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Old 10-22-2013, 08:38 AM
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My ex-wife bought a Mini Cooper S without driving it first and then had to learn to live with how "darty" it is. Always test drive.
I'd say so too. "Expertise" in magazines often depends on incentives car makers give to journalists like fancy journeys to presentations at exotic locations, you will find very different opinions. Personally, i have already test driven cars where i thought "that's it" before, and was very underwhelmed by the test drive, and went for something else. On the other hand, there were cars i had as rental car i would have never considered before, yet the driving experience really surprised me.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:37 PM
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I'd say so too. "Expertise" in magazines often depends on incentives car makers give to journalists like fancy journeys to presentations at exotic locations, you will find very different opinions. Personally, i have already test driven cars where i thought "that's it" before, and was very underwhelmed by the test drive, and went for something else. On the other hand, there were cars i had as rental car i would have never considered before, yet the driving experience really surprised me.
Indeed. I'd have never considered a Ford Fusion, but I had one (old style Fusion) while the Mustang was getting repairs and I liked it. I drove the new Fusion and liked it more. The Chevy Spark is surprisingly good for a car that GM got ready quickly for the NA market. Yeah it's slow, but more car that $13-15K would suggest. The Sonic is another nicely done car that I would not have considered had I not driven it. My biggest disappointment was the Jeep Liberty. I was going to trade my Cherokee in and the test drive put an end to that.
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:26 AM
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I agree with the always test drive rule. A car that I can enjoy driving, with solid build quality and that looks half decent is a must. It needs to be reasonably practical and equipped as well. Which is probably why I've tended towards Mazdas as a new car purchase in recent times, although I am not a badge slave as such. Having said that, there are some brands I would never consider due to poor pre or post sales service (Ford, who are abysmal here in Aus) or long-term reliability concerns (Mitsubishi, Volkswagen).
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