Post # 1
So after a 2nd weekend of car shopping, I *think* we probably have it down to two cars.
Car A: 2008 Honda Accord (dark blue), 50k miles, price just dropped from $13,500 to $13,000 http://www.starkmadisonchevrolet.com/vehicle-details/2008-honda-accord-lx-sun-prairie-wi-id-2846469
Had no complaints, but would drive again first to verify that I did/did not notice an issue with shifting. So for now, ignore. If there are any shifting issues, it’s out immediately, it may just have been my driving style.
Car B. 2009 Chevy Impala (dark blue) 55k miles, priced at $13,000
My dream car in my 2nd choice color, but I really like it. Darling Husband thought it may have rode a bit bumpy.
So they are insanely similar cars as far as model year, mileage, clean CarFax,color and price…it’s really going to come down to reliability and quality of the car.
So hive, what would your vote be?
Post # 3
and if someone smarter than me could tell me how you do the thing where the link is clicked by directly clicking “here” instead of my long-ass links, I would gladly change that in my post!
Post # 4
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Just based on the fact that you thought the shifting was funny on the first, I voted the second!
Post # 5
@elysion: darn, I should edit that – I’m saying to ignore that right now – it’s possible that it was my driving (I’m used to having to punch it on my current car) so I don’t want to use that as a reason right now- we’re going to drive it again and if I still notice it/DH notices it, it’s out. He didn’t feel it when we drove before and we both think it might just have been me.
Post # 6
You said the Impala is your dream car so I voted that 🙂
Post # 7
i personally would buy a honda over a chevy any day.
Post # 8
Honda trumps Chevy in every way possible. It’s not even a competition.
Post # 9
Also, you’ll get a better deal if you buy from a private party (like on Craigslist). Just something to consider – you could save $1000-2000 and use that money to get a lower mileage vehicle.
Post # 10
Honda! I have a 1994 Honda Accord that has well over 200,000 miles on it and it’s still going strong! I’ve had this car since I was 16 and it has needed no major repairs- it’s a beast!
Post # 11
I would go look for another Honda that doesn’t shift funny or ask them to fix before you buy, I would under no circumstances buy the Chevy at that mileage and that age its worthless or at least def not worth 13,000. My mother has a 2008 Chevy Impala and it has trucked along but it has given her a lot of problems. My brother has helped her fix it but otherwise it would have cost her a lot to fix it. I have a 2008 Chevy myself (but a Cobalt) and it has trucked along but if it weren’t for the extended warrantee I would have had to get rid of it, its had 8,000-10,000 worth of repairs at this point.
The old Honda will last you a very long time its a much better investment than the old Chevy you are considering. The Chevy will start to give you problems at th 65-75K mark and it’ll only require more work from then on. If you are set on the Chevy, then have an extended warrantee and/or someone who is capable of doing major repairs on the car.