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#4498250 - 08/25/17 11:27 PM Thinking about Next Vehicle
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 723
Loc: TX
My Sonata is getting up there in miles. I'm not yet in a position to buy my dream vehicle, an F-150 crew cab, so its gonna have to be another sedan. I absolutely don't want a car payment or as little of one as possible. What are some excellent medium and large sedans? Ideally I'd like to pick up something with high depreciation for cheap, 3-5 years old.. I'm open to suggestions. I'm not loyal to any brand.

Are Chryslers worth a darn these days? I've sworn them off over the years. I love the looks of the current 300.
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#4498256 - 08/25/17 11:35 PM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Another Sonata? Mine was $9,990 in February, 52k miles.
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#4498257 - 08/25/17 11:37 PM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8732
Loc: Phoenix
300 is a great car and a killer deal. Mercedes chassis, excellent 3.6 engine (if you go V6) mated to a ZF designed transmission. If I was in the market for a sedan, I'd give it a close look. It's comfortable, drives great and the interior is nice once it went through the 2011 refresh.
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#4498258 - 08/25/17 11:40 PM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 3791
Loc: Southeast Texas
Chrysler's can be found under priced. I believe they are much better than the public perception of them. You might find an excellent value. My Dodge Ram and Caravan served me well for years and years.

BTW, notice Kia, of all things, leads the JD Power initial quality ranking for 2017. Kia #1, imagine that...

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#4498260 - 08/25/17 11:42 PM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
maximus Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 723
Loc: TX
That's great to hear about the 300!

Nick, my Sonata has a been a source of anger and frustration for me. Hyundai has left a bad taste in my mouth. It's not out of the question, but I'd like to consider other brands before another Korean unit.
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#4498266 - 08/25/17 11:56 PM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 08/12/11
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Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
ford fusion.

tig1 just bought one. his thread may help you....
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#4498285 - 08/26/17 12:51 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: dishdude]
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Originally Posted By: dishdude
300 is a great car and a killer deal. Mercedes chassis, excellent 3.6 engine (if you go V6) mated to a ZF designed transmission. If I was in the market for a sedan, I'd give it a close look. It's comfortable, drives great and the interior is nice once it went through the 2011 refresh.

I think you're right. The 300 does look like a pretty reasonable option. On average, it's not going to be as reliable as the very best of the breed, but all the major manufacturers make at least a pretty good car these days. And anyway there's scatter in those reliability scores. The best manufacturers make a few lemons and you will always find someone with an older high mileage (XXX - almost anything) who has had absolutely no trouble with it.

I had a Chrysler Corp rental car for a week a few years ago, and liked it quite a lot. I've rented a lot of cars over the years and it was a lot nicer than the typical super basic import.

The other option would be to buy something old with known good reliability. One example would be a much older W123 Mercedes 300D. You can get a really good one for less than $10,000 and with lots of TLC, drive it just about forever. If I needed a "new" car and was tight for money that's likely what I'd get. Another option would be a Ford Crown Victoria.
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#4498293 - 08/26/17 01:07 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 4727
Loc: Texas
No Mercedes or Chryslers. A Crown Vic might be a good deal. Toyota Camry?

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#4498297 - 08/26/17 01:13 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 2149
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
I second the Fusion. Great cars.

Also, the Ford Taurus for some reason seems to depreciate quickly in its first few years. Solid cars.
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#4498302 - 08/26/17 01:22 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
Buick LaCrosse Turbo. The throttle response is unreal and the body feels super tight.

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#4498303 - 08/26/17 01:24 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: Merkava_4]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8732
Loc: Phoenix
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
Buick LaCrosse Turbo. The throttle response is unreal and the body feels super tight.


LaCrosse is an excellent choice too. I didn't know they made a turbo. The 3.6 is very nice.
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#4498327 - 08/26/17 04:49 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 8163
Loc: New England
If you can find a V6, an Avenger is practically given away.
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#4498342 - 08/26/17 05:32 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 06/22/17
Posts: 353
Loc: Western usa
I don't think Buick offers a Lacrosse turbo. Regal yes. On the Chrysler 300 go to the 300 forums & see if they addressed the weak front end issue. Good luck.

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#4498351 - 08/26/17 05:55 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 433
Loc: GA
Mazda6i is your first choice, especially 09-13 model right now

Second, Fusion
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#4498354 - 08/26/17 06:03 AM Re: Thinking about Next Vehicle [Re: maximus]
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Registered: 01/13/13
Posts: 1504
Loc: Texas
My wife & I purchased a 2006 Buick Lacrosse CX 3.9l with 37,ooo + original miles for $ 6,250 , out the door . 90% - 95% condition . So par we are good . :-)
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