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You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Acura TL, Cadillac CTS, Saab 9-3, BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord, Volvo V50, Honda Odyssey, Lexus RX 400h
#213 of 233 Re: Any love for the 2008 Pontiac G8 [civicguy3]
Apr 13, 2007 (3:02 pm)
I'm really just thinking of leasing a car for 3 years. I just wanted a great car between 30k-40k but reading these forums has me totally depressed. People frequently bash all the cars out there. Here are some examples:
BMW 3 series: cold horrible interiors, cramped, punishing and stiff ride. Overpriced.
2008 Mercedes C Class: boring, quality has dropped, performance isn't there.
Lexus: My wife has a 2007 IS250. I like it but can't see owning two Lexus (Lexi?).
2008 Cadillac CTS and Pontiac G8: GM makes crap, etc, etc.
It goes on and on. I used to like cars but now all I see are flaws. I'm scared I'm going to panic and do something stupid.
My friend keeps telling me, "Dude, there just isn't anything inspiring out there. You should get the 2008 Accord sedan. 255hp, sweet design, great balance, nice interiors and gas milage. Forget everything associate with a Honda Accord, this thing will be amazing! You can get one loaded with nav, leather, etc,etc for 28K. Why pay more?"
What do people think I should do?
#214 of 233 Re: Any love for the 2008 Pontiac G8 [socalkid]
Apr 13, 2007 (3:09 pm)
Use what others say as only a guide. At the end of the day, follow your heart!
#215 of 233 Re: Any love for the 2008 Pontiac G8 [socalkid]
Apr 13, 2007 (6:15 pm)
Honestly, there's no car in this class that's "bad." Ny feeling is that cars at the same price point are about as good, just built with different priorities:
Bmw: sedan that feels like a sportscar
Merc: super-solid and luxurious
Lexus: quiet and reliable
CTS: big and bold
G8: Dunno. Didn't drive it yet.
acura: lots of high tech gadgets for the money
There's a lot of variance even in models. A manual 335i coupe with sports package is pretty different than an automatic 328i sedan.
Just drive 'em and pick the one you like.
#216 of 233 Re: Any love for the 2008 Pontiac G8 [socalkid]
Apr 14, 2007 (6:04 pm)
"What do people think I should do?"
Be an individual. Be your own person, make your own decisions:
Don't base your decision on internet postings! It's your money. Go DRIVE each car that interests you. See how it looks, feels, tastes, smells, sounds and drives to you. Evaluate the cars and the value you perceive. Then decide. It does not matter one bit what anybody else thinks of the car that you choose and pay for, if it is the right car for you. Unless someone else is paying...
Does it matter if your friend is uninspired? Are you?
#217 of 233 Depends on What you Want
Apr 18, 2007 (1:59 pm)
I think you have to define what you are looking for before you can state what is the best vehicle. For example, in terms of pure performance, the WRX STI and EVO would be hard to beat for the money. However, few of us could probably accept the rest of the package.
If you want a sports car, there is the RX-8, Audi TT, and the 350Z.
If you are talking sports sedans, cars like the Audi A4, CTS, BMW 328 (the 335 in any flavor will end up over $40k), Acura TL Type S, Infinity G35, are in the mix.
You have to decide what you are looking for to even begin to determine what the top choices are for under $40K
#218 of 233 Give me a Saab Ragtop Aero
Jun 07, 2008 (6:52 pm)
2008 SAAB 9-3 Convertible
9-3 AERO CAB
Original MSRP: $51,325
Luxury Sale Price:
Stock #: 1300
Mileage: 8 miles
SAAB Downers Grove, Downers Grove (Chicago IL)
Try getting that off an Audi, CTS, BMW, Acura, Infinity? You will have to get a used one or beat to heck loaner, this has 8 miles, from just transport.
V6 Turbo power, higher torque, 4 year 50K bump to bump coverage, 3 year 36 all service (oil, tune, fluids) plus a Saab ragtop will hold their value against any of the above cars, not a sedan, not a wagon but a Saab ragtop. Plus, the number one car in safety, yes the SAAB convertible, none of the above can touch it in safety.
Onstar, turn by turn "live directions", why look at a T.V. map when I can talk with someone live? Car has own phone number which turns off the stereo and I can talk through it. NICE
Want a base Saab sedan, leather, 23-24K, way less than an accord, less than a HyundY better warranty, better safety, more room, foot, head, shoulder, rear set, trunk. Looks, you either love em or hate them, can't do anything about that.
On my fifth, will keep with them, been good to me and my family, with some hitting 150K (4 cylinders), 20 years ago.
#219 of 233 Opps, left on sale price
Jun 07, 2008 (6:54 pm)
008 SAAB 9-3 Convertible
9-3 AERO CAB
Original MSRP: $51,325
Luxury Sale Price: $41,995 Click here to inquire about current leasing specials. Stock #: 1300
Mileage: 8 miles
Jul 02, 2008 (7:37 am)
This forum died.
Can nobody afford $40k cars now that gas is $4 a gallon?
#221 of 233 Re: Well... [thegraduate]
Jul 02, 2008 (8:58 am)
My wife can, I can't...
High oil and all that it affects, stock market, low interest rates for investments all conspire against us Joe Averages...
#222 of 233 Re: Well... [laurasdada]
Jul 03, 2008 (7:32 am)
Well, when people look for cars, and when you can afford a $30-40k car, that opens alot of options up. Try not to make it so hard, honestly if you drove a loaded Accord and were completely happy with it, when compared to other cars, then just get the Accord. The price does not always mean anything, like MB, Cadillac, and even BMW, you are buying the name, and though a great car, it compares to many other models out there. Like for instance, for me, I would probably get a Acura TL-S model, and I think it is like the mac daddy of the Accord, and for me, is amazing! I would buy a BMW before buying a MB, because I think most MB's are ugly, and way overrated.but, hey thats me. Just look at the price you are paying for that. Sure, it would be cool to actually say that hey, I drove a MB for a few years.
It overwhelming looking for a car, but literally, drive all the cars you possibly could see yourself driving, and what makes you happy, and if it happens to be the cheaper cars, then who cares, and if it happens to be a G8, then go for it! After all, it is just a car! Not an investment, all cars depreciate.
Like for instance, I am leasing a loaded Pontiac G6, not by choice, but I am, and I am growing to appreciate its options, it really offers a good package, though, I am totally a Honda guy, and probably be right back to Honda later on, but I am learning to appreciate the G6, and appreciate the comparison between a G6 to an Accord.
It really is a great set up, but I can also list some things that it can learn from other company's as far as overall build. But, really, the resale values of cars are based on History, and I think pontiac is coming up a bit, but has a much to learn.
My next car, I am think of leasing a TSX or even a TL. That would be fun!! Its a car, have we forgotten how much money we really dump into our ride, in which takes us to point A to point B? I really don't need a new car, but I am. Just think how much more money we all would have, if we downsized to a car in our means.