Cadillacs, Lincolns too, Mercurys and Subarus
So, the time has come to say farewell to an old friend - my '92 Ford Explorer. While her engine is still in pretty good shape, she's falling apart on me in other ways. Both passenger doors are broken and can't be opened. The paint, for some odd reason, has peeled right off the hood of the car. There's something wrong with the ignition and I'm thisclose to getting my key stuck in there, I know it. The brakes started squealing again. As much as I love the old lug, I just can't justify putting any more money into her (hey, I think my father said that about my mother recently!). And now I'm in need of a new car. This is where you come in.
I won't be buying brand new - the budget barely allows me to squeeze in a payment for a used car. I'll be getting something fairly recent, though. The question is, do I want to remain an SUV owner or do I want to go back to driving a regular car? The idea of nifty gas mileage is mighty tempting, but I also love driving an SUV, and I love having so much room for our stuff.
So your job today is to convince me either way - staying with the SUV or getting a car. I'll take recommendations as to specific makes and models. Two things: I have no problem with buying a foreign car and I am seriously tempted to buy another Ford just to give a big fuck you to these guys.
Ok, do your best to convince me that what I want to drive is what you think I should drive.
Update: No offense to some of you, but I don't want anything that is, resembles, can be misconstrued of or looks like a mini-van or a station wagon.