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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
#3141 of 3286 Thanks sebring95 and suydam
Mar 10, 2013 (9:27 am)
I appreciate both of you replying with opinions/suggestions. I haven't any experience with the ranger 4cyl. and may try them out. Hopefully, they have more grunt than the s10's I've tried!
One more question: Would it be wiser to buy a Toyota with 170,000mi compared to a domestic truck with 100,000mi?
Thanks again for any replies!
#3142 of 3286 Re: Thanks sebring95 and suydam [kreuzer]
Mar 10, 2013 (1:27 pm)
I think given the age of truck you're shopping....how they were cared for will make a big difference. A very well cared for Ranger with 100k miles would win out over a beaten Tacoma with 170k miles in my book. All the 4cyl trucks are pretty weak...I'd look for a V6 regardless of make.
#3143 of 3286 Re: Thanks sebring95 and suydam [sebring95]
Mar 10, 2013 (2:53 pm)
Ok, I would agree with you on how the truck was used and cared for. I guess my best bet would be to find a one owner and if it had past maintenance performed routinely. I wouldn't necessarily need a 6cyl. if I new the 4cyl. would be reliable and pulls better than the s10 trucks I've tried.
Thanks again for your reply.
#3144 of 3286 Re: I need opinions/suggestions on used small truck... [kreuzer]
Mar 11, 2013 (7:40 am)
Is mileage a concern? You didn't specify, although you did say the 4.3 chevy would be considered, so I guess not.
Personally, I'm a big fan of the Dodge Dakota. While not as compact as the others, I consider that an advantage. And, heck, if mileage is not a factor, it was offered with a v8. I've seen decent low-miles examples for darned cheap.
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#3146 of 3286 Re: I need opinions/suggestions on used small truck... [qbrozen]
Mar 11, 2013 (2:22 pm)
gbrozen, appreciate your suggestion. I have considered the dakota but probably would stay away from the v8 option. Fuel mileage is a bit of a concern and would like to keep it to 4 and 6 cyl.'s. I've owned an "88 toyota pickup with the 4cyl. and could easily live with it's power. I never had any experience with the domestic brands 4 cyl. except here recently with the S10 2.2l. Do you know if the Ranger is as doggy as the the S10?
Toyotas come at such a high premium that I've started looking at the domestics, but also want reliable transportation. I have also ben looking at the Nissan Frontiers.
#3147 of 3286 Help, Im driving myself crazy looking for the right car
Mar 11, 2013 (4:10 pm)
Ive been driving myself crazy trying to find that perfect car. Maybe someone here can help me out. Here are my needs for a used car.
-I need cargo area at least the size of my 4th gen maxima for my business (15 cubic feet I think)
-I want to spend under $16k (I may be able to stretch it a little)
-Comfortable seats that can accomodate a taller person like myself (6"2 with lower back herniation)
-somewhat quick, at least as fast as my current car (something in the high 14's low 15's)
-Id prefer not to have a car that uses premium, maybe even somewhat efficient with gas (28mpg or higher on highway and at least 20 city)
-I dont want a boat of a car that cant maneuver or park easily.
-somewhat quiet cabin.
Can be a regular car, econobox, hatchback, or smaller suv, even a coupe(I doubt this will work).
Can be japanese or domestic (no germans or swedes)
Thanks in advance all
#3148 of 3286 Re: Help, Im driving myself crazy looking for the right car [bayvillian]
Mar 11, 2013 (4:29 pm)
Maybe tell us what you've ruled out so far....and why? There are so many possibilities at this point. Also, I assume you've looked at newer Maximas? Altima V6?
#3149 of 3286 Re: Help, Im driving myself crazy looking for the right car [sebring95]
Mar 11, 2013 (5:00 pm)
The newest generation maximas are out of my price point (I would love it).
A few cars I have looked into.
-Honda accord 2009 v6 (Heard a lot of complaints about this generations seats being uncomfortable along with many complaining about rear brake problems)
-2011 sonata looked good, but people have said the seats aren't the most comfortable along with the car starts falling apart fairly quick (loud road noise, and lots of interior cabin noise).
-2010 subaru legacy 2.5i (too slow)
-Altima v-6 uses premium fuel and doesn't get the best mileage.
-Ford fusion v6 2010 (Tranny problems)
-Ford Focus 2012 hatchback (not reliable, and not sure about comfort)
-Acura tsx 2006 (takes premium fuel but get decent mileage to offset it, kind of old and outdated at this point)
-2013 Altima 2.5 - great seats and nice quiet cabin, muted driving experience along with lots of complaints with the 2.5 already.
-Mazda 6 2010 v6 - fairly bad mileage
-Nissan Juke - loved everything about the car except the seats when I test drove it
Cars I need to check out in person include
-2009 Toyota rav 4 v6
-2010 Toyota Camry v6 (Ive heard this is quite an uninspiring car)
-2011 Sonata just to double check it
-2010 Mazda 6 2.5 4 cylinder maybe its not so slow
-2010 mazda 3 hatchback while im trying mazda's
I think thats it, as you can see I'm all over the place
#3150 of 3286 Re: Help, Im driving myself crazy looking for the right car [bayvillian]
Mar 11, 2013 (5:18 pm)
Yeah that's all over the place. Seat comfort is very subjective....I wouldn't take others comments too seriously. You really just need to spend some seat time and see what you think. I've found anything that's more upright like the SUV's is more comfortable and easy in/out. There RAV4 might be a decent option for you...but when you say the Altima V6 gets bad gas mileage....the RAV4 will be worse and slower to boot.
You might also confirm the Altima "requires" premium fuel before ruling it out. I have a coworker with an '07 and absolutely loves it with over 150k miles. Very quick and comfortable. Most later Nissans (i have an '08 Pathfinder) state "premium fuel recommended for maximum performance". I run premium when towing...and can tell a difference under heavy load but generally I have run regular gas for 90k miles with no complaints.