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Old 04-08-07, 07:51 PM
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Time for a new car

So this week at work my car got hit in the parking lot. Being that my car was a 1976 El Camino SS with 160,000+ miles and gas prices are going through the roof it seems like about the right time to get a new car.

Anyone have any rants/raves about their cars or cars they've seen? I can get green slip on Chrysler/Dodge or Hyundai. I'm debating between a 07 Caliber, an 07 Tiburon, a used 05 Pontiac G6. If you have any experiences with these cars please chime in.

Here's a pic of the wrecked car for your enjoyment:



Its worse than it looks, she got both sides of the wheel well and it cracked all the way up to the B-pillar over the window where the quarter-panel runs to. All-in-all about $1500 in damages.
Old 04-08-07, 08:01 PM
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the background looks like one of Kvrdave's slums, now I see why your car is wrecked
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I believe the '05 is the first year for the G6, so I would hold off on that model.
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I looked at the Calibur, but I think it was going for a younger demographic, it's got lots of 'cool features' like the speaker in the liftgate and the refrigerated glovebox, but was missing some more useful things like comfort and field of vision (in my opinion.)
If that style is what you're interested in, check out the Mazda 3 5-door. That's what I got (1700 miles on it now), and it wasn't much more expensive, and just feels classier (and more comfortable). About the only useful feature the Caliber had that the 3 didn't that I recall is auto-locking doors upon acceleration.
Mine has got 'sport automatic' so I can drop into manual and control my shifting; but my last three cars have been manual, so I haven't really used that feature yet. My cumulative mileage to date is 24, which isn't great, but it's steadily improving with each tank, and I have been doing a lot of city/stop and go driving (on a long road trip I think I got 28 or so).

Sorry, I just reread your post and saw you were focusing on Chrysler/Dodge or Hyundai. If Mazda is an option and you like the 5-door, it's worth checking into.
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You should keep the El Camino on the side and fix it up if you get a chance. It might be worth something years from now.
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I absolutely love my FJ Cruiser.
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Is your name Earl?
Old 04-08-07, 09:11 PM
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I absolutely love your current car. A 76 El Camino SS or a friggen Tiburon? Spend the 1500 fer crissake.
Old 04-08-07, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Hiro11
I absolutely love your current car. Spend the 1500 fer crissake.

Keep the classic. Get a little POS to get you around on a daily basis but I would use the rest of the money on fixing up the El Camino.
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Have your GF or SO submit your car to Overhaulin'!
Old 04-08-07, 09:32 PM
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No offense arsmith, and I'll admit I don't "know much" about cars--but is the El Camino considered a "classic"?
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Yes. Keep and fix the El Camino. The cars you want to buy will depreciate in one year more than the $1500 to fix the present car. And yes, it will be a classic. Just hang on to it. Or sell it to me.
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Originally Posted by JustinS
I absolutely love my FJ Cruiser.
Does the blind spot towards the back bother you?
Old 04-09-07, 01:16 AM
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Spend the $1500 on the El Camino. It looks to be in pretty good shape, and I'm just amazed at seeing a 1976 GM product with no visible rust.
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156K miles for a 76 is pretty good. Definitely use the dough on the El C. A new paint job will make it seem like a new car. And in the near future, you can sell it for easily twice what you would have sold it for with that dent. Dents will tend to depreciate a car when selling it.
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I have an '07 G6 with about 6,000 miles on it. Absolutely no complaints. I drove one back in '05 but there were a few things I didn't like that have since been changed. One thing you may want to do - sign up for the Smartbuy to get the bigger rebate and then refinance through your own bank or credit union at a lower rate. I got a $2500 rebate (back in October) that way and then refinanced at 4.9% through my CU.

We rented a Caliber last fall. We really liked it and my fiance is considering one for her next vehicle. Very roomy for a small car and I love how it sits up high. I'm just not sure how much I trust Chrysler/Dodge cars, just haven't had much experience with them.

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Old 04-09-07, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Timber
Keep the classic. Get a little POS to get you around on a daily basis but I would use the rest of the money on fixing up the El Camino.
I agree with this. Get a little 4 cyl to putt around in, and keep the El Camino for showing off later in life.
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Originally Posted by Judge Smails
Spend the $1500 on the El Camino. It looks to be in pretty good shape, and I'm just amazed at seeing a 1976 GM product with no visible rust.
The key here is that no visible rust. We spent a ton of money to fix this car up when I was 16. Rust is now coming through near the bumper and the inside of the doors are falling to shit. I've probably spent a thousand dollars a year into various problems, especially with the brakes. And it just isn't feasible to have a car that gets 5-8 MPG as a daily driver these days. I'm making a car payment in gas each month. Not to mention the engine problems keep it from reaching the HP it should really be getting and its not as much fun to drive as it should be.

I'm pretty set that it is just time to move on to something new. I'd like to get something new and keep the Camino, but that just isn't an option financially or space wise.
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I'd look into a new Accord. The new models are quite sporty looking, IMO, especially with the spoiler, for a sedan and should still give you great gas mileage and V6 for a little pep. You can't get much better for reliability as well. Avoid the depreciation hit by buying one a year or two old (not sure how long the newest model has been out), and financing at a credit union- they always have the best rates on used car loans.

I know it sparks all kinds of auto maker wars, but given my short history of owning a few cars and wife owning a few cars, I'd stick to Honda or Toyota. I'd have to do some more research, but I believe Hyundais are getting very good reliability ratings for their sedans/small SUVs, but I don't recall hearing much about the Tiburon.
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Originally Posted by dtcarson
No offense arsmith, and I'll admit I don't "know much" about cars--but is the El Camino considered a "classic"?

one of the first cross over vehicles
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That's a gorgeous car, classic, fix her up, a lot of people would love to have that car and rebuild it, and pimp it out.
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I would recommend a Nissan. I just spent nearly two weeks in a 2007 Altima 2.5S and it is one nice automobile, inside and out. Nearly makes me want to trade in my 2000 Altima, but I'm still enjoying not having a car payment.

I think the Altima has a lot more character to it and looks a heck of a lot better than the Accord or Camry. A 2006 would be a fine choice too. Or you could wait for the TWO-DOOR 2008 Altima! And there is a V6 available for these cars.

If you're looking smaller, there's the Sentra - which is probably equivalent to my Altima - and the new Versa, which for a hatchback is well-made and has a lot of room in it.

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2007 Camry is very nice
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I'd also echo going Toyota or Honda. I've had two Honda's myself (although one short lived due to accident), but the parents have had 6 or 7 (I'm including Acura's here). Can't say I know as many people who have owned Toyota's, but from what I hear they are equally as reliable.

Oh yeah, don't go German. I did and now I'll regret it for the rest of my life. Quality and power is unmatched by the Asian builders.

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Old 04-09-07, 03:15 PM
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Maybe if the Camry is loaded up it drives better, but the base model drives sloppy. I have one on rental. Had a wreck last week when an idiot took a left in front of me. I hit his rear passenger door and back, but I have all sorts of front end damage. My shop just called and I have 15K in damage after they did a teardown of my Passat. He was in a Camry Tuscany Edition. Sick of Camry's right now.

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