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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Be sure to check out our Luxury Performance Sedans discussion. Those vehicles are hot topics there. You'll probably want to go back several pages to read all the comments.

    Have fun!
  • Which makes/models of 4 door sedans offer dual airconditioning control so the driver and the passenger can have different temperatures?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    What are your other criteria? There are lots that offer that, but I'm not sure anyone can give you a concrete list of ALL those that do. You probably ought to try to fit your other criteria to available vehicles and then see whether this particular option is listed in the specs for the ones that seem to be a good fit for you.

    Maybe if you give us more information about what is important to you, we can point you in the right direction. But asking us to give you a list on one criterion such as that is kinda tough.

    Talk to us!!

    OTOH, if that really is the only criterion for you, try a Search on our main site for that phrase and/or variations on it. You should be able to turn up matches in the vehicle specs.
  • barby: FWIW, my Accord EX-L has dual-zone climate control. Other than that you need to look at domestics or entry-level luxury cars.
  • From a BMW owner,

    Get the Infiniti. The 525is lacks umph (especially if paired with an automatic tranny). The only issue is that the M35 is a 1st year model which means there is a higher likelihood of bugs, design flaws. BMW commands a market premium price which only you can judge if it is worth it. If it were my money, I would consider a recently used bmw 530i instead (assume same $ range). Just my opinion, good luck.
  • stzr3stzr3 Posts: 2
    we are looking to get a new SUV this spring or summer, and we've been thinking what we want for a while but now we need some help. We like the Saab 9x-7, GMC Envoy Denali, Infiniti Fx35, Lexus Gx350, and the bigger Nissan Armada (though we are afraid it may be a little too big for us). We really would like something that's comfortable, rides nicely, thats around $40k or less, and we can have for a while and not have tons of major problems (a few minor problems here and there will be OK). If you guys think of anything better than what I've listed, please post and tell! Thx.
  • stzr3stzr3 Posts: 2
    correction to above, it's supposed to be Lexus Rx330 and Saab 9-7x.
  • HAAAALP! I am sooo undecided. It's between a 1994 Toyota Camry with 1 owner, 76K miles on it, broken a/c, but I know the owner and he said it's been a good running car, asking $3K. However, I am tired of driving a "bland" car and my heart is on a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero from a dealership with 43K miles on it. I don't care about resale value since I plan to keep the car whichever one I choose but if I choose the Toyota, it means no monthly car payments but if I choose the Alero, I will be happy with the look of the car but it will mean car payments. It's like choosing between an old reliable boyfriend I know I can count on or a mysterious new boyfriend who looks good but I'm not sure I can count on. Which shall I choose?
  • With such low mileage on the Camry it's possibe the engine has sludge unless the owner was religious with 3,000 mile oil changes.

    I'm not very knowledgable on the Alero. Although you should be able to getr an extended warranty with it. How much are they asking for the Alero?
  • I am looking for a sedan/coupe with the most powerful v6 engine I can find. Could you help me out? I am not looking for a v8, just a powerful v6. Thank you for all of your help.

  • sls002sls002 Posts: 2,788
    do you want more torque or more horsepower? Supercharged? Turbocharged? What is wrong with inline?
  • I am actually looking for both horsepower and torque, but horsepower is primary. Super/Turbocharged doesn't really matter, but I would prefer it not becuase it significantly raises insurance costs for me. Thanks for all of your help.
  • flkeyflkey Posts: 11
    most bang for the buck is Acura CL typeS at 260hp,
    5spd auto, 17in alloys, all leather, 6cd in-dash,
    all for under $20k. only made 01,02,03. 03 offered
    6spd manual trans. i believe. have 01, gets 22 to 30
  • 398lbft398lbft Posts: 5
    Is there evidence that Hyundai has good reliability ?
  • lathamlatham Posts: 33
    Long term, I don't think there's evidence yet.

    I remember reading good things in Consumer Reports about recent models, and hearing of surveys by J.D. Power with the same info, that in recent years, Hyundai has imporved very much.
  • I am trying to find a Dusty Rose Chevrolet sedan (not sure the model)that I can fix up sporty. I plan on a hood scoop, sunroof, and some type of rear spoiler. Saw this in the Dusty Rose color and that is Chevrolet's color. Could have been custom though. So, any ideas on which vehicles would be easiest to convert to a sporty look or come that way? I need to have the four door sedan, and not a compact car, medium size is great! Thanks for any suggestions...or places to look for suggestions.
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    Dusty Rose color? That's pretty vague. Is it a light purple, pink, red? Drive around a few dealers lots and see if you find anything that color.
  • ktl238ktl238 Posts: 4
    I am currently in the market for a car for my 45 year old mom, and for myself when I am home for the summers. We are only looking to spend about $10,000, but if necassary can maybe squeeze out $12,000 at the most for a good deal. My precious '86 Accord just died after all these years, and I am looking to replace it with a compact or sub-compact sedan. I am not looking to sell it back any time soon, as I will probobly get to keep it for myself once I graduate college, and I am only just finishing my first year.

    I obviously need something that will last a while, preferably with good gas milage. Ideally, I'm looking for something kind of sporty-looking thats fun to drive and won't look run-of-the-mill or super dated in 5+ years. I am currently thinking of:

    1) VW Jetta
    -This one is my favorite. Is the 2001 worth getting over a 2002? There is a big price difference.

    2) Honda Civic

    3) Toyota Corolla

    4) Saturn Ion

    5) Open for suggestions!

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,665
    Scratch 1) and 4).. those aren't good long-term cars..

    2) and 3) are great cars, but kind of pricey as used models..

    I'd also suggest the Chevy Prizm (a twin to the Corolla) or the Mazda Protege or Protege5 if you like sporty hatchback/wagons..

