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    1. Member GLI Dan's Avatar
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      02-21-2020 09:51 AM #26
      The fact that you think our lack of driving roads down here would change the type of car you want is hysterical. Those of you who live in the damn boonies in the fly over states, you do realize that the nice flashy cars we all pine about are bought by wealthy individuals and wealth tends to accumulate in desirable destinations which coincides with high property values, aka Florida. There are likely more high end and collectors cars in Florida than there are in all the states between NY and FL.


      Best car for FL? The best car for whatever your needs are wherever you currently are. The only difference, no snow, so unless you're one of the fake rednecks...or an actual central-west Floridian redneck, you can cross of any need for AWD/4WD.


      Also, whoever said good rain tires, correct, but if you spun your car on new tires you did something wrong. Water is water, doesn't matter how much, know how to drive in it. If your parents are "scared" by rain storms and think their subaru will make a damn bit of difference, they likely need to just stop driving and stay off the road along with 95% of drivers down here who suddenly can't do a damn thing at the first sign of water falling from the sky.

      /endrant
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      02-21-2020 09:53 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      Personally I donít think Iíd own a convertible down here except as like a 3rd or 4th car, itís just too damn hot for a lot of the year and thatís no fun.
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      As for people suggesting a convertible. It would suck 8-9 month of the year. Too much heat and sun to use it.
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      02-21-2020 09:54 AM #28
      Since I've lived in Florida for 26 years now, I pick what I pick for myself because I like it, but I think if I were to pick the perfect all-around vehicle (not just my personal preference), I'd have to say ideal would be a 3-6 year old AWD slightly raised wagon/hatch with a nice big sunroof and decent power, and good all-weather tires...used Volvo V60 Cross Country, Subaru Forester or Outback, Audi Allroad, etc.
      Reasoning:
      - Still can have reasonable cache to keep up with the middle-upper class without being rejected from the valet lot, yet not so much cache that you're followed home by a van full of people with guns who want to carjack you or rob your home.
      - Wagon/hatch generally will still handle and drive better than SUVs, and still allow you to be a little different
      - Wagon/hatch still has essentially the same passenger and cargo space and flexibility as the SUV, yet can still get better mileage
      - AWD and good all-weather tires for the nearly daily rain we have down here
      - Raised ground clearance so you don't have to worry about driving through 24 inch deep water ponding on the road
      - Just tall enough to clear opossums and turtles in the road without destroying the underbody, yet still not so high as to compromise handling and cross-wind resistance
      - Used/older car so door dings and bumped chips won't cause you to go insane with anger and frustration - because you WILL get them, regularly.
      - Still reasonably small enough to get around and park anywhere, squirt through traffic
      - Still able to accelerate well and get around and away from the rolling blue-hair roadblocks that drive along at 31MPH in the middle of two lanes, and also quick enough to shut down the 21 year old with the coffee-can exhaust lowered Civic with a subwoofer larger than his engine trying to cut in front of you.
      - Usually have really good AC
      - No convertible cloth/vinyl tops which are far too easy to break into and will likely be sliced open at some point in the first few years to try to steal something inside the car, steal the car, or just vandalize it for fun
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      02-21-2020 10:04 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      Unfortunately it really is. Remote start and remote doors to open the thing up and cool it off quickly, good A/C, plenty of space, absolutely donít care about that itís currently full of sand, etc etc etc.

      In fact, we are coming back to the panhandle in June, driving from IL, and I just checked, I can rent a minivan for <$400 for the week to make the trip, that keeps ~2500 miles off of our car and means zero worries about bringing stuff, etc. seems like a no brainer.
      Only when on vacation with a bunch of kids. The title here is Best car if you live in FL? If you lived here with kids then you would either have a minivan or a Tahoe.

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      02-21-2020 10:14 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post
      The fact that you think our lack of driving roads down here would change the type of car you want is hysterical. Those of you who live in the damn boonies in the fly over states, you do realize that the nice flashy cars we all pine about are bought by wealthy individuals and wealth tends to accumulate in desirable destinations which coincides with high property values, aka Florida. There are likely more high end and collectors cars in Florida than there are in all the states between NY and FL.


