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post #31 of 48
Wow, how did I forget about the TSX?! That's also an excellent choice. For some reason, it's because whenever I think of an RSX, TSX, etc. I always equate them with Honda, a non-luxury brand, and not the Acura marque. Which is funny, because I am a huge Honda guy having owned a DC4 before the Audi.

Oh yah, and the first gen TSX (Accord Euro in Japan) looks way sexier than the newer incarnation. OT, but does anyone else hate the direction HMC is going? The styling besides the CR-Z on newer models looks like ass. And to make matters worse the company nixed the S2000, Integra and NSX!

Soichiro would be rolling in his grave if he found out.
post #32 of 48
04-08 Acura TSX

not sure what kind of mileage the car would have to fit into your price range, though...

-waystinthyme
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04-08 Acura TSX

not sure what kind of mileage the car would have to fit into your price range, though...

-waystinthyme

Thanks everyone for the TSX recommendations, it fits all my criteria except for somebeing slightly over budget (I see them from $8K to $16K...not sure about the really cheap ones, I wonder why they're really cheap, etc).

The basic 2002 Camry with leather, alloys, etc is also appealing...I feel like the ride should be pretty solid.
post #34 of 48
A 4-cylinder car simply does not give you the quiet, smooth ride of a luxury car.
post #35 of 48
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A 4-cylinder car simiply simply does not give you the quiet, smooth ride of a luxury car?

Is this a question or a comment? I think a smooth ride has more to with the suspension, sound-proofing, and lack of rattles than a larger engine...although I agree something like a large V8 would provide effortless power.
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A 4-cylinder car simiply simply does not give you the quiet, smooth ride of a luxury car?
longskate, this is more or less true dude. you are just not going to be able to get both. here is my experience. like you i value a smooth, quiet luxury ride where i feel minimal bumps. my commute is long and a bumpy ride has caused much stress to me. i first had acura rsx. after three years i couldn't take it anymore. so i got the is300 thinking its a lexus and it will ride smooth. wrong. while i loved that car and it drove like extremely nice the ride was still stiff. so then i sold that and thinking lexus improved on their suspension, i got the is250. worst mistake. its been three years and i have learned and learned. after much research i'll be biting the bullet and getting the lexus rx350. this car will provide me with what im looking for. luxury and the best, soft ride in its class. it is made for the long haul. might not look the greatest but i've grown out of my car for looks phase. my word of advice to you is just get a car that rides smooth that's in your price range. you can always mod the interior to add more "luxury". save up for when you can get a nicer car. i suggest camry, accord, check out hyundai. smooth rides. avoid the tsx, is300, audi a4 as they all ride the same. relatively harsh. also when you do get a car. throw some goodyear comfortred tires on it. will improve any ride by 20%. also get a good seat cusion. another 20%. at the end of it all you will have a true grandpa mobile, but atleast the bumps in the road won't jar your teeth loose. P.S. I just read a couple posts above that you like the 2002 Camry. Can't go wrong there dude. Camry's have always been known for their comfortable ride.
post #37 of 48
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longskate, this is more or less true dude. you are just not going to be able to get both. here is my experience. like you i value a smooth, quiet luxury ride where i feel minimal bumps. my commute is long and a bumpy ride has caused much stress to me.

i first had acura rsx. after three years i couldn't take it anymore. so i got the is300 thinking its a lexus and it will ride smooth. wrong. while i loved that car and it drove like extremely nice the ride was still stiff. so then i sold that and thinking lexus improved on their suspension, i got the is250. worst mistake. its been three years and i have learned and learned.

after much research i'll be biting the bullet and getting the lexus rx350. this car will provide me with what im looking for. luxury and the best, soft ride in its class. it is made for the long haul. might not look the greatest but i've grown out of my car for looks phase.

my word of advice to you is just get a car that rides smooth that's in your price range. you can always mod the interior to add more "luxury". save up for when you can get a nicer car.

i suggest camry, accord, check out hyundai. smooth rides. avoid the tsx, is300, audi a4 as they all ride the same. relatively harsh. also when you do get a car. throw some goodyear comfortred tires on it. will improve any ride by 20%. also get a good seat cusion. another 20%. at the end of it all you will have a true grandpa mobile, but atleast the bumps in the road won't jar your teeth loose.

