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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
#2435 of 3640 1996 Camry 159K vs 1999 Malibu 119K
Oct 04, 2011 (6:27 pm)
I just wanted to find out from the experts what they would choose in this scenario: price being the same for both cars - $3K
Chevy Malibu 1999 sedan
TOyota Camry 1996
I'm sure the Malibu owner sure knows his stuff as the car was in pristine condition but the 2 things impacting my decision would be:
1-Resale value after 2 years
2-Maintenance costs for the next 2 years
#2436 of 3640 Re: 1996 Camry 159K vs 1999 Malibu 119K [boyphp]
Oct 04, 2011 (6:59 pm)
You are worried about resale value in two years for a car you will pay $3k for? Why?
But the concern over maintenance costs is real. Pick the car that has the best condition, and most new/newer wear parts: brakes, shocks/struts, tires, exhaust system/converter, etc. Also if you can get maintenance records on either car that would be huge. You say the Malibu looks to be in pristine condition, so that might be very important. Is he the original owner, and has all the records?
If possible, have a good mechanic check out the car to make sure there isn't anything major wrong with it. Will cost you a few bucks but could save you a lot more.
#2437 of 3640 Re: 1996 Camry 159K vs 1999 Malibu 119K [backy]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Oct 05, 2011 (5:57 am)
Ditto what backy said.
In 2 years, the resale value is going to be pretty much independent of the make/model, and more related to the condition and mileage. If it still runs in 2 years, it's a $1500-ish vehicle, slightly more or less depending on wear & tear. If it doesn't run, it's a $500 vehicle for parts.
Have them both checked out, the pick the one you like the best.
#2438 of 3640 Re: 1996 Camry 159K vs 1999 Malibu 119K [boyphp]
Oct 05, 2011 (10:33 am)
I purchased at 1996 Avalon for my son two years ago. I did get the maintenance records with it. It had 151,000 on it. It needed struts and the valve cover gaskets replaced. At 175,000, still going strong.
#2439 of 3640 Need Help Deciding
Oct 24, 2011 (1:28 pm)
I really need help deciding what to lease as nothing I can afford is really standing out to me. Which is disappointing. I currently have a 2009 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L. It has low miles (23K) and I've had to have the brake pads fixed 3 times! To me, that is unacceptable. Honda dealers tell me they have fixed the brake issue, but then, they are trying to sell cars. I need to know from those who have a 2011/12 Honda if the brakes still squeal, etc. and have this issue.
The choices are:
2012 Honda Accord coupe V6
2012 Acura TSX 4 cyl.
2012 Kia Optima SX
2012 Buick Regal TURBO
The Kia is the only one I have not test driven. I would have loved to have gotten a Mustang V8, but can't afford the lease and the V6 was underpowered IMO. I also test drove the VW CC and was appalled at the amount of throttle lag. I can't believe Edmunds never commented on that in their review. To me, acceleration is unpredictable and unsafe. Again, would have leased a CC in a heartbeat but for that unseamless turbo. If anyone can recommend something I have not thought of, or if you feel that Honda has improved brake quality enough to recommend the V6, by all means do so! Basically I'm looking for something on the sportier side of handling with good safety.
Thank you for any suggestions...
#2440 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 24, 2011 (5:50 pm)
How about a Certified 2008 TSX? General opinion seems to be they are superior to the 2012s. Maybe you could find an Acura dealer that would do an even-up trade on your Accord... you just pay title/fees and you're on your way.
Or how about the new Mazda3 with Skyactiv? Great handling, peppy if not blistering, and up to 40 mpg EPA rating on the highway.
#2441 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 25, 2011 (6:26 am)
Umm... well, if you have a low mileage Accord Coupe now, I have NO IDEA why you'd replace it with another. You are just asking for disappointment, IMHO.
I would have loved to have gotten a Mustang V8, but can't afford the lease and the V6 was underpowered IMO.
You lost me here, too. The 2012 V6 Mustang will run circles around all the other cars you listed. Did you drive a 2011??
#2442 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 25, 2011 (8:51 am)
The tsx would win my vote hands down. Upscale, reliable, comfortable, holds its value.
Have you test driven the other cars in your list?
#2443 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [qbrozen]
Oct 25, 2011 (10:05 am)
I have test driven everything but the Optima. I test drove the V6 and it was fun, perhaps the dealer did have me drive a 2011. However, my 190 hp Accord outran a Mustang V6 believe it or not! The reason I am replacing the car is because basically it isn't my choice. My father is helping me out and he is calling the shots. What we are dealing with here is a chronic leasee and therefore he apparently is getting me into his situation since I'm not able to do this on my own unfortunately. I have been trying to seek out a different model car this whole time then the Accord, but again, nothing has really grabbed me except the stronger engines that are obviously more difficult to afford. Maybe I need to re-drive the Mustang and make sure its a 2012.
Other then that, I have to say the TSX's suspension felt the sturdiest, if maybe a little bland in the feel of the drive. Remember, I'm looking at the 4 cylinder not the 6. Thank you everyone for the feedback! Much appreciated.
#2444 of 3640 Re: Need Help Deciding [mskitka]
Oct 25, 2011 (1:12 pm)
The 2011 and earlier stang V6 was a very antiquated 4 liter 240hp lump. The 2012 is a completely new 300 hp (meaning as much power as the previous GT model), does 0-60 in well under 6 secs (no stock Accord ever built can touch it), AND gets 30mpg highway. Its a pretty impressive "entry level" package.