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Posted: 10/26/2001 1:20:55 PM EDT
Today, I noticed my 1995 escort with 156,000 miles, (I put them all on, original engine), is leaking oil and coolant. I think the head gasket is shot. I am not surprised at all. The car has been very good to me. The only major problems were alternator and heat exchanger. Went to a look at a chevy impala, base model, and I am well pleased. The thing is very solid to drive. I think I will get it in medium pearl green. The dealer said that he can give me .9% finacing. He offered me $21,100. What do you think? Should I get the LS?
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 1:22:04 PM EDT
Get anything but an Escort man...
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 2:01:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 2:31:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ronin2001: What does this have to do with Guns? Rich
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exactly, take this to GD
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 2:42:57 PM EDT
Shit, I thought this thread was about a CAR-15, not a POS Escort. Am I on the wrong forum? Oh well, I am here now so I might as well add my 1 1/2 cents worth. Get the Chevy, scrap the Escort. [:D]
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 8:44:06 PM EDT
Try to get the model with the 3.8L engine. Great engine, very good gas milage. I am also looking at Impalas, along with Lesabres and Crown Vics. GunLvr
Link Posted: 10/26/2001 8:58:27 PM EDT
For 21 Large, I'd be looking elsewhere. Specifically, the new Altima V6 has a 240 HP engine that will do 0-60 in well under 6 seconds, has a top speed of at least 145 MPH, seats 5 adults comfortably, and can be had for roughly the same amount of money. It's also made in America by a work force that is smart enough to reject a recent vote to unionize!
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 1:14:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 1:46:14 AM EDT
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If you do buy it, tell the dealer to remove the ".9% financing" part. There are plenty of dealers right now offering 0% financing. He needs your business more than you need him to finance it. Best wish in your decision!
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 2:21:23 AM EDT
Go Chevy! I don't like foreign made cars simply because NOBODY makes a car with as comfortable an interior or ride as GM, Ford, or Chrysler.
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 2:53:42 AM EDT
Hell, you need a 3/4 ton truck, take your pick, ford, dodge, chevy. WE don't care. be man, then you can throw stuff in the back, look down inside the little cars while your at the light. GET A TRUCK>
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 2:54:50 AM EDT
Ok, Ok, just kidding. Seems lik I'm seeing a lot of 0% financing on new autos. shop around.
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 5:10:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zardoz: Go Chevy! I don't like foreign made cars simply because NOBODY makes a car with as comfortable an interior or ride as GM, Ford, or Chrysler.
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WRONG. My Honda's interiors are not only comfortable, but they don't resemble a 1.99 trailer park sofa unlike the upholstery so prevalent in "american" cars. Not to mention when a Honda has 150K on it it runs as good, looks as good and feels as solid as the day it was bought. (Slam the door on a 10 year old Honda and a Ten year old GM..."Thunk" vs. "Rattle"). If you doubt me, just look at resale value. I rest my case. The three "american" cars I've had the misfortune to own (TWO GM (G Generally M alfunctioning) and one Ford (Fixed Or Repaired Daily) never , EVER woulda made it that far, much less looked good doing it. My advice...Invest wisely. Buy a Honda.
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 5:27:27 AM EDT
You guys and your low mileage cars man. Get to atleast 200K and then you have something to talk about. What's up with people only keeping cars for 4 or 5 years.
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 5:46:15 AM EDT
I have a 2001 Chevy Prizm. The Prizm is a great value, gets great mileage and is solid.
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 6:38:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By PitViper:
Originally Posted By Zardoz: Go Chevy! I don't like foreign made cars simply because NOBODY makes a car with as comfortable an interior or ride as GM, Ford, or Chrysler.
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WRONG. My Honda's interiors are not only comfortable, but they don't resemble a 1.99 trailer park sofa unlike the upholstery so prevalent in "american" cars. Not to mention when a Honda has 150K on it it runs as good, looks as good and feels as solid as the day it was bought. (Slam the door on a 10 year old Honda and a Ten year old GM..."Thunk" vs. "Rattle"). If you doubt me, just look at resale value. I rest my case. The three "american" cars I've had the misfortune to own (TWO GM (G Generally M alfunctioning) and one Ford (Fixed Or Repaired Daily) never , EVER woulda made it that far, much less looked good doing it. My advice...Invest wisely. Buy a Honda.
