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      29, learned when I was 16 shortly after getting...

      29, learned when I was 16 shortly after getting my license. Only driven manual cars until a couple years ago getting the 740, and briefly a CR-V. I'm really bored with autos at the moment.
    2. I identify with the faction of TCL that believes...

      I identify with the faction of TCL that believes AWD is for soccer moms, men with small members, people who don't use winter tires, and risk-averse ninnies. :popcorn:
    3. CLFOTD: 80's European market RWD I-6 turbo diesel 5mt wagon!

      I do believe we have reached peak TCL unicorn status!

      https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/5552321801.html

      http://images.craigslist.org/00N0N_5aNyB7h95q0_600x450.jpg
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    4. They're all on the west coast. One of the most...

      They're all on the west coast. One of the most reliable vans ever made if you don't have to deal with rust.
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      That is in original unadjusted fuel economy...

      That is in original unadjusted fuel economy ratings. A 1984 Olds 98 Diesel gets 18/26 in current fuel economy numbers.
    6. Things are a bit different on the coasts. In...

      Things are a bit different on the coasts. In Seattle, most newer GTIs are driven by middle age dads or families. Younger people are mostly driving older cars since all our money goes toward rent.
    7. Well I'm 29 and drive an old man car (Volvo 740...

      Well I'm 29 and drive an old man car (Volvo 740 wagon, non turbo, automatic). Is that inappropriate, or does that just make me a hipster? My "fun" car is a '94 Saab 900. Feels "fast" compared to the...
    8. 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...
    14. 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...
    15. 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.
    17. 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...
    18. 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.
    19. 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...
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