      Best car for FL? The best car for whatever your needs are wherever you currently are. The only difference, no snow, so unless you're one of the fake rednecks...or an actual central-west Floridian redneck, you can cross of any need for AWD/4WD.


      Also, whoever said good rain tires, correct, but if you spun your car on new tires you did something wrong. Water is water, doesn't matter how much, know how to drive in it. If your parents are "scared" by rain storms and think their subaru will make a damn bit of difference, they likely need to just stop driving and stay off the road along with 95% of drivers down here who suddenly can't do a damn thing at the first sign of water falling from the sky.

      /endrant
      This. There is no need for AWD in FL if you are driving only on paved roads and have proper, legal tires.

    7. 02-21-2020 10:19 AM #31
      I live in Florida. I have a Cabrio and the top is rarely down. So much so I've been considering finding a GTI shell to swap to. Renting a vert while on a trip here makes sense to check that box but owning one for day to day driving gets old.
      People don't know how to park, and parking spots are rarely wider than 8'.
      So my final answer is; a used gray Ford Edge with tinted windows. Inconspicuous, subtle, versatile enough to pick your fam up at the airport, and you won't even keep track of the door dings.
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      02-21-2020 11:13 AM #33
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      02-21-2020 11:31 AM #35
      Bolt LT with cloth seats, or something like an Audi e-Tron or the new Mercedes thing.

      Why not take advantage of the nearly limitless sun juice to power your car? At least for a daily. To your point, it need not be sporty, the road surfaces are pretty good, and you don't have to worry about the decreased range issues brought on by cold weather.

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      02-21-2020 12:15 PM #36
      First of all, you'd want something really flashy and flamboyant. That's what everything is down there, so blend in. Otherwise, someone might want to talk to you or take pictures. AND WE CAN'T HAVE THAT. Secondly, no need to worry about your family as it will fall apart once you're immersed in all that a**. So, I'd get a used R8 or an Aston Martin... pair that with a few Greg Norman shirts and some pastel bermudas and you're set.
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      02-21-2020 12:40 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      Unfortunately it really is. Remote start and remote doors to open the thing up and cool it off quickly, good A/C, plenty of space, absolutely donít care about that itís currently full of sand, etc etc etc.

      In fact, we are coming back to the panhandle in June, driving from IL, and I just checked, I can rent a minivan for <$400 for the week to make the trip, that keeps ~2500 miles off of our car and means zero worries about bringing stuff, etc. seems like a no brainer.
      I had the exact same minivan as a rental when i went to FL (Pensacola, still sorta counts) to visit family last Christmas. Can confirm, ultimate Florida car. Not terrible to drive either since everything is flat and straight.
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      02-21-2020 12:51 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Sold Over Sticker View Post
      My best friends dad lives in Miami. His Ferrari F8 is on order. Turns out who cares about road and everyone cares about what car you roll up in.

      So that being said, Iíll take a new McLaren whatever or something. Show the Joneses whatís up.
      All of those would be really fun to have being single in Miami!


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      02-21-2020 01:03 PM #39
      Not that I'd necessarily choose this car but I always felt this color combo belongs in Florida. Exterior color is Snapper Rocks Blue.





      That said if I had to choose a more usable DD, then a Miami Blue Porsche Macan w/air conditioned seats.
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      02-21-2020 01:16 PM #40
      My last few Florida rental cars:

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      I echo that a JGC is a great fit for FL roads. Good A/C, comfy, good view around three lanes of traffic looking for passing opportunities, a ZF8 that makes sure the engine is right there, right now when you ask for it, and decent on gas with the auto stop/start. I was quite impressed; much better than any of the school buses (though K2XX > GMT900) or the Fusion.

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      02-21-2020 01:23 PM #41
      This with tinted windows:


    18. 02-21-2020 01:28 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post

      Best car for FL? The best car for whatever your needs are wherever you currently are. The only difference, no snow, so unless you're one of the fake rednecks...or an actual central-west Floridian redneck, you can cross of any need for AWD/4WD.


