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Old 10-14-2013, 10:50 PM
 
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I have 12k to buy a used car. I want someth in decent shape, reliable, no more than 5-6 yrs old, less than 50k miles. I like spacious, comfortable cruiser type cars. What cars should I consider? How about Chevy Impala? I also see a lot of Pontiacs available. Are they not reliable? Camry is nice, but too popular. Buicks seem great, but they are often above my price range.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:58 PM
 
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Get the Impala and preferably a LTZ model as they are the only ones worth keeping since they have stiffer suspensions and leather, remote start and possibly sunroofs. Pontiac G6 like what I have are fine, but get a V6 model and buy 09 and above. For the price you are trying to spend you will end up with a 2012 Impala LT or maybe a LTZ if your lucky, a 09-10 Pontiac G6, 10-12 Malibu, Chrysler 200 or maybe a Ford Fusion.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:02 PM
 
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Get the Impala and preferably a LTZ model as they are the only ones worth keeping since they have stiffer suspensions and leather, remote start and possibly sunroofs. Pontiac G6 like what I have are fine, but get a V6 model and buy 09 and above. For the price you are trying to spend you will end up with a 2012 Impala LT or maybe a LTZ if your lucky, a 09-10 Pontiac G6, 10-12 Malibu, Chrysler 200 or maybe a Ford Fusion.
wouldnt stiffer suspension give a stiffer ride? i like it smooth
is chrysler 200 good?
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:33 PM
 
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wouldnt stiffer suspension give a stiffer ride? i like it smooth
is chrysler 200 good?
Trust me, i rented a Impala LTZ and a LT and the LT is a wallow factory going down the road, The LTZ is stiffer, but still very smooth. Everyone I know that has rented a V6 200 said they were very nice and drive very smooth.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:38 PM
 
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Trust me, i rented a Impala LTZ and a LT and the LT is a wallow factory going down the road, The LTZ is stiffer, but still very smooth. Everyone I know that has rented a V6 200 said they were very nice and drive very smooth.
o ok, overall impalas reviews are not too great for reliability, but i guess if its low miles its not too bad?
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:45 PM
 
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o ok, overall impalas reviews are not too great for reliability, but i guess if its low miles its not too bad?
I would only get a 2012 model, I hear they are very reliable and the 3.6L is pretty solid.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:55 PM
 
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i only see rental 2012 impalas for 12k
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:21 AM
 
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Honestly jump on auto trader for your area, select used, "sedan" body style cars from around your area and put in the maximum mileage, you are willing to accept, but be realistic. Then search for cars under 12k but more than 9k. $12,000 is a LOT, let me repeat a LOT of money and cash talks especially in this economy. You can end up with a lot more car than you think for that much $$$! Also if you have that much cash it does not necessarily mean you have to spend all of it on a set of wheels, there is very likely going to be very little additional wear and mileage if you step down from 12k to say 10k, or another model year older. Another hint, never tell any dealer how much money you have to spend up front, or a price bracket you have in mind they are going to try and take all of it and then some.

Example: you walk into dealer and say I have 12k to spend on a car, they are going to try and sell you the $15,000 car on the front of the lot, I would. A nice Impala or good Buick with good mileage should fit right into that price range.

The Buick Lacrosse should fit right into the ride quality bracket and price range you are looking for, and are usually pampered and garage kept with mostly single owners, plus the interior is really comfy and well appointed! Try to avoid the V-8 model, it is very reliable but terrible on gas and expensive to work on in the future, the V-6 is very strong and is extremely affordable to maintain. Good luck!
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:53 AM
 
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cool thanks
any more opinions on pontiac g6?
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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You said that you see a lot of Pontiacs available, and asked if they are good cars. There are a lot available because the brand has been discontinued and car buyers usually shy away from discontinued brands. That is good news for you as they should be discounted and thus able to fit into your budget nicely.
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