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Old 05-07-2012, 08:17 PM
 
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The offer sounds about right for around here. Most dealers don't want the Highlander. It's not a favorite on the used car lots regardless of miles. As typical, Toyota is now paying for it's incredible pricing of parts. The reliability is just that of any other maker which makes the paid premium costly. It's not a smart buy anymore.

Whoever said Ford won't go the miles is clueless. They're going as good as anything you buy regardless of price. I would suggest not buying into the Ecoboost yet or any other direct injected engine. They're a long way from having them run right. By design, the Ecoboost, which is a GM 3.6 clone, works with a closed intake valve fire event. This is to reduce the deposits on the intake and intake valve stems. It's not working. The Ecoboost is also pumping oil into the intake system via the PCV system. A lot of the guys with the F150's are making homemade catch cans to capture the oil and it's helped a lot with intake deposits. Any direct injected engine is going to have this issue along with deposits in the intake system.

I guess these were just odd vehicles that had Ford name plates:
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Pickup Reaches Million-Mile Mark in Four Years | NBC 6 Miami
Ford Social: Thereís something happening here at Ford. Itís new.
My Totally Hot Car: Million-mile Mustang GT - Auto Motion : The Orange County Register
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Try shortening the finance time if your cashflow allows. That at least minimizes the underwater effect. Saves a lot of money overall as well because you would pay out less interest. Similar to putting more down except you actually wouldn't need it up front, just over time in higher payments. In other words, finance it for 3 years not 5, or whatever.

Keeping it longer will help you equal out too but you have to keep it really long, long enough to pay it off at least I'd say, and with the mileage you rack up the heavier maintenance you need to do to it comes sooner. The older it gets, the more the mileage doesn't really matter. But it's still always going to be worth more to you knowing its history than it will be to someone else. The most effective thing to do is keep it for 10 years and rack up half a million miles on it.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:12 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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The offer sounds about right for around here. Most dealers don't want the Highlander. It's not a favorite on the used car lots regardless of miles. As typical, Toyota is now paying for it's incredible pricing of parts. The reliability is just that of any other maker which makes the paid premium costly. It's not a smart buy anymore.

Whoever said Ford won't go the miles is clueless. They're going as good as anything you buy regardless of price. I would suggest not buying into the Ecoboost yet or any other direct injected engine. They're a long way from having them run right. By design, the Ecoboost, which is a GM 3.6 clone, works with a closed intake valve fire event. This is to reduce the deposits on the intake and intake valve stems. It's not working. The Ecoboost is also pumping oil into the intake system via the PCV system. A lot of the guys with the F150's are making homemade catch cans to capture the oil and it's helped a lot with intake deposits. Any direct injected engine is going to have this issue along with deposits in the intake system.

I guess these were just odd vehicles that had Ford name plates:
Home
Pickup Reaches Million-Mile Mark in Four Years | NBC 6 Miami
Ford Social: Thereís something happening here at Ford. Itís new.
My Totally Hot Car: Million-mile Mustang GT - Auto Motion : The Orange County Register
Jeez really? I haven't seen an oil catch like that since I had one on a wheezy '79 AMC motor. That's pretty disappointing for ford, if true.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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Thanks again everyone, my brother has a 2000..something Ford Ranger, it's coming up on 170k with no major work done to it. (I wont be getting a Ford as much as I prefer there full size trucks( my early construction days)

When the moment is right, I'll check out the Camrys...I do agree with Greg on the financing, guess better to pay more for three years and be over with it.

Again many thanks to everyone... I think I got what I needed

Regards

I drive....too dam much!!!!!
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you need a small SUV-type vehicle and mileage is a concern, take a close look at the new Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv, rated in the mid-30s for highway MPG. If you can hold out for another year, they're looking to bring a diesel model which should bring even better MPG.
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