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Old 08-25-2011, 04:27 PM
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So I have started to look for a newer car for the wife and myself. Her vehicle is in pretty rough shape and has close to 200,000 miles on it. My truck has 220,000 but is holding on pretty strong. I am wanting to get her something newer because we drive to atlanta on a regular basis and I do not feel her truck is safe and when we take mine it cost $130 in gas. Our plan is to spend around $23,000 on a used vehicle with somewhere around $7500 down.
I have been looking and am not really impressed with much of what I am finding. The only car that has really stuck out is the Volvo S80(the S60 was a tad small). With what we are willing to spend we are around the 2008 or 2009 model lines depending on mileage. One of the pros on the volvo is most are certified with full bumper to bumper factory warranty till 6 years or 100,000 miles.
So I guess I am looking for some feedback on the volvo S80's and am also interested in seeing what other cars you all might have to recommend.
Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:52 PM
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When looking a used stuff...I start with honda and then toyota....volvo is way down my list....
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:09 PM
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23k will go a long way for a lightly used car. Most brands will sell you their factory backed extended warranty for 1k-2k as long as the car is within it's original 3/36 etc. If you can find a private seller, sometimes that works out better.

Luxury cars take a bigger hit off the lot... As do SUVs etc...
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You are in lightly used Lexus ES3## price range. It is rediculous how reliable those cars are...

And 30+/- mpg's on the highway...
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Have you looked at a Hyundai Sonata? There's a thread on here somewhere about a guy who just purchased a new one for his wife and I don't think it was much more than $23K with an 100,000 mile warranty. I had a 03 for about 5 years with no issues.
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:55 PM
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if I was spending $23K on a certified pre-owned mid-size car my short list would include:

2010 Honda Accord EX 4-cyl
2010 Toyota Camry XLE 4-cyl
2009, 2010 Toyota Camry SE V-6
2008 Acura TL
2007, 2008 Lexus ES350
2008 Infiniti G35

For $25-27K you can buy a very nice new Hyundai Sonata SE Turbo or Kia Optima EX Turbo.
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$23 you can buy a new Impala, Malibu, Cruze, Equinox.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:34 PM
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Thanks for all the responses so far. We have looked at the lexus and we do like it but the prices we are seeing for comparable cars to the volvo are 26,000 to 28,000 and have more miles on them. I have owned one accord before and loved it but it is a little to small for us, some of our friends who have kids complain about getting small children in and out of the back of their accord. We like the new accords but the rear door was to small for us(rear wheel well), and felt awkward. Haven't been real impressed with toyota recently, my mother just traded in a 5 year old highlander which was starting to have major mechanical issues. As for some of the other brands we have not really entertained the American made cars yet and it is on our to do list. The KIA and Hyundia are pretty much out of the question at this point just due to the fact of the dealers we have and the lack of support and customer satisfaction they are known for. Service after the sale is big for us and we want a dealer we feel comfortable with. I really wish we could skip the whole dealer aspect but so far they have all offered us way lower interest rates than what our credit unions or small local bank can give us. And I mean alot lower, we actually would still come out ahead after the sales taxes on the vehicle at the dealership versus buying from an individual. Anyone out there that has any 2007 and newer volvo experience please chime in.
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Do not buy a Volvo unless you like seeing you mechanic a lot......
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Between my parents and myself (first car was a 240) we have owned 5 volvos, but none of the 2000 and newer. I do understand when ford owned them there were quite a few issues but that was early 2000's. Just curious if you have had any first hand experience. I have given up on trying to figure out who puts out a decent review on cars. I have lost most of my faith in consumer reports and JD powers has a real weird ranking system. We are also going to look at a few infinitis this weekend and one other lexus.
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I bought a used car in spring of 2010 as my new (to me) daily driver. I went with a Honda Accord. Had 24,000 miles and was certified. I bought it from a Honda dealership that leased it to the original leasee and they had all of the maintanence performed there as well. So I got to see all of the maintenance records. I paid $16,000 for the car.
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yup ,honda or toyota ,my wife likes her toyotas,very dependable and last a long time .
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You are in lightly used Lexus ES3## price range. It is rediculous how reliable those cars are...

And 30+/- mpg's on the highway...
X2 for Lexus ES3** series. Bought a 2002 ES300 with 90k miles on ebay 4 years ago from Fl for 13k. Car was like new. 4 years later 1 timing belt and 1 set tires later at 130k the car still runs and looks new. Stay away from Volvo, it will eat you alive in repair bills.
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To the OP: Let's back up a second.

Your original post says your wife has a truck. Does she want another truck, a sedan, a minivan, an SUV- what kind of vehicle does she want?

