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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
#2511 of 3273 Re: Honda Accord 2012 vs Acura TSX 2009 vs Lexus IS250 2008? (Sort of Urgent) [backy]
Nov 25, 2011 (2:19 pm)
Agree with the '08 TSX...better than the current model with it's more compact size. Would trade my Civic for a low miled one in a heartbeat if wife would let me. TSX does use premium fuel, but am sure 8 octane could be used. Saw a blue over stone leather which I feel in love with actually but didn't make much financial sense to jump on it...in a perfect world, I'd have one in the garage now!
Nov 25, 2011 (2:59 pm)
Was a 1952 Chevrolet I paid 35.00 for. It served me well until my parents gave me their 1962 Buick Special.
I wonder how I survived?
#2513 of 3273 Re: If it were me.. [qbrozen]
Nov 25, 2011 (3:33 pm)
Oh! I missed that part about 6 years old and $8k.
Now I git it.
Anyhow, my suggestion to the OP is an older, cheaper car. I don't know anyone who had their first car last very long, even when it was a new car. The car will suffer much abuse. Might as well be something you won't regret killing.
#2514 of 3273 Re: My first car [isellhondas]
Nov 25, 2011 (3:53 pm)
I wonder how your folks survived on $3,900 a year, which was the average annual income in the USA in 1952? Or maybe they were rich and made all of, say, $5,000 a year.
Some of the kids at the high school my boys went to had Audis, BMWs, Volvos, newer Hondas, etc. etc.--all or almost all gifts from parents I'll wager. Those parents obviously had different thoughts than I did when it came to providing a car to their kids for school. Well, it's their money. Hope their kids appreciated their parents' generosity. Some kids would love to have a $300 beater (today's equivalent of your '52 Chevy) to drive.
#2515 of 3273 Re: My first car [backy]
Nov 26, 2011 (9:20 am)
The year was 1966 when I had my old Chevy. The CAR was a 1952, not the YEAR!
Looking back, I don't think anyone in my high school had a new car with a couple of exceptions. I do remember a couple of new VW's and one guy bought a new Corvair.
#2516 of 3273 Re: College Student's First Car [djm2]
Dec 18, 2011 (10:38 pm)
Regarding your concern about excessive magnetic fields in a Hybrid, I've had a EMF meter in the past, as a worker in an Electric Generating Plant, I had concerns.
I was relieved to find that my office, which was less than 100' from a 120mw generator, had only background EMF's .
You can buy one from Amazon or Home Depot for $25-30
The range on mine went from sub 2mg to 30mg
Montana, I believe, is the only state to have a EMF TWA average of 2mg in an 8 hr period.
Bringing me to my point, steel belted tires at highway speeds generate a pretty hefty magnetic field.
I suggest getting one and check your Hybrid's and non-Hybrid cars on the Interstate to see what the passengers are subject to.
A few years back lots of people were concerned about living "near" high tension power lines [500k Volts+]
I tested the "right-of-way" near some of our 230k lines and the meter showed only "background" EMF's until I crossed the boundary of the R.O.W.
When I got into the right of way, the meter suddenly went to 30mg
Outside it, ZERO.
I also checked every item in the home, we've all heard about ceiling fans and hairdryers putting off excess EMF's, True but to be in "the field" of a ceiling fan, you have to stand in a chair, or on the coffee table.
Hairdryer, sure it's Hot, but just like any radiation,
the TWA [Time Weighted Average]
or exposure rate vs time of exposure is what counts.
One hazard in the home is NOT obvious.
The little transformers, like your cordless phone, drill, cell, kids low voltage toys etc.
Those little black boxes, plugged into a 110v outlet, put out a full 30mg within a foot or less. Beyond 2', Zero mg on the meter..
Lots of beds have a AC outlet with these plugged into them, right by the headboard, THIS IS A HAZARD,,, especially to Children.">link title.
A simple and cheap fix for this, buy a $5.00 Multi-Outlet strip and move the transformer away from the headboard.
I've warned anyone who'd listen.
EMF's can be dangerous, given a large enough dose over a long enough time span, hence the term TWA.
BTW, remember when Mom griped about sitting too close to the TV..
Back in the days before LCD or Plasma tv's they all were CRT, Cathode Ray Tube.
Guess what a CRT emits ?
Gamma Rays, Mom was RIGHT !!
#2517 of 3273 Re: If it were me.. [qbrozen]
Dec 19, 2011 (2:29 pm)
There are a number of new cars under $15,000. The Hyundai Accent comes to mind. New basic cars have a good warranty, get great mileage now, and used as ex-rentals with 30k miles rarely cost a lot less than new ones. I foolishly bought a new 2011 Malibu (26k list - I paid 22) when I could have bought the identical 2009 for about $12k with around 30k miles. I'll keep it till 2015 and get a used certified Cadillac XTS or an Avalon.
If I was getting a teenager a car I'd look at either a new subcompact like an Accent or a 2009-10 Cobalt coupe for around $11 watching for one with low mileage under 30k. The Cobalt has more standard equipment than an Accent and looks neater especially in red or yellow. I have a 2009 that has been trouble free and gets great gas mileage.
#2518 of 3273 Press request
by KarenS HOST
Dec 21, 2011 (11:16 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with shoppers who held, or are still holding, onto their vehicle longer than usual and are now finally returning to the market. You should have already bought after deferring a purchase, or expect to buy in the near future. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Friday, December 23, 2011 and include your contact information.
#2519 of 3273 Re: Press request [KarenS]
Dec 23, 2011 (5:32 am)
I responded via email to predmunds.com this morning 12/23/11.........
then recieved a " out of office " email response.
#2520 of 3273 2012 Altima vs. Sonata - trunk space & child seat
Dec 29, 2011 (12:21 pm)
I am debating between buying a brand new Altima or Sonata GLS (automatic transmission).
I test drove both, and liked them both equally - although the Altima seemed more roomy on the front/passenger seats. The Sonata had slightly better gadgets for the base model (heated side mirrors, ipod dock) and also better interior storage I also test drove an Accord, but the price difference makes me lean towards either Altima or Sonata.
We are expecting an addition to our family this year, so two very important thing for us is child seat & trunk space. Since we do not own a child seat, we were unable to put one in and see how they fit and how much room it leaves in the rear..
Can someone comment on which car is better for these two requirements?
[Crossposting from http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.f24da7b/1 based on member suggestion]