Looking at new cars which of the following do you recommend?

AaronNWilson

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The honda accord coupe, the chrysler sebring even though I vowed against chryslers for ever after this current chrysler and say a BMW 3.20.
The bimmer would obviously be the most expensive of the three and the best looking but maybe it is too expensive. The honda would probably be the most sensible choice but it seems like there is just too many hondas on the road. The new sebring looks awesome but I am unsure of the sebrings mechanical reliability.
Is there a winner between these three?
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I have had problems with Chrysler (Jeep) reliability. And my current BMW is not as reliable as my old Infiniti. So, in general terms, I would go with the Honda.
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I would go with the Honda. I also highly recomend the Audi A4 - I know its not on your list but its worth a look. I love mine and it has proven to be a VERY solid car. Just my $.02
 

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I recommend a Honda if only because my old 91 was so good. I stepped up to a Maxima, but it sounds like your're sold on a two door. But if you're considering a $20K four door, the Maxima is beautiful.
 

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i've got a 94 accord ex which i'm still diggin'. it still runs and looks great. i do take pretty good care of it and have all the factory work done as needed by the dealer. it costs a little more in the long run but is worth it.
it did break down once (a 50-cent oil seal broke and cost me about 400 bucks) but get this...it turned out to be due to a manufacturer defect and about a year later they contacted me and ended up paying for the repair. that's great customer sevice!
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I'd agree with Alex and look at the Maxima. I've got 260K on my 91 and it still runs great. I'm looking at the 02 Maxima and it moves pretty good for a four door. If you are set on your choices, then I say go with Honda.
 

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The new Nissan's are amazing... Lotsa power in their class...
Especially the bump in HP to 255HP for the 2002 Maxima, its a great car... They've upscaled it above the Camry/Accord section because the Altima will be competing in there, yet the price hasnt gone up much either...
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You should also take a look at the 2002 VW Passat. I have one (well, the 2001.5 - same car) and it is a joy. Good value if you stick to the GLS version which means foregoing push button climate controls and wood trim on the 4 cyl. 1.8 Turbo (the V6 comes with wood trim inside). Beautifully built, great value (same basic car as the more expensive Audi A4) and much more fun to drive then my previous '95 abd '98 Camrys.
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Why not go with the new Nissan Altima...a truly sweet little car, for not a bunch of $$$.
The 2002 re-design is amazing from the inside out.
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The Altima is indeed a good looking car, compare it to the VW Passat (which is smaller) and you can see where Nissan got their ideas (the Passat design came first). However, the Altima is not getting great reviews. Quality is still a questionmark and fit and finish can't compare with the Passat. But a car is always an emotional purchase so any of the models suggested here are worth looking at.
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I have been also looking at cars a lot lately, and I have put it down to the following three choices:
Subaru Impreza WRX
Mits Lancer OZ
or wait until next 2003 model Mits Lancer EVO for North America.
As you can tell all of my car options are Rally cars, as that is what I personally like. But I would highly recommend taking a peep at the Impreza WRX and the Lancer.
 

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I just traded in my '97 Maxima SE for a 2002 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6. It was really a tossup between the Honda and a 02 Maxima SE. I guess what tipped the balance was the fact the Honda was about $600 cheaper than a base Maxima SE and included more amenities (leather, side airbags, traction control, 6 disc indash CD player), plus I've owned several Nissan's over the past decade and was ready for a change.
The Acura dealer was really ready to deal on leftover '01 CL coupes, they offered one at $27K, and I think I could have gotten a few hundred more off with haggling. You might check the CL out, a lot of car for the money.
I'm very happy with my Honda Coupe. When I took the test drive I was much more impressed with the handling than I thought I would be. It's a very tight, responsive car, smooth and quite also. You're right about there being a lot of them around, I notice them a lot more now that I have one. If you're looking for something more exclusive the Audi A4, Acura CL or BMW would be good choices.
[Edited last by Craig on October 21, 2001 at 04:15 PM]
 

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I recently got my wife out of an Expedition. As an ex-Porsche owner I started thinking about a sports sedan like the BMW, Passat or A4. When I went to the showroom to sit in these vehicles I was disappointed. I'm only 6'1" but all the sports sedans just didn't cut it, as they were just too cramped and the back seats are for kids only.
We went this route http://www.toyota.com/html/shop/vehi...der_price.html
At 26k, the fwd v6 version is quite comfortable and quite a performer as well. My 6'4" son fits in the front or rear seats.
 

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John, I'm surprised you said the 2002 Passat was cramped. I'm 5 feet 11 and my brother is 6 feet and he also has the 2002 Passat and has no problems. Back seat has plenty of legroom for 2, 3 in an emergency. Interior dimensions of the Passat are the same as the Audi A6. Maybe you tried the older 2001?
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As a current BMW owner, I'll put in my vote for the 3 Series. What a drive! From an engineering and performance standpoint, this thing is really nice. I have confidence on the road, particularly on twisty ones, like I've never had before. It's just so tight on corners that you get a lot of confidence.
My sister has had a couple of Accords over the past 5 or 6 years (she leases them) and I am very fond of them as well. Very reliable and a good value for the money, I think.
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Aaron,
Have you looked at the new RSX from Acura? I'm not sure how well you'll do sitting in it given your 6'6" but it does rock in the Type-S trim. 6 speed manual with a 200hp engine. Their tough to get right now because their so hot but well worth the bucks.
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Peter,
I'm not clear on whether it was the 2001 or 2002. It was in July when I went to the local VW dealer.
I liked the Passat a lot. However, when I sat in the back I found ample leg room but the sloping roofline left no clearance for my head. The wagon would be the only solution.
Just for kicks I tried to sit in the back of the Jetta. My 6'4" son just stood there laughing his ass off. He simply said "Dad, why are you wasting your time here?"
Wish I realized my ship had come in back in 99' and taken 100g of inflated stock and bought another Porsche. The stock is now ashes and I only have memories of my old 912. Bummer.
 

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I got a 2001 Honda Accord Coupe and couldn't be happier. My main concern was first getting a car that wouldn't need to lease space at the mechanic's in five years and all I have ever heard about Honda is how reliable their cars are. I like the look, kinda sporty, with clean lines. I got the silve with charcoal leather interior and considering what I upgraded from I feel like I am drving a luxury car. I had considered the Audi A4, which I like, but it simply seemd al ittle small for the price.
BTW, I got my car through carsdirect.com and I think it is an excellent way to buy a car, no haggling, a good price, no driving all over to try and find your car (which is a big deal if you are looking right before the new model year is due out).
 

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