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I was referring to the driving position most japanese cars force you to assume, but if ya like yer car, and want to make it last, all it takes is to maintain the f*cker. I see 20, 30, and even 40 yr old American cars every day. MY advice is to invest even MORE wisely: buy a classic. Oh, that's right: there's no such thing as a classic Japanese car.
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 7:28:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Zardoz:
Originally Posted By PitViper:
Originally Posted By Zardoz: Go Chevy! I don't like foreign made cars simply because NOBODY makes a car with as comfortable an interior or ride as GM, Ford, or Chrysler.
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WRONG. My Honda's interiors are not only comfortable, but they don't resemble a 1.99 trailer park sofa unlike the upholstery so prevalent in "american" cars. Not to mention when a Honda has 150K on it it runs as good, looks as good and feels as solid as the day it was bought. (Slam the door on a 10 year old Honda and a Ten year old GM..."Thunk" vs. "Rattle"). If you doubt me, just look at resale value. I rest my case. The three "american" cars I've had the misfortune to own (TWO GM (G Generally M alfunctioning) and one Ford (Fixed Or Repaired Daily) never , EVER woulda made it that far, much less looked good doing it. My advice...Invest wisely. Buy a Honda.
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I was referring to the driving position most japanese cars force you to assume, but if ya like yer car, and want to make it last, all it takes is to maintain the f*cker. I see 20, 30, and even 40 yr old American cars every day. MY advice is to invest even MORE wisely: buy a classic. Oh, that's right: there's no such thing as a classic Japanese car.
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EDITED because this is really a silly thing to argue about, especially on someone else's thread. My apologies to all. To each their own...I guess that's why there are so many makes available. Good luck with your new car, whatever you decide on, Jay! Y'all Have a nice day! Pit
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 7:34:21 PM EDT
Buy american, especially at times like these.
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My point exactly — The Nissan is made in Tennesse, with American labor and more American parts (and build quality) than most Chevies or Fords. As for the comment about no Japanese classics — Ever heard of the 240/260/280/300Z, RX-7, NX, 3000GT, Miata or Land Cruiser?
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 7:55:15 PM EDT
Jay29, Last I looked, you can buy a fully loaded Taurus/Sable for about 19K. This is a great value in this class of car. It has been consistently rated as the industry leader for collision safety. (check on this - don't take my word for it) They are also the most inexpensive of the class to ensure. According to my USAA agent, the Sable is slightly cheaper than the Taurus because it is stolen less often. Honda builds a fine quality product no doubt. I think that about everything they build kicks ass. It's just that over the long term, the higher initial cost and higher insurance premiums will most likely kill any perceived longevity advantage. Call you agent and have them send you a list of the safest cars and best buys. I bet you will be suprised to see few "Japanese" cars on the list Good Luck
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 8:06:24 PM EDT
BTW PitViper, There is damn near a cottage industry built around replacement Honda CV joints and brake parts. They have some issues too. Also, if you have ever worked in a parts environment you surely know that Honda loves to change engine designs every stinking six months. They are a nightmare when it comes to replacement parts. Do not pretend they never break. Look in your phone book - I bet you find at least half a dozen Honda specialty repair shops in your major metropolitan area. They make good cars, but domestics are not the POS that you allege.
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 8:42:57 PM EDT
Skibane, you're exactly right about the Landcruiser! Hell, I had forgotten I've owned a '69 FJ40, and I must admit a CJ/TJ/YJ can't even touch it! All the others you mentioned are good cars, to be sure, but they just don't have the personality, if you know what I mean, and none of them will bring what an old '60s muscle car will. Ah, well, Viper's right...to each his own. Buy what ya like, and once it's paid off, keep the SOB! (Can ya tell I'm REAL biased towards American cars?)
Link Posted: 10/27/2001 11:26:28 PM EDT
Personally, if you want a great riding car look at a used BMW 740. Large interior, great seats, totally classy inside. Replacement parts can be expensive, but you can get a mid-90's model for perhaps $22k-25k. Best riding cars made. They make GM's best look like slop.
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