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Old 06-27-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Brandon
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So one of my cars that I currently have is a 07 BMW 328i sedan V6. I want to trade it because of the high maintenance costs- I have no warranty and I don't like paying for premium gas anymore. I can get about $15k for trade in value for my BMW.

I'm looking for a 08 or newer V6 sedan that runs on regular unleaded 87 gas. Trying to stay around $22k. Want something reliable that is easy to do my own maintenance on.


Cars I have considered but decided against.
11-12 Dodge Charger- I didn't like the cheap plastic interior.
08-12 Cadillac CTS- Love the looks but it gets really bad gas mileage and very expensive.

Cars I am considering.
11-12 Hyundai Sonata 2.0Turbo SE or Limited.
11-12 Kia Optima 2.0T EX or SX.
09-12 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 3.8L V6
09-12 Ford Fusion SEL or Sport V6
08-12 Honda Accord
08-12 Toyota Camry
11-12 Nissan Altima V6

Any others you guys and gals can think of or own, that know they are good reliable cars?
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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So one of my cars that I currently have is a 07 BMW 328i sedan V6. I want to trade it because of the high maintenance costs- I have no warranty and I don't like paying for premium gas anymore. I can get about $15k for trade in value for my BMW.

I'm looking for a 08 or newer V6 sedan that runs on regular unleaded 87 gas. Trying to stay around $22k. Want something reliable that is easy to do my own maintenance on.


Cars I have considered but decided against.
11-12 Dodge Charger- I didn't like the cheap plastic interior.
08-12 Cadillac CTS- Love the looks but it gets really bad gas mileage and very expensive.

Cars I am considering.
11-12 Hyundai Sonata 2.0Turbo SE or Limited.
11-12 Kia Optima 2.0T EX or SX.
09-12 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 3.8L V6
09-12 Ford Fusion SEL or Sport V6
08-12 Honda Accord
08-12 Toyota Camry
11-12 Nissan Altima V6

Any others you guys and gals can think of or own, that know they are good reliable cars?
From the list, I personally would take the v6 altima. Its roomy, reliable, and that 3.5 v6 has some giddy up! 240hp if I'm not mistaking.

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Old 06-27-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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Is cost the only reason for going 87 unleaded?
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Brandon
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Yes.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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Your BMW is not a V6 it is a straight 6.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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correct straight shooter. just said that to make it simpler.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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Of all the cars on your list, the Genesis is the closest to the BMW you currently have. The other cars are all pretty much mainstream midsize sedans and it's going to come down to personal preference. If going used weigh the CPO warranty coverage you are getting on the other brands against what you would be getting on the balance of the base warranty on the Hyundai/Kia as the 10/100k only applies to the original owner. Given your budget you might actually be able to swing a new Optima w/ the 2.0T if you negotiate. That's going to give you the most bang for the buck and the best warranty coverage. You aren't touching any of the other cars new with a V6 at that price point.

The one wildcard used vehicle I would add is a 2010 or newer Lincoln MKZ. They are very well appointed cars with a ton of features standard. They use the same basic platform as the Fusion Sport, including the V6 engine as standard. They use regular fuel and can be purchased in your price range pretty easily. Lincoln also has a fantastic CPO warranty that will augment the base bumper-to-bumper out to 6 years or 100k miles. That's not powertrain, that's full bumper-to-bumper, but it does have a $100 deductible in year 5 and 6. Excluding the Genesis, I would take a 2010+ MKZ over any other car on that list.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Is cost the only reason for going 87 unleaded?
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Yes.
I can never make the arithmetic 'work' in tossing a car for 'better mpg' or 'regular gas vs premium'...
The 'payback' is a long time. And, the cost of running premo over regular is at most $500 a year for a 20 mpg car doing 20k miles per year, which is overstated.

However, the OP might get that ~$15Gs for the BMW, and only have to add a few thou for the new car. Not sure I would be enthused over tossing a 3 series for anything used off that list, though.

Fwiw, I (and many others), run 87 or 89 on occasion in BMW IL 6 engines with zero noticeable power reduction, and no impact on the engine. Not trying to start a food fight on 'must use premo in a BMW'...

And, NJGoat makes some solid rec'ds, as usual.
GL, mD
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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Of all the cars on your list, the Genesis is the closest to the BMW you currently have. The other cars are all pretty much mainstream midsize sedans and it's going to come down to personal preference. If going used weigh the CPO warranty coverage you are getting on the other brands against what you would be getting on the balance of the base warranty on the Hyundai/Kia as the 10/100k only applies to the original owner. Given your budget you might actually be able to swing a new Optima w/ the 2.0T if you negotiate. That's going to give you the most bang for the buck and the best warranty coverage. You aren't touching any of the other cars new with a V6 at that price point.

The one wildcard used vehicle I would add is a 2010 or newer Lincoln MKZ. They are very well appointed cars with a ton of features standard. They use the same basic platform as the Fusion Sport, including the V6 engine as standard. They use regular fuel and can be purchased in your price range pretty easily. Lincoln also has a fantastic CPO warranty that will augment the base bumper-to-bumper out to 6 years or 100k miles. That's not powertrain, that's full bumper-to-bumper, but it does have a $100 deductible in year 5 and 6. Excluding the Genesis, I would take a 2010+ MKZ over any other car on that list.
I think you might be able to get a 2012 Accord with a V6 for under 23000. I haven't researched it but I bet the Altima is very close in price. Both models have been changed for 2013.

I actually don't mid the MKZ from the outside but I hate the center stack if you skip the nav unit. AWD is a plus in my neck of the woods.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Can you get into a Maxima?
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