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ewenm

26,955 posts

128 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
unpc said:
OK i missed the bit about 2+2 but stupid?
Check his profile wink

Captain Muppet

8,030 posts

148 months

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SystemParanoia said:
Bring one of these with you



and fly that damn flag for queen and country!
Yes, by jingo, when we put our minds to it we can fail at building even the most exciting of cars.

Also the US won't let you have one. Not enough airbags. Land of the mostly free.

SystemParanoia

9,694 posts

81 months

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register it as a kit car.. they wont know lol

S3_Graham

11,692 posts

82 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
SystemParanoia said:
register it as a kit car.. they wont know lol
they all smell of glue anyway dont they?

unpc

1,042 posts

96 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
ewenm said:
unpc said:
OK i missed the bit about 2+2 but stupid?
Check his profile wink
Doh!

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swerni

21,742 posts

93 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
unpc said:
ewenm said:
unpc said:
OK i missed the bit about 2+2 but stupid?
Check his profile wink
Doh!
Sorry, I was being ironic wink

DanDC5

8,596 posts

50 months

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I'd buy the same as what I'd like to buy over here. A Nissan GTR. Running one in the US will be a lot cheaper biggrin

Twincam16

27,646 posts

141 months

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One of these:



I'd scour classified ads in far-flung states hundreds of miles from the sort of places that do concours or are full of dealerships selling these things to baby-boomers for crazy money, then go on some epic road trip to bring it back.

SystemParanoia

9,694 posts

81 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
S3_Graham said:
SystemParanoia said:
register it as a kit car.. they wont know lol
they all smell of glue anyway dont they?
can you import via canada? or mexico ?

alfasud1

62 posts

46 months

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F350 super lariat king cab, dual axles etc..........mmmmmmm

LotusOmega375D

2,493 posts

36 months

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I hear that the Toyota Prius is a very popular choice on the other side of the pond.

Madmatt74

273 posts

40 months

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Its got to be a trans am modified my chip! smile

Highway Star

2,976 posts

114 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
Get some Americana.

When we first moved Stateside, we had no credit history and didn't want to spend savings on buying a car, so went with pretty much one of the cheapest leases we could find.

Honda Civic SiR (bit like the Type R, but with the same body as the previous generation Hybrid Civic we had here). This was a decent car for my wife and she loved it, but don't think it really fulfills your criteria.

So you might be more interested in what I owned, once we'd saved up some cash:

Ford F150 Lariat Supercab with 4.6L V8 - bit like this:



Then saw one of these for sale outside someone's front yard when in Des Moines for the State Fair and had to have it:

1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible (8.2l V8) Should have looked like this:



Actually looked more like this:



Was the coolest thing on the highway (I thought), but was rotten as a peach, had shagged suspension, none of the electrics worked, the roof was torn and drank oil as quickly as gas (which was damned quick) leaving a huge black plume behind it everywhere we went. My wife hated it hehe . Finally blew up on Highway 30 and caught fire.

Sadly, photos were all on a camera which got nicked, so I've lost them all frown

Finally decided to spend a bit more cash and saw the Chevelle 454 SS in my profile pic for sale at a car show in Des Moines. It was the seller's dad's car and he'd passed away, so the guy was selling on behalf of his mum. The guy's dad had had it since new, the guy had been to his high school prom in it, but couldn't bear to keep it frown

fking awesome car and now worth bucket loads more than when I had it. Makes my current drive of a (albeit very capable) Skoda seem rather tawdry in comparison frown



Edited by Highway Star on Monday 24th September 19:06

Matt Harper

3,430 posts

84 months

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shibby! said:
Question?

Do you requiree a US driving license to buy a car?
Your foreign driving license is enough for a year.
You don't need a US license to make the purchase - but the title, tag and insurance is where it gets messy without US credentials.
You may not drive around on a foreign license for more than 30 days, if you become resident in this state.

Matt Harper

3,430 posts

84 months

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Budget dictates and without a hint at that, it's all pretty speculative.
Mustang is too small for family (even young kids) but is dynamically superior to the Camaro or Charger/Challenger in both 6 and 8cyl guise. CTS-V is a great suggestion if the money works - they hold value impressively. Latest 392 powered 300C is a beast also.
Where in FL have you moved to?

Matt Harper

3,430 posts

84 months

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Budget dictates and without a hint at that, it's all pretty speculative.
Mustang is too small for family (even young kids) but is dynamically superior to the Camaro or Charger/Challenger in both 6 and 8cyl guise. CTS-V is a great suggestion if the money works - they hold value impressively. Latest 392 powered 300C is a beast also.
Where in FL have you moved to?

Edit to add: re-read and spotted Porsche Panamera comment which does suggest a budget range - if a US car is under consideration (they're all I've owned since moving here), I'd test-drive a CTS-V.

swerni

21,742 posts

93 months

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Matt Harper said:
Budget dictates and without a hint at that, it's all pretty speculative.
Mustang is too small for family (even young kids) but is dynamically superior to the Camaro or Charger/Challenger in both 6 and 8cyl guise..
It's also fugly

Shame, it used to be such a nice car, now it's gone all mainstream wink

Matt Harper

3,430 posts

84 months

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Aesthetics are subjective of course. My work has given me very extensive access to all three Mustang/Camaro/Challenger and I considered all three when I bought my Mustang.
I think the Challenger is the most pleasing to look at (aside from being a bit over-inflated, compared to the original). Personally I feel that the Chevy looks like two different cars welded together at the A-pillar. The front is all big and bulky and cartoon-like. Despite trying my best to like the alternatives (and coming out of a 6.1 Mopar which I really loved), once you drive all three, the Ford is so much sharper than the others, is faster, lighter, handles/grips better and depreciates slower.
It'll do me until the next gen Barracuda is launched.

swerni

21,742 posts

93 months

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I like comic book,

Have a look at the concept drawings of the Chevelle.

Very nice


YankeePorker

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3,914 posts

124 months

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Thanks for replies - I've been scouting the classifieds. My conclusions so far are:

- it's time to own some yankee muscle car. Seems a shame to come all the way over here to the land of cheap "gas" and buy a European car.

- Camaro, not convinced by styling. Monster power version is a ragtop.

- Mustang, only the Shelby GT500 will do, but it really is a 2+2. I have 3 kids, and the Challenger does actually have room for 3 in the back.

- Challenger, the SRT8 models with the 6.4 litre V8 would be hard to say no to, particularly as it comes with a manual gearbox.

- Caddie CTS V - my neighbour has one. I liked the huge central exhausts hanging out the back of it and did a bit of research. Apart from it's appetite for gas (all of my choices will guzzle anyway), owners complained about nasty, shunty transmission. Looks are bit too angular for me.

- older muscle - my brother had a '66 Mustang when he lived in Houston. I think the word I'm looking for is between agricultural and rustic - let's say rusticultural. But that Bullit look is cool....

- budget, could stretch to $50k easily enough, so European cars used, US cars would have the option of new.

- am living in Coconut Grove in Miami and would prefer tintop to convertible due to extraordinary heat in summer and tropical rainstorms, no garage, etc.

Funny thing over here is that people are telling me to lease to build up my credit history. I'm maybe a bit old school, but have always preferred to buy the things that I want outright rather than on credit, the exception being houses of course. Maybe will have to overcome my stubborn principles as if we want to buy a house (to stop paying EXORBITANT rental rates) then a credit rating might be handy.

Thanks for the replies - you've given me plenty of food for thought unlike my wife. I asked her what sort of car she wants and she said "A yellow one..."

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