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What kind of car does Paulie get?  

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  1. 1. What kind of car does Paulie get?

    • 2007 Buick LaCrosse CXL
      14
    • 2007 Saturn Aura XR
      18
    • 2007 Chevy Impala 2LT
      2
    • 2007 Honda Accord EX or LX V6
      2
    • 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5S
      3
    • 2007 Other
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Paolino    99

Okay, here's what I need/want, followed by the reasons:

I need a quiet, comfortable ride. After a loud day with students, I really enjoy a bit of solitude in my car. I love road trips and will be commuting a bit, so comfort is necessary. I'm tall, so leg room needs to be adequate in the front seat. I don't need the most-intense stereo, but quality of the sound is important. I feel any stereo in the Buick, Chevy or Saturn would meet my needs, and the Accord's stereo I've heard and it's sufficient for my needs.

2007 LaCrosse CXL:

The LaCrosse would allow me to have a quiet, smooth ride, conservative looks and a nice build quality. The engine and tranny would be extremely reliable.

2007 Saturn Aura XR

The Aura has the style I'd love to have in a car. The XR would have all of the features I'd like. Cons: brand-new 6-speed auto in it, so not sure of the reliability or bugs it'd go through in its first year. Car also in its first year.

2007 Chevrolet Impala 2LT

Reliable, conservative, sturdy vehicle. Like the looks, not too content with the interior materials. The car is everything I'd really want, but I'd want a console shifter (I don't care for the way the split bench looks in this car), and that requires the 3LT with the 3.9L or the SS trim. I also wanted auto-climate control, and that's not an option on any trim level.

2007 Honda Accord EX

The Accord has a nice ride, nice interior, and is conservative looking which is what I like. The stereo is fine for me, has a cool display and offers the 6-CD changer. Cons: Not a V6 so the power isn't exactly there... the V6 gets pricey and if I got it, it'd be the LX. I'd have to consider that. Also, seriously lacking on exterior color choices.

2007 Nissan Altima 2.5S

Love the look, inside and out. Options on the current model can make it pricey. First year run and run with CVT are questionable.

So, what's your take? Is there another car I should consider? To be completely honest, I'm leaning towards the LaCrosse and the Aura. If I get a good deal on any of the others, they'd be pushed to the front.

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frogger    106

I'd probably be choosing between the Aura and Altima based on their styling, and it would be down to which car has the finer details right (such as the seat comfort and trim quality).

I wonder if the CVT in the Altima is similar to the one they've had in the Murano.

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z28luvr01    170

From the looks of it, you seem to want to spend somewhere in the mid-20s for a car. Of those cars, I like all but the Alt...I'm not convinced of Nissan's reliability and quality. Naturally, I'd hope you'd pick one of the GMs, but there's no denying that the Accord is a good car.

I wouldn't worry too much about the six-speed in the Aura. AFAIK the new RWD six speeds haven't been a problem, and while they share nothing with the FWD trannies, it does give an indication of GM's ability to make relatively bug free trannies the first time.

Have you also considered a Fusion/Milan or 500/Montego? Would you go CPO, as in used CTS, Deville, LeSabre, or PA?

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CSpec    515

I would say the Lacrosse, Aura, and Accord are the best of those choices. I'm not exactly a fan of the 3800, and the Accord doesn't have enough power (especially with the auto), so I would say go for the Aura.

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Since your choices are all FWD and "safe" choices I voted

Impala because it's the least borig IMO. It's grown on me

quite a bit but I'd still take a Charger or 300C over one in

a heartbeat. Shoot I'd take a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis

over it any day.

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scharmer05    0

my vote is either the aura or altima. As far as the CVT, my cousin has a murano with the CVT. They have had it for about 2 years now and have 60000 miles on it and have had zero trouble. Its a really fun vehicle to drive too. Good luck bud

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trinacriabob    21

Paolino:

Tu gia' lo sai quale macchina io ti consigliero di comprare: la LaCrosse!

