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Fin Fan in Cali
04-21-2012, 11:43 PM
It is between a Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, and a Volkswagen Passat. Looking for something we can travel comfortable with my in laws for 50 mile trips each way. The Expedition is getting too hard for them to get into. I appreciate your thoughts in advance.

John

ROADRUNNER
04-22-2012, 07:25 AM
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The Confessor
04-22-2012, 08:24 AM
I'd personally stay away from Volkswagon...but that's just me. I had a friend that had a Passat, and she spent FORTUNES keeping that thing on the road...which always surprised me cause I do know quite a bit about the german philosophy behind engineering.

She's not the only one I know that has had lots of problems with Volkswagon either.

ROADRUNNER
04-22-2012, 09:54 AM
I'd personally stay away from Volkswagon...but that's just me. I had a friend that had a Passat, and she spent FORTUNES keeping that thing on the road...which always surprised me cause I do know quite a bit about the german philosophy behind engineering.

She's not the only one I know that has had lots of problems with Volkswagon either.


Is that in the us, because over here they have been fine...............

The Confessor
04-22-2012, 10:00 AM
Is that in the us, because over here they have been fine...............


Yep, talking solely about in the US...and as I mentioned, really really surprised me. German's are typically the most analretentive Mechanical Engineers on the planet. I worked with quite a few here making lasers, and the process' they had were often borderline ridiculous. Older Vee-Dubs were very well engineered and made.

I also know the new beetle is nothing but a plastic bubble. If you are ever in front of one at night, its interesting to see the headlights bobbling around all over the place. Amazing one can see at night while driving one to be honest.

Vaark
04-23-2012, 12:21 AM
Personally I'd do some research, especially before buying a brand like VW which has been beset with all sorts of mechanical problems. If you check the yahoo auto user reviews, the kelly blue book user reviews and the user reviews on Edmunds .. since users usually have no axes to grind and will praise or condemn based on their own experiences, and get hold of the annual Consumer Reports Auto issue which color codes each vehicle and model going back 5 years by individual components as well as overall.. you'll be able to make an informed decision.

If you're looking at that price level, my friend's wife just got a new Hyundai Sonata (he drives Mercs) which he's been very impressed by. Great 10 year powertrain warranty, good JD Powers customer satisfaction rating and it's nice sized, stylish with good gas mileage. Hyundai makes a really good car now.. out of curiosity last year I test drove the Genesis which reminded me of a more cost effective and better waranteed 5 series Bimmer. It turned out not to be, but for the price I found it to be not too far off either.

PhinsPhan11
04-23-2012, 12:30 AM
I'd go with the Chevy Malibu.

Tunaphish429
04-23-2012, 12:30 AM
I love my vw cc and I had a Betta before that. Fact is if you take care of your vehicle it will run forever...vw don't get great gas mileage so that could be something to consider but they hold their value quite well...so do fords for that matter..personal style is where your going to have to make some tough choices...generally speaking foreign cars are ahead of the curve in this dept but ford has caught up vast...personally I would remove the Malibu just based on resale value alone but that's just me.

CedarPhin
04-23-2012, 12:36 AM
Go with the VW.

Fin Fan in Cali
04-23-2012, 08:43 AM
Personally I'd do some research, especially before buying a brand like VW which has been beset with all sorts of mechanical problems. If you check the yahoo auto user reviews, the kelly blue book user reviews and the user reviews on Edmunds .. since users usually have no axes to grind and will praise or condemn based on their own experiences, and get hold of the annual Consumer Reports Auto issue which color codes each vehicle and model going back 5 years by individual components as well as overall.. you'll be able to make an informed decision.

If you're looking at that price level, my friend's wife just got a new Hyundai Sonata (he drives Mercs) which he's been very impressed by. Great 10 year powertrain warranty, good JD Powers customer satisfaction rating and it's nice sized, stylish with good gas mileage. Hyundai makes a really good car now.. out of curiosity last year I test drove the Genesis which reminded me of a more cost effective and better waranteed 5 series Bimmer. It turned out not to be, but for the price I found it to be not too far off either. I have done research and have talked to my dad who is a retired gear head. They are all very close that is why I asked for feedback. The 2013 Malibu is out now, and the 2013 Fusion will be out in a couple of months. My niece just got a passat for her family. My wife's expedition is over 10 years old and gas out here in Cali is very expensive. Plus we need something my in laws can get in and out of easier.