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Old 09-08-2009, 08:54 PM   #1  
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As many of you noticed, I have been thinking about buying a car for a while now. I have been heavily debating on what to buy: mustang cnvt, maxima, v6 altima coupe, v6 accord coupe, etc (was thinking about possibly a charger or challenger but scared of the long term reliability of chrysler...plus soooo many chargers on the road now *sigh*). I was leaning towards the v6 accord or altima coupes, since they have a nice look and they stand out. My current car died on me with trans problems and I had to rent a car the last 2 weeks. I rented a mazda 6. After driving the mazda, it has grown on me quite a bit. The v6 engine got some kick. I called around and a dealer is offering a great deal: 2009 mazda 6, V6, sport version, moon roof, 6 speakers, CD changer for $23.5K, 2.9% for 60 months...I plan to try to knock another grand off the price. So far the online reviews have been pretty good. Looking at the maxima and accord (V6), they seem to start at $30K. Since I work downtown and take the train (and the state of the economy ), I did not want to spend too much on a car. So what do yall think? Anyone has the consumer reports edition on cars? What are its reliability rating? Below are some vids...

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I don't think Mazda is quite up to Toyota or Honda, reliability-wise..but not far off.
They make some very interesting and sporty cars. I still have some great memories of my ol' 86' RX7.
In general, I think they have better stock handling in even their standard models, against the competition.

Only Mustang I would get would be a V8, no contest. Altima gets great reviews as does the Accord. Drive them all see what feels right to you.
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Buy American!

How about a Fusion or Malibu?
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I don't think Mazda is quite up to Toyota or Honda, reliability-wise..but not far off.
I was seriously considering accord but the v6 model started at $30K. There are way too many toyotas on the road nowadays...

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They make some very interesting and sporty cars.
Yes, the 6 does have some speed. I averaged about 90+ mph for about an hour on the expressway. The car was pretty quiet.

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Only Mustang I would get would be a V8, no contest.
I wanted the V8 as well. The dealers would not give any deals on them. I was also concerned with driving it on the snowy streets of chi...

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Altima gets great reviews as does the Accord. Drive them all see what feels right to you.
The 2 door altima and accord have style. Unfortunately they seem to charge a premium for v6 and coupe, which is lame.. They prob start at $28K without a moon roof. Thus $23.5k for the loaded 6 seems like a great deal. I will try to call around and see if honda or nissan can come close to it.
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No such thing. I read a report that about half of the top "american made" cars were not from the big 3 err 2. Besides, I don't like the malibu and don't know much about the fusion. The GM car I like is too expensive (and depreciates too fast): CTS..the new CTS coupe is sexy..wow.

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and don't know much about the fusion.
Look at a fusion then!

Keep the money here.
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Honda has offered more, car for car, with better safety ratings and more goodies included.
I would consider a Ford for American, except for old Chevy trucks. Of course, with Ford you are sometimes driving a re-badged Mazda. May not be as true any more.
The Japanese mfg. have been able to stick to the same solid models for decades and make improvements every year. Something the big 3 always had a problem with and one reason I believe they are generally lower on reliability.
The Mustang is becoming an exception to that, as are most domestic trucks, and one reason both are becoming more desirable IMO. Cadillac for GM is also becoming a well respected name again. As long as they keep the basic concept I think it will continue to succeed.
Now they are bringing Taurus back for better or worse. Maybe it will be a success this time around. I have reservations about bringing back previous model names that became flops in time (I know, I had one.) I hope the big 3 use these sad economic times to change for the better as things improve. I want them to succeed, but they can't keep doing business the same way they have in the past.

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http://www.fordfusionforum.com/index.php?showtopic=1532

Ford did own a large chunk of Mazda at one point.
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Ford did own a large chunk of Mazda at one point.
That's true, but that did not make them 'American' cars, anymore than if I buy all the coffee plantations in Costa Rica, I am still drinking Costa Rica coffee.
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That's true, but that did not make them 'American' cars, anymore than if I buy all the coffee plantations in Costa Rica, I am still drinking Costa Rica coffee.
What's important is that the money goes to an American company.
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IMHO fit and finish on the Mazdas isn't up to the level of most of the other cars you mentioned. The interior plastic parts are pretty cheesy.

You may want to visit your nearest VW dealer just to take a look at what they offer.
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[QUOTE=BNCR;934866]IMHO fit and finish on the Mazdas isn't up to the level of most of the other cars you mentioned. The interior plastic parts are pretty cheesy.QUOTE]

I have to agree. The plastic over time begins to rattle, come loose. The car of course will feel "tight" brand new, but many lose this feeling. The Maxima or Altima may yield you a good deal during this time from Nissan. I have seen some good deals on commercials. Honda however, hardly ever moves from MSRP.

IMO, I would rate them accordingly (reliability, value, resale):
1) Honda Accord -- Coupe
2) Nissan Altima -- Coupe
3) Nissam Maxima
4) Mazda 6
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IMHO fit and finish on the Mazdas isn't up to the level of most of the other cars you mentioned. The interior plastic parts are pretty cheesy.

You may want to visit your nearest VW dealer just to take a look at what they offer.
Not as trouble free as the competition, especially Toyota and Honda.
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What's important is that the money goes to an American company.
3 things are equally important to me...the money coming into the US is one of them.
When quality and resale value are close to same, I will choose American made.
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While you're out shopping stop at a Ford dealer and check one out. If you don't like it then get something you like but don't write it off without looking first. 20+k is a lot of cash!!!
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