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    1. Yet ironically the inexpensive cars available...

      Yet ironically the inexpensive cars available today are much sportier and fun to drive than most of those options, save the bmw maybe. Mazda 3, Golf GTI, Accord Sport, you get the picture. They're...
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      That's certainly only been true the last few...

      That's certainly only been true the last few years and before that on heavily modified drag cars, etc. Almost anything stock was faster with a stick until a few years ago when autos began to have...
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      If you want to compare fwd to rwd, you need to...

      If you want to compare fwd to rwd, you need to compare similar vehicle classes. Like 1st gen Miata vs. Integra GS-R, or Volvo 940 Turbo vs. 850 Turbo. For example, when Volvo went to fwd the handling...
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      Basically, yes. I've had fun rwd cars and boring...

      Basically, yes. I've had fun rwd cars and boring ones. I've also had fun fwd cars and boring ones. There is little correlation.
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      Price seems on the high side given that 740s tend...

      Price seems on the high side given that 740s tend to be cheaper than 240s (mostly based on looks), and sedans less than wagons, typically. However the undervaluing of 740/940 cars makes them a good...
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      A base model 740 like mine (non turbo, manual...

      A base model 740 like mine (non turbo, manual everything except power windows) is every bit as simple as a 240, only better built, more reliable, and more refined. It's like an 80s Mercedes but with...
    7. If you're in an area that doesn't use road salt...

      If you're in an area that doesn't use road salt you can have your pick of Nissans, older Toyotas, 1st gen S-10s, etc which are all great. If you're in the rust belt, Ranger is probably the only...
    8. Was either a swap or modded. There are some merc...

      Was either a swap or modded. There are some merc diesels with big turbos that make real power. But stock, slower than a Volvo 240 or just about any car sold today.

      Edit: according to wikipedia,...
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      e36 would be my pick.

      e36 would be my pick.
    10. Acura TL-S with 337k...

      Acura TL-S with 337k
      http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/5217739755.html

      e36 318i with 303k
      http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/ctd/5239765061.html

      Landcruiser with 302k...
    11. That doesn't seem too far off for a steady state...

      That doesn't seem too far off for a steady state cruise. Have you hand calculated the mpg for same trip? I'd bet you're not getting under 35 mpg under those conditions.
    12. Best option will be a used Prius, uber reliable...

      Best option will be a used Prius, uber reliable and good resale when you want to dump it. Even a 10 year old one will be bulletproof. Keep the R for weekends or commuting one day a week.
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      In this case reliable as possible means less...

      In this case reliable as possible means less likely to break down, but not maintenance free. The LS certainly fits this description. Spend a little money getting the maintenance up to speed and I'd...
    14. No, 240s are not exciting cars to drive. But they...

      No, 240s are not exciting cars to drive. But they are strangely satisfying in a way that most econo-boxes aren't. They are slow and don't handle particularly well, but you can drive with your foot to...
    15. Other than the Pug 205 idea which I fully...

      Other than the Pug 205 idea which I fully support, I would be bringing some sort of Mercedes diesel van home.

      Something in this vein:...
    16. How in the world is a 2005 S60 worth 2k? And...

      How in the world is a 2005 S60 worth 2k? And don't delude yourself that the new BMW was a money saving move, unless you drive a lot of miles.
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      I beg to differ. Plenty of automatic...

      I beg to differ. Plenty of automatic transmissions running around with 300-400k, most notably RWD Volvos, Diesel Mercedes, Toyotas, 80s to early 90s Hondas, etc. With any of these transmissions,...
    18. Similar story for me, although I paid roughly 10x...

      Similar story for me, although I paid roughly 10x that for my 740 with 97,000 miles. It's needed some significant work (heater core, brakes, radiator) but now it's basically ready for another 100k....
    19. With the exception of regular maintenance and...

      With the exception of regular maintenance and maybe a heater core every 15-20 years a Volvo 740/940 will last damn near forever, no rebuilds needed. I've never even seen a very rusty one, even living...
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      I get 18-20 mpg in a 2000 2wd CR-V, and a friend...

      I get 18-20 mpg in a 2000 2wd CR-V, and a friend gets 17 mpg in her Accord. Lots of short city trips before the car warms up will do that.
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