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#1721263 - 07/18/12 07:13 PM Which mid-sized sedan to buy new?
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We are looking at buying a new car for my wife. Our 2008 Ford Fusion has 93k miles on it so it is time to move on. We are leaning towards a new Camry SE w/ the 4 cyl, but having a hard time deciding. My daily driver is a Honda Civic and is my 5th Civic. I usually run them up to 200k before getting rid of them and have been lucky to just replace the timing belt/water pump for major repairs usually. We have a Toyota LC for the winters. Any suggestions?
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#1721283 - 07/18/12 07:34 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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why is 93k time to move on? Ford Fusion going out on you?

My 05 nissan has 112k on it and is still rip roaring and rarin to go
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#1721300 - 07/18/12 07:44 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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The short of the story on the Fusion is that it is prior salvage title. We bought it from my father-in-law which he bought very cheap w/ 12k miles on it after repaired. However, the first Fusions were not what the new ones are now. With the 4 cyl in it we only get, at best, 26 miles/gallon. I did get 28 miles/gallon with it on my trip out to Colorado Springs and back, but that was the best ever. We had a 2002 4 cyl Camry prior to that and religously got 33/gallon. We ran it up to 130k before the Fusion came along. I would've kept the camry for myself if I didn't already have the Civic.

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#1721302 - 07/18/12 07:47 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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The new Altimas are nice looking and the 4-cyl is rated at 27 mpg city/38 mpg hwy.
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#1721304 - 07/18/12 07:49 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? GuitarDude
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and they have the CVT, which they say is good...
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#1721309 - 07/18/12 07:51 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? doobydoobydoo
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just like it's owner smirk

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#1721310 - 07/18/12 07:52 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Do you get snow by you? The 2013 Subarus have improved gas mileage (I think up to 36mpg??) but still have all wheel drive standard.
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#1721311 - 07/18/12 07:52 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? Miscuit
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huh? I don't get it...
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#1721312 - 07/18/12 07:54 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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CVT is great, but it feels very weird.......

And just for the record..... You can actually gripe about "only 26 MPG"?!
...That may be better than my truck. Yeah...maybe. laugh
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#1721313 - 07/18/12 07:56 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Definitely better than mine.....i'm lucky to get 18 or 19 mpg.
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#1721316 - 07/18/12 07:58 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? A_G
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Originally Posted By: Mr A_G-DDD
huh? I don't get it...


it was directed at MBTD

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#1721317 - 07/18/12 07:59 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Hyundai Sonata Hybrids are nice.

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#1721324 - 07/18/12 08:05 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Maybe if you narrowed the variables. Is mpg, the prime concern? Price range? Room? That less indentifiable quality..shall we call it "acceptable ugliness" smile
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#1721325 - 07/18/12 08:07 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Triple B1, I have an 05 Sierra 4x4 and I'm lucky to get 18-19 with it. Don't get me started on our Land Cruiser...15ish.
Manimal, I like the Subarus too, but I can't get my wife sold on one.

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#1721328 - 07/18/12 08:12 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Hybrids are certainly nice, but some of them are $8000 more than the non hybrid version of the same vehicle. The Chevy Cruze is non hybrid and still gets over 40mpg.
You can get a Volt. We have a granola guy here that has one and loves the darn thing! He gets gas about once every 6 or 8 weeks.
Like Mani, I like Subaru. They are tough, reliable, fast and you can drive them on about any condition a road is likey to have except lava and that only happened in Hawaii. smile
Honda, bulletproof.
Fusion, redisigned and nice car
BMW, expensive and reliable. AWD available...at a price.
Hyundai and Kia, both way better than they used to be!
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#1721330 - 07/18/12 08:13 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Originally Posted By: rustygrizwold
Triple B1, I have an 05 Sierra 4x4 and I'm lucky to get 18-19 with it. Don't get me started on our Land Cruiser...15ish.
Manimal, I like the Subarus too, but I can't get my wife sold on one.


I have a 1/2 ton chevy 4x4. 400 horspower (a few mods) 15 in town, 20 on the hwy.
Its not great, but I didn't buy it for its spiffy mpg numbers. smile
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#1721332 - 07/18/12 08:14 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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I like the new Altimas too, but for some reason she doesn't like the Altimas either. I'm not real picky as long as it is reliable and gets descent mileage. I always buy a used car for my daily driver because I rack up 75 miles/day round trip. Before I bought my last Civic I looked at an 08 Altima and it had 100k on it, but what scared me was that it had a new motor put in at 50k. The guy printed off the car fax for it and it was scary with all the problems that it had. I then did some research on consumer reviews and they were troublesome for a while. Maybe they got problems worked out of them by now.

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#1721333 - 07/18/12 08:18 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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love our 4-cyl accord...35 hwy, 29 city

have also had a subaru, i'd buy another - ran forever

VW is currently doing 0% for 5 years on all gasoline models, Passat and CC are nice looking (if they'd do diesel ones I'd be on a passat diesel in a heartbeat.

will never again own an American labeled car, just don't like them, and i still find the quality to be less...
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#1721334 - 07/18/12 08:19 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? HappyGilmore
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#1721338 - 07/18/12 08:25 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? Peepers
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Smart Car


Have you seen the Scion IQ? Makes a Smart look like a freakin station wagon! eek
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#1721340 - 07/18/12 08:28 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Originally Posted By: rustygrizwold

Manimal, I like the Subarus too, but I can't get my wife sold on one.


Take her on a test drive. In the winter. In a few feet of snow. laugh
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#1721345 - 07/18/12 08:31 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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"The Chevy Cruze is non hybrid and still gets over 40mpg.
You can get a Volt. We have a granola guy here that has one and loves the darn thing! He gets gas about once every 6 or 8 weeks."

Volt is $41,000 with a 500 lb battery that may catch fire, while the Cruze is essentially the same car at $17,000.
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#1721346 - 07/18/12 08:37 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Love love love my Kia and recommend highly that you go drive a Kia and see if you like it. I've been driving mine (a 4 door Rio) nearly 4 years. I have had no repairs besides a flat tire and replacing the battery a few months ago (the guy they sent out from 24 hour roadside assistance told me the only thing cheap on a Kia is the battery which usually lasts no more than 3 to 4 years). All Kias have a 10 year 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty - the best in the business. Worth every penny I paid for mine (under $14,000) and soon to be paid off while still in tip top shape. Can't wait for life without a car payment, and I plan to drive it until it won't go no mo'!

Edited to add: I average 29 mpg city and 32 or 33 highway. With only a 10.3 gallon tank, fillups at the gas station are not too painful and not too frequent.
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#1721350 - 07/18/12 08:42 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Love my Toyota. Had my first repair this last month and it was just the starter. It's a 2003.
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#1721352 - 07/18/12 08:43 PM Re: Which mid-sized sedan to buy new? rustygrizwold
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Bought a Honda CRV 4 months ago and I love it. Averaging 29 mpg overall.
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