The poll results are IN and they’re not too surprising, with the Viggen taking two-thirds of the vote and an emphatic win.
There were a few theories and questions in the Poll article, however, so I thought I’d fill in the gaps and provide a little clarification where needed.
My car buying plans….
I’ve stated in the last few weeks that I plan to buy two cars this year: a weekend cruiser and a ‘daily driver’ or load lugger. Those plans still exist. I’d initially planned to buy the daily driver first, but as my stepson has two vehicles right now (Corolla and Impreza) there’s no urgent need for the daily driver. I can use one of his cars if needed.
So right now I’m looking for that special something, the car that’ll be rolled out maybe once during the week and then again on weekends.
This is a car that I plan to keep for some time. When I eventually get a daily driver, it won’t be expensive and it will be something that I’ll feel comfortable changing on a more regular basis, if needed.
The ‘fun’ car will need a decent network of suppliers and a good community around the brand to help out with advice. This exists for all three vehicles. All three brands can be maintained/repaired via workshops here in Hobart.
It’s not so much of a concern for the Viggen or the Renault, but for those drawing a line through the Alfa due to concerns about rust, note that whichever car I get, it will be properly garaged. In terms of climactic factors, whilst Hobart is colder than any other capital city in Australia, it’s also drier than just about all of them, too. Measured over the last 100 years or so, Hobart’s annual rainfall is actually about half of Sydney’s.
With basic attention to preserving the paintwork, rust shouldn’t be too big a problem with any of these vehicles as long as the fundamentals of the vehicle are already OK.
The cars….. covered in the order they were revealed:
The Alfa GTV6 is a 1984 model. It has original paint (red) and had a full engine rebuild a few years ago. Two of the car’s three previous owners are known (not personally, but I can get it in contact) back to the early 1990s when the car was run in Targa Tasmania.
The Viggen has been owned by the same guy for the last 4 years. It has an accident-free history and the paint is unblemished, save for some scuff marks on the bottom of the front bumper. The mileage is good for age and the current owner is a mechanic (non-Saab) who also has a 900 Turbo. The car is a 3-door in Lightning Blue, just like my old one. The interior has the carbon-fibre dash and perfect two-tone blue and black leather. The car is not modified at all, except for a full set of Koni adjustable dampers.
The Megane is an F1 Team model, though I’ve also considered a more local version in a slightly lower spec (a Cup version). Both are comparatively new and in good condition with no modifications or incidents to talk about. Just get in and drive.
I don’t have a long commute. My office is only around 15kms from home, and most days that journey involves our Saab 9000. What I’m looking for is something that my wife and I will both enjoy on a weekend drive around southern Tasmania, and something that I can use for club events or car shows if appropriate (all three would be appropriate for the club events and shows).
Basically, the car will be something I’m into, and something that will be fun to drive. It will have to do some things incredibly well, even if it does a few other things comparatively poorly.
I know I’ve mentioned a V8 cruiser in previous posts, even with an automatic transmission. As you can tell, all three cars are smaller than a V8 and all three are manuals. I guess it was nice to have the discussion and give it due consideration, but I’m still a ‘stick’ guy at heart.
Thanks for your patience and for coming along for the ride. I love shopping for cars and this process has consumed much of my day for the last month or so.
I’m only 40 hours or so from jumping on the plane. My plans have changed more than once since I booked the ticket and whilst I’m getting pretty settled with my choice now, it’s never over until the fat lady sings.