Think I am closing in on a car or two, but here is one I have my eye on. It’s a 2006 Subaru Outback 3.0 R VDC Limited, and here is what I like about it.
1.) It is a Subaru.
2.) It is a 2006 model Outback, and they changed the design in 2007 and they are less comfortable (translation- narrower seats which are less comfortable for fatbodies).
3.) Very decent mileage- I got my last car with 130k miles.
4.) The interior is pristine, I like the leather seats and all the perks, because I have never owned a car that nice.
5.) I really like the lines and color of the exterior.
6.) It has a sunroof and a very nice sound system.
7.) It has a 3.0 engine, which is a bit beefier than the normal outback engines.
8.) Has a great safety rating and side airbags, etc.
Things that suck:
1.) The bigger engine means shittier mileage.
2.) I will not be able to use regular unleaded, but either mid-grade or premium.
3.) While it will come with a drive train warranty and the usual crap, will it come with an electronics warranty?
4.) The gas mileage. I mentioned that, but yeah, it is an issue.
5.) The windows are not tinted. Never had them before, but after driving my mother’s car, I want them because it really cuts down the glare. I can add those on afterwards.
6.) No USB port.
I really, really do like this car and the specs and everything it has, but I guess the true test will be the test drive. Still, that gas mileage is really shitty. I am trying to justify it by saying to myself that since I only drive ten k or less a year, it would be better if I owned it than someone who would drive thirty k a year and then run it into the ground, dump it, and buy another car, so overall the environmental impact of me owning it would be better.
How is that for rationalization?
Also too, I really like how it looks.