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Still have it. She's a beauty. :) We bought it in 2007. We are going to drive it one more summer, then sell it when we move south when we retire in 2017. The manual ragtop would get far too much of a workout in Florida! We will pick up a used SLK with a retractable hardtop for down there.
 
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Still have it. She's a beauty. :) We bought it in 2007. We are going to drive it one more summer, then sell it when we move south when we retire in 2017. The manual ragtop would get far too much of a workout in Florida! We will pick up a used SLK with a retractable hardtop for down there.
Although departing with the SL will be a sad moment at least hopping in the SLK you'll have even more of an appreciation for both cars having experienced a classic Mercedes from that era.

I won't mind hearing about that experience when the time comes.
 

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Although departing with the SL will be a sad moment at least hopping in the SLK you'll have even more of an appreciation for both cars having experienced a classic Mercedes from that era.

I won't mind hearing about that experience when the time comes.
Since I last posted this, I've discovered that there are lots of SL's out there for only a couple thousand more, which also have the retractable hard-top, just like the SLK. We might end up doing that. Either way, you are correct about the sadness. Warts and all, it will be hard to get rid of her!
 

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That would be a great move.

I like the SLK but there's just something about it that won't let me spend money on it even if I had the money, over the years i've grown into the S-Class coupe, have my eyes set on an S63 AMG Coupe, S65 would be sweet but at that point you're in Rolls Royce Wraith price range.
 

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That would be a great move.

I like the SLK but there's just something about it that won't let me spend money on it even if I had the money, over the years i've grown into the S-Class coupe, have my eyes set on an S63 AMG Coupe, S65 would be sweet but at that point you're in Rolls Royce Wraith price range.


The S-Class Coupe sounds pretty sweet. Don't see many of those up here in Michigan.

Anything that says "AMG" on it, I wouldn't trust myself in! Especially if I consider that I never drove a car like that when my eyesight and reflexes were in a much younger man's body!!!

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
 

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I'm not exactly in their target demographics. 75 and retired but my daily driver '14 Wrangler JK is up for sale if they will build the Santa Cruz. We also have a '12 Azera Tech sitting in the side of the garage for long haul driving. Over 65+ years of driving (farm kid) I have driven or owned a sample of most everything you can think of. The Santa Cruz looks to be a great fun/run around vehicle.

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I think that is what is great for Hyundai with this vehicle, it appeals to many generations so it is not necessarily a "niche" or demographic specific vehicle.
 

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Unfortunately I do have to say if Hyundai can't make some kind of a statement soon, after all we are 1 yr+ after the reveal, I am going to look at possibly doing a Mazda CX-5.
 

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Now I just want to see them go crazy with it. Just imagine if they do some one-off N Performance Hyundai Santa Cruz!
 

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Its been several years since the Santa Cruz concept first debuted. For those that couldn't wait any longer, or your desires or requirements changed, what have you moved on to?

I wanted a vehicle with more practical room than what my 08 Accord coupe V6 manual offered. I'm pretty active with swimming and cycling so I wanted something that had room for my bike and could handle my wet equipment. I originally wanted to own two vehicles (practical and sporty), but I've since decided to go to just a single vehicle.

I ended up getting a Buick Regal GS. Its a great combination of sportiness, comfort, and practicality. It has a 310hp V6, AWD adjustable suspension so its pretty quick and handles pretty well. It has awesome heated, cooled and massaging sport seats. The hatchback design has a ton of room especially with the rear seats folded flat. Yes my wet equipment is stuck inside the cabin so I just had to get a rubber liner for the trunk.
 

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I'm a Tacoma guy. Its my safe haven if the Santa Cruz doesn't work out or if there's nothing else I like in this segment.

Other option is an FJ Cruiser. Its built on the Tacoma's platform and is essentially Toyota's Wrangler.
 

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OK, I realize this in old forum with little activity but here goes... Ive had 2 toyo 4wd mini trucks 84 and 92 as well as 2 4runners 1988 auto and 1991 the 3.0 v6 I always buy 3-6 years used (older if a Toyo) and I loved all of them with a passion, but they never had fuel econ worth a crap (could have been my driving).....
Now I am older and fatter. I cannot seem to get into the newer Tacos or 4runners. The best all around truck i owned was the was the Quad Cab Dodge Dakota 2004. 4.7 v8 4wd and the size was perfect, power was good and acceptable fuel mileage . Well now I am at the point were I can am drawn to the newer GM 4 Crew cab 4x4s. and the Honda Ridgeline has the size, power, and fuel mileage similar to my old Dakota, but rubber timing belt!!?? Really a belt!! that is the 1 and only thing that keeps me from pulling the trigger on the Ridgeline, well that and the fact there is low range but i think i can deal with that. I have been driving a 2004 Cadillac EXT truck, AWD. I have pulled out buddies with 3/4 4x4s stuck in the mud. My Cadillac truck is truly good truck, runs great with the 6.0 v8., and I drive it like a nut, even in the rain and it just grips the road like amother. The fuel mileage is abysmal. I am trying so hard to wait on this Santa Cruz... We shall see I guess.
 

