Car Shopping: Anything Good?

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  1. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    Access Consumer Reports. About this time of year they have the used car reliability reports for most models
     
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  2. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    You're looking pretty good these days with the new hair
     
  3. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    I can only speak for the Cadillac branch, but my problems have been minimal. The only car I had above average repair costs on was my 2010 CTS-V. Most of those were due to "user abuse" lol.

    My XTS is all wheel drive and has been great. No transmission issues. Granted, I only use it in automatic mode, but still...it shifts smoothly and does its job.
     
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  4. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    Might be a little small for you but I'm rockin' 37-39 mpg in my Corolla. Bought one for The Enabler as well. Was looking Audi A3/4 and just couldn't see spending an extra $10-12K for a used Audi with all the same features. Trunk space is adequate but haven't tried to fit all my PRS gear in it.
     
  5. Shawn@PRS

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    My wife drove a Honda Odyssey for 15 year until it finally died. We went out and bought a new CR-V. It's been great, has plenty of room and that famous Honda reliability.
     
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  6. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    My Toyota Venza has been kick a$$ reliable for 8 years. No longer made, but a clean used one would be very nice.
    New, a RAV4 would do the trick.
    Reliability is king.
     
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    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    All in all reliability may have to do with getting the vehicle properly serviced on schedule and when it needs it.
     
  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    That Buick looks like a good fit for you.

    I like my VW GTI, but I wouldn’t want to have to use a car seat in it.
     
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  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Right? I’d love it, but maybe should let that dream go.
     
  10. Solteroblues

    Solteroblues New Member

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    I had never seen the Buick wagon until this past Sunday, and I thought it was an Audi at first quick glance. Looked really nice. If I didn't need 3 rows of seats (I have 3 teenagers, plus the wife and my father lives with me), I'd definitely consider it. I like GM products, but I don't currently own one.

    If I were you, I'd look at Hyundai's. Price is pretty good, mine seems rock solid dependable, and you can load them up with features. Just make sure you either get dark cloth or leather seats with a 3 year old, preferably leather, as they spill all kinds of crap that will wipe off of leather so much easier.
     
  11. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I know... the light gray cloth backseat in my car is trashed, there’s like a 2’ in diameter stain of juice and dairy products that’ll never come out.

    I hate leather seats, hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but I’m almost positive I’ll be getting them.
     
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  12. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I’m gonna go drive one, either to get it out of my system (and pray that it’s crap) or to further entrench my desire.

    I’d never seen one either, and I don’t think Buick knows how to market these things. The only other wagons I’ve come across that compete with these are like... $60,000 cars. I used to fantasize about a Volvo wagon but, they’re damn pricey.
     
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  13. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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  14. InTooDeep

    InTooDeep Out Lobstering...

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    I recently got a 2007 Lexus GX470. Basically a toyota 4runner with a slightly bigger body, quieter ride, and a standard V8/AWD. Not great on gas, but pretty great on everything else! Also not too bad used prices.
     
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  15. dkilpatrick

    dkilpatrick Makes guitar faces

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    I drive a CRV
    Plenty of room for kids and gear.
    Lots of safety features are standard too.
     
  16. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    This is my 4th Durango in a row. This has a whopping 116 miles on it. Nice safe, roomy vehicle, but probably not the best fuel economy.

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  17. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    For some reason, I have the feeling that that’s what I’ll wind up with.
     
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  18. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    That looks badass.
     
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  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The Jeeps and other Chrysler products we’ve had for the past 15 years never needed anything beyond the oil and fluid changes, and routine maintenance recommended in the manual. None needed a single unscheduled service. Two of them went 9 years, but I usually only keep a car for 3-4 years. I got my kids Jeeps and they didn’t have problems, either. So maybe we were lucky, or maybe not. One family isn’t exactly a scientific sampling.

    My daughter has had one of those gigantic 3-rows-of-seats GMC SUVs for a few years, and hasn’t had problems. I realize that doesn’t mean a thing except to her, but it’s nice to know. She’s always on the move with her little ones plus car pools, her business, and what have you.

    Our BMWs were all great, and that’s what I bought for 25 years, but they did need a lot more maintenance and the occasional repair, though I’ll admit that I drove them harder.

    Before that, had a few Corvettes, and they were ultra-reliable. Also Alfas - surprisingly reliable.

    I had terrible luck with the new Honda I bought my middle daughter as her first car. It was tinny. The bottom of the dashboard literally fell off onto her leg at one point, and the thing saw the shop a lot. I felt it wasn’t a very solid car, and kind of felt badly about buying it for her once I realized it was a less-than-stellar buy. Fortunately, that car was replaced with a Jeep when she went off to college, and the Jeep lasted her through college and quite a few years afterward without issues. She bought another Chrysler product for her next car, so I think she was happy with the Jeep.

    With small kids, the nice thing about leather seats is that a damp cloth or at most, leather cleaner, cleans them right up. The leather also holds up well to things like kiddie car seats, guitar cases, and other nicknacks of life.
     
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