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Old 01-18-2009, 11:41 AM
 
Location: European Union
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Based on the following criteria, what kind of car would you suggest:

* 4-door sedan
* Leather
* Automatic
* Smooth ride
* Reliable, easy to maintain

Approx 10 year old, as this is the price range that I am looking at in good ol' Europe. Brand is not important, but the car should look good somehow...

Lets see what comes up,
Cheers!
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: WA
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Nissan Maxima.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Based on the following criteria, what kind of car would you suggest:

* 4-door sedan
* Leather
* Automatic
* Smooth ride
* Reliable, easy to maintain

Approx 10 year old, as this is the price range that I am looking at in good ol' Europe. Brand is not important, but the car should look good somehow...

Lets see what comes up,
Cheers!
Honda accord - EX or EX-L or Accura Legend
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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Not quite 10 yrs old yet,but my all time pick for a newer 4 door car.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Nissan Maxima, Beautiful cars, amazing performance, reliability, comfortable ride. I've owned two in the last 4 years. I don't know if I'll ever own a different car. Mine had 197K miles and runs like it did when it came off the showroom floor.

Gas mileage,
I have a 5-speed and the best I got was 31.62 miles per gallon. Thats with 190 hp V6. Not bad? I think the Maxima outperforms the Camrys and Accords. Even with automatic tranny I've heard of folks getting 29 mpg. These cars are so comfortable.....
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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1997-99 Toyota Camry (watch for oil sludged engine)
1998-99 Honda Accord (watch for automatic transmission woes)
1998-99 Nissan Maxima

otherwise excellent cars.

My favorites though are the 1981-1991 Mercedes S-Class W126 sedans. I love mine. Costly to maintain, but the are reliable and easy to work on.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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How about a Subaru.

Fits your criteria.

And its also 4wd
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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Nissan Maxima, Beautiful cars, amazing performance, reliability, comfortable ride. I've owned two in the last 4 years. I don't know if I'll ever own a different car. Mine had 197K miles and runs like it did when it came off the showroom floor.

Gas mileage,
I have a 5-speed and the best I got was 31.62 miles per gallon. Thats with 190 hp V6. Not bad? I think the Maxima outperforms the Camrys and Accords. Even with automatic tranny I've heard of folks getting 29 mpg. These cars are so comfortable.....
Maximas look pretty good too imo.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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1997-99 Toyota Camry (watch for oil sludged engine)
1998-99 Honda Accord (watch for automatic transmission woes)
1998-99 Nissan Maxima

otherwise excellent cars.

I agree!
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:31 AM
 
Location: European Union
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Thanks for all the replies... some pretty good suggestions here.

So far I looked at Camry, Accord, Legend - with the Hondas being at the top of that list. I was thinking as well about a first gen Lexus GS300, a bit more expensive but it seems well built... what are your thoughts?

I will put the Maxima on my list as you suggested

@ Tennesseestorm: The W126 is one excellent car, but for me it would have to be a full specced V8 then - which would exceed the cost limit that I've set (purchase price, but also yearly taxes, fuel, etc.)
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