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Old 02-10-2014, 06:55 AM
 
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I want to get a car for a family member that's going through rough times that lives completely on the other side of the country. I'm personally very skilled with anything automotive and tend to buy things for myself that have value to be gained with repairs, but this is something ideally that I can have a dealer friend pick up in CA get from Manheim and I probably won't see it until we visit next.

Probably 2011 or newer, $15,000 +\- in the 40-80k mile range is what I had in mind, what are your thoughts on different powertrains/trim levels/reliability of two models? The person is a realtor so ideally it'll be one with leather and all the power gadgets.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Cole neighborhood, Denver, CO
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Normally I'd say Accord, but the 8th gen doesn't get great reviews. Go Camry this time around, or find a pristine 7th Gen Accord.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:14 PM
 
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Camry. Honda is not what it used to be.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:24 PM
 
Location: NY
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My wife had an 8th gen Accord. It drove well, but was not exactly a model of good build quality and had what I considered some areas which showed a definate lack of quality engineering (undersized rear brakes that would wear out inside of 20K miles due to an aggressive EBT system taking the place of proper brake balance, rear door seals which were not cut to fit the door openings right, and other niggles).
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: The Woodlands
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Camry. Honda is not what it used to be.
+1.

You may want to spend some time reading posts on Toyotanation.com and driveaccord.net forums. Both great sources of information.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Yeah go Camry.
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