"Justin" <nog> wrote in message
| > Next car will no doubt cost big bucks and unfortunately I can't get away
| > from aluminum or chrome wheels, electronic climate control, driver info
| > centers, auto level ride control, DRL's, automatic headlights, ABS, air
| > bags and idiotic radio systems and all the other standard features built
| > into the cars.
| You can get a small car. Small cars are really slim on standard equipment.
| You can get an '04 Toyota Echo with maybe just AT and AC for $12,000 and
| probably get 200K miles out of it and get 40mpg at the same time. I love
| the styling of the Echo. It's different, but I like different. If you
| want to stay with a domestic model, try a base Neon or a Ford Focus.
Well, if we're doing a recommendation for cars without most of the things that
HarryFace doesn't want, I think you can go mid-sized (at least) and still get
most of the task done. Since HarryFace drives his Bonneville 25,000 to 35,000
miles a year, I doubt very much that he would be very satisfied with a base
Echo, Neon or Focus...the rough ride on those would beat him up too much!
Just one example of a mid-size that would come close to the order is my wife's
2003 Dodge Stratus SE...
...does _NOT_ have climate control, DRLs, automatic headlights,
ABS, auto-level ride control. Controls are simple and easy to
use and work exactly the way every driver would expect them
to work. Nothing fancy, but very functional.
Aluminum wheels (but can get without)
Driver info center (but can get without)
Idiotic radio/CD (well, it's less idiotic then some)
Air Bags (yes and only side curtains optional)
Keyless Entry (but can get without)
Power locks/doors (I think you're stuck with those)
The standard engine is a 150 horse 4-cylinder, but I have never driven the
4-cylinder, so don't know if it's any good. The optional engine is a 2.7 DOHC
V6 at 200 horses and 190 ft.lbs. torque at around 4,750 RPM, quite adequate
with very very nice top end punch for highway passing and effortless mountain
climbing (compared to the 3.1 Malibu I had that was a little breathless at the
top end...although a little better than the Stratus at the low end, "off the
Price...probably get one for around $17K...maybe less.
AND, I think you can get the Dodge Intrepid, even larger car, without most of
this stuff too! On the Ford side, special order a Crown Vic probably without
most of this stuff...maybe a Taurus as well.
HarryFace, I think you can find close to what you want (actually don't want),
but you'll likely have to look somewhere other than GM for it, I'd bet (unless