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tbird2340
04-10-12, 07:25 AM
So I'm looking to replace a vehicle.. Here are the requirements:

1. Must be 4 door.
2. Must get decent gas mileage.
3. Must be fun to drive (a little pep).
4. Must not have an assload of miles.
5. Must be around $16G's

The cars I'm kicking around are: Nissan Maxima's (04-08), Audi A4/A6, VW Jetta/Passat, and Saab 93..

My first choice is the Maxima, however, the years that fall in the price range are generally 04-06's and I've read tranny issues are almost a guarantee for those..

Anyone have any other options or opinions on the above cars?

Thanks! :up:

Dr. Henry Jones, Jr.
04-10-12, 07:29 AM
Other recommendation: Mazda 3.

tbird2340
04-10-12, 07:30 AM
Thanks.. I've had that in my list before. What model do I need to look at that is fast?

Chrisedge
04-10-12, 12:23 PM
You might want to look for a Nissan Altima instead of the Maxima. Might get you a little newer/nicer car for the same $$.

(I drive a 09 Max)

tbird2340
04-10-12, 12:24 PM
The 3.5 engine is a must though.. It's hard to find an Altima with that engine.

Deftones
04-10-12, 12:29 PM
why is it a must? you are only giving up gas mileage by wanting a bigger, more powerful engine.

RunBandoRun
04-10-12, 12:31 PM
I'm happy with my Ford Taurus. :)

tbird2340
04-10-12, 12:31 PM
why is it a must? you are only giving up gas mileage by wanting a bigger, more powerful engine.

Because I like to go fast...

wmansir
04-10-12, 12:43 PM
I was going to say for a few grand more you could get a new Mazda3 with the Skyactiv drivetrain. It's not fast, but it drives sporty and you will get a combined mpg in the mid-30's.

That said, the 3 is a compact and you seem to be looking for something a little bigger I would say a used Mazda6, but for you price point the models were under powered and not as efficient as the competition, although they are the best drivers in the segment.

Deftones
04-10-12, 12:52 PM
Because I like to go fast...

I'm sorry you have a small penis. :sad:

tbird2340
04-10-12, 12:53 PM
It's not the size but what you can do with it.. At least that's what I tell myself.. :banana:

Rob V
04-10-12, 12:56 PM
My first choice is the Maxima, however, the years that fall in the price range are generally 04-06's and I've read tranny issues are almost a guarantee for those..

Consult mhg83 for all tranny issues.

I suggest a Ford Focus at that price point.

Navinabob
04-10-12, 01:06 PM
I'm in your exact same boat (but I could also do a coupe). I'm looking at some of the ones mentioned already, plus the Hyundai Genesis and the Scion coupes. Toying with getting a mini too. I could go up to $20k... but that is about my limit so I'm mainly looking at slightly used cars (1-3 years old) for the price drop.

tbird2340
04-10-12, 01:06 PM
Ford Focus have good pickup? Speed is a must.. Tired of driving a slow boat..

LurkerDan
04-10-12, 01:10 PM
The idea of wanting to go fast and caring about pickup, yet also seeking a car with good mpg, seems counterproductive.

I also note that you haven't asked about reliability. Since that isn't a concern, go with the Audi, they are fun to drive. :up:

tbird2340
04-10-12, 01:13 PM
I didn't say *good* MPG I said decent.. I guess I should be more specific.. Around 25 or so average would be fine..

Sorry, I definitely should have included reliability.. Yes, that is a must. The mentioning of the tranny issue with the Maximas I thought would speak of that requirement.

LurkerDan
04-10-12, 01:15 PM
well, then, I don't know why you would include Audis in your list. :lol:

tbird2340
04-10-12, 01:16 PM
Are they unreliable? I honestly have no idea.. That's one of the reasons for the post! :)

I just think they are pretty badass looking..

LurkerDan
04-10-12, 01:33 PM
My experience with my parents' cars and others is that they are reliable until about 100k miles, then the electrical gremlins take over.

tbird2340
04-10-12, 01:35 PM
That's what I'm afraid of.. Are any of the cars that are on my list known to go well over 100K miles? I would think the Nissans are but that's the type of info I need..

msdmoney
04-10-12, 02:10 PM
So I'm looking to replace a vehicle.. Here are the requirements:

1. Must be 4 door.
2. Must get decent gas mileage.
3. Must be fun to drive (a little pep).
4. Must not have an assload of miles.
5. Must be around $16G's

The cars I'm kicking around are: Nissan Maxima's (04-08), Audi A4/A6, VW Jetta/Passat, and Saab 93..

My first choice is the Maxima, however, the years that fall in the price range are generally 04-06's and I've read tranny issues are almost a guarantee for those..

Anyone have any other options or opinions on the above cars?

Thanks! :up:

I would suggest a used Acura TSX. I'm not really sure what used prices are, but I would imagine that you can find quite a few years under your max since I paid $23k for my slightly used TSX in 05. It may not be as fast as you want, but I would say they are still fun to drive and reliable.

focker
04-10-12, 05:08 PM
The Subaru Legacy GT is a sporty sedan that's reliable. It's like a WRX for adults. You'd have to go a few years old to get into your price range. If you're willing to go a little older than that the BMW 3 series sedan is probably one of the sportiest/fastest sedans out there.

X
04-10-12, 05:17 PM
Audi A4/A6I saw an A4 being worked on at my mechanic's shop. Told him I was interested in a new A6. Several mechanics at the shop said I should only own an Audi while it's under warranty. That doesn't sound good for a used one.

story
04-10-12, 06:22 PM
I enjoyed driving the Mazda3 and Mazda6 so much when renting a car during my travels that my first late-model car purchase was the Mazda5 and I absolutely love it.

adrenaline78
04-10-12, 06:31 PM
That's what I'm afraid of.. Are any of the cars that are on my list known to go well over 100K miles? I would think the Nissans are but that's the type of info I need..

I have a 04' Toyota Solara with 160k and haven't had an issue at all. I was going to suggest it, but you said you wanted 4 doors. Sporty, decent mileage (28-30 hwy), runs comfortable at 85mph.

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
04-10-12, 07:01 PM
CThe Subaru Legacy GT is a sporty sedan that's reliable. It's like a WRX for adults. You'd have to go a few years old to get into your price range. If you're willing to go a little older than that the BMW 3 series sedan is probably one of the sportiest/fastest sedans out there.

I don't like buying a used turboturbocharged car.

tbird2340
04-10-12, 07:03 PM
I LOVE the Legacy GT's.. They really aren't in that price range that I could find though..

D.Pham.. Why? Half the ones I listed are turbos..

focker
04-10-12, 10:15 PM
Turbos are a little less reliable and like all sporty cars, you never know how much the previous owner abused it. I have a Legacy GT that was bought used, but it only had a couple of thousand miles on it when I got it. It still had new car smell at the time. :)

tbird2340
04-11-12, 08:59 AM
The problem is I've tasted the 3.5 and don't think I could go back..

I got a Maxima as a rental for a week back in 05 and have wanted one ever since!

I have seen a few 3.5 Alitmas on Autotrader so that may def be an option..

tbird2340
04-11-12, 09:02 AM
This one (http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=44512&endYear=2013&keywords=3.5&modelCode1=ALTIMA&showcaseOwnerId=567460&startYear=2007&makeCode1=NISSAN&keywordsfyc=3.5&maxMileage=60000&searchRadius=75&maxPrice=17000&listingId=315626273&Log=0) looks nice..

I'm assuming Nissan's are good well over 100K miles?