shopping for a second car...

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Paul Bielec, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Paul Bielec

    Paul Bielec Guest

    We have a 2002 CR-V EX 5 spd. (Canadian).
    I know that in the next 2 years, we'll buy a house in the suburbs and we'll
    need a second car. So I started looking what there is on the market that I
    could find interesting. It will be mine to drive as I don't want to commute
    with the CR-V.
    Recently, I went with my father in law to look at a VW Jetta TDI he wants to
    buy. I had a look at a Jetta 1.8 T and I like it. For about 28000$ CAN I can
    get one with 1.8 Turbo engine, 5 spd manual tranny and sport suspension. It
    handles really nice, it is comfy, 4 dr and not too big. The new gen
    Golf/Jetta is will apparently be getting a 2.0 Turbo with 200 HP and 6 spd
    I like Honda, but its line-up definitively lacks what I'm looking for. I
    don't want a Civic, used to have a 2001 but I got rid of it because I wanted
    something better, more comfortable. I don't wan't an Accord, it is too big
    for what I need, the 4 cyl seems boring and not sporty enough and I think
    that the 4 door is ugly. It needs a V6 for being fun and I don't want to
    spend over 30000$ for a second car.
    The European Accord is what I need but it is sold as Acura for 35000$.
    It is the same thing with other Japanese manufactures. There is not much
    between the entry level and the boring family sedan.

    What do you think?
    Paul Bielec, Sep 10, 2003
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    Robert Guest

    About what? .. the car? ... buy a car you like, not the one I like.
    Visit several dealerships and drive them, you will know which one is right
    Robert, Sep 10, 2003
  3. Paul Bielec

    Paul Bielec Guest


    About the lineups offered by Honda and other makers.
    I like Honda in general and have mixed feeling about the quality of VW made
    in Brazil and Mexico.
    But VW just happen to have in their lineup the kind of car I'm looking for.
    I'd like to have more options but I don't see any car from another
    manufacturer that compares closely enough to the Jetta 1.8T.
    Paul Bielec, Sep 10, 2003
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    DH Guest

    Jettas are nice looking cars, nice power and interiors. However, my
    girlfriend has a '90 GLX with 65,000 miles on it. It has been to the
    dealer about 9 times for 3 major problems, and it continues to have
    electric problems.

    For these reasons (and other stories I've heard from Volkswagen owners)
    I'll never buy a Volkswagen or Audi, although I like both lines of cars.
    J.D. Powers quality surveys have also not been nice to Volkswagens or

    Maybe an Acura RSX?
    DH, Sep 10, 2003
  5. Last year, I said the exact same thing--for the exact same reasons. So,
    I got a VW.

    6 months later, I went back to Honda. I found an Accord, and it was
    amazing--after the VW, the Accord was like heaven. Still is. The VW
    experience changed my views on the Accord.

    I might add, this 4 cylinder 5 speed Accord EX got me 35mpg on the
    highway, through the mountains with the A/C on. Amazing.

    Been there, thought that. Then I had the VW.

    Let me tell you: after years of Honda, I just plain didn't want another
    Honda. Boring, plain, staid, etc, etc. I wanted something a little
    more exciting. Hence the VW.

    The VW was like a mistress. When she was hot, she was HOT. But she was
    high maintenance.

    I decided I didn't want high maintenance. I wanted what I had become
    used to: Honda reliability. So when I went back to the Accord, I saw
    it in a WHOLE new light.

    The Accord was like the wife. I had my fling, but it was time to go
    back to the wife. And I haven't regretted it one bit.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Sep 11, 2003
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    pars Guest

    Mazda Protege V6 GS, for 28K (canadian).

    pars, Sep 11, 2003
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    SoCalMike Guest

    have fun with the VW. save some money for maintenance, youll need it. check
    the oil regularly too- the dealer will tell you that burning a quart every
    1k is "normal".
    SoCalMike, Sep 11, 2003
  8. Paul Bielec

    Paul Bielec Guest

    Where did you see that?

    Paul Bielec, Sep 11, 2003
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    Paul Bielec Guest

    Maybe an Acura RSX?

    Wife will not let me buy a 2 door and I'd prefer to stay with 4 door too.
    Me too, I'm not that sure about VW reliability.
    Anyway, it is not for now, maybe something else will show up.
    Paul Bielec, Sep 11, 2003
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    pars Guest

    I'm assuming that you're after and automatic tranny. Otherwise, the 4 banger
    version of the Mazada 6 might be a better deal. The Outback Sports is also a
    nice package when equipted with the standard. If you want the 'sport' feel and
    the power sapping automatic, the v6 or a 4 banger with a turbo...

    pars, Sep 11, 2003
  11. Paul Bielec

    pars Guest

    Good point. But if I were you, I'd hold out for the TSX :)

    pars, Sep 11, 2003
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    Paul Kim Guest

    Buy a VW and your maintenance costs will be twice a much, and the car will
    probably last half as long as your CRV.
    Paul Kim, Sep 11, 2003
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    Philip Kan Guest

    The TSX (European Accord ) is a 4 banger not a V6, so it is out.
    How about the Altima V6?
    Philip Kan, Sep 16, 2003
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