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Buying a new car

 
 
Montana
 
Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:13 pm
I'll be buying a new car next year (sooner if my car won't make it that long) and I'm looking for some advice and pics.
I'm looking for a sporty looking 4 door GM or Ford no more than 2 years old. The car has to be something my mother can get in and out of easily as well.

Got my eyes on the Grand Am, but looking to see what else is out there.

Any advice?
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parados
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:15 pm
Dang Montana,

First a new house and now a new car. Did you recently win the lottery?
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:15 pm
I owned a Grand Am, Montana. If your mother has trouble getting into a vehicle.... the Grand Am would not be for her. One thing I found with the Grand Am is nothing is easy to fix. I once had 3 mechanics working on changing a signal light! Took them over an hour!
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:19 pm
Buy a certified used Daimler/Chrysler.

http://images.autobytel.com/cyber/189408/i27272_1.jpg

Somewhat sporty, relatively quick (it is a Mercedes after all), easy to get in and out of, nice to drive, all wheel drive for those Canadian winters, and really nice inside too.

Expect to pay in the low to mid-20's for a 2001 or 2002 model, depending upon mileage.
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:23 pm
parados wrote:
Dang Montana,

First a new house and now a new car. Did you recently win the lottery?


Oh, how I wish. My house is paid and since I don't go out and spend all kinds of money on stuff I don't need, I tend to be able to save quite a bit.
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:26 pm
Intrepid wrote:
I owned a Grand Am, Montana. If your mother has trouble getting into a vehicle.... the Grand Am would not be for her. One thing I found with the Grand Am is nothing is easy to fix. I once had 3 mechanics working on changing a signal light! Took them over an hour!


Oh damn! I really had my heart set on one, so it's back to the drawing board.
Thanks for your advice. I need to hear this so I don't end up kicking myself in the ass ;-)
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:27 pm
CJ
Nice machine, but not me at all.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:29 pm
Well, I'm matching up your needs, not your inner artsy fartsy self. Wink
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:37 pm
Well, I never said I was easy ;-)
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 05:45 pm
This is kind of nice and it comes in 4 door.

http://www.gmcanada.com/images/vehicles/2005/chevrolet/cavalier/chev_cava_colo_main_ext_03.jpg
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:01 pm
I rented a nice car while on travel last week. I wish I could remember what it was. It was 4-door, roomy and american. It had an emblem that looked like a jaguar ripoff. I'm going to try to find it.
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:02 pm
Here it is: Impala.

http://www.chevrolet.com/impala/

It was a very nice car.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:10 pm
You want something somewhat sporty, but a sedan that's practical?

Consider the Nissan Altima. Same size as the Grand Am, sportier than a Toyota, and reliable. American cars suck compared to Toyota, Honda or Nissan. There's a reason why they depreciate so damn fast.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:15 pm
I think M has family reasons for buying a "north american" vehicle, am I right? The only ones of those that remotely hold their value are trucks and SUV's. None of the big three concentrates on passenger cars any more. They lost that marked to the imports long ago. If it wasn't for the fleet sales to rental companies, they wouldn't even make them anymore.

I looked at an Acura MDX last summer, a $42K car. Something like 75% of it was made in north America.

I also think I misread Montana's rock & roll side. Look closely, you'll spot the TNUSA sticker in the rear window. Laughing

http://www.msnusers.com/_Secure/0RgAAABkWVSW6ldkxR9ScNUjZLWvq1ASaM1Z!R9x71JCHNuncwSy29wCofflXi4xcnFzrG!9f7EbG57ve8azP64Fz2kGYp7zHcJLWVFDJjBQ/oldbmw.jpg
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:21 pm
FreeDuck wrote:
Here it is: Impala.

http://www.chevrolet.com/impala/

It was a very nice car.


Not a bad looking car. Thanks FreeDuck :-D


http://www.gmcanada.com/images/vehicles/2005/chevrolet/impala/chev_impa_colo_main_ext_08.jpg
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:22 pm
You know, it just occured to me. Jaguar and Aston Martin are both owned by Ford.

http://www.allautoreviews.com/auto_reviews/jaguar/photos/stype2.jpg


There ya go Montana!!! Smile

Whatever you buy, get something nice and have fun with it.
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:32 pm
Slappy
That Nissan isn't bad either.

CJ
That Jag is very sweet, but somehow I don't think ot would fall into my budget ;-)
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:33 pm
If I ever did hit it big, I'd have me one of them 2005 t-birds. What a nice freaking car that this!
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:34 pm
So, I wasn't too far off with that Jag then....
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2005 06:41 pm
Not at all. The Jag is very very nice, but way too rich for my blood.
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