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    Car recommendations

    Some ******* totaled my car so I'm now in the market for something new. What would you all recommend? I was driving a 2000 Acura TL and loved it. Nice features and was still running great on 145,000 miles. Would prefer to buy something used but am open to suggestions. Any insight?



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    Re: Car recommendations

    a budget would be nice...........or i would recommend the new BMW 750xi



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    Re: Car recommendations

    You likely opened the flood gates on this one. You might want to be more specific on some features, price range, etc. you're looking for.

    I have a 5 year old Nissan Altima, bought it with about 10K miles and now has almost 100K miles. Other than routine maintenance, I have not put a single dime into repairs. It's been a great car and I will definitely put a Nissan on the top of my list when I decide it's time for a new car.

    Good luck with your shopping!



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    Re: Car recommendations

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    a budget would be nice...........or i would recommend the new BMW 750xi
    Good point. Let's make it $20K or less. Preferably less. LOL.



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    Re: Car recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_phoria View Post
    You likely opened the flood gates on this one. You might want to be more specific on some features, price range, etc. you're looking for.

    I have a 5 year old Nissan Altima, bought it with about 10K miles and now has almost 100K miles. Other than routine maintenance, I have not put a single dime into repairs. It's been a great car and I will definitely put a Nissan on the top of my list when I decide it's time for a new car.

    Good luck with your shopping!

    Good gas mileage, leather seats, sedan, butt warmers...other than that...



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    Re: Car recommendations

    How about a Nissan 350Z that's a few years old? You could get that for under $20K.



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    Re: Car recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by dtlantz View Post
    Good point. Let's make it $20K or less. Preferably less. LOL.
    If you really liked that Acura TL (and I really like that car as well) you can buy a newer version of that exact same car (not the newfangled over-chromed front end one) for under $20,000.

    Otherwise, I'm a big fan of Nissans. Have an Altima and it's a great car. I've also driven the Maxima and, while it doesn't come close to the gas mileage my Altima gets, I kinda wish I'd gone with that one instead as the wife and I are talking more kids.


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    Re: Car recommendations

    Ford Fusions/Mercury Milans are awesome. My bro's and I all have them. Great mileage, tons of options, one of the safest vehicles on the road, tons of awards for most reliable cars in the last few years.

    I have a 4 cyl model with a 5 spd and it gets great mileage and is fun to drive. Plus they look awesome, especially the newer models.


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    Re: Car recommendations

    Everything I have now is 4x4, but when I managed a dealership I always thought Toyota were the best bang for the buck and had great life. BTW, I did not sell them. If you need service, you might want to consider that that aspect also. If you were happy with the Acura, I would stay with that.



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    Re: Car recommendations

    I'll echo a previous statement, if you liked your TL, why not get another one? They've only gotten better since 2000. I like the looks of the 04-08 models better than the newer ones. KBB puts them from $13k - $25k depending on year, mileage and features.



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    Re: Car recommendations

    Honestly, you can't go wrong with the Smart Car



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    Re: Car recommendations

    Make you a heck of a deal on a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. Only $130K miles



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    Re: Car recommendations

    I have a problem with constantly getting different cars. I've probably owned 15 cars in the 25 years I've been driving. Usually after about a year of driving I'm looking at my next car. With this last car I haven't had the urge. It's a little above what you want to pay but if you keep a car for a long time than it's worth it.

    I was looking for something in the mid size luxury market. I drove both used and new cars. I drove BMW 335 series, Cadillac cts, Acura TL, Nissan Maxima, etc. After driving all of these cars I was set on the Infiniti G37x sedan. I was going to wait until I had the cash and just buy a new one (I had a trade in that was paid for) but then I saw a 2008 G35X that was Infiniti Certified. It had 25K miles and seemed to be in great condition. I ended up paying just a little over 25K. The reason I went used was to let someone else take the 15K hit, the 2008 was the last model of the G35 so everything was sorted out, the exterior and interior didn't seem dated compared to the new ones, and I've always had good luck with the Nissan 3.5 V6.

    This was the second time I test drove a 3 series and I wanted to love it but it just didn't do anything for me. If I was just going on interior I think I would have chosen the TL but the rest of the car was a little soft. It reminded me too much of the Honda Accord that I used to own. I didn't like much about the CTS. The Maxima had a nice big interior but it was also a little soft and I don't think I would want the CVT even though it works fine in my wife's rogue.

    I just noticed that you said good gas mileage. You can wipe out all the cars I have listed. Mine gets about 21mpg and requires premium.

    Someone else mentioned the Fusion/Milan. I would buy used if your going to go that route. They have a new one coming out in the next year that looks pretty sweet so I have a feeling that's going to kill the resale of the current ones. Although if you never sell than that doesn't matter.


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    Kia Optima is pretty hot looking car. Maybe a little more than 20K. I keep seeing them on the road, going, what is that, then going oh, a Kia, but for 20K, beats spending 40K on an Audi, BMW, or Acura.



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    What's the consensus on the Mercedes C-250?



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