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Just One Car For The Rest Of My Life

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Someone asked me if I had to drive just one car for the rest of my life, what would it be? Of course, your gut instinct is to name something crazy like a Bugatti Veyron or a gold-plated Hummer. But that’s like thinking about only being with one woman for the rest of your life and picking a crazy stripper with lots of plastic surgery. Sure, that’s fun for a weekend. Maybe several dozen of them. But we’re talking about the long haul here.

And you can’t just pick your favorite car, either. As far as I’m concerned, the Lamborghini Miura is the best-looking car ever made. But it’s hardly practical for driving the kids to Legloand, much less driving across town in L.A. traffic.

No, you have to find the sweet spot between fun to drive and a reasonable level of practicality for the next 40+ years of your life. When you think about it in terms of the long view, the field gets narrowed pretty quickly. Anything with less than four doors is out.

I’ve driven my wife’s Audi A7 around and I like the feel of it. The size is generous without being a land yacht. The interior is well-appointed. The coachwork is pretty timeless. And with the supercharged V-6, it makes about as much horsepower as you’re going to need. Then again, my Jaguar XFR is as roomy and luxurious as they come. But the mileage of that car might wear thin over the course of a couple of decades.

A hatchback would be really useful, so if you like sitting up high, maybe a Range Rover or a Cayenne? Those are upscale and sporty while still being functional. Plus, my hip is going to go out at some point and it’d be a lot easier getting in and out of an SUV than some low-slung spyder when that happens.

Well, at least for now, I like sitting low more than I like sitting high, so I’m going to say that if I had to drive only one car for the rest of my life, I’d pick the Porsche Panamera. Since it’s a touring sedan, it’d handle a commute as well as the open road. And it’s got that hybrid hatchback/trunk with the fold-down rear seats, so you could put a bunch of junk in the back if you need to. Different versions of the Panamera offer you between 310 and 520 hp, so you can pick the one with the right amount of giddy up.

Unfortunately, Porsches aren’t cheap to fix, so the only potential downside of this choice is maintenance cost. But a lot of guys that race Porsches say they’re actually cheaper to run because they hardly ever break. Hell, my brother in law just bought a ‘77 911 with 272,000 miles on it. Unless you’re the world’s fastest traveling salesman, I have no idea how he put that many miles on a Porsche. And you’d be nuts to buy an American car with that many miles on it. But a mechanic checked it out and said everything was fine. So, who knows, maybe if you take care of a Panamera, it’ll rack up that kind of mileage, too.

So, that’s my pick–the Porsche Panamera. If the fine folks at Porsche see this and want to give me a 40-year loaner to see if I can get 272,000 miles out of it, I’ll be happy to put your Panamera through its paces for you.

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  1. RPD May 31, 2013 at 11:13 am Reply

    I think I’d go with a Ford Raptor. Oodles of power, plenty of room, able to haul all my junk, and I can get it fixed at pretty much any shop on the planet.

  2. Xena May 31, 2013 at 11:19 am Reply

    I’m kind of a FJ40 kind of guy. You need a vehicle if the world comes to an end.

  3. Coupdevill May 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm Reply

    The Panamera is a sleeper! I’m with you Ace!

  4. Corvette Ronnie May 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm Reply

    The best part is you can’t tell how awful the car looks when you’re driving it.

  5. Jdivozzo May 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply

    You are right on the money as usual Ace. I love the Panamera and plan on buying a used one in the next 5 years .

  6. Ringo May 31, 2013 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Easy Mini Cooper s countryman all 4 . It literally does everything, it’s sporty, twin turbo straight 4 in a smallish, lightish car. I can beat a 3series off the line and corner with ease. Sits high enough you don’t worry about parking garages. The 2013 sits 5 adults comfortably. Add a trailer to haul stuff. 4 wheel drive works well in snow.

    • Syed June 3, 2013 at 11:28 am Reply

      And how exactly can it beat a 3 series off the line? funny you mention it, saw someone weaving through traffic in a a countryman s and finally came to my side at a red light. I was in a 2013 328i, changed to sport mode when I saw him lurching forward waiting for the light to turn green. Smoked him like there’s no tomorrow. And they’re rated at 6.8 seconds 0-60 while the 328i is at 5.4 (tested myself). Even your JCW cannot come close to a 3 series.

  7. David J May 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply

    Toyota FJ

  8. James June 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Love the Porsche Panamera choice… But if choosing between the Audi A7 or the Audi S7 which would you choose?Would you still choose the Porsche over either Audi?

  9. Tony June 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply

    I appreciate the pragmatism of this pick – I am a form-over-function guy myself. That being said, the Panamera is SO ugly that I can’t really join you in it. This is one of the ugliest cars on the market today, and almost certainly the ugliest Porsche ever made. It makes a 914 look as elegant as a 300SL.

  10. Whit June 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm Reply

    Tdi golf. Oh wait, I already have one and plan on keeping it 40 years….

  11. Matt June 12, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply

    Aceman – I will be putting the Panamera through its paces next month. Taking off from your hometown, then returning there 10,000 miles and 14 days later.
    The trip is here:

  12. Rex June 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm Reply

    You people can have all of that foreign stuff. I’ll stick with domestic, namely the best p-u on the world, an F150. For those who do not know–It is A FORD, made in America, and the profit stays here and not in a foreign country.

  13. Mark Andrews June 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm Reply

    I like that choice because I like um all,I have to disagree about not depending on an American vehicle not standing the test of time but I’ll take a dodge cummins diesel and a few mods. And you’ve got a functional large very usefull truck with 5-600 h.p. that will get you 25 m.p.g. We could go on but you get the point I say yeh oh yeh!,,

  14. Pdog July 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

    I with you on that buddy ! That’s why I only buy American!
    I got an f-250, mustang, and escalade.
    And you know what my licsence plate frame says ?
    Buy American keep the money at home!

    People complain about the economy and jobs yet they go out and buy a Hyundai, Benz or Toyota.
    Sad, what happened with America ? Where’s the American made pride ?

  15. Mark July 4, 2013 at 10:19 am Reply


    The Panamera is like seeing a downs-y blonde from a distance. At first you’re like, “daaaaaaamn”. But as you get a better look, “meh”

  16. yusooph July 6, 2013 at 3:47 am Reply

    I so much love all the cars I m seen on Ebay Motors Blog. But, if I am ask to have best of my choice, between the audi A7,audi s7,and porsche.I will rather choose the porsche.

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