Pronto - you're a smart guy.
Yes, I wrote this request after coming home from our test drive. Logically,
I was all set to go for the Honda - Cost, Style, Interior finish (prior to
this had only seen them at an auto show). The test drive went fine. I'm
sure we can be "satisfied" with the Honda's ride for a few years until the
economy recovers fully. The 3.0 V6 isn't sluggish, but it sure isn't a
Turbo like the 200 we have. It seems to be about 1/2 the weight of our
current Audi - but that's not completely bad - is it?
When we bought our '91 Audi, it was similar to your experience. We were all
set to buy a Lexus. Drove the Audi and fell in love with the handling. We
are going to go look at the A6's this morning - I suspect we'll be hooked by
The reason I plan on buying a car TODAY is that my wife needs to drive on
Friday to pick up our daughter from school for her birthday this weekend -
then drive her back to school on Sunday. The 200 is simply making me
nervous to send the wife on a long drive like this twice in the weekend.
(She doesn't like driving my Suburban or else I would send her in that).
I think maybe I should delay this a week or so and rent an Accord for the
weekend trip? Yeah, that aught to do it.
| >So, tell me your thoughts. Am I foolish to be looking at a new Honda
| >used A6? Will we always regret not going for the A6?
| Have you or your wife actually driven a Honda yet?
| Don't get me wrong, they're good cars, reliable as hell. I've always
| had Japanese cars, and I have yet to be unhappy with one. Still, it's
| a whole different experience.
| Before we bought our A4, my wife was driving an inherited Buick. It
| was the only car she'd ever had, and had driven it all through
| college. When we started looking at cars, we looked at Hondas,
| because she had always wanted one.
| (well, that was her second choice, actually. She wanted a Saturn, but
| I have a strict "no GM products" policy. It's in the prenup.
| When she actually drove a Civic, she couldn't stand it. It was "too
| light", in her words. She didn't like the way it felt on the road.
| She drove a different model, and had pretty much the same opinion.
| Coming from that big ol' Buick, she felt more comfortable in a car
| that felt more substantial. We looked at VWs first, but we couldn't
| find a Jetta VR6 automatic. After bouncing around for awhile, she
| took an Audi for a ride. We bought it the next day.
| So, in case you haven't done it yet, actually driving a Honda is the
| first thing that you should do. It might change your mind about what
| you're looking for.
| The Nissan sedans I've been in seem to ride pretty nicely, and they're
| (generally speaking) reliable. If you rule out the Honda but still
| want to look at other options, check one of them out.