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    OT: Used car advice

    I am looking to purchase a used vehicle in the next few months and I think I have my choice narrowed down. I want the durability of an Accord or Camry, but not the higher price. I have been researching the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima, all 2006 or later.

    Does anyone here drive one of these and can you give me your thoughts on the one you drive? Thanks!



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    One of my friends has a Mercury Milan which is the same base car as a Fusion. She hasn't ever had to take it to the shop for anything besides an oil change. I think they drive and ride really nice. I'm a bigger guy and I didn't feel cramped in it at all which is nice. They get pretty good gas mileage as well.



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Give us what you want to pay and we'll tell you good choices.



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Out of the 3 you have listed Hyundai has the highest reliability and Kia has the worst.



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    I tell ya, the price difference between a 2 year old accord and a brand new one is not that much different. 2 years ago people paid $30k for them, so they still expect 22+. But new ones can be had for $25 now.


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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Buy a 2 or 3 year old Buick or Impala with the 3800 V6 engine. Not a sexy car, but you can buy them cheap and that engine is about as reliable as they come.



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Buy a 2 or 3 year old Buick or Impala with the 3800 V6 engine. Not a sexy car, but you can buy them cheap and that engine is about as reliable as they come.
    I have only ever owned GM products and all but one, my wife's 99 blazer, has made it over 150k without any major failures. I currently have a 99 Monte with 145k and the tranny is going out, but I don't want to spend more to fix it than what the car is worth.

    It's not the engine itself that worries me, but overall engineering of the car. IMO, GM and Chrysler make disposable cars, and Ford is the only one who seems to want to improve their quality. I'm looking for something that I can put miles on and not have to worry about being nickled and dimed to death.



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    How about one of these.

    2006 Honda Accord SE 29K miles Willis Auto campus $16K

    2006 Honda Accord VP 16K miles Hummels $15K

    2006 Nissan Altima 24K miles Willis $14K

    2007 Toyota Camry 25K miles Hummels $16K

    All of these cars have less than 30K miles. The 2006 Accord is a good model because it's the last year before the new body style which usually mean it's the most reliable.

    BTW-I've heard good things about the Milan and Fusion but I would only consider if you can get one a lot cheaper.


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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Kia's have a reputation around here as a mechanic's money maker.

    The Nissan Altima is just about as reliable as the Honda Accord but costs quite a bit less these days.



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Out of the 3 you have listed Hyundai has the highest reliability and Kia has the worst.
    Which is ironic considering Hyundais and Kias are for all purposes the exact same car...


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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Which is ironic considering Hyundais and Kias are for all purposes the exact same car...
    Just as an example, here are the 2006 JD power scores.

    http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/new...df/2006082.pdf

    You'll see that Hyundai was 3rd best only behind Porsche and Lexus. Kia was in 25th place.



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Just as an example, here are the 2006 JD power scores.

    http://www.jdpower.com/corporate/new...df/2006082.pdf

    You'll see that Hyundai was 3rd best only behind Porsche and Lexus. Kia was in 25th place.
    Not saying I didn't believe you, just saying it was ironic...


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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Not saying I didn't believe you, just saying it was ironic...
    I hear you. I'm wondering if it has to do more with things like interiors rather than powertrain....



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    Re: OT: Used car advice

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    I have only ever owned GM products and all but one, my wife's 99 blazer, has made it over 150k without any major failures. I currently have a 99 Monte with 145k and the tranny is going out, but I don't want to spend more to fix it than what the car is worth.

    It's not the engine itself that worries me, but overall engineering of the car. IMO, GM and Chrysler make disposable cars, and Ford is the only one who seems to want to improve their quality. I'm looking for something that I can put miles on and not have to worry about being nickled and dimed to death.
    Point well taken. In the past I've driven all GM, but now have a Ford and Honda. I switched to Ford on my current car just because I like the design of the Taurus better than the Impala.

    However if I was looking today, I'd go for a GM because they are heavily discounted because of the perception you're talking about. You can afford to stick some money into them if needed. All the GM"s I've driven have never nickle and dimed me. The Impala I last drove went 160,000 miles with out anything being done to it other then tires!

    If you're really a value shopping(which it sounds like you are), it's hard not to look at GM or Ford right now.



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