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Old 04-10-2005, 01:07 PM   #11
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Don't get the Alero or the Cattera.

I would go for a GA GT, one of my buddies has a white 2002. That thing looks SHARP! Chromed wheels, sunroof, dark tinted windows. The seats in it are really comfortable too. It'* pretty darn quick too. Seems to be a good bet.
You have info on the Catera? Speciific problems? I need to know
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Stand away from the Stratus. It has Chryslers POS tranny and if its a V6 it prolly has the 2.7L that fails from sludge build up @ 60-80K.
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Stand away from the Stratus. It has Chryslers POS tranny and if its a V6 it prolly has the 2.7L that fails from sludge build up @ 60-80K.
Would that 2.7 be the same that'* in the Intrepid...and has the sludge problem? The Stratus V6 that I would get would be the 3.0L...how is that?

What about the Stratus 4cyl engine (2.3 I think...?)

I was never crazy about their trannies..but if it had low miles and I drove it easy,I was thinking I may be ok if I get a Chrysler.
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I'm not getting the Alero...will lose my $100 'deposit' but that'* ok. I read a lot of horrible problems it has in the past 20 minutes on a few different websites, and Aleros seem to be pretty 'lemon-like.'

The search continues..........
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If Aleros are lemon-like, a Grand Am won't fare any better.

Chrysler 2.7L-equipped cars: they may make 200hp, but WAY too much is lost through the transmission - which is probably also apt to fail relatively soon. I've heard that the sludge problem is really bad, too. I don't like the 2.4L either, worse NVH than mom'* 2.4 Altima (which is bad as it is)...

I don't like the Catera either, ever opened a door or hood on one? Way too much weight - they're *really* heavy...

2.0L VW isn't awfully bad, if you can get around the fact that 60mph comes in 10.5 seconds - with a 5-speed - or 12 or so with an automatic. 1.8T and VR6 are going to require premium fuel. As said, electric reliability IMO, is quite ****-poor. Interiors are pretty, but trim pieces quickly fall off. Power windows fall into the door at random.

Saabs are quirky, which means they'll be quirky to fix.

1998 (and potentially 1999), being the first-model year of that body style Accord, have automatic transmission issues, definately with the V6, but I'm not sure about the I4.

I really don't know what to suggest you Pete, but from what you mention, a GP GT or Intrigue seems like a much more sound choice.
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If you get an Intrigue get the 3.5L not the 3800. It'* a lot more peppy. Trust me on that. The Intrigue'* are really great cars! I looked at a few when my brother was car shopping.
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JimW will love me for this:

What about an Aurora????

There are several nice ones on Ebay........


(never thought I would say thAt!!!!!)
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What about an Aurora????

There are several nice ones on Ebay........


(never thought I would say thAt!!!!!)
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True, Auroras are sweet. I would like one for my next car.
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What about a 97+ Regal? Proven V6, L67 if need be, and reliable, at least according to Comsumer Reports. They always liked the Regal.
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actually... I have to second the Regal. I LOVED my 2000 GSE. Didn't have any major problems with it other than the lead foot. The suspension is pretty tight and handles nicely. If you get one that is decently loaded, you'll like the comforts. pre 2000 had a pass-through that was 1.5 times the bonneville one and 2000 and newer had a fold down rear seat. The looks are really nice as well. And the prices on them are very reasonable. I got my loaded 2000 GSE with 74K in 2003 for under $10,000. With the L36 and L67 you'll know the basic issues of the drive train already and there is a decent aftermarket.
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