      Also, whoever said good rain tires, correct, but if you spun your car on new tires you did something wrong. Water is water, doesn't matter how much, know how to drive in it. If your parents are "scared" by rain storms and think their subaru will make a damn bit of difference, they likely need to just stop driving and stay off the road along with 95% of drivers down here who suddenly can't do a damn thing at the first sign of water falling from the sky.

      /endrant

      Except it does make a difference.
      Is AWD/4WD necessary? Absolutely not.
      Does it make a difference? Oh yes.

      My motherís old vehicle was a typical RWD V6 suv, any rain and it would spin the back tires even while on overdrive and with new Michelins, switched to an Outback.. she swore she never wanted 2wd again, eventually upgrade to an Ascent.

      Both my friends with 2wd trucks want to upgrade to 4wd trucks, said 2wd never again unless itís strictly a company truck.
      Sure they can pull their boats out of the water if they donít get caught in a storm, but itís a struggle.
      It rains? Youíre not taking your boat back out of the water.
      Wanna take a road trip up north to the NC/TN mountains? Canít take the truck.

      Heck my Si and STI both have the same Sumitomo tires with about the same wear.
      My Si sucks driving on wet highways, my STI drives like the water is not even there.

      Went to see an air show with a friend, thankfully we took his AWD Q50, and not my civic. Everyone was getting stuck and bottoming out on the wet grass, the q50 had no issues.
      Once the civic lease is gone.. itís getting replaced with a GX470/460 with all terrains and never looking back.

      So youíre right itís not necessary, specially if you live a life where you donít take road trips or go boating, or do anything fun; but for some people it makes a huge difference.
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      02-21-2020 01:30 PM #43
      I went to the SW FL back in December. I had this Yukon. Interior big af, the V8 was powerful enough, comfortable af. Ass cooler and ass warmer seats too.

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      02-21-2020 01:39 PM #44
      Was just down in Siesta Key last weekend. My girls step dad has a brand new Z06 vette and I can't figure out why he thought that car was ideal. Doesn't fit their golf clubs, they drive slow as hell and there seems to be cops everywhere.

      Personally I'd go with a hardtop Wrangler.
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      02-21-2020 01:45 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by B3passatBMX View Post
      Was just down in Siesta Key last weekend. My girls step dad has a brand new Z06 vette and I can't figure out why he thought that car was ideal. Doesn't fit their golf clubs, they drive slow as hell and there seems to be cops everywhere.

      Personally I'd go with a hardtop Wrangler.
      Ohh, the step parents drive slow. I thought you were saying the Z06 is slow and I was all .

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      02-21-2020 01:48 PM #46
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    23. 02-21-2020 02:06 PM #47
      I'm gonna suggest a Baja Bug.


    24. 02-21-2020 02:07 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by B3passatBMX View Post
      Was just down in Siesta Key last weekend. My girls step dad has a brand new Z06 vette and I can't figure out why he thought that car was ideal. Doesn't fit their golf clubs, they drive slow as hell and there seems to be cops everywhere.

      Personally I'd go with a hardtop Wrangler.
      I live in Siesta/Sarasota, of course they drive slow in the keys.. theyíre tiny islands with 2 lane roads.

      But Sarasota has a ton of built 1000+hp high power cars and performance shops, we have a drag strip; and typically the locals drive pretty fast.. itís common to go 90mph on the interstate or faster, but the visitors canít figure out how to use the gas pedal.

      Heck we even hold boat races here.

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      02-21-2020 02:33 PM #50
      True - Except for rush hour traffic into and out of Miami on I95 and connecting roads in the Miami area, most highways in S. Florida are quite fast. My commute to work and back again require at least 90MPH to not get rear ended - the average 3-row SUV with the housewife chatting on the phone is going that fast on the Sawgrass Expressway. We do have dragstrips and raceways here and there for those who want to go fast legally, and there are some roads known for extreme speed illegally too, such as early AM on the Alligator Alley, or 27 through the Everglades.
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