Seriously, first and foremost, you need a car that will be super dependable given the fact that you watch your $ (or at least I think you do). There is nothing wrong with the 3800. In fact, there is everything right with it! Today, mine will turn over 225,000 miles and it still performs flawlessly. God, I love that damn car. If you are looking for a 10+ year car, this is a good the car for you! As for the height issue, how does that LaX feel? At 5'-10", this is never a concern for me. Isn't L.I. hot and humid in the summers? Do you really want a CXL with the leather? How about a CX with potentially nicer cloth that they may put in there next M.Y.? You can get the Comfort and Convenience package and put some money back in your wallet! Consumer Reports has already given this car a clean bill of health.

The Impala is nice. The mileage is great with the 3.5 Yes, 1 LT and 2 LT have the smaller engine and that's all you need. But, this is a modification of sorts and you should wait another model year to make sure VVT electronics are all worked out.

This may be a nice car for you if you need more space, but you're not even 30 yet, if I recall, so do you want an Impala? (Don't slap me, Scharmer 05!) How about a Monte Carlo without the tacky $h! on it? Or is that too Guido or "spazzatura bianca" for you? It is mechanically identical to the Impala with the same powertrain. Your choice.

The Aura is brand new. I never recommend a new car. I'm too cheap to be someone's guinea pig.

Yeah...yada yada...the Accord is a good car...but it feels SOOOO Japanese. It has also gotten uglier instead of better looking. Don't do it. Buy American.

When will you consummate this purchase? Buona fortuna!

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Paolino    99

From the looks of it, you seem to want to spend somewhere in the mid-20s for a car. Of those cars, I like all but the Alt...I'm not convinced of Nissan's reliability and quality. Naturally, I'd hope you'd pick one of the GMs, but there's no denying that the Accord is a good car.

I wouldn't worry too much about the six-speed in the Aura. AFAIK the new RWD six speeds haven't been a problem, and while they share nothing with the FWD trannies, it does give an indication of GM's ability to make relatively bug free trannies the first time.

Have you also considered a Fusion/Milan or 500/Montego? Would you go CPO, as in used CTS, Deville, LeSabre, or PA?

I thought about the Fusion/Milan, but I have a problem trusting Ford products--too many people I know with bad stories.

As for the 500/Montego... ugly as sin in my opinion, and I'm sure regfootball would try to convince me against this purchase.

Pauli,

I wouldn't worry about the 6-speed too much.  If there is one thing GM can do and do well, it's an automatic transmission.

I vote:

LAX

Aura

Milan

Cool, wanna buy me one? :) The Milan is the only Ford product I'd actually consider.

Paolino:

Tu gia' lo sai quale macchina io ti consigliero di comprare:  la LaCrosse!

Seriously, first and foremost, you need a car that will be super dependable given the fact that you watch your $ (or at least I think you do).  There is nothing wrong with the 3800.  In fact, there is everything right with it!  Today, mine will turn over 225,000 miles and it still performs flawlessly.  God, I love that damn car.  If you are looking for a 10+ year car, this is a good the car for you!  As for the height issue, how does that LaX feel?  At 5'-10", this is never a concern for me.  Isn't L.I. hot and humid in the summers?  Do you really want a CXL with the leather?  How about a CX with potentially nicer cloth that they may put in there next M.Y.?  You can get the Comfort and Convenience package and put some money back in your wallet!  Consumer Reports has already given this car a clean bill of health.

When will you consummate this purchase?  Buona fortuna!

Yes, Long Island summers are hot and very humid. If I got leather, I'd get remote start. Honestly, I wear pants so often, I really wouldn't worry about burning myself on the leather.

I'm debating on how to go about purchasing the car--should I make it a relatively early purchase, say late October or early November, or should I wait until the end of January. I'm going to be doing a lot of commuting in the fall, and I kinda fall into the category--do I get a new car and move closer to work... or do I get a place closer to work which is ultimately where I want to live, first, and then buy a car maybe in the fall of 2007?

