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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
#2362 of 3286 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 3286 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 3286 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 3286 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 3286 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 3286 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 3286 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 3286 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.
#2370 of 3286 Re: 2012 SE or 2011 EX-L? [jayinfo]
Sep 05, 2011 (8:25 am)
First decide if you really need the extra features of the EX-L and if they are worth $2500 to you.
If so, get the EX-L.
If not, get the SE.
P.S. I assume you have already shopped around and this is the best price you can get on the 2011 SE and 2012 EX-L. Given this is a holiday weekend, you might find a dealer willing to beat the price on the EX-L at least (will be in greater supply than the 2011 SE). If you haven't checked other dealers yet, I recommend you do that. Call or email the Internet sales managers at other area dealerships, tell them you are going to buy a car TODAY and ask them what can they do for you. Also I think there's 0.9% 5-year financing on all 2012 Hondas this weekend (at least in my area there is).
#2371 of 3286 Re: 2012 SE or 2011 EX-L? [jayinfo]
Sep 06, 2011 (8:24 am)
did you get a price on a 2012 EX-L? If it is less than $2500 more than the '11, it is the better buy (because the '11 will be worth at least $2500 less 3-4 years from now).