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Unread 08-01-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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Hey guys. My brother was going too god damned fast in my baby... my good old '98 Accord EX and messed it pretty good. Either way, it's gone and I need a new car. I liked the premium sound on the car and its MPG. Suggestions? Around $5000. I was looking at Jettas and they seemed pretty attractively priced.
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Get another one!

Honda would be my first choice over most any car, especially a VW.

I've owned both and service all, the Honda is far and above the rest.

Those Accords are sweet
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Talking to my friend who owns a shop, he HATES Audi, and VW. If so many techs hate them, it's probably not a good idea to own one. They have to have a reason or 3.

He's not too hot on Porsche, either, but that's because the most prolific one is the Boxter, and you prettymuch have to drop the motor for every little thing in that car.

In that price range, you can get a lot of cars... Sounds like you want a 4 door? What other requirements do you have?

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Yeah Audis suck to work on. My problem with Hondas is that 9 out of 10 will be great cars and run forever. The other one is a total lemon and you'll have nothing but problems with it. We had a CR-V (98) that was like that. Kept hearing such great stories about them and so we got one. Had a few things in the first few months. Then, the check engine light of doom came on. I couldn't figure out what was wrong so i took it to a shop and they told me that it was misfiring and supposedly they fixed it. Light never shut off. Kept trying to figure out what the light was staying on for and just everything needed replacing. Timing belt i believe, many many other things, several times we were having misfires, and the light just stayed on for about 100k and blinked for a few days once in awhile, while everything was running fine. I've also heard guys say that hondas are notorious for that SES light coming on and never shutting off. Anyway, mom got rid of it and bought the GTP that i then bought from her.

Moral of the story: if the engine light comes on, get rid of it while you can.
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Yeah Audis suck to work on. My problem with Hondas is that 9 out of 10 will be great cars and run forever. The other one is a total lemon and you'll have nothing but problems with it. We had a CR-V (98) that was like that. Kept hearing such great stories about them and so we got one. Had a few things in the first few months. Then, the check engine light of doom came on. I couldn't figure out what was wrong so i took it to a shop and they told me that it was misfiring and supposedly they fixed it. Light never shut off. Kept trying to figure out what the light was staying on for and just everything needed replacing. Timing belt i believe, many many other things, several times we were having misfires, and the light just stayed on for about 100k and blinked for a few days once in awhile, while everything was running fine. I've also heard guys say that hondas are notorious for that SES light coming on and never shutting off. Anyway, mom got rid of it and bought the GTP that i then bought from her.

Moral of the story: if the engine light comes on, get rid of it while you can.
I worked with a guy who was a hard-core "drive it till it dies" type of guy. The check engine light came on in his Honda, he couldn't figure out what it was, so he just painted over it.
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Yeah, ive been looking into accords again and haven't had too much luck. VW's are undoubtedly higher maintenance but ****... they look a whole lot better than my accord, as much as i loved that car.

yes, i'm looking for a 4-door. Needs lots of room in the trunk for trips to and from college...yeah.
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So many options...

6 Cylinder

5 Cylinder

4 Cylinder

I was really surprised at some of the cars listed, too. Hope you find something you like!

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Hey guys. My brother was going too god damned fast in my baby... my good old '98 Accord EX and messed it pretty good. Either way, it's gone and I need a new car. I liked the premium sound on the car and its MPG. Suggestions? Around $5000. I was looking at Jettas and they seemed pretty attractively priced.
Depends what you are looking for in terms of usage.

I have a 2.0L Jetta, it's 7 years old now and I have only had to do regular maintence on it. Very reliable car, and for the price that they go for now it's something well worth considering.

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German cars have a reputation for having terrible electrical problems. Engines are usually solid, but you might run into other problems.

I'm a Japanese car lover, so naturally I'll say Toyota Camry.

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