So you're saying avoid the sport-sedan due to it's stiff suspension? Good call...I drive my stepmom's '02 Camry now and then and it's like driving a couch, very smooth and pretty quiet. It's not going to win a race or a car show, but it's the perfect appliance ; )
post #38 of 48
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Is this a question or a comment? I think a smooth ride has more to with the suspension, sound-proofing, and lack of rattles than a larger engine...although I agree something like a large V8 would provide effortless power.
It wasn't meant to be a question ... I copied the OP's thread title ... and forgot to edit out the "?" ... and added one too many a "simply."
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What's everyone think of the Mercedes C230 or Audi A4 1.8T, both from 2002-2004ish?

They seem awfully cheap at $10-12K, and I've heard Audi's are not very reliable.

As far as the Camry recommendation, sure they're decent, my step mom has one...I guess they're about as boring as my current car so no problem there! LOL. I'd probably go with a 2004-2006 Accord EX coupe or sedan before the Camry.

I have a '96 Civic EX Coupe with 250,000 miles on it for reference, so i'm used to a cheap, reliable car.

You can get an E46 1999-2005 BMW (3 series) for about that price. The inline 6 gets almost 30mpg on the xway...
post #41 of 48
Another vote for a used Camry/Avalon. Luxury cars in this price range will be extremely high-maintenance. Hondas/Acuras have a jerky ride.Toyotas would come to Lexus as close as possible
post #42 of 48
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Another vote for a used Camry/Avalon. Luxury cars in this price range will be extremely high-maintenance. Hondas/Acuras have a jerky ride.Toyotas would come to Lexus as close as possible

That's my plan, either a Camry or the Lexus equivalent...still deciding between V6 and 4-cylinder. If only they made the GS300 body with a 4-cyl...

Another option is the 4-cyl Mazda 6...good looking car I think, and I like the two-tone interior.

I'm liking this one: http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...srep=&engine=4 Cylinder&certified=&body_code=0&fuel=&only_price=1&awsp=false&search_type=both&distance=100&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&sownerid=64339859&showZipError=n&make=&keywords_display=&color=&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_price=&body_style=SEDAN&body_style=WAGON&drive=&default_sort=newsortbyprice_DESC&seller_type=b&max_mileage=&style_flag=2&sort_type=priceDESC&feature7=leather seats&address=92128&advanced=y&only_photo=1&end_year=2008&doors=&transmission=Automatic&max_price=12000&cardist=34&standard=false
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get an A3 or a4 with a 6, 4 cylinders are for housewives and pussies.
I'm gonna have to call BS on this one. The 1.8T (or 2.0T depending on the year you get) is so much more fun than the 6, not to mention faster off the line Answer: buy a used GTI or A4 with a 1.8T or 2.0T. You'll get ~34mpg on the highway. My previous Jetta and especially my current Rabbit are so smooth and quiet on the highway.
post #44 of 48
You could wait until one of the new Mercedes S 250 CDI is for sale as a used car..
post #45 of 48
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That's my plan, either a Camry or the Lexus equivalent...still deciding between V6 and 4-cylinder. If only they made the GS300 body with a 4-cyl... Another option is the 4-cyl Mazda 6...good looking car I think, and I like the two-tone interior. I'm liking this one: http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...srep=&engine=4 Cylinder&certified=&body_code=0&fuel=&only_price=1&awsp=false&search_type=both&distance=100&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&sownerid=64339859&showZipError=n&make=&keywords_display=&color=&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_price=&body_style=SEDAN&body_style=WAGON&drive=&default_sort=newsortbyprice_DESC&seller_type=b&max_mileage=&style_flag=2&sort_type=priceDESC&feature7=leather seats&address=92128&advanced=y&only_photo=1&end_year=2008&doors=&transmission=Automatic&max_price=12000&cardist=34&standard=false
Probably not exactly what you are looking for, but a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP would be a good fit. No it's not a 4 cylinder, but the 3800 series supercharged v6 gets well over 30mpg on the freeway and 22-24 in town, rides like a Cadillac, and is virtually maintenance free. They can be found well under your 12k mark. Just a thought. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...gtp/index.html Out of most of the cars you've listed, none of them are going to have a smooth, luxury car ride.
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