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Old 02-07-08, 02:17 PM
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Looking for a new car...

My lovely wife and I commute about 15 hours a week and I've never been picky about my car and have been quite content with my Pontiac Grand AM. However my wife feels it is an uncomfortable ride and our son doesn't like it either. So I'm looking to get something a bit nicer. I don't want to go CRAZY and get a Bentley or something - I'm just looking for a nice comfortable ride. I'd like to have a navigation system and make sure it has plenty of space for cups and whatnot. So far I've been looking at the Accura TL and the Infiniti EX 35 (for a little more space).. I'd like to keep it under $40k. I can't see spending more than that. Heck, I can't even see spending that much... but let's not go there.

Any suggestions appreciated. I'd prefer a NEW car over a used car.

A friend at work sent suggested this Buick.. but I think I'll pass.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/car/565853007.html

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Old 02-07-08, 02:20 PM
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buy your wife a ford focus and save the other 30k
sure, she still wont be happy.. but at least you wont be in the same car as her
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I'd look at a 1 year old certified TL or G35 and get an extended warranty/maintenance. That way you'll be covered close to the original warranty + extended, but you'll have let somebody else take the hit!

I'm not familiar with the specifics of Honda and Infiny's CPO programs, but I imagine the above should be doable.
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get a TL with Nav. I have one and it a pleasure to drive. My wife thinks it is on the stiff side but she drives a Pilot which is like driving a '94 town car.

It is reliable as hell and has every toy imaginable. The navigation is one of the highest rated oem's on the market. 7" screen which (on mine) was touch screen. Around 300 voice commands so you dont even have to touch anything if you dont want to.

built in XM
built in bluetooth

I love my Acura (2005) and am hoping they will release an all-wheel drive for '09.
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Originally Posted by twikoff
buy your wife a ford focus and save the other 30k
sure, she still wont be happy.. but at least you wont be in the same car as her
Hey! I already have a Honda CRV, thank you very much... no ford for me please

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Originally Posted by kbmagic
Hey! I already have a Honda CRV, thank you very much... no ford for me please

Actually I would have said ford fusion instead of the focus. Still pretty cheap, but they have great reviews.





Edit: My condolences on the CRV
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Originally Posted by Jeeden
Actually I would have said ford fusion instead of the focus. Still pretty cheap, but they have great reviews.





Edit: My condolences on the CRV


I really like my CRV...although I understand it isn't in the same class of cars being talked about in this thread...it's a great 'run errands and do fun stuff on the weekends' car...

See...the plan though is...after zod gets his new cush-mobile...it's time for me to upgrade too! *evil grin*
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Originally Posted by kbmagic
See...the plan though is...after zod gets his new cush-mobile...it's time for me to upgrade too! *evil grin*
What!!? That wasn't my plan!

GO START YOUR OWN CAR THREAD WOMAN!! *

Where was I? Oh..

Thanks for the info SoSpacey. I'll look into that car further. I did like what I can see from the internet photos.

* = Just kidding honey shnookums!
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Mini Cooper S

Probably not a family car, but it gives you the best of all worlds....
Great power, superb handling, great fuel economy, infinite customization, and a loaded one is around $30k. Plus it has the highest percentage of resale value of any car under $60k.

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Oh note, Acura just released the press information on the '09 RL, so I expect that a revision for the TL is not too far behind. However, it's such a nice looking car I'm hard pressed to figure out how they are going to improve on it without runing the look.

For me, the front is a little too Cadillac, and the back is too reflective of the newer Accords.

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/06/c...ore-power-mor/
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You could by a Tata.
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An Acura TL has a pretty firm ride.. if you're primarily looking for comfort i'd stay away from it.
There are many cars that have a nice ride..
BMW 5, 7 series
Lexus LS series
Infinity Q or M
etc
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Originally Posted by General Zod
A friend at work sent suggested this Buick.. but I think I'll pass.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/car/565853007.html
That's pretty bad. Would look much better in a nice Pac-Man scheme.
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I offered to get my wife up at $32,000 car figuring that would cover most everything (within reason). She ended up picking out a Honda Accord EX at less then $22,000.

The Acura is a sweet car, but for that money, I'd look BMW.

Otherwise I'd go with the car that had the best commercial at the super bowl

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my father in law has a 2003 TL and loves it, but complains about the milage. the bastard is heavy too. takes some real effort to close the doors, like on the old cars.
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BMW 335i sedan should be under $40K.
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We've seen some outrageous F-650-based vehicles like this before (the DeBerti for one), but for some reason, the Alton F-650 XUV jumped out at us at the Chicago Auto Show. Perhaps we were already focused on Ford's Work Solutions trucks in the vicinity, but this insane beast just put our DSLRs on autopilot. The F-650-based XUV was built by Alton Manufacturing and carries a GVWR of 25,999 lbs. That makes the 660 ft-lbs of torque generated by its 7.2L Caterpillar engine seem paltry. Besides the big-rig-meets-Excursion bodywork, your nearly $200,000 expenditure for this XUV will get you hardwood floors, custom captains chairs, a 42-speaker sound system, two drop-down 16-inch TVs plus a 42-inch plasma, four computer workstations, plus a train horn. Oh, you'll also get bragging rights for the biggest, baddest truck in 99% of the world's neighborhoods.

http://www.autoblog.com/page/3/
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Thanks for all the input so far. I think I'll test drive a couple of these this weekend.
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Originally Posted by SoSpacey
get a TL with Nav. I have one and it a pleasure to drive. My wife thinks it is on the stiff side but she drives a Pilot which is like driving a '94 town car.

It is reliable as hell and has every toy imaginable. The navigation is one of the highest rated oem's on the market. 7" screen which (on mine) was touch screen. Around 300 voice commands so you dont even have to touch anything if you dont want to.

built in XM
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I love my Acura (2005) and am hoping they will release an all-wheel drive for '09.
I'll second this. My dad drives a 2007 TL. He loves driving it. Its a very comfortable ride (at normal speeds at least) and is pretty spacious. The price is right too.
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I've been looking around and noticed that Auto Loans right now are running around 6.5%. Seems like just yesterday there were 0% financing deals or very low rate financing available from the dealers. Does anyone know a "trick" to get that through Acura if I were to go through them? My credit is good.

Thanks
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New: I would suggest the new 2008 Honda Accord



Preowned: A BMW CPO car this 2005 525i is 32K (an example), my search turned up 233 cars within 50 miles of my zip code


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