after 9 months of looking, considering, test driving and comparing....i FINALLY got another car. and the winner is.........

  • rnch

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    Dec 21, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    2011 toyota camry LE.

    4 cyl engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, 36 month lease, 15K miles a year @ $1999 up front, $199 a month,

    some car magazines derided the camry, calling it numb and dull. i find it refined, quiet and competent....a small lexus at a huge discount.

    i was tempted by a nissan altima, but it was slighty rough riding and the CVT transmission/4 cyl powertrain combo had a tendecy to droan and rumble at certiain rpm ranges. even with the trick cvt transmission, in real world driving it felt no quicker than the camry.

    nissan had a lease similar to the camry, but the end of lease purchase price was higher than the camry's.

    the hyuandi sonota was a stylish, pretty car, but sat lower that the camry or altima. looking at past years, the sonota's resale value is lower than a camry or altima. as i am still recovering from knee surgery, seat height was an important issue for me.

    the ford fusion didn't drive as tight as the camry; the mach 1disposeable rzor grille was a deal breaker for me.

    the chevy malibu's powertrain came in a distant foruth, after the camry, altima and sonota.

    they toyota dealer by far gave me the best trade in value for my car, a 2006 PT cruiser. better by $600.00 !!!!
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    Dec 21, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    Wish you good luck with it and pleasant driving.
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    Dec 21, 2010 12:30 PM GMT
    Congrats! Yes Camry's aren't exactly winning any real beauty contests but she is a very capable car and despite Toyota's safety issues in recent year, the company total reliability rate is very strong and I know insurance companies tend to charge less on these types of saloons.

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    Dec 21, 2010 1:28 PM GMT

    Congratulations and happy driving !

    I have no idea what triggered the thought, but yesterday I was walking across a parking lot and your car hunting quest popped into my head. I found myself thinking, 'How long has it been since Mark started looking for a car? It seems like forever!". icon_wink.gif
  • rnch

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    Dec 21, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    one would think that, what with the Big Bucks charged us for new cars, that they could at least clean the inside of the windows spotlessly, but nooooo! i was out there with windex and newspaper this morning. icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 21, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    Congrats, new cars are great. Sounds like a great deal, vehicles in Canada are greatly overpriced.

    A quick run through on the Toyota Canada website has this car at a lease rate of $410/month at 3.9%!

    Considering our dollars are close to par in value, $199 is awesome. Enjoy the ride.
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    Dec 21, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    rnch saidone would think that, what with the Big Bucks charged us for new cars, that they could at least clean the inside of the windows spotlessly, but nooooo! i was out there with windex and newspaper this morning. icon_eek.gif

    Will you be getting the windows tinted, being in New Orleans? It's more or less standard here in South Florida, in which case the installer has to clean the glass first. I always have it done pre-delivery in the South, about the only dealer-installed option I'll permit, the rest being money-making gimmicks I decline.

    Also speaking of car windows, I always have the dealer remove the new car window sticker, and preserve it with the rest of the documentation I receive. My purpose is to later be able to present a future buyer with the complete car description, with factory equipment list and price, makes a used car seem more "legitimate."

    But strangely to me, I remember it was once common in my former NYC area for people to drive around with those stickers still on the window, for weeks after buying it. I guess it proved you had a brand new car, and everyone could be impressed with how much you paid for it. And dealers there would routinely leave the sticker on at delivery unless you directed otherwise.

    But as I'd say to them, I don't wear my clothes with the price stickers still on them, nor do I drive my cars that way. I don't want to see it when the car is delivered to me (and here the window tinting precludes that anyway).