Best "under the radar" vehicle?

Blind_Io

"Be The Match" Registered
DONOR
Joined
Apr 5, 2006
Messages
22,612
Location
Utah, USA
Car(s)
06 XTerra, '00 VFR800, '07 ST1300, '11 Multistrada
I know this isn't quite what you are looking for, but my first thought was for a car to drive on the highway that can be overlooked by police. Naturally that would mean a silver Taurus SHO:



Also, the Mercury Marauder

 

narf

Sgt. Maj. Buzzkill
DONOR
Joined
Feb 1, 2008
Messages
18,361
Location
Kiel/Wherever, Germany
Car(s)
'19 BMW M240i
While we're at the subject of cars not available to the OP, almost every Skoda :D namely the RS models, and the 2.0TSI / VR6 Superb... the higher-tune 2.0TDI is quite brisk as well.
 

Posambique

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2014
Messages
639
Location
Helsinki, Finland
Car(s)
Porsche 944 -86, BMW 323i Coupe -96
The Fiesta ST truly is a great car. Would be my recommendation. Especially as the road noise isn?t as bas as here in Finland
 

fiveiron

Member
Joined
Jul 21, 2014
Messages
14
Location
Michigan, USA
Car(s)
Ford Explorer
The Fiesta ST truly is a great car. Would be my recommendation. Especially as the road noise isn?t as bas as here in Finland
I think this is probably as close as one can get to an awesome yet simple and versatile vehicle on the cheap. I qualify for the A Plan discount. I may just go for the ST1 and skip on the Ricaro seats or leather. I'll just have to save a bit more or find one used.
 

Aston Martin

Proudly supports terrible french cars
Joined
Sep 20, 2006
Messages
15,634
Location
Hull, England
Car(s)
Cactus and Panda Classic
Import a Fiat Uno Sporting from Brazil.






Not because it's a Panda in a hat. :p
 

jasonof2000

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 6, 2008
Messages
1,938
Location
Delmarva Peninsula
Car(s)
2013 Lincoln MKT, 2002 Miata SE, 2012 Honda NC700
Focus SVT or a Miata. Both are great driving cars that take mods well and fly under the radar to non-car people.
 

luokyio

Merc Maniac
Joined
Apr 18, 2005
Messages
1,640
Location
Savonlinna, Finland
Car(s)
Q7, Soarer, Scorpio
Using a Fiesta as a family car... That is going to be a pain in the arse... I'd definately go with a full-size US car if it would be an option. Life is so much easier when you do not need to work hard to get everything fit.
 

AMDX1325

Member
Joined
Oct 22, 2010
Messages
84
Location
NYC
Car(s)
VW Jetta MKV, Suzuki Aerio GS, MB 560SEL
Mentioning minivan...


Behold the Honda Odyssey! An 03 model or newer with the 5 speed do not have the transmission early death issue of the prior 4 speed. The 2003 model and newer also packs an upgraded V6 that people used to take out and drop in civics...Contrary to its appearance, it actually handles great for a family hauler (better than alot of sedans!). Plus it sits 7 adults comfortably as well!
 
Last edited:

Spectre

The Deported
Joined
Feb 1, 2007
Messages
36,871
Location
Dallas, Texas
Car(s)
00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
Mentioning minivan...


Behold the Honda Odyssey! An 03 model or newer with the 5 speed do not have the transmission early death issue of the prior 4 speed. The 2003 model and newer also packs an upgraded V6 that people used to take out and drop in civics...Contrary to its appearance, it actually handles great for a family hauler (better than alot of sedans!). Plus it sits 7 adults comfortably as well!
Behold the Odyssey on the Motor Trend 2010 Top 10 Worst Handling Cars list.

Retired ex-police Dodge Charger V8s are showing up on the used market now, often for well under $17K. The 09 up V8 police variants use the Daytona R/T engine with 368hp and 395 lb/ft, older ones have the 340hp engine.

http://dallas.en.craigslist.org/dal/cto/4580396956.html
http://dallas.en.craigslist.org/dal/ctd/4549020786.html
http://dallas.en.craigslist.org/dal/ctd/4542502396.html

You can even find some 2012s for just slightly over the budget:

http://dallas.en.craigslist.org/dal/ctd/4577653703.html
 
Last edited:

fiveiron

Member
Joined
Jul 21, 2014
Messages
14
Location
Michigan, USA
Car(s)
Ford Explorer
Not driving another minivan, thanks... and I really don't want high mileage either. My Explorer has 133k and spending 9k on a car with +100k miles doesn't sound very smart.

Looked at a used Mazdaspeed3 but wow, awful gas mileage. Sweet ride, great handling and quick.

Still leaning used Fiesta ST. Might do standard SE with a few options as they are fun little cars.
 

CraigB

Ich bin ein Kartoffel
DONOR
Joined
Feb 14, 2007
Messages
13,670
Location
SWMO
Car(s)
Mustang SVO - Nissan Frontier Pro-4X & Altima
You are using a dragstrip video to demonstrate handling??!?!??!!?

In that case, a Top Fuel dragster must be the best handling car in the world.
At 300+ mph, sure. :p
 
Top