What's In Your Painful Reality Garage?

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Today's question comes to us by way of John C. He has a no doubt lovely wife and a triple-hopped up 2003 WRX. Only issue is, the wife is making him get rid of the boy racer Scoobie in favor of something more sensible, something more grown up. John wants to know what is available to him for less than $30,000. He's thinking a G35. But I want to expand the question. I personally would love a retractable hard top Miata as my daily driver, only, you know – it's teeny. And while the trunk is decent for a teeny convertible, it still pales in comparison to the junk-swallowing capabilities of ye old WRX Sport Wagon. So, even though this is my second WRX snatchback in a row, I 'd be much happier with a Miata, a diesel F250 and a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The poor Swiss Army knife-ish WRX has to fill in for all three. My car's fantastic, but it's still a compromise. What's your painful reality garage like?


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Reality Garage:

2004 Acura TSX: i'm not complaining, as it's fairly fun to drive, has that great bolt-action 6-speed, is good in the snow, hauls 4 people and their ski gear with ease. It is dependably competent - kind of like the asian kid in a spelling bee. But it's not exciting enough. I'm 28 and single - now is the time for not-too-reckless abandon, right?

Realistic Dream Garage:

2003 boxster base: don't want to spring for the S, and I like the idea of being able to drive that car slightly "harder" than the S, if that makes sense.

2003 impreza wagon. Cheap, reliable, fun to drive, fearless in winter, can haul stuff

Realistic Dream Garage If I Didn't Spend All My Working Hours on Jalopnik:

1963 Lincoln Continental: I would almost kill for this car, but I know I never could, which is why I'd hire a sniper to lie in a grassy knoll and do the job for me

2006 S4 Avant: my hauler of ass and ski gear

2007 Boxster S: because I really do want the S.