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SystemParanoia

9,620 posts

78 months

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taxi!


swerni

21,544 posts

90 months

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A yellow one you say


Like your style wink

Matt Harper

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YankeePorker said:
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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Welcome to FL - hope you settle in well.
Couple of points: ZL1 Camaro is available in coupe - just a bit cramped in the back.
The Tremec manual trans in the 392 Challenger is just as recalcitrant and the Caddy's, unfortunately.

Building credit is a challenge, though not helped with an auto lease. It would help your credit to finance a car purchase, which is do-able, assuming you have a visa that is current for the duration of the loan, or you are a LPR.

YankeePorker

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swerni said:
A yellow one you say


Like your style wink
French friends here are running around in a Hummer - they wanted a Jeep Wrangler, found them expensive, then saw the price of used Hummers now that petrol is getting a bit more expensive (still fill a big tank with "gas" for $60, so cheap as heck as far as I'm concerned!).

deltashad

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LotusOmega375D said:
I hear that the Toyota Prius is a very popular choice on the other side of the pond.
rofl

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YankeePorker

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Matt Harper said:
Welcome to FL - hope you settle in well.
Couple of points: ZL1 Camaro is available in coupe - just a bit cramped in the back.
The Tremec manual trans in the 392 Challenger is just as recalcitrant and the Caddy's, unfortunately.

Building credit is a challenge, though not helped with an auto lease. It would help your credit to finance a car purchase, which is do-able, assuming you have a visa that is current for the duration of the loan, or you are a LPR.
Hi Matt - thanks for that. 3 year visa for my wife's job, while I flit overseas and work wherever while waiting for the right to work in the USA.

So you mean building up credit history would only be aided by a new car purchase?

YankeePorker

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deltashad said:
LotusOmega375D said:
I hear that the Toyota Prius is a very popular choice on the other side of the pond.
rofl
You may laugh - I see a surprising number of people taking their kids to school on electric golf carts on the cycle path to avoid the traffic!

The Prius is somehow very California - don't know how a Prius air-con would cope with Miami.

Matt Harper

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YankeePorker said:
Hi Matt - thanks for that. 3 year visa for my wife's job, while I flit overseas and work wherever while waiting for the right to work in the USA.

So you mean building up credit history would only be aided by a new car purchase?
Not 'only' - my point was that an auto lease will not enhance your credit history, nor will purchasing a car outright - an auto loan will.
So is your status L2, or H4?

YankeePorker

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L2, under the sway of my wife's L1.

aka_kerrly

6,580 posts

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300bhp/ton said:
Remember American cars are designed to be modified. If you want more power, more revs and more noise. It's all easily available.

Maybe keep an eye out for a 2003/4 Mustang Cobra, very capable cars. Lots of rather cool retro options available too, maybe some late 60's or 70's muscle should be considered?
beer

Is the right answer, modern Mustang or 70s retro with modern upgrades!

Would Sir like...

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledet...

or the classic



http://www.autotraderclassics.com/classic-car/1967...

pidsy

2,217 posts

37 months

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Ford f-650.



Get it bought!

Matt Harper

3,284 posts

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YankeePorker said:
L2, under the sway of my wife's L1.
Excellent - H4 being hugely restrictive - really tricky to get credit when you are not authorized to work!

Matt Harper

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swerni said:
I like comic book,

Have a look at the concept drawings of the Chevelle.

Very nice
I'm very familiar with that concept - but I can't help thinking that's all it will ever be - similar zeta underpinning that would merely canibalize Camaro.
Far more likely (i.e. at pre-production) is Caprice, which some law enforcement agencies are trialing right now.

Regarding SRT Barracuda - this will share it's architecture with larger rear drive new Fiat, Alfa and maybe Maserati offerings, be similar in size to current Mustang - i.e. a lot more compact than current LY platform Challenger and have a range of 4, 6 and 8 cyl engines. Mind you, the world could end tomorrow as well, so who knows...

DrTre

12,428 posts

112 months

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Miata

Earl'Dingleberry

170 posts

20 months

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Get some real Americana.


FisiP1

1,218 posts

33 months

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New GT500 no question.

Herman Toothrot

5,519 posts

78 months

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Ford Super Duty Pickup thing F-450 & a Vette

steviegunn

802 posts

64 months

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One of these in matt black:



And a crew cab Dodge Ram with a Hemi V8

Matt Harper

3,284 posts

81 months

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steviegunn said:
One of these in matt black:



And a crew cab Dodge Ram with a Hemi V8
Good heavens! What a monstrosity.

SystemParanoia

9,620 posts

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i like it smile
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