My tC will be going away.
I'm not sure when yet, but it will. It has been good to me and a lot of fun - but I need to move on. I need to upgrade. More power, more fun... just something different. Whatever I end up with, I may even keep it mostly stock. Maybe just some minor cosmetic stuff (wheels? tint?).
So far I've been working on a spreadsheet of possible options (as I've mentioned in the past). Many of my previous considerations are still in the game for the most part. I currently have 6 cars in the running - though some more than others. In no particular order, I'm currently considering
- Volvo C30 R-Design
- Mazdaspeed 3
- Mini Cooper S
- Subaru WRX (2011 body style)
- Hyundai Genesis 2.0 Track
- VW GTI
And that's about as far as I've gotten. I mean, I've gone through and priced them all with the options I'd want and have compared... but I'm still left scratching my head. I really don't know what I want. I've compared warranty coverage (Volvo and Hyundai rock here). I've looked just at power (the WRX and Mazdaspeed 3 destroy everything else here). Even gas mileage is factored in (nothing is close to the Mini).
They have some negatives too... The C30 is kind of pricey - but am I paying for better warranty and stylish looks? The Mazdaspeed is quite small inside for it's exterior appearance. The Mini tries too hard to be quirky on the interior and really pushes me away. The WRX is only a 5spd with not fantastic warranty coverage. The Hyundai is the RWD out of the lot and long term reliability is still up in the air. The VW may also have reliability questions.
I still have a little while until I REALLY get into this and start test drives - but even narrowing things down to that part is hard. I'm going to spending way more money this time than with my tC (possibly as much as $10k more) so I want to make sure I nail it.
It just might take me a while...