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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
Nov 16, 2002 (9:08 am)
Edmunds will soon do a midsize car comparison test now that the Mazda6 has finally come out. the Taurus will finish below the Passat, Accord, Camry, Altima and Mazda6 and maybe the Sonata. is this because of perception?
i recently read an article from auto.com about GMs new midsize sedans coming out next fall and how they're going to give the imports a run for their money. the implication is that their current cars are not. is Bob Lutz caught up in this perception too?
it looks like GM is not willing to give up the high ground to the imports for midsize cars. yet Ford shoulders on with the same old Taurus (till at least the 2005 model year). When's that Ford 500 coming out?
#1841 of 3389 Low-riding tailpipe
Nov 16, 2002 (10:29 am)
I liked post #1781. It seems forever that the Camry has had a low-riding exhaust system. It is sooo noticable. Actually looks like a design flaw.
#1842 of 3389 Discounts on Camry's and Perceptions
Nov 16, 2002 (4:00 pm)
The discounts you're referring to are because dealers want to get rid of the 2002's to make room for the 03's. 28,000 after taxes for a mid size sedan is still pretty steep in my book, Camry or not.
"The same old Taurus" can help you keep some cash in your pocket which could be invested in a more profitable pursuit. In any case,Taurus is on the way out.
Nov 16, 2002 (8:04 pm)
Actually 4 cylinder plain 2002 Camry you were able to buy for $19,000 with all CA fees and taxes. It actually was also discounted. And it was fresh new model.
Nov 17, 2002 (9:36 am)
By plain you mean stripped? What kind of acceleration can a 4 cylinder mid sized sedan give you with so few cylinders?? If you carry several passengers and a/c on. $19,000 is nevertheless enticing.
I actually tried it with my Sable and was somewhat dissapointed. Perhaps if instead of having a 3.0 litter engine was a 3.3 o higher.
My 1991 Camry with 4 cylinders couldn't handle a hot day, a/c and 5 passengers. Of course that it didn't have a 3.0 L motor either.
Nov 17, 2002 (11:14 am)
4 cyl Camry, esp newer one, is better than Taurus with Vulcan. It is quiet, smooth and accelerates nice and is more thrifty in city driving. That Camry was negotiated down to $17,000 and with all CA taxes it made about 19,000. It wasn't stripped, it had AC, all electric windows, but no moonroof, no leather, no climate control and etc. I mean for commuting it is very nice car. But adding just $1,700 I was able to buy new Mercury Sable with all optios including leather, moonroof, climate control etc. etc. plus 200 hp V6 engine. That makes the difference. For the same increment with Camry you have to add about 7,000 bucks at least. I mean if you want to buy a basic car Camry may be a better choice. But if you want car with all goodies then Japanese and Europeans just cannot beat Americans. And Mercury is a nice car - well built and using high quality materials.
Nov 17, 2002 (5:52 pm)
That translates into more bang for the buck. I'm all for keeping as much money as I can in my pocket. I like V6 engines and all the goodies but for less than It'd cost me to get a Camry.
Toyota's Camry is indeed nice and no doubt good car. But those $7,000 are better used for other things. Let's not forget that purchasing a new car is the worst investment anyone can make.
Somebody will come and tell me that Camry doesn't loose as much value as quickly as Sable/Taurus does. Well, let me take my chances.
As for the engine, I love to hear the Duratec purr under the hood.
Nov 19, 2002 (10:54 am)
this has been discussed before, but it still sounds like a little bit of funny math to me. i do think more desirable cars come into play when you're talking about a loaded Camry though.
#1848 of 3389 A Camery is not a staion wagon.
Nov 20, 2002 (12:49 am)
I just got a 1999 Taurus Wagon in perfect condition w/ 67K miles, Duratec engine for only $7000 inc tax and licence. I got what I wanted.
They are bargains. Why get a Camry if you are looking for a station wagon. The Taurus is mid sized. There are too many small 4 dr hatch backs they label as a SW.
Nov 20, 2002 (6:18 am)
"But if you want car with all goodies then Japanese and Europeans just cannot beat Americans"
kind of like saying: you can't beat Wal-mart, why go to those expensive stores for...