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Old 05-09-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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Mother-in-law needs new wheels

My mother-in-law is a spry 74 year-old who needs a new car. She rented a Fusion while in Florida, she liked it a lot.

Today we test drove a few other cars for comparison:

An Altima
An Accord
A Fusion
A Buick
A Legacy
A BMW 3-series
A Hyundai Genesis

Of them all, she liked the BMW best.

She doesn't want to spend any more than $50,000 CDN OTD.

Any other suggestions?

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Old 05-09-2015, 09:02 PM   #2
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My FIL is 80, just picked up a used Fusion Hybrid and he really likes it - he's a crazy aggressive driver and it's perfect for him, fast, nimble and he loves getting nearly 40 mpg.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:13 PM   #3
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Maybe check out the Cadillac CTS. If she's willing to get a used one, a CTS-V is even better.

If she likes the German cars, maybe a mid sized Audi.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:57 PM   #4
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My FIL is 80, just picked up a used Fusion Hybrid and he really likes it - he's a crazy aggressive driver and it's perfect for him, fast, nimble and he loves getting nearly 40 mpg.
Local dealer is offering $8000 off MSRP on leftover 2014 Fusion Hybrids. I was tempted to test drive one but the salesmen had to boost the dead battery. He was so incompetent I said "look, give me something that runs." He gave me a muddy, dusty, lived in demo. What a turn off. Maybe we'll try another dealer. I think the Fusion is sharp looking. I wonder how the Hybrid Fusion compares to a Camry Hybrid.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:01 PM   #5
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Maybe check out the Cadillac CTS. If she's willing to get a used one, a CTS-V is even better.

If she likes the German cars, maybe a mid sized Audi.
I was thinking the same regarding an Audi.

I think a CTS is a great idea. If it was my money, I'd consider a used CTS-V as you suggested. She has a hang up about buying used though, which is too bad.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:10 PM   #6
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Just took advantage of a great deal on a new 2014 Fusion Energi hybrid. The clincher for us was the CA carpool lane stickers already with the car.

Love the car! It's a ruby red Titanium model with lots of good gadgets inside. The Fusion is zippy, good-looking, and returns Prius mpg without the stigma.

If the price of oil stays down the deals will be out there!
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:47 PM   #7
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the last car my 77 yr old mom's ever going to buy was a 2008 vw beetle. with the tan faux leather the interior feels huge and bright . she doesnt even miss not having a sun roof. easy to park, german[ish] handling, enormous doors for when her friends have to get in the back seat, good visibility, ok mpg, cheap insurance.

she originally wanted a mini cooper. glad she went vw.
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Old 05-10-2015, 02:35 AM   #8
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My on and off again ex has a Nissan Altima. 80,000 dead reliable miles and the new ones get like 38 miles per gallon on regular gas. I think she needs new brakes though, because when she pulls up there is a squeak when she brakes.(just recent and 80k is new brake time) It handles well too! (This is me coming from having an M3. and when I drive it I often find myself speeding up to 90 easily without noticing it before getting yelled at. I have to drive slow cars now though. It feels like a pretty safe car too.

I don't think I would get a bmw car, unless the person really wanted one for the prestige, or the heated seats and sunroof.. Or if it is just a lease, a BMW is a ok, as maintenance is included. I'm just not sure if I would buy one for long term as I tend to hang on to my cars for a while. They are cool! No doubt.

Never driven a Ford(car), Buick or Hyundia.

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Old 05-10-2015, 05:25 AM   #9
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As far as hybrids go, thr Accord and Fushion are the best. I prefer the Honda, but ill mention that my stepdad had an earlier Fusion hybrid for about 150,000km, and like it enough to get another.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:02 AM   #10
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My mother-in-law is a spry 74 year-old who needs a new car. She rented a Fusion while in Florida, she liked it a lot.

Today we test drove a few other cars for comparison:

An Altima
An Accord
A Fusion
A Buick
A Legacy
A BMW 3-series
A Hyundai Genesis

Of them all, she liked the BMW best.

She doesn't want to spend any more than $50,000 CDN OTD.

Any other suggestions?
Charger SXT.
Chrysler 300.
Chrysler 200.
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:23 AM   #11
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Charger SXT.
Chrysler 300.
Chrysler 200.
Of these I think the 200 with the six would appeal to her. I just looked at a few videos. Damn impressive. Thanks, we'll be visiting the local Chrysler dealership for sure!
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:09 AM   #12
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VW Jetta TDI are pretty sweet with great MPG

or something with a V-tech in it yo
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Old 05-10-2015, 02:01 PM   #13
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Any other suggestions?
Think about where she will have it serviced. Would it be at the dealer? If so, the convenience of the dealer and its service reputation may be important factors for her.
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Old 05-10-2015, 03:09 PM   #14
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I bought my Mom a few cars. Of them all, she liked the two Acuras the best. Upscale, Honda reliable, and great drivers.
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:22 PM   #15
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My mom drives a fuckin' Prius.
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