Well I'm really going back and forth and back and forth on what to make my next vehicle. Here are a few of the different ideas I've got going through my head:
Ranger FX4 Level II
-Love driving a truck, just do.
-Functionality of a bed/hauling space
-Closed cab (for winter/weather)
-Level II is quite capable off-road
-Already have things for it (lift possibly, WAAG, tuner, etc.)
-IFS (difficult to lift)
-Difficult to find (far away)
-More expensive (in the 15k range)
-Lots of accessories
-Easier to find
-More affordable (Probably in the 12k Range)
-Can find usually with lifts and tires already
-Not as well suited for weather
-Easily broken into
-No bed storage (unless you remove the back seat, even then very limited)
-Jeep reliability is questionable?
-Ride quality with solid axles?
Muscle Car (Mustang GT or Cobra, Camaro SS, Trans Am, C4 Corvette, etc)
-Fast, fun, V8 growl
-Chicks dig fast cars?
-Better gas mileage? (Marginally)
-Less likely to damage (off-roading etc)
-No functionality of bed/hauling
-Tickets/tendency to speed
Econobox (Honda Accord or the like)
-Great gas mileage
-Can still be somewhat peppy (manual transmission of course)
-Not exactly thrilling
-No real sense in modding
-Very little 'sex appeal' like other options
As y'all can see, I've got a kinda difficult decision to make. One side of me says that modding vehicles is very expensive and I'm a broke college student as it is. I just love driving though, and I love off-roading too. I love driving a 'cool' car, whether it was my ranger or my old del sol or my sister's 3000GT VR-4. I feel like the Ranger is kind of the compromise between the off-road capability of the jeep and the streetability of a muscle car or econobox. It would be nice to get good gas mileage, especially on the highway, because that's pretty much all I drive now except an occasional trip to the store. I guess I'd just like to hear y'alls thoughts on different things, or if there was anything I missed (good or bad) about some of the options I've put forth.