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Nissan Altima, Sedan
#154 of 193 rayainsw...
Apr 10, 2004 (9:38 am)
why is FWD an issue?
Apr 10, 2004 (9:51 am)
Reading all your posts has convinced me that you know about as much about cars as the people who design and build them. Are you majoring in Automotive Engineering or something similar? If you were in the market for a mid size car what car would you buy?
Btw, have you sat inside a loaded V6 Altima(2005 model). Seems like all the interior improvements Nissan made to the Altima is only limited to the V6 version.
Apr 10, 2004 (10:11 am)
no, the interior changes are all the way down to the base 2.5 and 2.5s.
Apr 10, 2004 (11:58 am)
I appreciate your comments and feedback. I would like to be clear in that I am not an engineer, nor am I pursuing a career in Automotive Engineering (I dont want to portray myself as something Im not). However, I do have a very intense passion for transportation, specifically automobiles. My fondness tends to be toward the practical, which is why I like sedans, and why I know more about the best sellers than exotics and those priced in the upper strata. I thoroughly also enjoy facts and driving, which is where most of my commentary comes from, and I read EVERYTHING I can about vehicles I find interesting. Regarding driving- even if its just a 15 minute test drive, if you know what youre looking for, you can tell spades about a vehicles design, where corners were cut, etc. I think most consumers have a problem matching their actual needs against the right design, and balancing what they WANT vs. what they need.
I was fortunate to have visited NYIAS with some of the members of the Subaru Crew Cafe here at Edmunds.com. Most notably, Bob, rsholland, was very interesting to talk to, and stated that he really enjoyed all vehicles, which I feel as well.
If somehanded me a 3 cylinder Chevy Metro with an automatic, I could still have fun with it, and evaluate it based on its intended purpose, and against its competitors. They're just cars.
I guess thats a long answer to a short question, my apologies. ( I do like talking about myself, lol).
My pick in the family sedan category. Hmmn. Right now, encompassing everything from safety, fuel efficiency, reliability, resale, room and performance, Id have to go with The Honda Accord EX 4 cylinder with Side Curtain Airbags. At 23,230, on the sticker, its hard to fault its portfolio of assets.
HOWEVER, the most promising entry, I feel, for the immediate future, and the growing desire for AWD capability without SUV consumption- the 2005 Subaru Legacy. Certainly, I havent driven one, but the car is well styled, roomy, ergonomically near faultless, has a proven drivetrain, the latest safety features, and AWD- all for an expected $23,000 - $24,000 with auto.
My parents- both 49 yrs old- will be looking to make their final new vehicle purchase for at least 5 or 6 years, this fall. The Legacy is number one on the MUST SEE list.
#158 of 193 off the altima for a sec...
Apr 10, 2004 (12:35 pm)
have them check out the ford freestyle. wagon looks, with 3 rows of seats and AWD. should be a great crossover entry. it will come out this summer.
Apr 10, 2004 (4:53 pm)
Legendary Ford quality!!
My parents owned Fords and GMs up through the early 80s. They are done with American makes forever- seriously theres no going back for them. (The Fords moved them to GM, GM moved them Toyota, and with my aunts delightful Aspen experience, they bypassed Dodge altogether.).
#160 of 193 Re: Ford & GM quality
Apr 11, 2004 (12:18 pm)
"My parents owned Fords and GMs up through the early 80s."
I won't claim that Ford and GM have caught up to the Japanese brands in quality but the gap has certainly been closed and they are much better than they were 20 years ago. One shouldn't dismiss a car they like due to 20 year old data. My $.02.
Apr 11, 2004 (12:44 pm)
YOU talk to my parents and tell them that, ESPECIALLY when they've had no reason to leave the Japanese makes, but strong memories as to why to leave the domestics.
#162 of 193 Alpha01 re: domestic brands
Apr 11, 2004 (2:36 pm)
That's one of the big problems the domestic OEMs have. Many people are making decisions based on old data. I'm not criticizing them, it's normal, just not necessarily rational. I'm sure I'd do the same thing in their position.
Apr 11, 2004 (3:58 pm)
Imacmil has a fair point. My parents have owned Domestic Big 3 cars for years and through the 80's and 90's and 00's. My parents had a lemon from GM but every manufacturer makes lemons. I think mostly now its mostly an even level playing field in terms of quality.