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Old 01-04-2015, 10:47 AM   #41
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Late model popular-make mid-size sedan. Most competitive segment of the car market so best bang-for-the-buck. And easiest to get repaired as parts (and mechanic experience) are more reasonably priced and readily available (now and years in future).
And, when loaded with options, today's best are very near luxury sedan nice. Unless a "bling" nameplate is worth the extra 4-figures $$.....being a target for street thugs.

IMHO- With the skyrocketing cost of major repairs (and overpriced dealer-only parts), owning an older car is a bit of a crap shoot unless you do your own maint/repairs. I've had many friends & relatives spend far more in repairs on their older rides than I've lost in depreciation over the same period. And an 8-10+yr old vehicle (generally) lacks the safety features of newer cars (often reflected in higher medical liability insurance).
Although I must admit to having bought a new car or 2 over the years, the "best" buy is prob a 2-3 yr sedan from a reliable maker in exc condition with low miles. Generally a nice ride with current technologies (safety, fuel efficiencies, etc) but avoiding the biggest depreciation hit. I've seen too many 1 yr old cars that seem to be recycled lemons.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:59 AM   #42
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:23 AM   #44
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2015 Lamborghini convertible, but I can't trailer it behind my gigantic RV because the boat is so big. So, I just leave it parked in its garage at my second third home in Paris. Did I mention that I'm a billionaire? I have a dozen cases of Grey Poupon right here so of course you can have one.

Oh, I admit it, I'm just pulling your leg, teasing. I just couldn't resist. I heard somewhere that I can be anyone I want to be on the internet.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:19 PM   #49
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What kind of car do I drive? One that gets me where I want to go. Why would anyone drive anything else?
Actually, that's the exact same kind of car that I drive!

It's not really a Lamborghini at all but I couldn't resist saying it was, in my previous post. It's just a practical car that has enough room in it for hurricane evacuation stuff.
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:03 PM   #52
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Sure you can. See: https://www.google.ca/search?q=car+a...2F%3B736%3B539
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2009 Honda Fit Sport. My DH and I share it. Mostly it sits in the garage while we both ride our bikes to work, shopping, etc.

If it rains, I drive the car and he bikes to work. Says be doesn't mind at all. *Shrug*
I drive a 2009 Fit Sport too. Love it - it is perfect for my needs.
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:40 PM   #59
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Biggest cons are that it has a rough suspension (though handles well), and average city MPG is only about 24, which for a 4 cylinder is not impressive at all. Although I suppose that's a result of the bigger engine.

It is very cheap to maintain, reliable, and an all around good city car to have.
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2013 Nissan Murano. The top of the line model. We went looking for a Lexus 350, but after driving both we could not justify the extra $10,000 for it. The Nissan has every option you can think of, well one minus one that came out in the 2015, cooled seats. Might be nice in Texas summers. It is our first really upscale car i.e first with leather interior.

Do you like the CVT trans on the Murano
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