Welcome back gang to the third installment to the QotW Challenge. If you need a refresher, we took suggestions on what JNC daily driver would you buy with a budget of $2000. The result was a Civic Shuttle.
Afterwards, we needed to select how it would be used. The majority felt a show and shine car would best fit the Shuttle. Having a roof rack and other small details kept the clean appearance while still maintaining the daily driver theme.
Now, onto the challenge. We have a Honda with a relatively clean appearance and in running condition. Monthly income is tight but you have about $350 a month of spending cash to do as you will (gas, food, bills, etc. are already covered).
You run into two Shuttle fans at the local car club meet that just have to have the shuttle. Both offer a trade on the table.
Option 1: Trade for a 1st gen RX-7 that runs but “uses a little oil”, Manual, 120,000 miles on the clock in a faded yellow. Steering needs an alignment.
Option 2: An Isuzu Impulse 2.0L Turbo, 4-AT with 150,000 on the clock but engine was refreshed at 85k. silver color with much of the interior rotting away. Tires are as bald as Uncle Les.
Option 3: Keep the Shuttle with ideas to auto-x it in a month’s time using the $350.
You have $350 in-pocket so it can be used for diagnosing and/or fixing the options above as well. Choose wisely! Must back up your choice for consideration! The condition that you must daily drive it still applies.
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What car should my fiancée get?”
Thanks to you, dear readers, Carrie and Ben have a lot of cars to choose from. The replies leaned heavily towards the Lexus family, from DallasD‘s suggestion of the flagship LS to Christopher Huffine‘s vote for the SC 430. Wagons were a popular choice. Our very own Ryan Senensky made a great argument for the Acura TSX Wagon, but it was Lexus wagons, in the form of dechan‘s nomination of the IS 300 SportCross and the many readers, like Chris Emanuel, making a case for the Lexus CT 200h.
You’ve given them a lot to think about, and I’m sure the final answer will be revealed in due time. However, we had to choose a winner, and the most entertaining answer was bert‘s and his pick of the Mazda 6. If they only imported the wagon…
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!