meeting a viewer's challenge, the window shop team searched for $30,000 new and used vehicles we would want to see in the garage. don't worry. though each shopper presents two cars each, we kept the episode's run time under an hour.
calling in from a parking lot somewhere in arizona, contributor john pearley huffman hits us with an accessorized mazda miata as his new-car choice. the crew points out the folly of his black-on-black miata, and we consider the existential quandary of whether you can put a strut-tower brace on a car that doesn't have struts—it's a shock-tower brace, mazdausa.com. pearley then shifts to his favorite vehicle in the world and one that he claims is appreciating, the undeniably reliable toyota tundra.
matters improve slightly when senior editor joey capparella reveals that he also chose a mazda, but his is the six-speed 3 hatchback. we'll leave his used car a surprise; if you listen closely, you may hear the group collectively gasp when capparella reveals this most excellent pick.
unintimidated by capparella's cars, contributor jonathon ramsey somehow keeps his rich man's monocle in place when he informs us that he isn't interested in any new car that costs less than $30,000. but he plays along, picking a new car that's a bit boring. then he presents his choice of used car: a 2003 e36 m3.
the last two window shoppers, deputy testing director k.c. colwell and deputy editor tony quiroga, make very strong cases for their new cars, but they fall flat on their faces when they unveil their unpopular used-car choices. as usual, we dive into the esoteric, get off the subject entirely, interrupt one another repeatedly, and have a few laughs.