I'm a little puzzled by the comment on the Accords re: difficult back seat access for children. My wife rides in the back seat of our 2009 Accord frequently and I haven't heard her complain once.

BTW, don't know where you're shopping, but around here $23K will buy a dealer-certified 2007 Lexus ES350 with 40K miles.

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Old 08-26-2011, 04:33 AM
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I like Volvos, I've owned two of them in the past, but there is a reason why a $40K+ car like a 2009 Volvo S80 can be purchased for under $25K two years later and a $30K+ car like a 2009 Toyota Camry SE V6 is around the same price.

Think about it.

As for size, a 2009 Camry (101 cubic feet) or 2009 Accord (101 cubic feet) is a bigger car and has has more interior space and leg room than a S80 (98 cubic feet) so you should really check that fit again.

Right now, Toyota is offering 2.9% financing for 60 months on all CPO vehicles, that just seems like a no-brainer. While looking up information for this post I came across a 2010 Highlander that I might go look at for my wife.
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I thought I had posted that she does want a sedan, my apologies for leaving that out of my original post. We are not looking for the best mileage but at the same time we would like to be around 30 on the highway. SUV's are out of the question at this point.
Yarcraft91-One of our friends has a 2010 accord and she has a difficult time with car seats and getting the infant around the door and into the child seat. She has also told us her older parents complain about getting into the back seat, this could just be due to them being grumpy. We really want 2008 or newer just so we have as much warranty as possible left and so far every '08 and '09 Lexus we have seen locally 26 to 28 grand.
We are shopping in the Savannah area and looking as far as Atlanta and Charleston.

GF- just curious where you found the interior specs because I have also been looking at them and they seem to be all over the place. After you posted I found Edmund saying that the S80 was 11 cubic feet bigger, and then found another site stating the same year was 10 cubic feet smaller. Some of the cars we have driven feel more spacious than others even though they are physically smaller, and I contribute that to better use of space and larger doors and entry access. We are definitely going to keep looking as I am the type to do tons of research and test drive a good amount of vehicles.

I have also made contact with a few (five)sales managers around town at the local dealers, I have given them my time line and amount we want to spend, and asked them to pick a sales person to contact us and discuss options. Amazingly only two have taken the initiative to contact us and they have been extremely proffesional.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:26 AM
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PLease keep the opinions and experiences coming.

I am in he same boat, but I am torn between smaller SUV and a sedan. (replacing a Ford Escape).

Remember with the infant seats, they grow up, so you discomfort is not forever. I would hate to make that the deciding factor in a car.

I am looking hard at used accords, hyundia, and believe it or not a Buick (never thought I would ever say that). A friend whom I respect told me to look at it (Cannot remember the model).

Also CRV, Pilot, Explorer.

Also Subaru outback, Volvo wagon (slipping though) Acura wagon (Very hard to find used)



All used. As you can see, I am all over the map. I look forward to folks weighing in on this thread
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2008 or newer? Don't know how far you're willing to drive, but:
http://www.lexusoflansing.com/Vehicl...-MI/1227912273
This is a 2008 dealer-certified ES350, 58K miles and I'd bet they'd listen to a $23K offer. This dealership has 2 2007's at roughly $23K/40K miles. All have a 100,000 miles guarantee.

You'll find better prices in some of the more "economically-distressed" states.

My wife is a young 65 and not grumpy, so maybe that's why she isn't griping about the rear seat of our Accord.
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23000 will buy you a new VW Jetta TDI 40 plus mpg and pretty good safety ratings as well.
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Thanks for all the responses so far. We have looked at the lexus and we do like it but the prices we are seeing for comparable cars to the volvo are 26,000 to 28,000 and have more miles on them. I have owned one accord before and loved it but it is a little to small for us, some of our friends who have kids complain about getting small children in and out of the back of their accord. We like the new accords but the rear door was to small for us(rear wheel well), and felt awkward. Haven't been real impressed with toyota recently, my mother just traded in a 5 year old highlander which was starting to have major mechanical issues. As for some of the other brands we have not really entertained the American made cars yet and it is on our to do list. The KIA and Hyundia are pretty much out of the question at this point just due to the fact of the dealers we have and the lack of support and customer satisfaction they are known for. Service after the sale is big for us and we want a dealer we feel comfortable with. I really wish we could skip the whole dealer aspect but so far they have all offered us way lower interest rates than what our credit unions or small local bank can give us. And I mean alot lower, we actually would still come out ahead after the sales taxes on the vehicle at the dealership versus buying from an individual. Anyone out there that has any 2007 and newer volvo experience please chime in.
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