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#4695650 - 03/15/18 12:49 PM Help pick new ride
Camprunner Offline


Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1005
Loc: MA.
So I have decided to trade in my 2012 Nissan Pathfinder and my 2013 Mustang GT for a real nice long distance highway car. My reasons for doing this is I live in Western Massachusetts and every two weeks I have to drive to Boston to get Chemotherapy for my cancer treatment. It takes about three hours to get there and I want to be comfortable there and back. My car needs are as follows.

All wheel drive "Needed in western MA"
Something that moves! Esp passing cars
Safe I have seen way to many bad crashes on the MA pke
4 door with room
Good size trunk
Heated seats
Navigation
Gen good comfort

Looking at new/Used
Ford Taurus SHO
Lincoln MKZ 3.0 twin turbo AWD
Used BMW 5 series AWD
Audi ?? Don't know much bout them

Looking for ideas and thoughts?

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#4695653 - 03/15/18 12:54 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
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I still love the look and stats on the Ford Fusion sport. I wish it was a little bit faster (hoping for a 10 speed someday) but for its price it could be a great option for you. 325hp, 380tq, trick adaptive suspension. I've seen "base" versions for 26-28k. The others you listed would be terrific as well, but a bit more expensive.
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#4695654 - 03/15/18 12:55 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
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You should go and test-drive all of the cars you mentioned. Seat comfort and ergonomics are going to be big for that kind of use.

Maintenance costs are going to be higher with anything Euro vs. American or Japanese.

If I were going to choose a luxury brand, I think I'd go with Lexus. Extremely high reliability.

The Euro brands drive great but reliability is just not good (overly complex), and maintenance costs are sky-high. Of course, some folks aren't concerned about maintenance costs.
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#4695655 - 03/15/18 12:56 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
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Registered: 10/30/02
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If you are looking at Taurus, I would add Fusion Sport to your list as well.

Also add Subaru Legacy with the larger 3.6R engine to your potential list.

What is your budget?
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#4695667 - 03/15/18 01:13 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
redbone3 Offline


Registered: 06/09/12
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VW Passat. Meets all requirements except awd.
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#4695671 - 03/15/18 01:16 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
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Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3797
Loc: New England
I really liked the looks of the new Continental and you can get it with one of the bigger Ecoboosts (2.7l??) and AWD, pitched it to my wife as a potential future purchase...she likes big sedans.
Was also going to mention the Legacy with the V6, but that might not have enough oomph for you.
I'm not sure what the car looks like now, but my wife test drove an S80 some time ago and really liked it. Performance then was not overwhelming, but decent. Excellent safety ratings at the time, she didn't end up buying it because she's cheap and didn't like that CR only gave it an average reliability rating (same as the downgraded the Avalon she bought to after finding that the redesigned model had some issues...we both bought new Toyota models that year, mine had issues and hers didn't).

OOPS, looked it up and the S80 has been replaced by the S90...about which I know nothing.


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#4695673 - 03/15/18 01:16 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Quattro Pete]
Camprunner Offline


Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1005
Loc: MA.
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
If you are looking at Taurus, I would add Fusion Sport to your list as well.

Also add Subaru Legacy with the larger 3.6R engine to your potential list.

What is your budget?


Budget is prob no more then $45,000 since I have two trades that I don't owe anything on it works out good.

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#4695679 - 03/15/18 01:20 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
Virtus_Probi Offline


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BTW, best wishes for a full recovery.
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#4695685 - 03/15/18 01:23 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: Camprunner
Budget is prob no more then $45,000

Check out Volvo S60 as well - they have some of the most comfortable seats in the business.
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#4695689 - 03/15/18 01:28 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
gofast182 Offline


Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 1652
Loc: NJ
2014 Acura TL SH-AWD. Safe, reliable, comfortable, and reasonably fun. Best of luck with your treatment.
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#4695691 - 03/15/18 01:30 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
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Loc: Coastal South Carolina
wish there was a rating on car seats comfort, scale of 1 - 10 or whatever. some makes really scrimp on size (length) of the bottom cushion.
we have an older infiniti , seats come up under your knee, comfortable
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#4695693 - 03/15/18 01:31 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 9827
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I'd look at the Lexus IS350 AWD
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#4695694 - 03/15/18 01:31 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
itguy08 Offline


Registered: 09/15/11
Posts: 3150
Loc: Somewhere
Originally Posted By: Camprunner
So I have decided to trade in my 2012 Nissan Pathfinder and my 2013 Mustang GT for a real nice long distance highway car. My reasons for doing this is I live in Western Massachusetts and every two weeks I have to drive to Boston to get Chemotherapy for my cancer treatment. It takes about three hours to get there and I want to be comfortable there and back. My car needs are as follows.

All wheel drive "Needed in western MA"
Something that moves! Esp passing cars
Safe I have seen way to many bad crashes on the MA pke
4 door with room
Good size trunk
Heated seats
Navigation
Gen good comfort

Looking at new/Used
Ford Taurus SHO


I can comment on the SHO. Had mine since 2009 and just rolled 123,456 miles on it yesterday smile It fits the bill on all you ask and has been a great highway cruiser. I've got the Adaptive Cruise and it's a Godsend on highway trips. Fast and gets 26 MPG highway. AWD works well in the rain and snow and I've been very pleased with it. It's the longest I've kept a car.

Added bonus is if you pick the color carefully people will think you are a cop and move out of the way. smile


Edited by itguy08 (03/15/18 01:35 PM)

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#4695702 - 03/15/18 01:41 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
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Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 3666
Loc: North Carolina
Buy the newest/lowest mile A8 you can swing.
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#4695711 - 03/15/18 01:47 PM Re: Help pick new ride [Re: Camprunner]
biggusblockus Offline


Registered: 09/14/12
Posts: 21
Loc: Iowa
All good choices. The AWD is a little harder to find in the Lexus, but Lexus is a great way to go. The Audis will all have Quattro AWD in their larger sedans. An Audi S6 would hit all your requirements and be a blast to drive with the 4.0 Twin Turbo - but I'd have to give the nod to the Ford Taurus SHO. Big, safe, comfy, AWD and plenty of go. You don't want reliability problems - especially while going to get treatment! I'd stay far away from VW...not real strong on reliability and none of the luxury (but most all the same maintenance expense) of an Audi.

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