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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
#841 of 3640 Pontiac GP, Chev. Malibu, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry???
Sep 04, 2004 (3:53 pm)
I am currently looking to purchase a new car. I'm looking at 2004's and hoping to get a good deal on one. I have done a lot of research and have narrowed it down to 4. I want a car that is comfortable, safe, gets good gas mileage, powerful, quiet, looks nice, and drives well. I was hoping you all could give some much appreciated advice/feedback and if you have one of the cars listed below, how much you paid for it and likes/dislikes/problems! I have it narrowed down to:
2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2
2004 Chevrolet Malibu LS
2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
2004 Toyota Camry LE V6
I have only driven the GT2. I plan on test driving the others very soon.
#842 of 3640 Help me choose cheap sedan
Sep 15, 2004 (12:36 pm)
I am trying to see what would be the best bet in buying a sedan. My cieling is $14500, can't go past that. Basically I am a first-time buyer and I want to make the smartest decision possible. Do I go for the reliability of Honda/Toyota or the value of Hyundai/Kia? Any feedback would be appreciated.
Now, here are my deal options (all auto tranny):
1) '05 Toyota Corolla CE out the door - $13,5k -like the deal because reliable car plus 3 yr bumper/5 year powertrain warranty
2) '04 Honda Civic VP out the door - $14,4k - reliable and great mpg but only 3yr bumper warranty, no powertrain
3)'04 Kia Spectra - $10,5k out the door - cheap price, great warranty but I've heard it makes too much noise and warranty service is suspect. Plus really bad depreciation rate. Still good value though
4) '04 Hyundai Elantra $11k out the door - again cheap price but bad depreciation rate, not as reliable as Honda or Toyota?
#843 of 3640 Need car with good thigh support,
Oct 07, 2004 (8:53 am)
Hi, I am not sure where to post this. Been driving an '86Chevy Celebrity,with bench-like seats, and need a new car desperately. I want a midsize car, preferably $19-$23K. I am a new-car buyer, feel uncomfy w/used. My husband's 88Toyota is better quality than my car, so I tried imports. Fell in love with the '05 Toyota Camry LE, BUT inadequate thigh support. I have VERY long legs. I am 3" shorter than my hubby, yet my waist is about 4" taller than his. So the seat pan is too short, and I have back pain from inadequate thigh support. I had a Camry LE test drive recently, and adjusted the seat back backwards, to push my tush back and used a pillow from "Relax the Back" to put my back upright, which usually keeps me comfy. (I also rented the car for the weekend, before i got the pillow)Could not get comfortable! Adjusted the seat pan upward in front, but still not supportive/comfy. Got severe back spasm when I got out of the short test drive! I am soooo dissappointed, because I loved the car. Does anyone have any more ideas or a mid-size sedan that has more thigh support? The Toyota salesperson said people who are comfy with domestic cars don't like import car seats, but I don't know where to start! I loved the idea that the Camry is very crash-worthy, dependable, smooth, and i like the layout of the interior. I thought about the Avalon, but it's too big, pricey, and I don't like buying used cars(a used Avalon would probably be in my price range). I also have carpal tunnel, and so have to be careful to buy lighter weight doors and watch ergonomics. Can't drive those Mazdas or Nissans with the wiggly shift gear. Hope you can help!!! Judy
#844 of 3640 Re: Need car with good thigh support, [bh628]
Oct 07, 2004 (11:40 am)
For a good bargain, current Taurus seats are very comfortable, and if you are coming from an old Celebrity, even a base Taurus will run circles around it in every way, but I would spring for one with the Duratec V-6 engine if you can afford it over the Vulcan base V-6, though it is adequate as well.
We once had a 1983 Celebrity, replaced it with a 90 Taurus kept for ten years and now have a 2000 Taurus. Have been very happy with it. You may be able to get a leftover 2004 model with huge rebates and keep your cost well under $20K.
Ford is also introducing the 2005 model year Five Hundred and I would bet this will have comfy supporting base cushion seats as well. The 500 is more "state of the art", but will be somewhat pricier as well, especially until supplies increase and dealers are willing to deal.
#845 of 3640 Re: Need car with good thigh support, [bh628]
Oct 08, 2004 (7:18 am)
Yes, Toyota's generally have shorter lower cushions than other cars out there. Have you tried the Honda Accord? the Accord has a longer lower cushion than the Accord.
You may also want to check out the Ford Taurus and Chevy Impala.
Oct 09, 2004 (1:48 pm)
I am in the process of looking for a new used car. I am looking for something sporty, fun, quick, powerful, gas saving, and easy to drive. I have narrowed it down to the 98-00 Nissan Altimas, 98-01 Honda Accords,or the 97-00 Toyota Camry. Which is the best car? I know that the altimas are cheaper, does that mean that they are not as good as the others? I also know that the accords have bad auto tranny's, but I can't drive a manual. And the camry doesn't have a lot of power of of the 4cyl. I just don't know! Please help.
#848 of 3640 Re: Need car with good thigh support, [maxhonda99]
Oct 15, 2004 (1:19 pm)
I'll give those cars a look. I did a short test drive of the Accord, but I was so in love with the Camry at the time that all I noticed was the bumpy ride of the Accord (the Camry just floats!). It was after that short Accord test drive that I did a longer Camry test drive and had the terrible back spasms.
I did take a peek at the Impala interior after seeing your message, while checking out the Chevy Malibu. The seat does have a longer cushion. Just more than I planned to pay. I may test drive the Impala.
The Taurus is something I haven't seen yet, and I will check that out, also.
I also noticed that I have to drive these new cars differently. In my current car, I can rest my foot on the floor and swivel my foot to go from gas to brake. Can't do that with the new cars so far because the brake sits higher. I thought the Chevy Malibu's adjustable pedals might help, but there's a big bump in the middle/in the way, and the pedals don't come down low enough. I decided to start lifting my foot to brake in my current car, to help build up right leg muscles. Maybe that will help my back to resist spasm attacks. And maybe give me more options. I don't know.
But thanks so much for your suggestions!!! Getting ideas from someone is comforting.
Oct 15, 2004 (3:27 pm)
The 98-00 Altima's are reliable but their crash test results are behind the Accord and Camry. However, they offer good performance and a cheaper price tag.
The Accord does have a transmission recall but I know several people who have an Accord from that year and their transmissions have been fine. You do have the 100,000 warranty to fall back on though.
Using this criteria "sporty, fun, quick, powerful, gas saving, and easy to drive." the Accord seems like the best choice.
The Camry is another nice car. The engine is slightly underpowered compared to the competition though. And one thing you want to look out for is engine sludge. This is a known problem with several of Toyota's engines from that time period.
bh628: FWIW, I have a 2004 Accord EX-L and the seats are very comfortable. They were even comfortable when I was 9 months pregnant.
If you found the ride of the Accord bumpy the dealer may have had the tire pressure too high. I've had 3 of the 03+ Accords and 2 of the 3 had too much air in the tires giving it a bumpier ride. Although the Accord will have a firmer ride than the Camry regardless.
#850 of 3640 Re: [anonymousposts]
Oct 15, 2004 (4:15 pm)
Good thoughts - thanks for your comments. You are well-versed in this segment and I'm sure your experiences and opinions are helpful to many.