What car do you drive?


Probably time for an update…

I ended up selling the Verada. It needed someone with more time and better facilities to complete the rebuild, and I needed the garage space.

The Mitsubishi 380 is doing well. It’s been worked on a bit since I bought it - new water pump, timing belt and tensioners, top and bottom end engine seals, platinum spark plugs, drive belts, emission control purge valve, an injector clean, a transmission service, front and rear brakes done, a wheel balance and alignment, and switched to Penrite HPR-10 synthetic oil. I fitted a strut brace as well, which made a small but appreciable improvement during some harder cornering.

The exterior could use some attention, like a decent clean up, replacing the headlights and driving lights, and tapping out a couple of minor dents. The interior isn’t bad, but if I came across some nicer seats, I’d swap them in. I’d also considered replacing the standard head unit, since it’s limited for connectivity, but for now it does what I need it to do. (I’m not too interested in CarPlay, Android Auto, or anything touchscreen. Something “Eyes Free”, or controllable without breaking concentration would be preferable.)

The 3.8L V6 is a little heavier on fuel, but nowhere near as bad as I expected, and it certainly isn’t lacking in power and responsiveness off the line. It’s still so much fun to drive.



You are not alone…
I hate SUV’s, particularly when parked next to one & have to reverse out:unamused:



Thanks to everyone for the above info / comments! :slight_smile: Greatly appreciated.

Wife’s determined to at least test drive the Fiat, so doing that today. Trying to find a Sorento and or CX9 in our budget to test drive as well, as they look pretty descent. Ideally wanting under 100,000km and newer than 2014 but those combinations are tough in a $20k budget via a dealer. (Just don’t feel confident buying private, even though I’ve not had great luck with dealers either).



I prefer the styling of most sedans to most hatchbacks but I’ve been outvoted every time (1 me to 1 SWMBO) when it comes time to buy a family car :slight_smile:



I now drive a Mazda 2 (2013), pretty reliable small car that I bought second hand couple of years ago. Was going to get the Mazda 3 but i can’t justify a bigger car as it’s just me anyway! Although i sorta “own” the passenger seat of Benz SLK200, can’t fit anything in it at all :roll_eyes:

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I still find my Corolla Sedan very functional, though it does depend what you’re carrying. I’ve brought 2 Billy bookcases and some other furniture back from Ikea in mine. I’m often carrying a lot of smaller items which a sedan can cope wiht better than my Sister’s corolla hatch (For example).

The ultimate thing for functionality was the tradional Australian station wagon, which was by far the most functional of all, sadly it is pretty much dead now. The Falcon wagon was left to die a slow death and Holden reduced the boot space for looks with the sport wagon (although that was still pretty good.

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Government Auctions are also pretty good. My family have bought 6-7 cars from Pickles in Sydney over the last 20 years and they’ve all been great.



I have looked at the Corolla sedan, the car is medium sized but has good rear leg room (much better than the hatch). I had a 2016 Camry as a work car and that was a good on the highway but a little large for my needs around town. As much as I dislike them as a concept small/medium SUVs are just so damn practical.

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The Corolla hatch has a stupidly small boot IMHO. My Mum and Sister have the previous gen (2013 and 2015) models and the new 2018 onwards model has an even smaller boot.

The 2020 Corolla Sedan looks to be very good - all the positives of the current sedan (big boot, good interior room etc) but with a much better engine, transmission and better styling - similar to the great reviews the new hatch is getting.

People do like SUVs for the heightened driving position. I’ve rented an ASX and a Qashqai in Queensland while on holidays and appreciated sitting a bit further up but overall preferred my car :man_shrugging:

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I’ve always been a hatchback fan, and used to drive warm/hot hatches up until recently. I wasn’t much of an SUV fan until I test drove a few when we got our CX-5. Now I understand the appeal! I do occasionally miss the handling/performance though :wink:

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In that price range the.cx-9 would be roomy but too thirsty.
Maybe a Santa Fe highlander or sorento platinum under $20 k would be extremely good value.



I spend part of my time in the Philippines and part in Australia, a couple of months ago I decided I needed a better car over here for me and the family so I bought a 2018 Toyota Innova. We don’t get this model in Australia but it’s rear wheel drive and built on the same global platform as the Hilux and Fortuna. This variant is fitted with a 2.8 liter turbo diesel and a 6 speed automatic, has 3 rows of seats and fits 8 people (It’s got more space in the 3rd row than the SUVs which is the main reason I bought one. Ignore the abandoned house behind it, our place is err slightly better maintained lol.

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We err, got a good price. And my wife completely understands the car needs to be flawless in performance or I’ll be saying “I told you so” until one of us dies. :sunglasses:

Ultimately after searching through the sub $20k price range for 7 seater SUV cars that were under 5 years old, and under 100k km, this was the best we could find, at $17k with a very generous trade-in on our Zafira. We would have needed another $5k-$8k to get a Sorento / CX9 / etc with similar age/miles.

On the bright site - loaded an old iPhone up with every song in our collection, and it sits hidden in the middle console as a wireless jukebox via the U-Connect entertainment system, thanks to the USB point in there.

3 weeks later… Still happy with the car. Long drives are going to be bliss with the in-car DVD system and 3 wireless headphones…

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My two. One looking awful and not in a drivable state - the other mid-restoration. 2001 AU Series II and a 1969 XW Futura.