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#2360 of 3289 2004 Honda Accord or 2006 Ford Fusion? Please help buying first car!!!
Aug 31, 2011 (7:58 pm)
Hi im looking for my first car and came across a 2006 ford fusion s with 53,000 miles in red. My second option is a 2004 honda accord 2 door coupe ex with 94,000 miles in dark grey. My choice would be the accord because its fully loaded, (leather, sunroof, heated seats, rims, spoiler etc.) and its my preffered color. The fusion has almost half the miles but its a basic model and in the color red which im not a big fan of but its 2 years newer and less miles. I know the honda has almost 100k miles but hey its a honda right? What do you guys think i should get? Whats going to be more reliable and the better choice? They are both priced at around 8,000. Thanks alot!!
#2361 of 3289 Re: 2004 Honda Accord or 2006 Ford Fusion? Please help buying first car!!! [drums32]
Sep 01, 2011 (1:35 pm)
I would look for a Fusion with the options and color you want. You would still get a younger and lower miles example compared to an Accord at the same price. I personally NEVER suggest a used Honda. To me, they just aren't worth the money.
#2362 of 3289 Re: 2004 Honda Accord or 2006 Ford Fusion? Please help buying first car!!! [qbrozen]
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 01, 2011 (1:55 pm)
I'm going to agree with your suggestion - that's a big mileage difference for the same general price. Here's an added thought: Check with your insurance company. If this is your first car, my guess is that you're young. It is likely that a coupe with all of the toys is going to cost you more in insurance. I know that's true for my 19 yr old daughter. She bought a 2-door Cobalt. BIG mistake. Nothing wrong with the car, but for teenagers, it turns out it's attached to an expensive insurance premium that would have been lowered by purchasing a 4-door.
After only 3 years, she's sick of the 2 doors as well and is already committed to a 4-door next time.
#2363 of 3289 Re: interior color blonde or charcoal [vik3001]
Sep 01, 2011 (3:08 pm)
thanks for replying, im talking cloth, i have a 2 yr old and he will go to day care in the car every single day, which means he is eating and dropping stuff etc....
so im thinking the blonde cloth interior will get dirty versus buying a dark interior....is there a way to protect this using scotch guard or something?
#2364 of 3289 Re: interior color blonde or charcoal [vik3001]
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 01, 2011 (3:31 pm)
OK - this is from a couple who has SIX kids between us, the youngest of which is now 13. If you can afford to go with any kind of leather (or fake leather) interior, do it. I cannot tell you the number of sticky items I have tried to scrape off of cloth interior - dropped M&Ms, vomit or mild spitup, crayons, markers, etc. Think of what you would ever allow your child to do in the car, even on a trip when he is fussy. Then imagine that any one of the items you let him have, ever, drops on the seats and you have to get it out (and any smells that go along with it, too).
He is in a carseat, so he is not very well going to scratch the leather(ette) or anything. Anything dropped on a less porous surface is going to mostly wipe off. It only took one bout of regurgitated and dropped gelled fruit bites to sway my opinion. No amount of Scotchguard protects against sticky , artifically-colored kid-oriented product.
That's just MY opinion, and you should definitely listen to others. I endured a black leather interior in a car not parked in shade (I can always go out and start it early and cool down) in order to avoid the clean-up.
#2365 of 3289 Which Certified Acura do you recommend
Sep 01, 2011 (3:36 pm)
I am looking to purchase a certified used Acura at the end of the year. Which model should I get for a family of three.
#2366 of 3289 Re: Which Certified Acura do you recommend [bogav218]
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 01, 2011 (3:50 pm)
I think we need more info in order to help you.
Family of three... how old is the child? In what part of the country do you live? How many miles are you going to drive per year?
Most importantly... what kind of driving experience do you enjoy? There are several models that members could recommend, but if you like sporty, they're going to say TSX. Sedan, solid, practical - the TL! If you need or like an SUV experience, MDX is a suggestion.
#2367 of 3289 2012 SE or 2011 EX-L?
Sep 05, 2011 (4:13 am)
Deciding between these two:
2012 SE: $22500+TTL
2011 EX-L (I4): $25500 - $500 (loyal customer bonus) + TTL
I am in the Cleveland area and plan to use this vehicle for 5+ years. The 2012s are rolling into the lots and I don't find many 2011s left. For 2011 models, I can take advantage of the $500 loyal customer bonus but I guess the dealer knows that and may use that to raise the price a bit too. Anyway, appreciate any suggestions.
#2368 of 3289 Re: 2012 SE or 2011 EX-L? [jayinfo]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 05, 2011 (7:12 am)
jayinfo.. I'm going to guess that you are shopping for a Honda Accord?
#2369 of 3289 Re: 2012 SE or 2011 EX-L? [kyfdx]
Sep 05, 2011 (8:08 am)
Sorry, guys. Yes, I am shopping for an Accord. Thx for pointing that out, kyfdx.