Palladium
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Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:59 am

just wondering what do you guys think or can you name 10 cars that curently best to buy.....

considering the rising price of gas, I would have to say all the hybrid cars get my vote =)


1. Honda Accord V6 Hybrid

2. Toyota Prius

3. Honda Civic Hybrid

4. Lexus RX400h

5. VW Jetta TDI

6. Toyota Camry

7. Honda Oddsey

8. Lexus LS

9. Lexus GS

10. Acura 3.2 TL
 
mNeo
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:02 am

If someone can get their hands on the new BMW M cars (M5,M6,M3) their price will be about 10-15K more as the wait list increases.
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KLMA330
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:03 am

1 Rolls Royce
2 Rolls Royce
3 Rolls Royce
4 Rolls Royce
5 Rolls Royce
6 Rolls Royce
7 Rolls Royce
8 Rolls Royce
9 Rolls Royce
10 Bentley

 Wink
 
Superfly
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:04 am

Lincoln Town Car
Mercury Grand Marquis
Ford Crown Victoria
Lincoln LS
Ford Thunderbird
Ford Mustang
Buick Park Avenue
Chrysler 300C
Jaguar S-Type
Dodge Magnum



All the above deliver great milage for the amount of power & comfort you get.
If efficiency is what you are concerned about, look no further than a diesel.
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Palladium
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:07 am

BMW sucks.... soo many troubles and error on their cars.

If I can choose BMW or Mercedes ..... I am gonna have to say Mercedes Benz all the way for best luxury cars.

1. Mercedes Benz

2. Lexus

these 2 brand luxury car are almost alike. They both nice and very comfortable compare to others luxury brand like BMW, Audi, VW,....

Some people say the New Lexus LS 430 is much better than the S-Class. I love the new Lexus GS 400 and can't wait to see the new 2007 S-class fully redesigned.
 
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:11 am

Its all relative--the cost of hybridization doesn't quite add up for value to the dollar--even with these high ass fuel prices it would take you like 6-10 years worth of gas savings to really save. Out of the initial list you posted I only like the Acura TL--the others are boring. For me...
1. Aston Martin V8 Vantage
2. Porsche 911 4s
3. Corvette C6
4. BMW M3
5. Mazda RX8
6. Infiniti G35 Coupe
7. Jaguar XJR
8. E55
9. Scion tC
10. Grand Cherokee SRT8

I think all of my cars get horrible gas mileage--except for the tC.
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:14 am

Ford Explorer
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
Toyota 4Runner SR5
Ford Expedition XLT
Nissan Pathfinder LE
Chevrolet Blazer LT
GMC Jimmy SLT
Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS V6
Isuzu Rodeo S V6
Honda Passport LX
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Superfly
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:33 am

AsstChiefMark:
At least they are all truck-based and have off road use. The problem is that none come with a diesel. You have to go up to a Excursion or Suburban/Tahoe to get a diesel.
Diesels get better milage, hauls more, last twice as long and can be converted to a biodiesel.
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FlyingTexan
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:45 am

Acura TL, definitely. My vote also includes the Mazda MX-5 Miata. A true roadster with bulletproof quality. A+ fuel economy, too.

Quoting KLMA330 (Reply 2):
9 Rolls Royce
10 Bentley

Nothing but a tank of questionable reliability. The guy who owns the business next to mine has a new Phantom – now that car does say *You Have Arrived* like no other. Well, his business partner does have a Maybach.
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MAH4546
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:43 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
You have to go up to a Excursion or Suburban/Tahoe to get a diesel.

Not anymore. The Jeep Liberty offers a diesel option, and so does the Volkswagen Touareg (though it is a V10 diesel and carriers a premium price tag; it is currently on haitus in the US market because it didn't meet some EPA standards for the year, but VW has fixed the problem, and it goes on sale again in February).
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 6:03 pm

1Audi A8
2BMW M6 Cabrio (when it comes)
3Audi Q7
4Audi Le Mans
5BMW M5
not bothered about any others so 6-10 can be anything
cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
 
tristarenvy
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:27 pm

1) Mazda 3 (economy)
2) Ford Crown Vic/Mercury Grand Marquis (price/comfort/value)
3) Chrysler 300 (damn good looks)
4) Dodge Magnum (ditto above)
5) Nissan Xterra (price/looks/value)
6) Toyota Corolla (economy)
7) Nissan Maxima (looks/value)
8) Lincoln LS (value/comfort)
9) Chevrolet Corvette (looks/value/heritage)
10) Cheverolet HHR (looks)

and even though it's beating a dead horse...

11) Pontiac Aztek (purchase price will be cheap/utility/comfort)
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soyuzavia
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:52 pm

The best buy in a car these days is

1) a small car which good economics over short distances (less than 20,000km per year)
2) any large car/4WD, or a small car which will do more than 20,000km per year, but which is run on LPG (gas).

