We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
But one that didn't spend time in the shop, and one that was sporty enough but not flashy, not a cop magnet. And that is affordable.
I've been driving my Stelvio for almost three years (thanks, Mrs. BD). Zero problems. It's just a Giulia with more space in back like a "crossover". Ferrari designed the fun engine. Just a click into all-wheel drive if you want it. Can drive it on automatic or manual. Zero problems thus far.
I have noticed that Italian police use them. It figures.
One word: Tesla.
Fast, no emissions, whisper quiet; Elon pays for my charging (from his solar panels). No transmission. Electric engine; no oil changes. Most expensive part? New tires.
Best car I've ever owned and seats six. The "frunk" is great. as is the trunk.
When I was much younger I liked a nice looking car, but now they are just a tool to be used. I have a pickup truck mostly because I tow a trailer. If tomorrow I got rid of the trailer for a motorhome I would probably buy a jeep to be towed behind the motorhome. I gave up washing my car about 50 years ago. I've had my pickup for five years and have never washed it. I can get away with that with a truck or a jeep but a flashy red car would look like crap after a few weeks, so no flashy cars for me.
I have the Giulia Ti, red with baseball glove tan and added the Quattrofoglio, (and reviewed the fabulous story of the sybol). Not a problem in two years, love it.
FYI: Tesla: Yes, they do have emissions. Electricity is not magic, nor is the rare earth elements that have to be mined and transported by enormous fuel burning machines and ships. Teslas are fabulously engineered, a miracle considering its designed and built by people that had never constructed cars. PS: Man made carbon output is a false issue. Don't buy in.
I wanted to get the high powered Guilia when it came out. Love the looks. Ended up with a good compromise with my wife and some practical concerns - a KIA Stinger. It's a true mid-sized sedan so my kids fit in the back seat. 375/374 bhp/torque. Adjustable all-wheel drive to as much as 80% torque in rear. 29 mpg on the hwy. More storage in the hatch than my SUV. $40k.
Stinger is a great choice, though I have not driven one. You make a great case. In the midwest, I do need AWD occasionally, so it's nice to have. My car is faster than one would think but it's lease time in a couple of months and I wish they would have upgraded the power just a bit so I dont have to buy the same exact car. Thought about the G70 with the engine you have. M240xi...just a bit ugly. Options...