I been looking at cars here and there...and to be honest the japanese cars
are starting to actually look really nice in body style. I am looking at 2
door coupes thats are sort of Sporty. V6 with good performance. I have
always owned American ...but damn...what do they now have to offer...Ford
Fusions? The Fusion looks like a japanese car 10 years ago! The Pontiac G6?
The 4 door version looks japanese 15 years ago, the coupe is just looks
unfinished and looks jacked with 5 inches of air between the wheel wells and
tires, and the convertible looks ok with the top up, but damn with the top
down it looks like a bathtub on 4 wheels. My only options with American is
either the 260hp Solstice due out next year or the Monte Carlo SS. The
problems are I really dont want anything as small as the Solstice so it is
not a perfect fit for my everyday driving and the Montecarlo now has a V8 in
the SS, I prefer not getting a v8 because gas could go up at anytime, not
only that a lot of the Japanes v6s are matching and beating the HP and
almost the torque the GM v8 is putting out, and beating 1/4 mile ET times as
well. And the MonteCarlo only comes with an auto trans. American cars in my
opinion are in a sad state of affairs for the sporty coupe in a v6 while the
japanese are making them all day. What does America have coming out that is
really desirable? Why can't America make something like
Rethink everything, the ad says. I did, and bought a Hyundai Sonata Limited.
Before you make a final decision. take a peek at them. The Azera is also a
lot of car for the money. My first consideration was an Avalon Limited, but
it was $11,000 more that what I bought instead.
I think the new Elantra is slightly better looking, but looks are
subjective. I have to agree, I'd rather buy American, but my first priority
was to buy what was right for me. Over the years, I've had three German
cars, two Ford products, fourteen GM cars, no Chrysler, no Japanese. If you
asked me April 1 if I'd buy a Buick I'd have said, yes, in a couple of
weeks. Then the transmission stopped transmitting so a new car was delayed.
Fixed that and in June, another $800+ in repairs. Then another rear window
lift broke. (both rear windows are propped up with wood)
If you asked me on September 1 if I'd buy a Hyundai, I'd have laughed at
you. I bought it on September 16, when a problem with my Buick came back
again. . Right now I have 5200 trouble free miles on the Sonata. Take a
good look at he fit and finish, both inside and out. Perfect.
I think you'll be happy with the Elantra.
I was recently given a Kia Optima as a rental car, it was a 2005 with 14k
miles and it buzzed like a lawnmover, I kept hitting my knees on the dash
and head on the handle above the drivers window, it would shift to second
gear before getting through an intersection and bog down so I ended up
having to drive like a manual just to get it going. It got a little over
20mpg on my 20 mile trip to and from work. My v8 4x4 truck gets 18-19mpg
on that same drive so gas milage for that pos car wasn't anything special.
The constant vibration when idling would make my hands go numb after just a
couple stop lights. It was the worst vehicle I've driven in a long time.
My wife's 2001 impala was an ex rental car and we got it with 16k miles on
it and it was so much smoother and quieter. Got 75k on it now and I just
replaced the brake pads for the first time so I haven't needed to do any
maintenance on it at all.
Plus the Sonata and its Kia corporate sibling, Kia Optima, both look a
lot better than the Accord/Camry. Plus they have 6 airbags, 100,000
powertrain warranty, and are a lot cheaper than the Accord/Camry. We
have a '05 Kia Sedona. No problems yet, after 15K miles. Not even a
check engine light. The Korean cars still have a negative perception of
build quality, but they've gotten a lot better, so this negative
perception is no longer accurate. I think Hyundai even made the most
reliable list on JD Powers?
We drove the Azera, actually. It looked really nice, seemed to be well put
It lacked the absolutely smooth ride that I would like to have, but was very
to a Buick, let's say. There was just a trace of jitter, but we only drove
one, and it could
have been that particular car.
I remember in 1989 I was interested in a Thunderbird, but the first one I
very disappointing. The dealership assured me it was probably just a tire
I drove several more at different dealerships. They all had the jitters,
some worse than
others. So I passed.
Maybe it is time to try another Azera
I've not driven the Azera so I can't comment. The Sonata will outperform my
LeSabre though. It does not ride as smooth and soft, but it is very
acceptable even for long highway trips. You have to look at what the cars
were designed to do rather than compare head to head. Then decide what fits
your driving habits.
On my way home from work, the off ramp from the highway is fairly level with
a right, then left sweeping turn. With the LeSabre, I can knock off the
cruise control and hit the ramp at 65 for the first turn, then hit the
brakes for the second turn at 40. With the Sonata, I keep the cruise on
longer, hit the first curve at 70, then coast through the second at 50 with
more stability than the Buick.
That does not make the Buick a bad car, it was designed to appeal to older,
less likely to corner hard drivers. The 2001 LeSabre still outperforms the
mush bucket 97 I had.
Be sure to compare total drive home prices on whatever you decide to buy.
The Fusion out scored the 2006 Camry and Accord in CRs recent survey of
owners. CR also pointed out the Fusion and Milan V6s sells for thousands
less that the Camry or Accord V6. In the case of the Camry, the Fusion V6
is even less than a 4cy Camry.
The jap v6's that try to run against GM's v8's are not making better gas
mileage and they still fall well short on power output.
News to me. Are they the same class, weight, size, and seating capacity?
The G35's gas mileage is worse than a WS6 Firebird that made more hp and
torque back in 2002. I thought it was more advance? Now GM v8's are
making 400hp or better and gas mileage is as good as the current g35. If
you dont mind owning something with obscure & overpriced parts have at
the G35. No idea what your needs are (doubt you are racing) but I'm sure
a Grand Prix GT would suit every one of your daily needs just fine and
it will cost less to insure and own in the short and long run.
Ford Mustang is like 65 percent american made included Canada. The
window sticker will say what the parts content is.
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