5 Cars that I want to own that no one understands why
totally not sponsored by Peugeot
1. Any variant of the Peugeot 307 except the CC
I will have to admit that the 307cc is just hideous and vile however I have a strong affinity to every other version of the 307, the 3 door, 5 door, SW (station wagon) and even the "sedan." I dont mind the looks of the pre and post facelift ones.
But is unreliable! you say. Yes thats a problem but it can be solved by buying the later models that are more reliable, regularly bringing the car to service every few thousand KM and driving it gently.
But its slow! Well someone once said that "its better to drive a slow car fast that to drive a fast car slow. Im sure it would be fun on both the nurburgring... well in my case the Sentul Circuit and on the mountain roads. Yes the car is slow but with a manual tranny, it will be fun.
2. Peugeot 806/807/First generation 5008
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I like minivans, I love the shape, the interior spaciousness and comfort. These 3 cars genuinely look good, the 806 is simple, reminds me of Dacia's design language, the 807 is bulbous and rounded, typical 2000s design that I love and the 5008 was futuristic for its time and I love that as well.
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I also heard that they are comfortable for their price range and you can rotate the seats and have a conference in the back. I would want these cars paired with a manual tranny and a PSA HDi diesel engine.
Again, reliability and slowness is a problem. My solution is clear and I have mentioned it in number 1.
3. Suzuki Ertiga (First Generation)
The second generation one in a design standpoint was a bit of a dissapointment. Its too flashy. The first generation however looks simple, again reminding me of Dacia's design language. The front headlights remind me of the Peugeot 5008 Mk1.
Image taken by me.
The first 2 cars I mentioned previously had good exterior's and good interior's however this car has good exterior design and beautiful interior design.
Stepping inside you are greeted with high quality plastics and soft beige fabric seats. The whole interior is cozy and just a nice place to be in and since this car is Japanese, made by Suzuki, a company known for value for money and reliability. This car will last forever.
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Is it slow? yes but again, manual transmissions make everything fun and well... you will not be seeing me eating or drinking anything but water in the car as it stains easily.
4. Wuling Cortez
A car that costs between 202,800,000 IDR / 14,522 USD and 249,000,000 IDR / 17,831 USD (prices may change based on location, etc). Yet has features like good interior materials (dashboard made of wood, leather seats, tire pressure monitoring system, an analog clock in the car, reverse camera, captain seats, sunroof, can comfortably fit 7 people and many more. These are features you find in cars double the price. It even looks good, just look at these images.
Image from: Tirto.id
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Now there are a few issues mainly...
Wuling has been in indonesia for less than 5 years. These cars reliability are questionable to say the least however so far the only issue seems that the AC has a tendency to not work.
Also, will you really buy a car from a very autocratic country with little regard for human rights? fortunately Wuling makes their cars in Indonesia so in the end it also benefits my country.
5. Suzuki Karimun Wagon R
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When I saw this car for the first time, my thoughts were:
"What da hell is that?"
After getting in the car I began to apreciate it, the seats are soft and while the dashboard is made of plastics, those were nice plastics that are pleasant to touch. Looking at it, I began to like it even more, this also happened to me when I looked at alfa romeo's for the first time, I thought they were hideous but the more you look at it, the better it becomes.
Fun fact: "Karimun" is an Indonesian name given to some locally made cheap cars. Other examples include "Satya" for Honda Brio.
The car matches my philosophy in automobiles. "Less features, better build quality and materials" or as John Coleman said it as a comment in one of my posts. "I love buttons that feel firm to press, more than buttons."