It's tough--will it be cost-effective to keep my car and get a place, or should I wait it out and pray it doesn't become very expensive to maintain my car? Don't forget, if I get a place out east, I still have to furnish it. Hey, Oldsmoboi, wanna come to my housewarming and get me a gift certificate? LOL :lol:

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Northstar    11

I'd go for the Aura out of those. I don't like the new Altima and I think the powertrain is far superior in the Aura vs. LaCrosse. Accord is a good car but you really need to V6 to have much power, and it's pricey.

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trinacriabob    21

The Milan is the only Ford product I'd actually consider.

Why, because it reminds you of Milano? And thanks for NOT inviting ME to your housewarming party! :angry::lol: Edited by trinacriabob

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Flybrian    0

If you get a Milan, can you drill out the taillamps and relocate them about five inches lower? Then you'll have the only Milan that doesn't piss me off.

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Variance    0

Personally, I don't care for the LaCrosse or Accord, the Impala's a bit boring for my tastes (unless we're talking SS) and far as the Milan goes, I'd just rather a Fusion.

So that leaves the Aura and Altima.

-I like the exterior styling of both (Altima moreso).

-The interior...they both have their good and not-so-good points.

-The standard V6 in the Aura is a plus and I'd rather have a V6 Altima as opposed to a four-banger one (especially with 265hp).

Basically, I suggest you test drive both and see what you prefer. They're both good choices.

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Paolino    99

Why, because it reminds you of Milano? And thanks for NOT inviting ME to your housewarming party! :angry:  :lol:

I've never been to Milano. Hey, if you want to treck across the US to come to my "apartment warming party" of a place I don't have yet, along with an enormous amount of married heteros with infants 1.5 years old and younger, be my guest. Oh, and one gay guy.

If you get a Milan, can you drill out the taillamps and relocate them about five inches lower? Then you'll have the only Milan that doesn't piss me off.

Hmmm... no. Not going to be tweaking the car like that--if I got a car, the most I'd do is swap speakers (if it needed it), tint the windows, and if I could customize a few of the messages in the DIC, I'd do something stupid like that.

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Paolino    99

Hehehe...tweak the DIC

What's even funnier is I didn't get it when you laughed at it--and I was just about to write, "Yeah, tweaking the DIC is more my speed." LOL!! :lol::lol:

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Paolino    99

Arg. I really wanted a V6. We'll see. I'll have to really test drive some 4's out there--the only 4's I've driven (besides a turbocharged Eclipse), have been loud, rough, whiny, powerless cars. I drove a 2.0L 4 in my 87 Sundance, a 1.9L 4 in my 93 Tracer... when I was a little boy we had an 84 Reliant--that was SO loud on the highway--you had to yell to hold a conversation.

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daves87rs    329

What about a Lucrene?(sp?)

Those are quite the fun ride...and they handle quite well (for a bigger car)

And are very quiet...so much so I needed music after about 30 seconds... :lol:

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sciguy_0504    0

What about the Lucerne? My top choice there, poor interior materials and all.

I'd take the LaCrosse or Altima. A Milan would be the most exclusive, IMO, and a good choice, also.

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Drew Dowdell    4,996

Arg.  I really wanted a V6.  We'll see.  I'll have to really test drive some 4's out there--the only 4's I've driven (besides a turbocharged Eclipse), have been loud, rough, whiny, powerless cars.  I drove a 2.0L 4 in my 87 Sundance, a 1.9L 4 in my 93 Tracer... when I was a little boy we had an 84 Reliant--that was SO loud on the highway--you had to yell to hold a conversation.

You really need to not base your impressing of 4-cylinders on those cars. Really Paulie, those are 3 out of the 4 worst 4cylinders that I can think of off the top of my head. <the 4th being the Quad-4>

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