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 Looking for 4door sedan. Camry, Accord ect. Suggestions?
far_right  [Team Member]
3/12/2013 10:42:58 PM
Im looking for a 4 door car in the 2005-2008 age.

Looking hardest at Camrys, but would also entertain Accords, Maximas, Fusions etc.

Any advice on what cars are better in general and what to look out for? Any have notoriously bad engines or trannys?
cmjohnson  [Team Member]
3/12/2013 10:46:53 PM
Got a price range in mind?

That'd help.


I like my Camry but I just bought a 2004 Cadillac CTS and am pretty sure that I got the best car, overall, for my money
and what I want in a car, of anything available in that price range.

I wanted something that had a bit more attitude, with more power and better handling. And four doors and a good sized trunk.
Plus, rear wheel drive.


JoeFor  [Team Member]
3/12/2013 10:52:13 PM
I have a 4 door 2004 Accord, 180,000+. Runs great keep it maintained should last a long time, I had a Camary as a rental for a month same deal, steering wheel controls were opposite. Try to switch the radio and speed up to 75. Both are good autos. Partial to Hoinda since they are made up the road.
far_right  [Team Member]
3/12/2013 10:56:11 PM
Ive got an 03 Maxima now with 184k.

Its not healthy....

Probably looking to spend 12k or there abouts.
LeeEnfield  [Member]
3/12/2013 11:04:10 PM
Gotta tell you, my sister had a brand new 2011 Camry, was hit by a car with a blowout while traveling at about 65mph, spun around a few times, hit the jersey wall and not ONE of all the airbags deployed. She contacted Toyota (after a night in the hospital) and they told her to pound sand. The Highway safety institue also reported the Camry's airbags don't deploy in crashes. I wouldn't touch one if you gave it to me!
Boosted4554  [Member]
3/12/2013 11:16:14 PM
Volkeswagon TDI golf or jetta! Replace the stock timing belt at 60k an after that every 100k. My buddy has 250k miles on his an it still runs like the day he bought it. The motor an drivetrain will outlast the body for sure. But alot of good cars are out there it's all about how they were treated an maintained. If a company made a bad car they wouldn't be in buissness.
ccosby  [Team Member]
3/13/2013 12:07:33 AM
I'm partial to the accord personally as long as you avoid the early 2000's ones that had the transmission problems. Really though either should be good. I'm on my second accord right now. Got it used with 100k miles on it(95 model) and it now has 300k. Its kinda in a sad state right now(needs a wheel hub and going to do the timing belt and water pump again when I fix it) but the thing has been a champ. At 200k I went to do the valve cover gasket and noticed I could still see the paint codes under it. Run mobil 1 in it and change it every 10k miles or so.
RhinelandArms  [Member]
3/13/2013 12:10:53 AM
Originally Posted By LeeEnfield:
Gotta tell you, my sister had a brand new 2011 Camry, was hit by a car with a blowout while traveling at about 65mph, spun around a few times, hit the jersey wall and not ONE of all the airbags deployed. She contacted Toyota (after a night in the hospital) and they told her to pound sand. The Highway safety institue also reported the Camry's airbags don't deploy in crashes. I wouldn't touch one if you gave it to me!


I have been trying to tell people about the safety component parts in toyotas for a long time now. I refuse to get into a toyota after seeing the shit parts they use in the safety components-specifically the seat belt assemblies. There have also been long standing class action lawsuits that just seem to go no-where....

