View Post
          When you find me that 'safe and reliable' 4-door Mustang V6 convertible, let me know!
          They are extremely safe in that price bracket because SN95 V6 is sloooooow Just draw some doors on it
          ScarFace88 - "So you're a dildo?"

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            Originally posted by Labcoatguy View Post
            If it wasn't for the 1st one, a Jetta would tick all those boxes. #3 and #5 are going to be hard to reconcile, though maybe a compact crossover like a Rav4?
            She and her friends all like the newer small sedans, although the color must be 'right'. I don't think that a crossover would make the cut.

            Edit: Something like a Kia Soul might be OK.

            Edit again: Spectre, my initial question was more about day-to-day reliability than anything else.
            Last edited by SquareLeft; November 15th, 2017, 11:52 PM.

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              No mileage listed has me concerned.
              https://huntington.craigslist.org/ct...386094455.html

              This seems more promising. Blue seat inserts seem weird.
              https://huntington.craigslist.org/ct...370928994.html
              1993 Ford F-150 Flareside - July 2010 - August 2013
              2004 Ford Mustang - September 2013 - February 2018
              1987 Mercury Colony Park GS - August 2015 - Present
              2003 EZGO TXT - March 2015 - Present (it's road legal!)
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                Originally posted by 93Flareside View Post
                No mileage listed has me concerned.
                https://huntington.craigslist.org/ct...386094455.html
                This one is almost undoubtedly a scam.

                Originally posted by 93Flareside View Post
                This seems more promising. Blue seat inserts seem weird.
                https://huntington.craigslist.org/ct...370928994.html
                Possibility, but not really looking for something like this. Simple is better in this case. Small/medium size 4-door sedan, preferably FWD Japanese or Korean.
                Yeah, it's boring, but it's also a proven formula. The young lady in this case doesn't care about performance, handling or brand name. She just wants to turn the key and go. Mom makes sure that the maintenance happens on time.

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                  Originally posted by SquareLeft View Post
                  This is the first decent-looking prospect I've found. I'm not a big Hyundai fan and don't know a lot about them, except that my friends who have purchased them are NOT 'car people'. I do have on autocrosser buddy who has a Tiburon that he's turbo-ed and generally thrown gobs of money at without any good results, but that one really doesn't count.

                  So, any and all comments are welcome:
                  https://huntington.craigslist.org/ct...387802177.html

                  SL
                  Skip the Accent. While it represents a lot of value for money when new, it doesn't change the fact that the thing is absolutely a bottom-feeder bargain bin car (albeit of a better caliber than a lot in the segment.) They seem to run about 130-140K, give or take, and then explode. This one's about to hit 100K. I'd run away from it because first, it's an Accent and second, it's about to hit 100k. You would be paying for a time bomb; another name for this platform is the most abandoned and police auctioned car in DFW, the Kia Rio.

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                    Originally posted by SquareLeft View Post
                    19-year-old female will drive the car to a local college.
                    It's not THAT far away, so she'll be living at home.

                    The car should:
                    1. be safe and reliable
                    2. have an automatic transmission
                    3. be a 4-door
                    4. be equipped with a decent radio (must have phone/music player jack)
                    5. be somewhat stylish (in 19-year-old girl-think)
                    6. get decent fuel mileage
                    7. cost less than $6,000

                    That's a pretty wide set of parameters, but I don't want to recommend anything that doesn't have a good track record. So far, I've found them a Sentra and a Corolla, both of which have been exceptionally reliable. This Accent just looked very clean...

                    Edit: For certain reasons, the car I recommend should be close to home, so I'm limiting my Craigslist search to the Huntington, WV one. I'm also looking at ebay & cars.com, but I'm mostly relying on Craigslist and local newspapers.

                    SL
                    In the "boring econobox" category, I would skip the smallest class and go for the next one up - the Civic/Corolla/Focus class. I suggest looking at a MY2014-on Kia Forte as a leader in value for money and reputed driving fun. The related Hyundai Elantra from roughly the same era is a little bit less of a value, little bit less fun to drive, but a solid choice. Skip the Sentra, those things have had sporadic but serious problems of late and their sales have reflected that. Corollas are a safe choice (usually, except for those that had the 2AZ-FE engine) but often resale values are high for what you don't get. The Civic is a similar story. Run away from anything with a Mitsubishi badge.

                    If the budget can go up another thousand or so, you can often get into a well equipped Sonata.

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                      Originally posted by SquareLeft View Post
                      When you find me that 'safe and reliable' 4-door Mustang V6 convertible, let me know!

                      Kids today are just different. I didn't know about the 4-door thing until we were doing the search that ended in their purchasing the Sentra. I found a really nice Honda Civic coupe - which was immediately shot down with: "Two-doors are soooooo inconvenient. I don't want my friends having to crawl over the seats to get in the back." Lesson learned and remembered.

                      SL
                      if you get a 2 door, you don't have to be designated driver, cause no one wants to crawl in and out of your car
                      so you can just hike along with them...
                      coupes rule

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                        Did the X100 come with significant underbody bracing? There's so few coupes out there I'm wondering if the convertible is stiff enough to still be a good handler. I've seen the following items mentioned on the Jaguar forums as an option to stiffen things up. Not quite apples to apples, but I remember that once I installed a central chassis rail brace on the Spyder, it felt significantly tighter, and reduced the already minimal cowl shake to the point where it was unnoticeable even on Boston roads.
                        https://www.ebay.com/itm/Jaguar-XK8-...e/172923538492
                        https://www.ebay.com/itm/JAGUAR-XK8-...E/172923582267
                        "Power corrupts. Lack of power corrupts absolutely."
                        -Redliner, ironically



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                          Its stiffer than the parent XJS, but a brace can be beneficial, yes.

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                            They usually do help when it comes to convertibles. I'm looking through ads and I've yet to see a single one that has pictures of the underside showing what they came with originally.
                            "Power corrupts. Lack of power corrupts absolutely."
                            -Redliner, ironically



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                              Originally posted by Labcoatguy View Post
                              They usually do help when it comes to convertibles. I'm looking through ads and I've yet to see a single one that has pictures of the underside showing what they came with originally.
                              Oh, they don't have any external underfloor bracing from the factory. It's all accomplished through unibody revisions.
                              Last edited by Spectre; December 4th, 2017, 12:20 AM.

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                                Originally posted by Spectre View Post
                                Oh, they don't have any external underfloor bracing from the factory. It's all accomplished through unibody revisions.
                                Oh interesting. I remember seeing some front bracing on late XJS convertibles, so I figured they'd carry over onto the successors.
                                "Power corrupts. Lack of power corrupts absolutely."
                                -Redliner, ironically



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                                  Originally posted by Labcoatguy View Post
                                  Oh interesting. I remember seeing some front bracing on late XJS convertibles, so I figured they'd carry over onto the successors.
                                  No. The parent Series I-III and XJS had front top bracing in the engine bay from the factory even on the hardtops but the successors didn't.

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                                    Hmm, digging a bit deeper it looks like the XK8 convertibles had a multipoint brace on the front end at least:
                                    https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/x...deo-faq-53870/

                                    Although geez, the convertibles are over 100 lb heavier.
                                    Last edited by Labcoatguy; December 4th, 2017, 12:36 AM.
                                    "Power corrupts. Lack of power corrupts absolutely."
                                    -Redliner, ironically



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                                      Yes, but that brace is there on the coupes as well. IIRC, the part number is something like HJA4616BC. There's no cross brace further back to prevent the rest of the body from flexing separately.

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