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Car shopping for the wife

My wife's lease is up this month. We need to replace her Accord, and want to buy American. We need a car with room, but I want some power. Neither of us care for SUV's after owning them. Here's our list, but chime in if you think we're missing anything.

1. Impala SS.

2. Ford Freestar

3. Dodge Magnum
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Nope, I drive a GTO. We have 2 kids. 2 kids + 2 GTO's = not gonna work. We need more doors and way more room than the goat offers.
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Thanks for wanting to buy American. That's very cool. Basically, we're talking all brands owned by GM and Ford -- including the ones they import (I'm OK with that as the profits stay in the United States).

Since you need a 4-door, here are a few thoughts:

GM

Buick Lucerne: Solid offering. Not a sports sedan, but competent in all areas. Drive one and you will be impressed.

Cadillac STS: Good car -- but pricey in my book.

Cadillac SRX: Don't throw this option out thinking it's an SUV. It has SUV utility -- but is built off a car chassis. The 6 is OK -- the Northstar 8 is fantastic.

Chevrolet Impala: Naaaaaaah. Not even the SS. Too hard to look at.

Saab 9-3: Not a bad product. Get the optional 17" BBS wheels and you'll have a pretty cool ride. And their lease deals are awesome.

FORD

Ford Five Hundred: Incredible car -- except for the hokey pokey 6 under the hood. Drive one with the CVT transmission. If your wife thinks it's fast enough -- get one because Ford is dealing on these.

Ford Freestar: Same drivetrain as the Five Hundred -- but weighs a few hundred pounds more because of the mini-van like design. Get the Five Hundred instead of this.

Mercury Milan: Same as the Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr. Nicer styling than the Fusion -- not as pricey as the Zephyr -- which charges a lot more for some doo-dads. Decent drivetrain. Good price. Check it out.

Mazda 6: Very good car. Try it. You might want to look at the Mazda 5, too. It's a small van like vehicle -- but looks pretty cool.

Volvo: The S40 is cool, but small. The S60 is outstanding. If you can get the 2.4T or T-5, get it. I know they've got a new S80 coming up -- but don't think it's in dealerships yet. Good looking car, though.

Jaguar X-Type: A little small in back -- but a good, solid car, especially with the sport package.

Jaguar S-Type: Kind of a pig unless you get the supercharged S-Type R. Sells for $70K new. Resells for half that in 2 years. If you can find a used one with low miles (still under warranty), get one. If it's not under warranty, run.

Jaguar XJ: Great car. Can get them for $10K under sticker, easy. Dollar for dollar, every bit as good as comparable BMWs and Benzes. The XJ-R with the supercharged engine (my wife's ride) is a hoot.

Regarding the Dodge Magnum, the parent company is in Germany -- so the profits go overseas. They're all over the place out here -- and most are pimped up with 20-22" wheels. They just look too weird in my book. The Chargers are fright pigs. The Chrysler 300 is the best of the bunch to me -- but, again, you'll be exporting dollars to the Germans.

Hope that helps. Have fun!

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You said no SUV's...but try the Trailblazer SS. A friend has one... AWD with 400hp, It drives nice with no tippy truck feel.
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Thanks for wanting to buy American. That's very cool. Basically, we're talking all brands owned by GM and Ford -- including the ones they import (I'm OK with that as the profits stay in the United States).

Since you need a 4-door, here are a few thoughts:

GM

Buick Lucerne: Solid offering. Not a sports sedan, but competent in all areas. Drive one and you will be impressed.

Cadillac STS: Good car -- but pricey in my book.

Cadillac SRX: Don't throw this option out thinking it's an SUV. It has SUV utility -- but is built off a car chassis. The 6 is OK -- the Northstar 8 is fantastic.

Chevrolet Impala: Naaaaaaah. Not even the SS. Too hard to look at.

Saab 9-3: Not a bad product. Get the optional 17" BBS wheels and you'll have a pretty cool ride. And their lease deals are awesome.

FORD

Ford Five Hundred: Incredible car -- except for the hokey pokey 6 under the hood. Drive one with the CVT transmission. If your wife thinks it's fast enough -- get one because Ford is dealing on these.

Ford Freestar: Same drivetrain as the Five Hundred -- but weighs a few hundred pounds more because of the mini-van like design. Get the Five Hundred instead of this.

Mercury Milan: Same as the Fusion and Lincoln Zephyr. Nicer styling than the Fusion -- not as pricey as the Zephyr -- which charges a lot more for some doo-dads. Decent drivetrain. Good price. Check it out.

Mazda 6: Very good car. Try it. You might want to look at the Mazda 5, too. It's a small van like vehicle -- but looks pretty cool.

Volvo: The S40 is cool, but small. The S60 is outstanding. If you can get the 2.4T or T-5, get it. I know they've got a new S80 coming up -- but don't think it's in dealerships yet. Good looking car, though.

Jaguar X-Type: A little small in back -- but a good, solid car, especially with the sport package.

Jaguar S-Type: Kind of a pig unless you get the supercharged S-Type R. Sells for $70K new. Resells for half that in 2 years. If you can find a used one with low miles (still under warranty), get one. If it's not under warranty, run.

Jaguar XJ: Great car. Can get them for $10K under sticker, easy. Dollar for dollar, every bit as good as comparable BMWs and Benzes. The XJ-R with the supercharged engine (my wife's ride) is a hoot.

Regarding the Dodge Magnum, the parent company is in Germany -- so the profits go overseas. They're all over the place out here -- and most are pimped up with 20-22" wheels. They just look too weird in my book. The Chargers are fright pigs. The Chrysler 300 is the best of the bunch to me -- but, again, you'll be exporting dollars to the Germans.

Hope that helps. Have fun!
What is with all the disgust for Chrysler on this board? If anything I expected this to be more of anti-Ford environment. I can't believe the way some people bag on the 300,Charger, Magnum. They replaced V6 FWD cars with V8 RWD cars, and they are selling them like crazy. I wish GM would do the same and swithch the Impala/Grand Prix over to RWD.

Chrysler is still an American based company. Your dollars support UAW workers, American manufacturing, etc. That's where your dollars go among other places like R&D for future products.

My GTO on the other hand was built in Australia, and did little to support this economy besides the piece of mind that the profits went to GM.
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You said no SUV's...but try the Trailblazer SS. A friend has one... AWD with 400hp, It drives nice with no tippy truck feel.
Not an SUV guy, but thanks anyway. Not a fan of the Trailblazer looks at all either.
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Like the look of most of the SRT-8's (charger, 300, magnum, jeep). If you were looking for a sleeker ride with power and space I like the 300 personally, but again if you are looking for your wife (if she is anything like mine). As long as it has a "pretty color" and a sunroof she is happy and I would not want her to drive something so powerful.
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Look hard at the Impala SS. V8 power, DOD, so you get close to 30 mpg on the highway; supposedly very good build quality and interior materials used.

Only negative is front wheel drive, but if you live up north, that may be a positive- - -

I looked very hard at this car before buying the Goat, mainly because it looked good, have V8 power, and was more practical than another toy. Another toy won.
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