    You can get any of those for $10K or less in an '02 model, with a little shopping... You'll probably have to get an '01 in the Civic or Corolla to get into that price range.



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  • ktl238ktl238 Posts: 4
    Thanks for the advice!

    I havn't even done any test-driving and this is already so draining. There is so much out there. I'm so tempted to just say "screw it" and get a '00 Mustang! Ha, but I'm not so sure that is what you would necessarily call a wise investment, as much as I love them!

    I think out of everything so far, the hardest choice in budget car shopping is choosing either to go for a late model and get an "affordable" make (i.e. newer Ford Focus) or sacrifice a few years for something a little flashier ( '00 Audi A4 for $10K)
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,665
    If you are on a budget, avoid high-line cars out of warranty.. They will make you cry.. You could probably drive a new Accord for $21K cheaper than you could drive that $10K Audi over the next three years...

    I know they are tempting, and it is easy to rationalize the purchase, but it would be a very expensive car to own..


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  • Any ideas what car is the better deal/nicer car? I can spend upto $21K on a new car that will need to last me atleast 7 years. I like the look of both these cars. What do owners of each think?

    Does anyone have Pros/Cons of each.

    Thanks so much!!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi saintrose, welcome!

    This would make a great topic for a new discussion and I think you'll reach more people that way. Why don't you hop over to the Comparisons - Sedans vs. Sedans board and fire it up.

    If you need help with any of the logistics around here, feel free to drop me an email - check my profile for the address.

    Have fun!
  • gbofrngbofrn Posts: 3
    I am in a similar situation to where Blue was back in 2001 (post#52: "Trying to stay under $30k, but a couple of my choices will probably be just over. This car would be mainly a commuter and some highway miles on weekends. Safety is paramount, but I'd like some speed and handling to go with it if possible."). I have about a 20min drive to train station in suburbs of NY, and his criteria are right in line with mine. Any suggestions? I would like to seal the deal today if possible as my wife and I just moved from NYC and only have one car. Thanks!

    I've shopped Audi and Saab (any other suggestions? I haven't even checked out BMW). Audi is all wheel drive, but Saab has traction control. Both interiors were comfortable, but small in the back seat, although Saab seemed slightly roomier. I liked the test drive on both, but for some reason Saab breaks felt stronger (not sure if that is true)?

    Current quotes I received for 12K miles and 36 mo's are:
    - Saab 9-3 2005 $397/mo smart buy Arc
    - Audi A4 1.8 2005 $420/mo lease

    Audi had more features included (e.g., sunroof).

    Any help is most appreciated.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Why not an American sedan with Volvo design input and safety systems? Ford Five Hundred. You can get your AWD and stay very well south of $30K.

    Further advice: Buy don't lease and drive the wheels off the car. (Say ten years and 120K miles or so or more. You will be much money ahead. Your lease rates of $397-420 a month, even assuming nothing down, means you are spending $14292 to $15120 for three years of driving, and at the end you have nothing to show for it except a depleted bank account.
  • joshsjoshs Posts: 22
    If the advice is still on time, I agree with Badgerfan about one thing: don't lease, buy. When you lease, you're for the most expensive part of the car, the first 2-3 years of depreciation. Then you have to start over again.

    In your price range, I'd suggest a Volve S40w/AWD; an Acura TSX--it's not European, but derived from the European market, and the refinement, handling, and (to a lesser degree) speed criteria apply; or one of the remodeled Jettas (if you like the old one so much).

    Stay away from the Saab and the Ford Five Hundred--both are getting relatively poor reviews, and the Five Hundred especially would not have the handling or speed you mention as desireable. On top of that, look at J.D. Power for reliability and problems per vehicle. Some makes are consistently more problem-prone than others.

    Hope this helps...
  • toddk19toddk19 Posts: 2
    To make a long story short, I've suffered some ear damage from attending a car race and then later a long plane flight. As a result, I have ringing in my ears and my ears are very sensitive to engine noise - it seems the engine is 2-3 times as loud as it was before. So, to avoid more damage, I've been wearing earplugs while I drive - I'm also thinking about trading in one of my cars for a quieter one.

    Can anyone provide recommendations of cars that are very quiet, especially with respect to engine noise? Also, are there good rules of thumb, such as whether a V6 or 4 cylinder, or certain makes of cars, are quieter than others?

    I currently have a 92 Camry and an 02 Solara and the Camry is actually a little easier on me. Also, I found a thread on here from around 3 years ago that said that Lincoln Town Cars are the quietest ones out there, is that still the case?

  • My husband has the same problem as you do and we also are looking for the quietest car we can find. In Consumer Reports the luxury sedans have the highest ratings regarding quiet. These are cost prohibitive, however.

    Interesting that you mention that your Camry is quieter that your Solara because that is what I found. The higher end Camry - the XLE V6 has the highest rating regarding quiet and won't break the bank. I think I would buy the best Camry with crash protect side air bags which is highly recommended to add as without them it received a Poor rating in the IIHS side-crash test. With them it received the BEST rating.

    I'm going to speak to my husband about this tonight. Sounds like the best idea to me. Good luck to you. From experience, this can be a devastating ailment. We moved to a very quiet house, bought an LG refrigerator which from much research has the lowest decibel level I could find. Noise level is the FIRST criteria in anything I buy these days. Panasonic seems to make a quiet bathroom ventilation fan as well as a quiet exhaust fan for over the stove.
  • Hi, I am looking for a vehicle to take to college sophomore year. My price maximum is 23K and I prefer a four-door vehicle. My top choices right now are, mazda3, 2006 sonata, mazda6, the new mustang, the toyota camry, and the saab 9-3. A sunroof is a must!
  • Scratch the Ion off your list!!!!!
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