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Midsize Sedans Comparison Thread



  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I guess I'm among the few who like to set the stereo and climate how I like it before I get moving into traffic. Saves some "eyes-off-the-road-time."
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Kind of like your song and dance about how cheap the interior of the Fusion/Milan are? or how the hood doesn't close the whole way? You don't get it, I paid less for a car that I am totally happy with.. I paid less than you, I saw past all the image thing...

    Show me where I mentioned the hood not closing all the way please, I'd love to see it. If you can find it, I'll eat my hat.

    Just because I don't like the DESIGN of an interior, doesn't mean I think it's cheap. You said it, not me. Also, how does me referring to an interior design suddenly make me a buyer of "image?" My point was this: I could have gotten a Fusion with similar features to my Accord for less money. I'm not disputing that. It isn't the features that make the car; the Fusion would be a car that was unsatistying to me because I feel the interior design looks dated, and is not ergonomically well-designed. Would it have been smarter for me to save $2,000 to buy a car I don't like? Is that what you want me to say?

    If it is, then you should have bought a Sonata - same basic features as your car for less money. Why did you buy a Ford over the Hyundai, could it be IMAGE? Maybe not. Maybe you liked the design of your car better, or the way it handled, or the engine, or something else about the car made the Fusion worth more to you than a "comparable" Sonata. Which is it?

    Don't put words in my mouth, scape. It isn't polite, and it takes away your credibility.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Bob, you did it now.. No way can a Taurus be less to own or more reliable than an Accord!! This cannot be so!!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Bob, you did it now.. No way can a Taurus be less to own or more reliable than an Accord!! This cannot be so!! *

    Yeah it can, the Taurus was practically unchanged for 10 years, it better well have all the bugs worked out ten years later.

    *Sarcasm noted
  • captain2captain2 Posts: 3,971
    if it costs less to fix a Taurus, which it generally will, with antiquated drivetrains etc. - more things must be needing to be fixed, if the total dollars spent on repairs are even close - making the Taurus less reliable! Simple math!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Well, our neighbors have had the same 1993 Taurus since it was new. Their 16 year old daughter now drives it (she hates it, says she feels like grandmaw!) but the transmission is starting to whine somewhat when she takes off - not good. When they were thinking about selling it to get her another car (it was worth very little, so they took it back off the market) it had 145,000 miles on it. I imagine it's around 160k now. It hasn't been a bad car by any means, however, and the family bought a used 2000-2003 model (not sure what year exactly) Taurus when she started driving, so they must have liked it.
  • captain2captain2 Posts: 3,971
    I think you miss the point - if we believe that it costs a given amount of dollars to keep a Taurus (or any other car) running for a period of time and it costs the same amount to keep the Accord running (extended warranty costs would indicate that this is true) - and the repairs are generally twice as expensive on the Honda as on the Ford, the Ford MUST BE in the shop twice as often to spend the same amount of money. If the transmission repair numbers cited are right ($4200 vs. $1100.00) then the Ford would be in the shop for transmissions almost 4 times, while the Honda once - an extreme example.
    Although I'm confident that your neighbor's Taurus has needed a significant number of repairs over 14 years and 145k (this would be true of most all cars because it's not just the mileage but also the age). We all have good and bad stories about cars - like my 92 Nissan Maxima that had 280k on it until the tranny crapped out (my fault for not keeping it routinely serviced) and never went back to a dealer for any reason. Does that in itself make the Maxima a good car, or that Taurus you're talking about a good car - NOT NECESSARILY.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I know what you are saying - its a cheap-to-fix car, even though it needs repairs more often than an Accord, which makes it even in costs, and less reliable altogeter (more time in the shop than a Honda, for similar money to repair after X - years). Isn't this your point?
  • captain2captain2 Posts: 3,971
    yep, and a point to consider unless you enjoy tow trucks and reading newspapers in the service lounges.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Oh, most definitely. I LOVE being stranded, don't you?

    Actually, I wouldn't know. I've never been left stranded by my 169k mile 11 y.o. Accord except when I was run off the road and ate guardrail (doing $3,100 damage to the car and bending the frame), and even then, I drove the car to the body shop. I waited on the police though, so that was the only real time I've sat on the shoulder of the road.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Let's say a guy is shopping for a car, and looking at Camcords. If he suddenly finds out that the reliability of a Taurus is comparable, is he going to change his mind, and buy a Taurus? Not likely. Just as a guy shopping for BMW 5 series is not going to buy an Accord because he finds out the reliability is better. People will buy the car they want, without much regard to reliability ratings 90% of the time.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Well, I would think that the Taurus has little going for it except that it is a "decent car." In fact, if you look up "decent car" in the dictionary, I think you'll find "Taurus" as a synonym. It's plain, not real quick, not real efficient, roomy enough, rides ok, is reliable enough, handles safely, and has features you expect standard in a ten year old car.

    In the market for a plain, unexciting car? Try the new ten year old Taurus!

  • captain2captain2 Posts: 3,971
    elroy5- don't know if I bite on that one - I would be willing to wager that CRs reliability ratings are probably the single most influential outside sourced statistic to the American consumer.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Are we back to this foolishness about being "stranded"? C'mon, it is very rare for anyone to get stranded in any modern car, no matter what brand it is...especially if they keep up with maintenance. To listen to some of the Honota fans, you'd expect to pass several people with broken down american make cars every day.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Also, if you look on ebay there are far more one year old American cars and truck for sale than comporable foreign models, does anyone know why this is?

    Because the rental fleets are mostly American makes and that is a big source of one year old cars.
  • chevy598chevy598 Posts: 162
    The difference between quality numbers is so little now, that for the most part, it doesn't matter whether you buy the best ranked or the worst ranked.
    Example, brand A has an initial quality of 125 problems per 100 vehicles and brand B has an initial quality of 118 problems per 100 vehicles. There's no real difference in quality between brands A & B, its so small that if it were a bug you couldn't see it with your "naked eye".
  • captain2captain2 Posts: 3,971
    statistically I would be willing to bet you that the most likely cars to 'strand you' are the ones that are most technologically sophisticated - a condition of a computer somewhere 'thinking' something is wrong when it isn't. Can you say BMW? But certainly not a condition of Tauruses (Tauri?) and the like - which, for the time being, is to their advantage.
  • jimmy81jimmy81 Posts: 170
    You are aware that the Taurus is no longer being made -right? Not much of an advantage.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    nice discussion I started ;)

    Don't forget, I was just using the Taurus vs Accord as an example. But since no one has yet posted any URLs with any other studies, I guess we're still sticking to stories.

    Of course I'd never buy a 4dr sedan anyway. I'd rather buy a station wagon/CUV or whatever they're calling them today because they're so much more versatile than a sedan with a 14CuFt trunk. The Taurus there's a sexy car!

    Actually I drive a Ford Freestyle and Honda Fit, so I can officially bash both companies :P
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    Actually I used to have a Taurus (1987) and it stranded me more than once.
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