View Poll Results: What are your top priorities in buying a car/truck/SUV?

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  • The cost of buying the vehicle

    42 65.63%
  • Fuel economy and/or how green the vehicle is

    36 56.25%
  • How much/how many it can carry - big is better

    4 6.25%
  • Luxury/comfort

    15 23.44%
  • Performance - ie powerful and fast

    24 37.50%
  • Country of origin/brand

    10 15.63%
  • Safety of driver and passengers

    21 32.81%
  • How the car looks - cute, sharp, prestige

    23 35.94%
  • Length warranty

    13 20.31%
  • Multi-use capability (4 wheel drive etc). both as car/truck etc

    21 32.81%
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    I always buy year old new cars in Sept/Oct. I buy a vanilla looking (don't want to be stand out to cops), must be a standard, great engine (still like to take young yahoos off the line though I let them get ahead of me when I reach the speed limit), great maintenance record, and lastly I check with insurance to assure I didn't accidentally choose a high rate car.
    Your smart Summerwind, you know about blending in. Did you learn that from hard knocks ?

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Your smart Summerwind, you know about blending in. Did you learn that from hard knocks ?
    Absolutely. Well more cases of really close calls. Never actually had a hard knock regarding driving or accidents et al. I toe those lines pretty closely and think any real racing belongs on a course.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Your smart Summerwind, you know about blending in. Did you learn that from hard knocks ?
    Blending in is a mixes bag. Locally, we want our vehicles known. Not locally we don't.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Blending in is a mixes bag. Locally, we want our vehicles known. Not locally we don't.
    Please don't include me in that "we".
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    No way, too hot and too hard to keep clean. When I say vanilla, I mean both in style and in color. Soft beige about the color of city dust that clings to everything within hours of washing the car.
    I agree. Black is almost impossible to keep looking clean plus shows any swirl marks on waxing. It also is EXTREMELY hot when parked in this climate. However, the car my wife got me was a special order in a deep (very dark) midnight blue. It avoids some of the appearance problems of black, not quite as aggressive looking either, but looks very sharp. At night, visually it is more "invisible" than black for some reason.
    In daylight, any P.I. will tell you that light grey is visually the invisible car - ie what to use if following someone.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Please don't include me in that "we".
    I didn't mean that in the slightest. I meant my wife and I.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Mercedes Benz, one of the oldest and largest vehicle manufacturers in the world, and producer of the most expensive mass production cars, admitted their cars are "too heavy" for the current market place. Generally, for their class, a Mercedes weighs from 500 to 1000 pounds more than the competition American, Japanese and Korean cars and other Euro cars. In return, on average, a Mercedes will have a more powerful motor to offset the weight, even in their "economical" cars. All this adds to their prices.

    IT also adds to their safety. The most notable was a Mecedes that did a head-on at about 50 mph with a out of control semi truck also going about 50 - like hitting a brick wall at 100 mph. The driver (only person in car) survived. I doubt any would in a typical car American or Japanese car. Rescue crews have complained that their "jaws of life" sometimes can't pry open a Mercede's door, though no lives reported lose as a result. There is a saying that Japanese and American cars are made from thin tin and Mercedes are built of battleship steel.

    The reason is because most cars are built to meet minimal federal and EU safety standards, which for the most part are designed around low-speed accidents. Mercedes builds cars for potential Autobaum accidents and well beyond any government requirements. The extra weight is in the amount of high grade carbon steel they use for the driver/passenger compartment. However, the weight adds to the price, costs fuel economy and affects performance despite powerful motors.

    Safety still does NOT sell. Mercedes appears to be facing an economic necessity to make less safe cars.

    What is your top priorities in buying a car/truck? Pick no more than 3 so it represents a direction of priorities.
    I think that most cars sold in America are crashworthy. They are tested for it and receive a pass or fail. BTW, Mercedes failed the oblique crash test last year (most of its models, anyway).

    If Mercedes is having financial difficulties, I doubt it's related to costs put into safety. After all, many auto manufacturers have had hard times in recent years. Luxury cars sell to a limited group of people, rather than the middle class mass. So I guess wealthy people are moving to something more popular (BMW? Audi?). Middle class people wouldn't consider the safety of Mercedes because we can't afford that make. But the cars we can afford pass the same safety tests.

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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    I chose 4 priorities. One of them was luxury/comfort, but that's not quite accurate. Comfort is a priority, but not luxury. So I wouldn't lump those two things together, since they are not even close to the same thing. Luxury to me is leather seating (which I hate), lots of knobs & an airplane dash, wood in dash, super duper speakers and lots of 'em, multi-disk CD player, lots of tech, built-in dvd players for backseaters, etc. By comfort, I mean comfortable seats so can take a road trip, good driving position that is adjustable, lumbar support, headrest that doesn't jut forward too much like some do these days.

    Well, I added a fifth. I forgot about reliability.

    I wouldn't buy a vehicle without all 5 of the things I named: cost, comfort, multi-function utility, reliability, gas mileage.
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by JumpinJack View Post
    I think that most cars sold in America are crashworthy. They are tested for it and receive a pass or fail. BTW, Mercedes failed the oblique crash test last year (most of its models, anyway).

    If Mercedes is having financial difficulties, I doubt it's related to costs put into safety. After all, many auto manufacturers have had hard times in recent years. Luxury cars sell to a limited group of people, rather than the middle class mass. So I guess wealthy people are moving to something more popular (BMW? Audi?). Middle class people wouldn't consider the safety of Mercedes because we can't afford that make. But the cars we can afford pass the same safety tests.
    MB is still making money, quite a bit of it. But it does not have the profit margins that BMW or VW have. It is spending money on moving into the smaller car market in order to increase general sales, to reduce per unit overhead costs (A Class, B Class, the CLA and GLA)
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    Re: What is your priority in purchasing a car/truck/vehicle?

    As for me

    It depends on what is going on in my life

    Right now I wanted performance and looks, so I chose a Nissan 370Z as my only vehicle
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