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Old 02-25-2016, 12:23 PM   #41
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Now that is funny as I have threaten my wife for years that I am going to buy a Town Car. I found them very comfortable when being picked up at the airport by a limo company. I think they would make a great X-country car.
Like driving your living room.
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Now that is funny as I have threaten my wife for years that I am going to buy a Town Car. I found them very comfortable when being picked up at the airport by a limo company. I think they would make a great X-country car.
I don't think they make them any more? Limo drivers are all complaining about it.
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Town cars were great and even the Grand Marquee. Great riding cars and roomy as was the Cadillac DTS. All gone.
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I don't think they make them any more? Limo drivers are all complaining about it.
Well he did say "best value" and you can't beat used for value.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:52 PM   #45
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Agree with this assessment. I really like sporty driving so have BMW's. If you want a comfortable ride, go with Japanese or US models. If you wear a hat while driving, get a Cadilllac.
I also drive BMW and BMW has advanced technology and love have color heads up display as well as all the other features you do not find on a lot of other sports sedans ( I have the 328 xi with M sport package) consumer reports recommends it and it has good reliability per consumer reports.....
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My last two cars have been Buicks bought a year old. I think they are excellent value for the money (after the huge depreciation hit in year 1) and FWIW quite trouble-free. Comfortable (=relatively soft) ride, plentiful amenities.

But that's about as "luxury" as I will go. (In other words, that's all I'm going to spend. )
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I have a 2012 Toyota Rav4 which I love. Big enough to carry big things and 4 grandkids. The leather seats are comfortable and are heated. The seats heat faster than the heater. Good gas milage and easy to get in and out of. Previously I had Camry but it ot to be too hard to get out of. Never any mechanical problemes.....
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Before anyone shoots me, I know there isn't much "value" in buying a luxury car. However, I've worked for almost 20 years and earned excellent money most of that time. I'm pretty much FIRE at this point (and if you add in DW's savings, we definitely are). So, having never owned a nice car (mostly used Hondas and Toyotas), I'd like to buy a "me" car - not a midlife crisis car. My commute is long and annoying, so a little luxury would be appreciated for the time I spend in the car and working.
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Get out there and take some test drives. Comfort is big when you have a long commute. There are lots of things that can add to the "comfort" end. I'm in Pennsylvania and drive a 2010 Ford F150 Platinum. I've got leather hot and cold seats which are great in my climate but like W2R said she's never used her heated seats. I'm not real tall and the power step is great for getting in and out. The F150 Platinum can transport 5 adults and still have the bed of the truck for transporting all our stuff. Rear view cameras are great for backing up or hooking up your trailer. You have better field of vision in a truck because you are higher up. Anyway, my luxury truck may not be your idea of luxury. It's a great riding truck but I only get 11 or 12 miles to the gallon. My 2014 corvette gets better gas mileage but only transport 2 people. Has a great ride but is terrible in snow.
It's not just long commute, it's your weather, the terrain, the parking, what you have to transport, your body type. So get out there and take some test drives.
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For a combination of performance, comfort, luxury, and load-carrying, my dream car would be a 2011 Cadillac CTS-V wagon.

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I have a Lincoln MKX, it's the best car I have ever owned. It's very comfortable on long road trips, the THX stereo is excellent, reasonable gas mileage (about 26mpg), and completely dependable. The only things I have done in 116,000 miles is change oil every 5,000 miles and flush the automatic trans at 70,000 miles.

The nearest import dealer is about 80 miles away with only Ford and GM dealers in town.
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...I am over luxury cars, but I don't begrudge anyone, I had to have the experiences to get over it.
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Boy did that hit home. As one who did IMO something stupid upon retirement (bought yet another luxury car), I should have asked myself that very question: "have I had enough luxury car ownership experiences to get over it?" Had I done so, I might have a very smart looking, well-engineered, extremely economical Honda Civic at about half the price sitting the garage that gets driven at most once weekly instead of what I've got now.

I've personally always thought all luxury cars except Mercedes were ugly. And now, even though I consider MBZ cars to have beautiful lines, they all look like old man cars to me. I tell my boomer friends that C-class MBZ's are to Millennials what Lincolns were to boomers growing up--something their grandfathers drove.

I believe "have I had enough of ownership experiences of this thing to be over it" of any intended superfluous purchase is a very good question to ask. People change. Values too.
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Note: asking a bunch of LBYM types to recommend a luxury car is like asking a eunuch to name his favorite porn star.
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I suggest certified pre owned. As someone else posted, luxury cars depreciate fast and lots of people lease them. You can get a 1-3 year old car with very low miles (<15k if you look) for 25-50% less than new. Great warranties too.

I had a BMW once. Once. Loved driving it but it was a reliability nightmare. Will never have one past warranty again. A friend has a 2011 X5 and she's having the same experience.

I have a 2013 Acura TL that I got a great deal on, but I'm a bit disappointed. Really don't like the computer interface and it never knows what gear it wants to be in for city driving. Nice car that I will keep for years, but not as good as I hoped.
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Check out the Mercedes C Class lineup. Prices are reasonable, reasonably fuel efficient and fun to drive. We have a 2012 model and have not regretted it. Maintenance costs have not been bad.


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Just got a 2015 "C". Wow! Likely the best car I've ever had. (except for maybe the 2003 E5)

Last week I was in a parking lot and a guy came up to me and said: "Mister, that is one bad-ass car you've got!".
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I have a 2012 Toyota Rav4 which I love. Big enough to carry big things and 4 grandkids. The leather seats are comfortable and are heated. The seats heat faster than the heater. Good gas milage and easy to get in and out of. Previously I had Camry but it ot to be too hard to get out of. Never any mechanical problemes.....

Darn it if that hasn't become an issue for me.

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My lux suv is the GMC Denali. Smoother ride than the Ford 150 and better gas mileage to boot. Preferred by me over the Caddy my wife used to have. She liked the Toyota Avalon much better
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I suggest certified pre owned. As someone else posted, luxury cars depreciate fast and lots of people lease them. You can get a 1-3 year old car with very low miles (<15k if you look) for 25-50% less than new. Great warranties too.
Its rare that I quote myself, but ironic that we're about to buy another CPO luxury car today.

Provided the dealer isn't a schmuck, we're going to buy a 2014 Lincoln MKT.

We'll pay 30% below original MSRP for a car that was part of a corporate fleet for 9 months and has 9950 miles on it. Will actually have more warranty than if purchased new due to the CPO 6yr/100k powertrain.

I was originally looking for a 2013 with 25-30K miles but DW has gotten extremely specific about the options she wants...so in the interest of marital bliss we'll be spending a bit more than I originally planned! We've been shopping for 6 weeks and discovered that these cars move VERY quickly when they hit the lot. In a 100 miles search radius there are only 12 CPO MKTs in inventory but 10 aren't the right configuration. 2 of them with the options she wants hit inventory yesterday...1 of which was sold by mid-afternoon.
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My Lincoln was purchased as a "program" car. It was originally used by Ford Motor Credit and had 6,000 miles on it when I got it. That saved me over $7,000.
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My Lincoln was purchased as a "program" car. It was originally used by Ford Motor Credit and had 6,000 miles on it when I got it. That saved me over $7,000.
These are mostly management lease cars. The company leases them to members of Ford management at a discount and then resells them yearly. If a particular model is selling poorly, they offer that model at a larger discount to move inventory. A few of them are just pool vehicles, driven from building to building. Not so desirable.
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