Unless one intends to buy a used car from a particular era the only
comparison one can make is between those that are available among todays new
cars. My vast experience in the business has show me that when it comes to
what one can buy today the only real difference is style and price, period.
An Associated press release in today Tribune Newspapers bears out what I
have been saying for some time in the NGs. The leading brand in five
categories in the annual vehicle quality study released by Strategic Vinson
Inc. San Diego based research company concludes that todays car and trucks
are "at a point where the differences from brand to brand are meaning less!"
All manufactures are building good quality long lasting vehicles clustered
between a few point on the scale
"Buyers should be more interested in dealer service, features, STYLE and the
PRICE than the manufacture." I would add parts costs, as well.
The top brand in the survey of owners was Hyundai! Besting all was the
Azera among large cars, Santa Fe among small SUVs, the Entourage was tied
for best minivan with the Quest and the Sedona. The Kia Sorento topped the
medium size SUVs. Highly regarded Toyota went from leading in four groups
in 2006, down to one in 2007
BMW lead in three categories, Nissan, Ford Motor company and
Daimler-Chrysler led in three each.
The average new vehicles rated 864, on a 1000 point scale in 2007, up from
861 in 2006
and 861 in 1998.
I was looking for a utility vehicle, 4WD, V6 or V8, 20+MPG, leather
seats, 12V Adapters, Inverter (not mandatory), the toys when it comes to
electronics, Sun-Roof, ability to control the 4WD, HID lights, and
I went online and did all of the research, Ford - nope, Chevy - nope,
Accura - to expensive vs what I bought, Merc - to expensive vs what I
bought, Lexus - same, Subaru - close, but size vs expense, Saturn -
nope, Dodge - the Nitro came close as did another Dakota Quad 4x4 - but
not int he gas area, Nissan - not what I wanted, Honda - same, Toyota
offered the FJ and the 4Runner in what I wanted, the only reason I
didn't go with the FJ was the stupid doors and the damn two-color paint
(if it had been a solid color I would have bought one). The 4Runner,
owned it now for 3+ months, has been all that I anticipated and because
of their screwing around on financing I've not been billed yet and it
looks like my first payment won't be until July (with no late/interest)
- that's 5 months without a payment on it :)
- Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.
And GM .... ???
I just read the review for Chevy Cobalt at EDMUNDS......
I see GM still hasen't figured out how to make compact cars.
...of course, when you can sell one Silverado for $48,000....
why try to sell 3 Cobalts for the same profit ?
I see you chose to snip the part where it said ALL manufactures are bunched
together and any differences from brand to brand are meaningless. As I
pointed out the only real difference is style and price ;)
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