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    Recommendations for a new car

    Since people in here are really knowledgeable and helpful I was hoping for some input form you all.

    I am in the marked for a new car..and there is just too much out there..But I have figured out something that might help narrow it down.

    I want a electronic trunk opener from inside the coupe, like the new VW Passat has..Anyone knows what car I have to choose from?

    Sure..i could put a max price as a lot of other things too but..I like my cars- just like my guns- so I rather not set a $30.000 limit if I get what i want at 3500..

    So, any suggestions?! Thanks.
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    Thats a pretty short wish list.

    I think the absolute best value in a car right now is the Mazda 3. It is packed with features that others havent touched and it drives like a true sports car. It is very reasonably priced, a far better value than others in its class. You can go mild to wild in that car, it all depends on what you are looking for.
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    I'm sure you could get a Toyota Corolla with that option. Whatever you get, make sure it's very fuel efficient, because Washington is obviously going to dictate what cars we may drive, along with what food we may eat, what cloths we may wear, what guns we may own, etc......
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    You might want to look at the Hyundai line. Sonata or Elantra depending on your budget.

    Bang for the buck is superb these days.....the quality is right up there with Honda and Toyota at a much lower price point.
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    those might disagree... but thats what i like about this forum...
    my 2 cents.

    first choice Ford Fusion....

    second choice Chevrolet Malibu...

    both have the options
    both get pretty good gas mileage.
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    I would second the Ford Fusion for a couple of reasons:

    - They are an American Owned Company (although the car is built in Mexico - thanks Bill Clinton :( )
    - They didn't take any bailout money
    - They turned a profit in the most recent quarter due to debt restructuring:
    Ford profits from debt restructuring | Business | guardian.co.uk

    And oh yeah, did I mention THEY DIDN'T TAKE ANY BAILOUT MONEY!
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    Although I think buying American is the best way to go,.. Sadly it chaps my butt that the government controls the MPG that the car's get.. I feel Honda's are the best way to go,.. I see what car's have what problems and what car's get the most calls for parts,.. Honda's get oil filters,. Ford Fusions get all parts, and Chevy Malibus get fuel pumps quite often,. Among other things,. I wish we had a good American company that wasn't government controled,.. but then again, there is no way to get around that,.

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    If you like the Malibu, look for one made in Kansas, that plant get major awards for quality.
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    I'll second the Hyundai recommendation. Well built, good gas mileage and one of the best warranties on the market. My wife drives a Hyundai Santa Fe and loves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CT-Mike View Post
    I would second the Ford Fusion for a couple of reasons:

    - They are an American Owned Company (although the car is built in Mexico - thanks Bill Clinton :( )
    - They didn't take any bailout money
    - They turned a profit in the most recent quarter due to debt restructuring:
    Ford profits from debt restructuring | Business | guardian.co.uk

    And oh yeah, did I mention THEY DIDN'T TAKE ANY BAILOUT MONEY!
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    Everybody has their choice and mine would be a VW Jetta TDI. I'm on my second VW diesel since 2000 and have never taken either one in for any repairs. I get right at 36mpg in town and 45 mpg on the highway - combined it never gets less than 38mpg. It has a huge trunk, 6 speed Porsche transmission, Audi diesel and all the luxury features you could want - auto wipers, side air bags, etc. You are looking at a fully equiped car for around 25 to 28 thousand.
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    Hyundai Accent

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    Buy American....Hyundai Sonata or Santa Fe.. Both made in Montgomery, Alabama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olsen View Post
    I want a electronic trunk opener from inside the coupe, like the new VW Passat has. Anyone knows what car I have to choose from?
    A Mazda Miata isn't a coupe, but it's got an in-cabin trunk release. They can be had for under $5K used ($3500 here and there), in great shape. Plus, they're a hoot to drive.

    Though, if a coupe is what I were after, I too would take a strong look at the Mazda 3.

    IIRC, the Volvo C30 Coupe also has an in-cabin trunk release. Nice little rig.
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    Unfortunately if you want the "most American car" (per car.com) it would be the Toyota Camry.
    Is this a family car or just for you? The Acura Tl and TSX are very nice cars, and lots of bang for the buck. Got 197k miles on my 2003 tl w/ nothing more than standard maintenance, even did my own oil and rotations. Hated to trade it in 2008, but wife said was time to let it go. Would have gone back to Acura but MDX mileage sucks. Drive a Honda now (they own Acura).

    BTW easy research and pricing for cars con be found at Edmunds.com
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