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Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#2297 of 3631 College Student's First Car
Jun 12, 2011 (10:48 am)
Hey. I'm looking at a Nissan Altima under $16,000 after negotiation. From research this looks like 2010s are possible as well as 09 Hybrids. I'm looking at holding onto this car for about 8 years. I have a few questions.
Do hybrid repair costs really make that big of a difference? Are the changes in 1 year to another a big difference? Enough to make me choose the 2010? Are the features in the SL class really worth it? Opinions and other thoughts? I don't know that much since this is my first car.
I'm also looking at a Toyota Camry and trying to weigh the options. I like the Altima the best, but I don't know if reliability wise and such if it would be the way to go. Thanks for your help!
#2298 of 3631 Re: College Student's First Car [techstudent]
Jun 14, 2011 (4:03 pm)
If you are looking for a long term car stay away from hybrids. Nissan cancelled the MY12 Altima hybrid - what does that tell you?
Get a regular Altima - about 3 years old with low miles - that should last you another 8 years without any major work needing to be done.
#2299 of 3631 mileage difference worth the price?
Jun 15, 2011 (7:31 am)
Hello everyone, I am needing to buy a used car, and I am looking for some different opinions on the mileage difference and price. Obviously I can not tell too much from looking online, but is the difference in price worth the difference in mileage here?
I am thinking on trekking out to Asheville to pick up a used car ( Ford Focus), but I am unsure if the extra money is worth it for the newer model.
I am no expert in this area so any advice would be appreciated. I don't have much of a clue when it comes to buying cars.
#2301 of 3631 Re: mileage difference worth the price? [mjl0690]
Jun 15, 2011 (10:43 am)
I didn't look at the details, but if they are equipped the same, then a year newer and 18k miles less for $2k is the better deal.
However, who knows where you'd be after negotiations. The typical spread I see going from one year to the next is 15k miles and $2500 difference.
#2302 of 3631 Re: College Student's First Car [techstudent]
Jun 16, 2011 (7:42 am)
Stay away from Hybrid vehicles! ---- I own two non-hybrid vehicles, (a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE V6 and a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu 4 cylinder LTZ.) -------- When I purchased the Camry new, I looked at the Toyota Hybrid. ----- Before I made the purchase, --- I did some research about Hybrid vehicles, and found that there was some concerns about "HIGH EMF in the passenger compartment," (similar to living under power lines on land.) ----- While the manufacturers do not admit that there is a problem, some owners claim that they get sick when driving in their vehicles. ----- I am NOT a fan of Nissan vehicles because they have a CVT transmission. I prefer a 5 or 6 speed transmission. -------- Whatever vehicle you purchase, be sure to put a "factory top of the line extended warranty" on the vehicle. ------ If you purchase a Nissan purchase it from a Nissan dealer. ---- If you purchase a Toyota purchase it from a Toyota dealer. ---- If you purchase a Honda purchase it from a Honda dealer. --- This will allow you to purchase a manufacturer's extended warranty and get factory service if problems arise. ----- (DO NOT PURCHASE AFTER MARKET WARRANTIES!) ----- The quality of the dealer is a major concern. When I shop for a vehicle, I look at the dealer first, then I look at the vehicle. I ask the sales person to show me the service department BEFORE I talk about a vehicle! If I DO NOT like what I see in the service department, I politely walk! ------------- Best regards. ---- Dwayne
Jun 22, 2011 (4:51 pm)
i am looking at purchasing a new or certified car..right now i have neg.2008 camry for 15000.00 it has 30,000 miles.i have also negotiated a nissan altima 2008,for about 16000.00.i have read all kinds of horror stories on these vehicles,i went to honda and also i am looking at a chevy impala or malibu...i can use any input
#2304 of 3631 Re: decion making [bigbuck41]
Jun 23, 2011 (6:04 am)
After reading your posting, ----- I would rate the Used Vehicle in the following order:
I am not a big fan of Nissan Vehicles!
Purchase a used Honda from a Honda dealer, a used Toyota from a Toyota dealer, and a used Malibu from a Chevrolet dealer. ---- Reason; ---- you can then put a maximum factory extended warranty on the vehicle to cover yourself for big repairs! ----- Best regards. ----------- Dwayne
#2305 of 3631 Re: decion making [bigbuck41]
Jun 23, 2011 (11:04 am)
I'd recommend a 2008 Pontiac G8. It's a far better car than the Impala or Malibu, but doesn't carry the price premium of the CTS. Same suspension and engine as a CTS, though, and virtually the same performance (though is a bit larger and heavier).
If you can wait until the new year/models in September, you can get one for about 15-16K.
#2306 of 3631 Re: decion making [plekto]
Jun 23, 2011 (2:49 pm)
The new Pontiac models ??