My current stable includes a 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport and a 1990 Mazda Miata. Yes, I'm one bad decision away from an all-FCA garage. What could go wrong?
I bought the Challenger used in the summer of 2017 because I wanted to get back into a V8 (I'd previously owned a 2015 Mustang GT), and I love Dodge's heritage colors. Plum Crazy is hilariously in-your-face, like everything else about these big, brash cruisers. Personally, I think anybody who buys a Challenger in a dull color has wasted their money. It may not be the fastest V8 coupe sold in America, but it still might be the coolest, and I love it, numerous faults and all. It's a six-speed, of course, and the two-mode suspension is a life (and kidney) saver on Detroit-area roads.
The Wrangler is a different story. I hadn't planned on adding another soft-top Jeep to my collection, but when the JL was introduced in late 2018, my father decided he had to have one. As is his tradition, he offered me his leftovers at an incredibly deep discount, and being a new resident of the Rust Belt, the prospect of adding a 4WD car to the fleet appealed to me. Like the Challenger, it's packing a six-speed. Unlike the Challenger, nothing about it is suited to Detroit-area roads, or really any roads anywhere, for that matter. The 3.8L "minivan" engine is a complete dog, and the base fuel-sipper gearing makes it both too slow for the highway and too fast for trail crawling. Plus, it's beige. Sorry, tan. Both diffs are open and everything is stock, less the parts that have been damaged or knocked off on trails. Yes, this Wrangler has spent a significant amount of time off-road, both in the Northeast and the Southwest.
Then, there's the Miata. This is the car I've owned longer than any other in my life. It's also one of two Miatas I've owned so far, and I doubt it will be long before that number ticks up yet again. It had more than 200,000 miles on it when I bought it in Northern Virginia back in 2008, and the clutch slipped when it was cold, likely due to rear main seal leak from the 1.6L. In the 12 years I've owned it, it has seen numerous track and autocross events and never failed me once. Oh, and the clutch still slips when it's cold.