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To Budbilt: I don't know what your budget is, but I think you should test a VW Jetta, especially if you were to stumble onto a GLI. Check out a Golf GTI as well. Only you would know if these cars satisfy all your needs. For a little more luxury, try an Audi S4. If within your budget, try the new Civic Si or Civic R.

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I currently own a Dodge Neon with the handling package. I'm looking to replace it but want something that handles well but American cars don't offer a handling package except on high end cars that I can't afford so I'm looking at used Mercedes and Volvos.
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I retired last year at 55 and replaced my 15 year old Dodge Stratus (which was preceded by a Dodge Spirit) with a Jeep Cherokee 4x4 Sport.  I've loved exploring the SW and knew that I'd now have more time to explore the backroads and hit sites off the beaten path - thus the Jeep with the backroad upgrades.  So the choice was more about how I'd be using it than about age per se.

 

Turns out it's a lot easier for me to get in and out of as the seat is much higher - I'm a big 6'4".  That ease of entry is something I'll keep in mind with future vehicle purchase.

 

Most of the electronics don't do anything for me.  I like my SD card's music and listen to the radio now and then, but still look over my shoulder when backing up even when I check the rear camera.  I didn't have the dealer enable anything else.

 

Re the discussion about chips and repairs...  I don't know what effect chips have on repair rates and costs.  But I do appreciate some of the simplicity that's been lost over the years.  Back in '88 a rock bounced from a truck into one of my headlights while I was on vacation.  I had never repaired anything on a car before, but stopped at Kmart where I bought a replacement headlight and some tools and replaced it myself.

 

Today, with all the info the car displays for me in mind, I just wish someone would improve the "Check Engine" light so that it displays the actual code

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I'm putting off crossing that bridge, (getting a new car), as long as I can.  The car I have now is a '94 Cavalier with 160 plus and is definitely the best one I've ever driven.  It just runs and runs.  In looking at a new one, I really have no idea what I would get.  Like I say, it's a bridge......

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The average age of a Buick owner is 57. You could also say that Cadillac, Lincoln, Toyota Avalon, Lexus, etc. fit this age category. BTW, Have you seen the Regal and Encore?
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I am 82 years old and I have a foed Explorer. I wouldn't go any smaller.

 

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When I got my first car it was the sporty, albet cheepest version, 60's Mustang.  Now as I am retired, all a really want is something comfortable, easy to get in and out of, and some tech that I understand. All within a reasonable price.

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  • Yes, I agree.  When men get old, they want a Buick!  You never see a young man in a Buick.
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I do agree.  I've gone full circle.  I started in 1972 with a Toyota Corona, and now have a Honda Fit.   In the middle were larger cars, pickups, etc.   I've gone back to those easy to park cars.  I love the reverse camera.  I haven't run over anyone's child or dog.  I can charge my phone while driving.  I can get in the front seat easily.  Functional.  I'll decorate with bumper stickers.

 

 

 

 

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Oh yes I agree.  I bought a Buick Encore recently because it is so much easier to get in and out of it. I have Intellelink, great Bluetooth sound, back up camera and the back seats are easily flattened to allow more room for auctions and heavy shopping at Costco.  

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