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Old 01-09-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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I wish the Lincoln Continental (one of the cars on this list) would come back with the bench seat because then it would offer something unique that just about no car does anymore.

This used to be a big, roomy car in the interior, but nowadays it's not much better than many compact/mid sized cars with that confining console smacked right between the front seats.
Would a front bench seat be able to meet modern safety standards?
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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the Reason the GT-R sales dropped is it is pretty much the exact same car made in 2009 for $85K and with the Japanese yens inflation makes it cost over $110K today
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Here’s probably the title holder for this thread topic for a regular street car.


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Old 01-10-2019, 10:30 AM
 
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The 370z is a great car, but a new Z model should of been introduced 5 or 6 years ago.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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Originally Posted by Jowel View Post
I wish the Lincoln Continental (one of the cars on this list) would come back with the bench seat because then it would offer something unique that just about no car does anymore.

This used to be a big, roomy car in the interior, but nowadays it's not much better than many compact/mid sized cars with that confining console smacked right between the front seats.
My first car (Plymouth Duster) had a bench seat and I LOVED IT. I'd totally consider buying a car that had a front bench seat!
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:30 PM
 
Location: NYC
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It's a pretty good indication of the economy and who benefits from it and who doesn't.

Take the 90s when the economy was booming, people were getting jobs left and right. Salaries were jumping, you walk into a corporate parking lot and there's probably 50% all luxury and sports cars.

Today, the economy is booming but jobs are still pretty hard to land. Salaries only climbed maybe 5-7% the last 2 years. In a corporate parking lot, you see 1/2 the cars are over 10 years old and majority are SUVs and even the well to do folks drive a Toyota/Honda SUV to work instead of driving a Lexus or BMW.

When your college grads today makes an avg less than college grads 1-2 decades ago we have an economic problem here and people aren't gonna spurge for expensive cars. Back in the old days Porsches are regularly driven by bankers with less than 5 years of experience. Today most of these bankers are still trying to pay off their student loans and expensive rents.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:39 PM
 
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You could put the Korean KIA badges on it. I've seen quite a few.



The problem with them is that it screams "I'm ashamed to be seen in a KIA".
They're also not really the "Korean badges". They have the same ones over there that we get here. Purely an aftermarket thing.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:38 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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The Toyota Land Cruisers sell for $76K+, the Lexus equivalent for $85K+; Toyota Corporation is perfectly happy with those numbers.
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Old Yesterday, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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It's a pretty good indication of the economy and who benefits from it and who doesn't.

Take the 90s when the economy was booming, people were getting jobs left and right. Salaries were jumping, you walk into a corporate parking lot and there's probably 50% all luxury and sports cars.

Today, the economy is booming but jobs are still pretty hard to land. Salaries only climbed maybe 5-7% the last 2 years. In a corporate parking lot, you see 1/2 the cars are over 10 years old and majority are SUVs and even the well to do folks drive a Toyota/Honda SUV to work instead of driving a Lexus or BMW.

When your college grads today makes an avg less than college grads 1-2 decades ago we have an economic problem here and people aren't gonna spurge for expensive cars. Back in the old days Porsches are regularly driven by bankers with less than 5 years of experience. Today most of these bankers are still trying to pay off their student loans and expensive rents.
They weren't selling 70k Toyotas here adjusted for inflation. Luxury marques are doing just fine. BMW as a percent of the market share is a lot greater than the 90s. More BMWs, Mercedes, etc being sold today. Over 30 years the economy has changed though. The suburban office parks are pretty second tier real estate these days, especially the older stuff.

Student loans are a factor. IB was the place to be. Now it's crap. Who wants to work those hours for, what 90k with crappy working conditions and stress. Google, Facebook and what not start higher, better hours, better work environment, more glamorous work. Also just a difference in mindset. There's not the pretense in tech. Nobody even uses business cards anymore to alone worrying about fonts or embossing. North Face jackets are the new bespoke suit. Borrowing more than you can afford to squeeze into a used 911 so at least your in a real Porsche is like business cards, suits, and working for Lehman Brothers.
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Old Today, 08:45 AM
 
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I had considered purchasing a new MX-5 (Miata) a couple of years ago, but the valve for money just wasn't there. In my mind I could purchase a base model MX-5 or get a fully loaded Mazda 3.
The majority of the cars on this list fall into the more expensive then the average person can afford or a sports car that lacks what the average person would consider real HP to be a sports car. Even though the smaller sports cars are fun to drive, again I could get a new MX-5 or a base model Mustang GT.
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