Hello T-Nation people, I’m in the process of researching to get a new car (used car, but new for me). I thought I’d get people’s thoughts and/or suggestions about what would be a good choice.
I currently have a 2000 Maxima that I’ve been happy with since I got it in '03. The problem is that it has rust issues that I should have addressed early on, but didn’t. It also has a group of other problems, but those are all fixable. I’ve talked to enough people to know that there’s no way to get rid of the rust without it coming back at this point.
My top choice is a '09 Charger. I’ve just always liked them since they came back out several years ago.
If not a Charger, I’m also looking at the possiblity of a 4-door G37. I’m not sure if I’ll fit well in it, though (6’4", I barely fit comfortably in my Maxima with the seat all the way back).
The appeal of the G37 is that it IS a lot of the things I wanted to do with my Maxima before realizing the rust would be too much (I wanted to drop in a G35 engine and sports transmission and also convert it to 4 wheel drive, which a g37X has already).
I’m also not against a newer Maxima, either.
Like I said earlier, I’m just trying to get peoples’ thoughts and suggestions. I’m somewhat of a car guy, but not hardcore into it or anything so there’s a lot I don’t know. I’m also pretty opinionated about a lot of cars (example: I will not get a Mercedes, Kia, Hyundai, or Ford of any kind; the only Toyota I’d consider is an Avalon, Accord for Honda, as well).
I’m looking for something no older than an '08, but preferably newer and want to spend around $15 or $16, but could go a little higher if I can find a good deal. A sedan I can fit in that looks good and isn’t wimpy. My current Max gets about 20 mpg. I know that number’s low, I’m not sure why, it has 2 bad cats so that may have something to do with it. It could also be because the car has over 200,000 miles on it (the engine has about 130,000 or so).