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Reallly interested in the Santa Cruz....
Previous cars have been...

1997 Ford Escort Wagon...
1991 Pontiac FireFly Convertible...
2000 Ford ZX2 S/R...
2006 Mitsu Lancer Ralliart...
Currently... 2014 Ford Focus ST

Moving up north (Ontario Canada) and looking for AWD and this reminds me of the old Subaru Baja... and I thought that thing was awesome.

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Future: 22 Tucson Hybrid or Santa Cruz, still deciding while waiting for more info... I've tried to buy American/European, but now that a Chevy Trailblazer is designed and built in Korea and a Santa Cruz is designed and built in the United States, I've abandoned loyalty to "Western" vehicles since its all so globalist now anyway. So this will be my first ever not-so-Asian-technically-Asian vehicle ever! :D
 

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List would be too long if I were to go through them all since getting my drivers license...

Currently:

Me - 2012 Mini Cooper (sold into the used car price explosion already)
1968 International Harvester Travelall 4X4 Adventure Rig (ever lasting project)

Brother - 2005 Ford F250 4X4

Mother - 2007 Honda CR-V (She's 96 now and gave up her DL, so this is my daily driver currently)

The Honda is the only car our mother can easily get in and out of; the Mini is too low and the F250 4X4 is too high. As a family both my brother and I need vehicles that can transport mom and serve us through our 60's and possibly beyond. After seeing what I was looking at, my brother jumped on board the Santa Cruz band wagon too. The Ford F250 4X4 and Honda CR-V will go once we are (hopefully) into our dual Santa Cruz's (Sage Gray for him and Blue Stone for me).

The Travelall 4X4 Adventure Rig will probably be around for life, but with a 392 V8, manual 5-speed, 12" clutch that is a bear to depress and 4" lift; it's never going to be a daily driver. Plus it drinks way too much and is all over the road with tires humming at freeway speeds! 🤪
 

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1998 Nissan Frontier
2012 Ford Focus
2008 Nissan Frontier

All of the above were manual transmissions, so if I get a Santa Cruz it'll be my first lame tranny. That's probably my biggest mental hurdle to the SC, but my stick options have mostly dried up at this point.
 

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The best all around truck i owned was the was the Quad Cab Dodge Dakota 2004. 4.7 v8 4wd and the size was perfect, power was good and acceptable fuel mileage.
Same here!

My interest in the Santa Cruz comes from my primary hobby - fishing. I need a weekend tow vehicle and nothing previously on the market checked all the right boxes. Any truck I buy must fit in my garage so that rules out pretty much anything full sized.

Recently I started shopping for a new Ranger but even it seems oversized, the darn thing is jacked up a good 4" more then necessary. So I held off buying one waiting for a lowering kit, then the Santa Cruz was finally launched and it has the same power plus a similar tow rating... hmmmmm very interesting: modern, lots of great tech (radar cruise, all around cameras), cool styling, clean design, lockable bed, 4 doors, small but not too small - hey this could work for me!

I've owned many vehicles since I started driving in the mid 80s. Most were smaller or sporty cars like a Mustang, two Civics, Prelude Si, Eclipse GS-T, VW Passat, Volvo C30, Nissan 350Z, and now an Infiniti Q60 along with a C7 Corvette Z51.

Along with the cars listed above I've owned several trucks - an Isuzu Rodeo, Ford Ranger Splash and my current Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. I've waited for YEARS for an updated Dakota, something modern that got better mileage but was a touch smaller. I want an non-truck vehicle the wife feels more comfortable in, something with a car-like driving experience, quicker and more nimble, not a ponderous and thristy SUV. Seems the Santa Cruz is the answer for my needs.
 

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All of the above were manual transmissions, so if I get a Santa Cruz it'll be my first lame tranny. That's probably my biggest mental hurdle to the SC, but my stick options have mostly dried up at this point.
Almost all my vehicles were manuals too... sadly stick shift has gone the way of the dinosaur. I was really bummed when the new Corvette came out with no third pedal. However the DCT and paddle shifters on the SC might ease your pain.
 

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I own an 09 Colorado crew cab truck with 140k miles and want to replace it in the near future. It's my daily driver so it feels slow and clumsy. I don't want to loose the functionality of the truck bed since its so useful. So I have been stuck between two options. Replacing my aging truck or getting a better and more sporty daily driver.

The Santa Cruz 2.5L Turbo solves both of those issues. I get to keep the awd for snow and off road. There is also the upcoming Ford Maverick but it looks boxy and I like the sportier look of the Santa Cruz.
 
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