The parts were designs to be manufactured as cheaply and efficiently as possible. With safety and performance being a distant issue.

wingo  [Team Member]
3/13/2013 12:17:09 AM
Wrx sti

NWRed  [Team Member]
3/13/2013 12:21:31 AM
I bought a Kia Spectra with 18 miles on the odometer as a commuter and parked my '04 Duramax for driving 100 miles a day for work in '08. Done routine maintenance, timing belt/brakes/oil changes/tires and I'm happily driving it daily with 165K on it this week. I'd buy another Kia in a heartbeat, whereas you'd have to hold a gun to my head to get me to buy another new Chevy or give it to me for free.
501st  [Member]
3/13/2013 12:24:51 AM
Originally Posted By RhinelandArms:
Originally Posted By LeeEnfield:
Gotta tell you, my sister had a brand new 2011 Camry, was hit by a car with a blowout while traveling at about 65mph, spun around a few times, hit the jersey wall and not ONE of all the airbags deployed. She contacted Toyota (after a night in the hospital) and they told her to pound sand. The Highway safety institue also reported the Camry's airbags don't deploy in crashes. I wouldn't touch one if you gave it to me!


I have been trying to tell people about the safety component parts in toyotas for a long time now. I refuse to get into a toyota after seeing the shit parts they use in the safety components-specifically the seat belt assemblies. There have also been long standing class action lawsuits that just seem to go no-where....

The parts were designs to be manufactured as cheaply and efficiently as possible. With safety and performance being a distant issue.



If true, I highly doubt this is limited to toyota alone.

Originally Posted By far_right:
Im looking for a 4 door car in the 2005-2008 age.

Looking hardest at Camrys, but would also entertain Accords, Maximas, Fusions etc.

Any advice on what cars are better in general and what to look out for? Any have notoriously bad engines or trannys?




4 cylinder camry's/accords are pretty bulletproof:

http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?alMdId=20800&mkId=20088&mdId=20800&rd=100000&zc=28201&PMmt=1-1-0&stkTypId=28881&yrMn=2002&yrMx=2006&alMkId=20088&rpp=50&feedSegId=28705&searchSource=SORT&crSrtFlds=stkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId-pseudoYear&pgId=2102&sf1Nm=miles&sf1Dir=DESC&sf2Nm=price&sf2Dir=DESC

http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?alMdId=20606&mkId=20017&mdId=20606&rd=100000&zc=28201&PMmt=1-1-0&stkTypId=28881&yrMn=2003&yrMx=2007&alMkId=20017&rpp=50&feedSegId=28705&searchSource=SORT&crSrtFlds=stkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId-pseudoYear&pgId=2102&sf1Nm=miles&sf1Dir=DESC&sf2Nm=price&sf2Dir=DESC
SixSquared  [Member]
3/13/2013 1:24:23 AM
Take a good look at the Mazda 6's (Fusion is the Ford version). We had an 04 6i and an 06 Mazdaspeed 6. Both were great cars, and we sold both to people we know in the last year or two as our family expanded and we moved to SUV's (the 04 to my wifes brother and the 06 Speed to my coworker) because we were so confident in them. Never had a lick of trouble from either of them over the time we owned them, and they have been trouble free for their new owners too.
Black-Tiger  [Team Member]
3/13/2013 1:31:45 AM
Nissan Maxima SE... 3.5 liter V6, same as inside the 350Z and the G35 and the Murano and the Pathfinder and the Questl so parts availability is no issue. Good power to weight ratio and affordable.



Waldo0506  [Team Member]
3/13/2013 1:38:45 AM
Originally Posted By wingo:
Wrx sti



We pop up in every thread and drop the WRX name, everyone ignores. Yet every time someone talks to me in a parking lot I want to say "you had the chance to buy this car when you bought your (insert Camry, Accord, Maxima, Passat, Scion, mustang, Escape, Vibe, Juke here) but didn't. Why?!?!"


far_right  [Team Member]
3/13/2013 12:12:16 PM
WRXs do nothing for me.

I like the looks of VW, but the wife owns one and its expensive to fix.
Striker  [Site Staff]
3/13/2013 4:29:08 PM
bought our daughter an 01 camry with 200k on it. 4 cylinder 5 speed. She's had it for almost a year and it's been great. The previous owner just had the brakes and a tune up done so it should be repair free for a while.