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    Best used option for $12,000

    Will be replacing the Mustang this year with a used, sporty but comofrtable sedan arouns the $12,000 mark
    Any suggestions? Heres what ive been looking at:
    2006*07 Cadillac CTS
    2006*07 Lincoln LS
    2006 Zephyr/2007 MKZ
    Ford fusion v6 awd

    Nisssn Maxima
    Pontiac G8 v6

    I would like a reliable, American-branded car if possible

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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    Quote Originally Posted by DriveOne. View Post
    Will be replacing the Mustang this year with a used, sporty but comofrtable sedan arouns the $12,000 mark
    Any suggestions? Heres what ive been looking at:
    2006*07 Cadillac CTS
    2006*07 Lincoln LS
    2006 Zephyr/2007 MKZ
    Ford fusion v6 awd

    Nisssn Maxima
    Pontiac G8 v6

    I would like a reliable, American-branded car if possible

    CTS or G8. Either one would be a winner.
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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    If you went with a Fusion, does it have to be AWD? You should be able to find a 2 - 3 year old FWD Fusion Sport, with low miles for about that price.


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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    Quote Originally Posted by DriveOne. View Post
    Will be replacing the Mustang this year with a used, sporty but comofrtable sedan arouns the $12,000 mark
    Any suggestions? Heres what ive been looking at:
    2006*07 Cadillac CTS
    2006*07 Lincoln LS
    2006 Zephyr/2007 MKZ
    Ford fusion v6 awd

    Nisssn Maxima
    Pontiac G8 v6

    I would like a reliable, American-branded car if possible
    You are finding used G8's that cheap? Good Lord, I don't think I've seen one yet that is below about $16K (at lease within 100 miles or so of me) and those are like the bare bones, no options models with over 100K miles.

    From your list, I would say the CTS, but each to his own.
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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    If you went with a Fusion, does it have to be AWD? You should be able to find a 2 - 3 year old FWD Fusion Sport, with low miles for about that price.
    I like the sound of that idea

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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Al63240 View Post
    You are finding used G8's that cheap? Good Lord, I don't think I've seen one yet that is below about $16K (at lease within 100 miles or so of me) and those are like the bare bones, no options models with over 100K miles.

    From your list, I would say the CTS, but each to his own.
    My realistic price range is probably 12,000-15,000 and I've spotted a few G8 V6s on the high end of that range.. but you are correct about them having less features / more miles.

    How is the CTS for long-term reliability? I would for sure try to find a 3.6L

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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    You gotta put Mercury on your list. No but really, with Mercury discontinued Milans should be in that price range and should run better-equipped for the same/cost less than a Fusion. That and Saturn Aura, XR V6. With both you'll have some warranty left too (powertrain at least for '08/09 Auras).

    Not sure how reliability is on a CTS that vintage; G8 would be a great pick but I think as said above it's going to be tough to find one for that price, unless it's really beat or high mileage or both.

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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    DriveOne, I'm excited you're considering a CTS! Please don't hesitate to send me a private message if you have any vehicle questions while you vehicle shop. If you haven't done so already, I recommend checking out http://archives.media.gm.com/us/gm/e...pig_index.html for specifications, press releases, and more for the 2006-2007 models.

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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    You are really doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least go drive an E46 BMW 3 Series (1999-2005). They can be had below $10k and the maintenance would be on par with the CTS.

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    Re: Best used option for $12,000

    I have been very happy with my Fusion. It has been very reliable and has been a very inexpensive car to own.

    The CTS is really nice however I have a feeling that a CTS within your price range will be a little on the higher-mileage side which might mean maintenance issues will be a little closer than for other cars.

    Another car I'd recommend you checking out is the last gen Malibu. I had one as a rental a month or so ago and I loved how it drove. It was MUCH sportier than I would have ever imagined. I have seen very low mileage 2012s (less than 15k) priced at around $13k.

    I would recommend trying to buy the newest, lowest mileage car that you can for the money that you are looking to spend. This will allow for the greatest amount of remaining warranty with the least amount of problems or headaches.

    If you might be able to go a little smaller in size, I'd recommend checking out a new Skyactiv Mazda 3. The sedan is priced around what you are looking to spend and they get excellent fuel economy and are quite nice and great driving cars. I believe that the FE rating is 29 city/40 hwy.

    Good luck!
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    It has been very reliable and has been a very inexpensive car to own.

    ^You mean other than the $1200 A/C repair, brakes, noise on start up, and weatherstripping issues? With 54000 miles?
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