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#810452 - 01/17/07 04:34 AM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: Rickey]
PRND3L Offline


Registered: 04/16/06
Posts: 742
Loc: Fla.
either the Impreza wagon or Civic Si sedan depending on test drive.

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#810453 - 01/17/07 06:01 AM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: LT4 Vette]
JohnBrowning Offline


Registered: 05/01/03
Posts: 9448
Loc: USA
IF you order or go through fleet or internet sales you Can get a Toyota Camry LE bare bones for $17,900 fairly easily, or a base model FJ 4x4 for $23,954 MSRP etc..... Their are a lot of options if you shop around and are willing to hagle a bit. Just the orther day I had some free time and a Kia dealership tried to sell me a Kia Sadona minivan for $18,000 and until the end of the month he was saying they are doubleing the warranty to 20 years or 200,000 miles on powertrain. A Dodge Dealership offered me a a SXT minivan for $20,000 after a $4000 manufacture rebate also supposedly good to months end.

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#810454 - 01/17/07 06:04 AM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: JohnBrowning]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 17649
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
$18,995 for a 2007 Camry LE (not base model) Auto here in the Roseville area.

Actually, I think it was advertised for a few bucks less...can't remember now.

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#810455 - 01/17/07 09:19 AM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: The Critic]
javacontour Offline


Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 7476
Loc: Illinois
V6? Show me the ad. New, not a demo car, or some program car.

The 4 cylinder 5 speed auto Camry LE is $21,595 sticker, with destination charges included. The V6 with the 6 speed auto is going to be $24,359. The price you've quoted is rather suspect given that Toyota is not offering any incentives on the 4 door Camry at this time. (The Camry Solara does have some sort of incentive.)

You have to be careful reading dealer ads as a lot of them quote prices, but those prices either include every incentive possible, or already have some figure for trade allowance figured in, meaning that is not the real price of the car if you just want to buy the car.

I've seen many ads that stack the incentives such as new college grad, armed services, brand loyalty and some farmers co-op.

Most folks don't qualify for all of those and many don't qualify for any, so the real price is different from what the ad says.

So without the ad, I can't judge how valid it is, so let's compare MSRP for now.


Edited by javacontour (01/17/07 09:21 AM)
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#810456 - 01/17/07 09:40 AM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: javacontour]
Mustang_Cougar Offline


Registered: 01/17/06
Posts: 846
Loc: WA
If you weren't hellbent on buying new, I'd say buy a dealer program car (say an '06 Taurus SEL with <15K miles for $12,000) and put the rest away for a future purchase. An almost-new Taurus sure isn't flashy, but the depreciation has already been paid by the dealer and you've pretty much got a well-mainted, bullet-proof car. Same goes for Grand Prix and Impala LT program cars (though they seem to be in the $13-14K range). The dealer lots seem to be full of these things...there should be some decent wiggle room on final prices.
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#810457 - 01/17/07 01:26 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: LT4 Vette]
PW01 Offline


Registered: 09/10/06
Posts: 704
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Honda Civic EX coupe!
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#810458 - 01/17/07 03:28 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: oilnoob425]
Happy Birthday ARB1977 Offline


Registered: 06/12/05
Posts: 4472
Loc: North Texas
Since honda has introduced its diesel engine but will not see it for another few years maybe in their civic or accord ill pick one up in a heartbeat...hoping its under 20K.
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#810459 - 01/17/07 03:34 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: Earl Filter]
RacerE7773 Offline


Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 973
Loc: Geneva
As long as it's auto and v6, probably a Fusion or G6. We had a foreign car that nickel and dimed us to death. Even air filters though made in USA were $20.
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#810460 - 01/17/07 04:06 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: RacerE7773]
97tbird Offline


Registered: 05/09/03
Posts: 8333
Loc: Fayetteville, NC
there's an an these days on TV about Fusion beating both accord and camry by car and driver...wonder how true that is. I think they especially considered handling...

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#810461 - 01/17/07 09:29 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: 97tbird]
Mustang_Cougar Offline


Registered: 01/17/06
Posts: 846
Loc: WA
I'd be a lot more exited about the Fusion if it didn't have those cheesy tail lights...so mid-90's. Now the Milan, on the otherhand, looks okay (IMO) but per usual FoMoCo pricing, MSRP is higher because it's a Mercury. Can't really see paying $21K+ for a 4cyl family sedan w/MT...
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#810462 - 01/17/07 10:46 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: Mustang_Cougar]
CBDFrontier06 Offline


Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 1979
Loc: Dallas, TX
If I could put the tail end of a Milan on a Fusion, it'd be perfect. Those chrome taillights are fugly. But..I like the Fusion's nose much better.

It shouldn't be too surprising that an AWD car can outhandle a couple of front drivers. But..can a FWD fusion outhandle them? Maybe the Camry...doubtful on the Accord.

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#810463 - 01/17/07 11:00 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: oilnoob425]
ShiningArcanine Offline


Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 560
Loc: New York
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So what NEW car would you choose to buy given you only had 20k, well maybe + or - $2000 for wiggle room, and why? What would be the best value for the money in hidsight of your driving priorities, whatever they are?




A Toyota Prius. The base invoice price is $20,419, so it should be possible to haggle them down to that, because of the money that they will be getting from dealer holdback.

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#810464 - 01/17/07 11:07 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: 97tbird]
rpn453 Offline


Registered: 11/06/02
Posts: 4840
Loc: Saskatchewan
Quote:

there's an an these days on TV about Fusion beating both accord and camry by car and driver...wonder how true that is. I think they especially considered handling...




The ranking order of that comparison was:
1. Honda Accord EX V6
2. Ford Fusion SEL V6
3. Hyundai Sonata LX V6
4. Toyota Camry XLE V6

The Accord dominated the other three in C&D's ranking system. The Fusion did pull the best skidpad number and tied the Accord in their subjective "handling" and "steering feel" categories.
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#810465 - 01/17/07 11:32 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: rpn453]
LC Offline


Registered: 08/26/05
Posts: 453
Loc: Wisconsin
I bought my 06 Mercury Milan Premier I4/Auto last fall with all options for go the moon roof. Price $18,300 plus tax/lic.
I looked at and drove the Accord, Camry and Civic.
All were nice cars. The Milan was the better buy. IMO
I now have over 12,000 miles on the car and could not be happier. Great Fuel mileage. Wonderful ride and handling.
Plenty of power for me. More leg room for me and my passengers than others and more trunk room. Very low insurance cost.
There all good cars you just need to figure out what works best for you. There are good buys out there just need to keep working at finding them.
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#810466 - 01/17/07 11:45 PM Re: What new car would you get for $20k ? [Re: 97tbird]
ScottB Offline


Registered: 02/18/06
Posts: 1268
Loc: SoCal, CA USA
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there's an an these days on TV about Fusion beating both accord and camry by car and driver...wonder how true that is. I think they especially considered handling...




Pay CLOSE attention to that farse:

Ford-all wheel drive.
Toyota-2 wheel drive
Honda-2 wheel drive

Shocking

That's just plain #@$%!. Why didn't they put the 2 wheel drive Fusion in the comp?
Answer: it would lose.
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