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    I'm in the market for a new car to replace my gas hog truck. I really have no clue what exactly I want so I thought maybe the vast combined knowledge of CF would maybe be able to point me in the right direction.

    I'm want a sedan or a sedan hatchback. I was originally wanting an Audi A3 but next year's new body style will not include the hatchback in the U.S. Out of the following, which would you choose assuming they were all top tier trim models?

    VW GTI
    VW Jetta GLI
    VW Jetta TDI
    Honda Civic
    Chevy Cruze
    Mazda 3
    Volvo C30

    Any other similar suggestions are also welcome. With all of that having been said, I have an 03 Silverado Super Sport for sale with 67,000 miles on it if anyone is interested. Haha, thanks people.



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    Re: Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    I'm in the market for a sedan also and am intrigued by the 2013 Ford Fusion. Also have been looking at the Infiniti G37x.

    2013 Ford Fusion Car | The All New 2013 Ford Fusion. Redefining Your Expectations Of What A Car Should Be | Ford.com



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    Yeah, I forgot about the Fusion. It seems like a pretty nice ride. The Infinity is also sweet but a little out of my price range for new. I just wish I knew some people who actually owned one of these cars so I could get a real opinion of them.



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    Re: Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    I am also in the market for a similar car. I haven't decided yet, but I am really impressed by the Cruze. Serious car for the money. My only complaint is how many of them will be on the road. Should I worry about that as long as I am happy with it? Anyway, it rides great, is quiet, has some great giddy-up, and does very well on gas. The LTZ and RS models are really sharp.

    I will be interested to read what you decide.



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    Oh, I also forgot the safety rating. Cruze is a 5 star in nearly everything. One of the options I am considering, the Civic, is rated far worse. I don't know how the other cars you are considering are rated, but I would at least check to see how they rate.



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    Acura TSX. I have owned two and love them!



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    Re:Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    Just got a new Cruze for work. I like it a lot, though it does have a random serious lag sometimes when you really step on it at low speed.



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    I drive a 2012 civic. I get about 38 mpg commuting from Ames to marshalltown event day. It's not a hybrid, just plain ethanol blend. The car is pretty comfy, but not nearly as fun to drive as the ford focus. The focus was a major redesign this year (we got the Euro version finally) and there weren't many on the dealer lots when I was looking so no one wanted to bargain. Plus I was trading an f250 so no one wanted my trade.

    Anyway the civic is a solid car. It's not flashy or fast, but it gets the job done. I've put 18000+ miles on it since last July. Oil change interval worked out to about 10000 miles for me, with 95%+ highway cruising. It's hard to rant or rave about the car because it just doesn't elicit any significant feeling either way. It's just a car.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowast8isgr8 View Post
    Oh, I also forgot the safety rating. Cruze is a 5 star in nearly everything. One of the options I am considering, the Civic, is rated far worse. I don't know how the other cars you are considering are rated, but I would at least check to see how they rate.
    I just looked at the official nhtsa report for the civic, and it got two 4-stars and the rest 5-stars. I don't think "far worse" is a fair characterization. It also got all "good" ratings from the iihs - good is the best rating they give out.


    You can spend a lot of time and money picking out the perfect floral bouquet for your date ... but you're probably better off checking if you have bad breath and taking the porn out of the glove compartment.

    The moral: you gain more by not being stupid, than you do by being smart. Smart gets neutralized by other smart people. Stupid does not.

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    Re: Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by aforstate View Post
    I'm in the market for a new car to replace my gas hog truck. I really have no clue what exactly I want so I thought maybe the vast combined knowledge of CF would maybe be able to point me in the right direction.

    I'm want a sedan or a sedan hatchback. I was originally wanting an Audi A3 but next year's new body style will not include the hatchback in the U.S. Out of the following, which would you choose assuming they were all top tier trim models?

    VW GTI
    VW Jetta GLI
    VW Jetta TDI
    Honda Civic
    Chevy Cruze
    Mazda 3
    Volvo C30

    Any other similar suggestions are also welcome. With all of that having been said, I have an 03 Silverado Super Sport for sale with 67,000 miles on it if anyone is interested. Haha, thanks people.
    The European cars will be expensive to fix. Not sold on their reliability either.

