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    Car talk / need inspiration to buy a new car

    Hey fellow Merbites,

    So my present car is over 9 yrs old, and although I love it, it is starting to have problems and I don't feel like investing in it. I want a new car, but really have no clue, as there is nothing out there that really grabs my attention. THe only one that looks amazing to my eyes is the Audi A-5, but it's over my budget. Also, I LOVE the new Subaru BRZ but it is RWD I wanna drive my car in the winter too LOL The Dodge Challenger looks amazing to me as well, but it is also a RWD.

    I'm looking for AWD or FWD (no RWD). It can be a coupe or a sedan. I prefer 4 cylinder as gas prices are through the roof these days. I like to finance.

    Any suggestions? Anyone know of any promotions going on? I'm looking everywhere online but nothing is catching my attention.

    Most of all, I am simply in need of inspiration. Most cars out there look mundane and average to me.

    thx boys (and girls?)

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    I like the VW Passat. The 2012 are being financed at 0.9% for 60 months. I checked the Trendline+ TDI. Comes out to $567.34/month for 60 months (in QC).

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    Look at the 2012 Accord, I just got one, rides like a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max15411 View Post
    I like the VW Passat. The 2012 are being financed at 0.9% for 60 months. I checked the Trendline+ TDI. Comes out to $567.34/month for 60 months (in QC).
    Max, that's funny. I was just looking at the Passat. What does "TDI" stand for?

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    VW Jetta GLI is very nice as well, (budget Audi A4) in performance and looks.

    Also just read a review on the 2013 Honda accord, they say its amazing, nothing comes close and they have it in coupe or 4 door.

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    Toyota Camry Hybrid.

    Cheaper than a loaded Prius, looks better, and you'll not only save on gas (better than an Accord or Mazda 3 - plus roomier), you'll save in surprising ways.

    Like no more brake pad replacements or disk replacements. Brakes for life.
    Longer time between oil changes (motor works 60% of the time)
    Better performance than a standard V4 model with auto trans.
    No more "shaking" at stop signs or red lights.

    If you can afford 32k, take a look at Lexus CT200h. Same motor train, better looks, better eye catcher than a Camry.

    In my opinion, AWD w/FWD is false security, false handling. All that extra weight all the time, horrible mileage. Nothing beats high quality winter tires. AWD during the summer, you plan on going in fields or beaches? Crazy.

    IF AWD is a must, get the real deal, and go with a Ford Escape, also available in hybrid. Taxis in California went 500,000 miles in four years with Escapes-H, only thing replaced/maintained were wipers, tires, oil.
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    you should consider picking something up in the US and bringing it back.
    even with the taxes + fees you are likely coming out ahead relative to buying local.

    i checked out the audi S5... fun, a heck of a lot of car. makes the right statement but only comes in coupe models with 2 doors (suitable for 5yrs back or 10yrs from now )
    alternatively, the more pedestrian A4 mid-end quattro would be good. the V6 engines all output around 230+ HP... that's good enough to get you around and outta trouble.
    a used mid-end TT with 2-4yrs on it and light-moderate use would run you 30-35K... if you dont mind a tiny car.

    the Subaru lineup are AWD... perfect for QC climate... it's kinda funny how you'll never see a Subaru in Miami or SoCal.
    a new outback fully loaded will run you 45K-50K. 250+ HP limited ed. no point dragging around that much car with a 2.whatever Litre engine.
    but if you pick up a 2.0 or 2.5L engine, it'll likely be in the 35K-42K price range.

    none of the cars above are going to be fuel efficient.

    if i were looking for fuel efficiency and 4-cyl, i'd probably look at the Honda + Toyota lineups.

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    actually, come to think of it, AWD is definitely not necessary. FWD is though.

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    TDI: Turbo Diesel Injection

    You basically get crazy mileage per tank. You'll easily get over 1000km/tank on the highway.

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    yeah, fuel efficiency is top priority for me, as is keeping the budget under 40k, maybe max 35k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max15411 View Post
    I like the VW Passat. The 2012 are being financed at 0.9% for 60 months. I checked the Trendline+ TDI. Comes out to $567.34/month for 60 months (in QC).
    any difference between the 2012 and 2013 Passats? Have they redesigned the car or is it basically the same...?

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    Pretty much the same but the 2012 has a 0.9% interest rate and the 2013 is 5.9%. Looks wise, I can't see a difference.

    http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2...s-changed.html

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    I made a list of must-haves in a new vehicle:
    AWD, >30mpg (cdn) highway, <38ft turning circle (home and work both have tight parkakes), must be able to carry 8' 2x4 inside (I have a reno habit). Then eliminated vehicles that didn't meet the criteria. The more criteria you have the smaller the number of vehicles that are left to choose from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evillethings View Post
    you should consider picking something up in the US and bringing it back.
    even with the taxes + fees you are likely coming out ahead relative to buying local.
    Be careful if you do that. Make sure the car has all the certifications required to be registered over here. When I went to live in the US some years ago I had some trouble to get required papers for my car from US Customs because of that.

    I was going to suggest a Ford Escort, but I realize they don't make them anymore...
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