What "James-Bond-worthy" car should I buy?

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  1. #1 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 11:16 AM

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    It's cold and depressing at this time of year up here in Canada. It's usually the time of year I get bored with the car I'm driving and start dreaming of something else. I used to have what I called my James Bond theory of car ownership, meaning that any car I owned had to be something that James Bond would have driven, even if it's just from the airport to his hotel, ha ha. I used to have a 1988 Mazda RX-7 convertible, one of the sexiest things on wheels ever. Later I had a 2002 Saab 9-3, 5-door hatch. Sleek Swedish design, special edition with higher boost turbo, leather, sunroof. When you put the pedal on the floor it felt like you were in a jet plane taking off. I loved that car. ...Then I owned a 2004 BMW 325 AWD wagon. I justified the wagon part of it by thinking that James Bond would have put his jet-pack with fold-up wings contraption in the back. It was great to drive but one of the worst cars I've ever owned. When you put the tranny in Drive, it had to think about it for a bit before deciding to engage. If it wasn't in the right mood (or too cold out?), it would slip and the car would sit there. The engine leaked oil all over the street. We have three kids and currently own a Dodge Grand Caravan which is awesome for transporting vintage bikes and kids at the same time, and a Chevy Aveo 5-door, which isn't really a Chevy but a South-Korean Daewoo designed car that GM picked up at Daewoo's bankruptcy yard sale. For practicality, it's a very good car but.... James Bond wouldn't drive it, I need a better stereo, and I miss the Saab's turbo acceleration.

    So, the problem is I don't think that the James-Bond-worthy car I want/need right now exists. Since my garage is full of old bicycles I have to fight for parking on the downtown street in front of my house. In this situation a small car often makes the difference between parking and getting home for that martini, or circling the block. With three kids and a mother-in-law, 4 doors and 5 seat-belts is the most practical. A hatchback would be good for the occasional pick up of an old bicycle when the wife is not looking and off driving somewhere in the van. Those requirements are ideal but not mandatory. I could manage with a 2 door, or a 4 seater, or a sedan, (or a convertible?) given that we have the Dodge van available.

    So to summarize, what's small, family friendly, has James-bond-worthy styling, handling and acceleration, and a kick-ass stereo? Does such a machine exist?

    Please help!

    P.s. it has to be a used car since I spend all my money on bicycles! Something 1995-2015.
     
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  2. #2 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    If you do find this kick ass car with a kick ass sound system and park it on the street it will probably get stolen.Dump some bikes and use your garage.
     
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  3. #3 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 1:29 PM

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  4. #4 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 1:45 PM

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    You will have to sell the garage, dog and all your bikes...
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    But...it's worth it!

    Bond Bentley!
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    4½ Litre "Blower Bentley"
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    4½ Litre "Blower Bentley"
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  5. #5 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 1:50 PM

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    Is that Bond in the photo? Why is he in his underwear? Usually they save that for the bedroom scenes. ...would be a little chilly driving to work in January in that Bentley, in my underwear! Lol.
     
  6. #6 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 2:01 PM

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    think they swim trunks...
     
  7. #7 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 3:09 PM

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  8. #8 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 5:25 PM

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    I just talked to James and he indicated he'd go for this.

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  9. #9 Posted Jan 12, 2018 at 8:03 PM

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    Bricycle is right...those are swim trunks.

    Bond film, "From Russia With Love", was made in 1963...
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    When men's swim trunks looked like underwear!

    Actually Bond had no problem staying warm...
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    This is just a small sample of what kept him warm on a chilly day in Jan. :D
     
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  10. #10 Posted Jan 13, 2018 at 12:12 AM

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    How about a Porsche Cayenne?
    Just a thought, I'm still driving my 1998 Honda CRV.
     
  11. #11 Posted Jan 13, 2018 at 5:02 AM

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  13. #13 Posted Jan 13, 2018 at 6:11 AM

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    All out of my price range so far! Do you think Bond would drive a VW Golf GTI?

    The Audi A3 would be a good candidate but I can't stand that ugly grill Audi has used for the past 10+ years.
    Look familiar?:
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  14. #14 Posted Jan 13, 2018 at 6:56 AM

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    Affordable & great on gas!
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    (Bond images added by the other jake)

    The only drawback is the gas pedal assembly.
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    Around the city driving....great!
    Long-distance....not so great!
    You need gas pedal on the floorboard otherwise cramping will result
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    hanging gas pedal over long period of driving.
     
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    Uhhh No! To answer your question of the original post I would say given your parameters the answer is no. For where you live though I think GTs58 was on to something with that SRT Jeep! V/r Shawn
     
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  17. #17 Posted Jan 13, 2018 at 5:01 PM

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    Just get an Aston and be done with it!
     
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    Cadillac CT6 for a sedan or the crossover XT5. They have the Bose sounds system.

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