    The Chevy seems like a nice car. Hasn't been on road long enough yet to know reliability.

    Honda's gone a little backwards in the last few years(we own an 07 Oddysey and love it).

    I rented a Toyota Camry a while back that averaged in the 30's for MPG. Really liked that car.

    Might take a look at some of the Ford and Hyundai offerings. Hyundai has gotten it's act together over the last 5 or 6 years.

    Good luck.



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    Re: Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    Thanks for all of the good advice so far. I'm definitely taking it all into consideration.



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    Re: Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    The European cars will be expensive to fix. Not sold on their reliability either.

    The Chevy seems like a nice car. Hasn't been on road long enough yet to know reliability.

    Honda's gone a little backwards in the last few years(we own an 07 Oddysey and love it).

    I rented a Toyota Camry a while back that averaged in the 30's for MPG. Really liked that car.

    Might take a look at some of the Ford and Hyundai offerings. Hyundai has gotten it's act together over the last 5 or 6 years.

    Good luck.
    I always thought this, but now I am dealing with this first hand with my wife's VW. Dealers want $320 for a 4ft long 1/8'' hydraulic hose that raises and lowers the convertible top.



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    Re: Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by aforstate View Post
    I'm in the market for a new car to replace my gas hog truck. I really have no clue what exactly I want so I thought maybe the vast combined knowledge of CF would maybe be able to point me in the right direction.

    I'm want a sedan or a sedan hatchback. I was originally wanting an Audi A3 but next year's new body style will not include the hatchback in the U.S. Out of the following, which would you choose assuming they were all top tier trim models?

    VW GTI
    VW Jetta GLI
    VW Jetta TDI
    Honda Civic
    Chevy Cruze
    Mazda 3
    Volvo C30

    Any other similar suggestions are also welcome. With all of that having been said, I have an 03 Silverado Super Sport for sale with 67,000 miles on it if anyone is interested. Haha, thanks people.
    I owned a VW GTI with the DSG transmission. It was a nice car but keep in mind that you'll have to put premium in it and expect around 30mpg. I'd put the C30 and the GTI together in one category and the rest in another.

    I also owned a Mazdaspeed 3. The Mazda 3 is completely different but the magazines give rave reviews.

    A also owned a Civic many years ago and it was a good car but boring as hell.

    I don't do Chevy.

    If you really want fuel mileage I'd be looking at the Prius C. Slow but cheap and nice interior.



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    Mazda does net belong on the same list as the others. IMHO

    I had a Tribute and it was one of worst vehicles I ever owned. No major mechanical problems but the sound system and heating and AC systems were horrible. YOu had to adjust the temperature constantly to stay comfortable.

    I go out of my way to ask other Mazda owners how they like their vehicles and most are disappointed.



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    Re: Need Car Advice/Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by aforstate View Post
    I'm in the market for a new car to replace my gas hog truck. I really have no clue what exactly I want so I thought maybe the vast combined knowledge of CF would maybe be able to point me in the right direction.

    I'm want a sedan or a sedan hatchback. I was originally wanting an Audi A3 but next year's new body style will not include the hatchback in the U.S. Out of the following, which would you choose assuming they were all top tier trim models?

    VW GTI
    VW Jetta GLI
    VW Jetta TDI
    Honda Civic
    Chevy Cruze
    Mazda 3
    Volvo C30

    Any other similar suggestions are also welcome. With all of that having been said, I have an 03 Silverado Super Sport for sale with 67,000 miles on it if anyone is interested. Haha, thanks people.
    your first 4 are good bets. The VW diesel engines are fantastic, as are their turbo's . If a Jetta, go with a 2.0 turbo or 2.0 turbo diesel. They are much better engines than the 2.5 liters from VW. We have had 6 Toyotas, and now on our second VW (Jetta 2.0 turbo; Golf TDI)



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