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#31802 of 32000 Re: Last year of Cavalier (rhymes) [xrunner2]
Feb 10, 2013 (10:36 am)
I think in that class, pricing was very important to a lot of people; hence, the Cavalier's sales success over two decades. Frankly, I thought my '02 coupe, especially, was a handsome-looking car with the 15 inch aluminum wheels and a very subtle decklid spoiler, and the coupe's low beltline and teardrop-shaped side windows. I liked the styling better than the more fussy Sunfire. It was a very reliable car over the 112K miles I drove it, too. Like my Cobalt, it didn't spend a single night in a garage.
People who live in my city, and who live in my old hometown, both worked at the plant my Cavaliers were built in. I like that, and there's no bad in any of that.
#31803 of 32000 Re: Last year of Cavalier (rhymes) [xrunner2]
Feb 10, 2013 (10:37 am)
>low resale value,
Always one of the mantras of the crowd. If you want high resale, I suggest the smaller Mercedes or BMW's to have a high resale. Or a Corvette.
#31804 of 32000 Re: Last year of Cavalier (rhymes) [steve_]
Feb 10, 2013 (11:18 am)
You missed a few. I've read that most people check around 18 sources when car shopping and the new kids hit more like 24 sites.
OK. Don't know that would add up to 18.
#31805 of 32000 Re: Last year of Cavalier (rhymes) [xrunner2]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 10, 2013 (11:34 am)
Kind of amazing when you think of it, eh? I guess the dealers are getting used to people coming in with reams of print-outs of TMV and forum complaints and reviews.
But in the old days, we had a print Edmunds, blue books, and dozens of car mags. So maybe it's just the delivery that's changed. And you don't have to wait a month to see the corrections.
#31806 of 32000 Re: Last year of Cavalier (rhymes) [imidazol97]
Feb 10, 2013 (12:04 pm)
I can honestly say that I've never purchased a vehicle based upon resale value. It might enter the equation, but only in a minor way. Predicting resale value is a crap-shoot, as I learned from owning my Pontiac Astre (Vega).
Frankly, reselling the car is the last thing I'm thinking about when I buy it.
I buy each of my cars as if its the last one I'm going to ever buy, and I get it equipped the way I would want such a car in that position to be equipped.
#31807 of 32000 Re: Last year of Cavalier (rhymes) [busiris]
Feb 10, 2013 (12:45 pm)
Me, too. I know precisely, and I mean precisely, what I want when I go in and I don't accept substitutions! In my 13 new cars, only two were bought off the dealer's lot...the rest were dealer trades except for one which I ordered. And even one of the two I bought off the dealer's lot was a real oddball (four-door Cavalier with 5-speed) and they had done a dealer trade for somebody else and that person didn't buy the car.
#31808 of 32000 Re: 2012 Used Car Buying Guide - CR [imidazol97]
Feb 10, 2013 (12:57 pm)
The Sienna, but I take the blame - left the kids in the car watching a DVD and took longer than I thought. Much longer. Drained the battery and it was cold.
Jump started it, and the battery actually worked by the time I got home, but I just didn't trust it at that point, so I replaced it.
#31809 of 32000 At the risk of stirring up a hornet's nest...
Feb 10, 2013 (12:52 pm)
Walking back to my car in the grocery store parking lot a few minutes ago, I found an attractive gunmetal grey Captiva LTZ parked immediately next to me. I'm guessing it was nearly new, since it still had the remains on the window of what appeared to have once been a dealer window sticker.
I looked the vehicle over closely and couldn't find any rental car identification, but that doesn't mean it couldn't have been a business fleet purchase. The tag showed it was licensed in Rutherford County, TN.
I waited a few minutes for the owner to show up, but finally left after a no-show. I was curious to ask him/her questions about the vehicle, and how they liked it.
It was a nice looking, smaller -sized SUV, IMO.
#31810 of 32000 Re: New Fusion vs. Malibu [uplanderguy]
Feb 10, 2013 (12:58 pm)
Fords look great and they seem to be on the sporty side if each segment, but I am concerned to say the least. They've had botched launches for each new product and several sources show concerns on quality/reliability. A co-worker had her Fiesta's whole trans replaced.
I hope the faults they found on the Fusion are sorted out by the time they move production out of Mexico.
The hybrid still scored high and appears to be a good value. I'm just not going to be the first guy on the block to buy one.
#31811 of 32000 Re: New Fusion vs. Malibu [ateixeira]
Feb 10, 2013 (1:24 pm)
I'm just not going to be the first guy on the block to buy one.
I think that is good advice for anyone interested in a new model introduction, regardless of manufacturer.
I'm of the opinion that those who simply must have the "latest and greatest" new design/model also assume a large part of the "debugging" process that cars go through when they finally hit the market.