An LPG conversion costs between $1500-$2500 (depending on vehicle and the type of kit needed), yet when you are paying $1.20 a litre of petrol, as opposed to $0.45 per litre of LPG, the costs savings are immediate, and the conversion pays for itself, for most people, within the first year; particularly as petrol price are thru the roof.

A downside of LPG is there is a loss of some economics, although I think generally a car which takes 1 litre of petrol to cover X distance will require approximately 1.2 litres of gas.

The upsides are LPG is much cheaper (less than half the cost of petrol) and it is more environmentally friendly.
 
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:02 pm


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tristarenvy
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 3:35 am

Hey, this looks like the car we rented last time we were in the UK.

I was holding out for something classier, like an FSO Polonez....
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jamesbuk
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 4:53 am

1) ferrai enzo
2) mercedes slr
3) ferrari testarosa
4) f1 ferrari
5) mclaren f1
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 5:08 am

Quoting Tristarenvy (Reply 14):
I was holding out for something classier, like an FSO Polonez....

Depends which Polonez you get. I mean hell if your going to go for an Atu Plus  Silly or a Caro or Caro Plus or the original one, you know big difference  Smile
 
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:54 am

For my wife and kids as a 5 mile per day transportation unit: I am looking for the tax-benefits of buying a horse and carriage and turning in my garage into a stable. No, I am not Amish or Pen. Deutz! Does anybody know a carriage maker in The Netherlands?
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:06 am

Quoting Palladium (Reply 4):
BMW sucks.... soo many troubles and error on their cars.

If I can choose BMW or Mercedes ..... I am gonna have to say Mercedes Benz all the way for best luxury cars.

I've owned several examples of both BMW and Mercedes. The Mercs spent a lot of time getting repaired, including a warped engine block, electrical problems out the wazoo, and one problem I NEVER could get figured out - an annoying habit of losing the idle limiter for a few minutes every few days (so that when at rest you had to keep your foot on the gas to prevent the engine from simply stopping). I spent as much money maintaining them as buying them. I recall a new problem (mostly electrical) cropping up every 3 or 4 weeks.

The BMW's on the other hand have worked flawlessly. I've had 6 of them (one new, the rest used). I've had to replace 2 water pumps (both after 150,000 km or so) and one rubber hose. Apart from oil, plugs and filter changes, that's all I ever did with them.

BMW makes far more reliable cars than M-B. I can attest to that from experience.
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 7:24 am

Hmmm, with the price of gas maybe the purchase of my 6 litre truck wasn't such a great idea...

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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 10:05 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 18):

BMW makes far more reliable cars than M-B. I can attest to that from experience.

Experience will vary. I've owned a mix of BMWs and Mercedes' vehicles over the years, and my MBs have been far more reliable than my BMWs. I stopped buying BMWs because of the problems they gave me.
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:09 pm

"considering the rising price of gas, I would have to say all the hybrid cars get my vote"

Palladium, you forgot the original hybrid; Honda's 2-seat Insight. An impractical 'only' car for most U.S. buyers but no other model sold here gets EPA 60 city, 66 highway M.P.G. (manual transmission model; CVT automatic model rates somewhat less). Of course real world average M.P.G. is more like mid-fifties and this car is cramped, noisy, slow and handles somewhat skittishly, due to skinny, low-rolling resistance tires. I'm one of the few Americans who could likely live with all of this for my 'only' car.
And if $5.00+ per gallon gas prices are coming soon, I may just do that. However, most Americans need and demand more car so its sales have been very slow, here, unlike the vastly roomier and far more comfortable Toyota Prius .

"Lincoln Town Car
Mercury Grand Marquis
Ford Crown Victoria
Lincoln LS
Ford Thunderbird
Ford Mustang
Buick Park Avenue
Chrysler 300C
Jaguar S-Type
Dodge Magnum"

Superfly, although these are all good cars and relatively frugal, considering their size and power, most of them are still V8's, something I'd avoid if gas prices keep rising. I'd instead choose the 6 cylinder models of these cars that offer one although half of them don't. Nothing wrong with power except that it's costing more to have it, these days. I'd go for a 300 Touring model with the 3.5L V6; it's powerful enough. Despite its cylinder deactivation feature, the Hemi is sure to get less real world mileage than the six, despite not much poorer EPA ratings. These high gas prices may abate somewhat after the Katrina-related refinery disruptions ease but I'd prefer to go for better M.P.G. in any model I'd have for a few years; historically, gas prices ultimately keep getting higher.
 
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:18 pm

Simple:

Aston Martin DB9 for fun

and use public transport and a bicycle for the environment.
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RE: Top 10 Must Buy Cars....

Sat Sep 03, 2005 6:26 pm

Well, since I am planning on buying a new car in early-mid 2006, this would be my contribution (in no particular order):

Honda Civic Coupe
Mini Cooper
VW Jetta TDI
Honda Element
Dodge Caliber (which is replacing the Neon and looks very promising)
Mazda 3 Hatchback
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