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February 10th, 2009


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12:17 am - Fast, Slow, Fast Fast, Slow
I am looking to buy a new car and am terrible at making decisions. Based on what I've test driven so far, my favorites are the Mazda Mazda6 and the Nissan Altima, the former having an edge. That weird, irrational edge you get when you start making up excuses why it's better and everything else is not as good. The Toyota Camry was fine but not nearly as fun and sporty as those two, and the Chevy Malibu just didn't do it for me, irritating salesman and all. I have yet to drive the Hyundai Sonata and the Ford Fusion. Any advice would be appreciated! This car will determine my self-worth, after all.

Crisis on Infinite Heroes

So I guess I was wrong about what this season would be about. I think a post-crash survival tale with enemies forced to work together would be more interesting, but what do I know? After all, this arc is called "Fugitives," not, um, whatever you would call the people in my story. "Survivors"?

We did get some interesting stuff, though! I liked this episode more than last week's, if only because it clarified some things I had issues with. I like the uneasy alliance between Bennet and Petrelli, each going along with this plan in the interest of protecting someone they love. Bizarrely, it appears that although Claire does get some special treatment from Nathan, his real concern is Peter. I wonder if there will come a time when Nathan will have to choose between his daughter and his brother. Except it won't really be exciting because we know Nathan doesn't really give a flip about Claire. It's always Peter this and Peter that with him.

Also, Zeljko Ivanec doesn't know Nathan has powers! Hrm. That does complicate things. Could get messy.

Pac-Man is really terrible at stopping his pictures from coming true. I am not a fan of Daphne dying! She is cute! She has high-speed cleavage! I know it was only a matter of time since she was a) a guest star and b) a woman, but dammit.

Hiro was annoying again in this episode. Le sigh. What happened to that time he kind of matured? Stop quoting random bullshit about heroes and destiny and say something meaningful. There are plenty of good reasons why you should be in this fight despite not having powers. You want to help your friends. Ando fucking helped out, and—I was about to say so did you, Mohinder, except I don't think he ever helped at all. You hope you'll get your powers back. You don't want to go back to your normal life. There are many rational things you could say, Hiro; stop talking out of your ass. Also, you will never send that guy money for gas, come on now. (Okay, that was cute.)

Sylar is up to his old tricks again! Except now he has an annoying lie detector that he must continually call attention to. You are not Toph, my friend, now shut it. I wonder what sort of adventures he and his young Padawan, Luke Stuffmelter, will have together.

Peter's dramatic monologue was so cheesy, but he made it all sound very cool and exciting! Heroes on the run! Joining forces, fighting back!

Who is Claire's mysterious text messaging friend? IT BETTER NOT BE WEST. Whoever it is, dude types fast. Is it Hana? ALSO WHY DOES HE OR SHE TYPE LIKE THIS.
Current Mood: soresore
Current Music: Ben Kingsley - The Wind and the Rain

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From:cerulgalactus
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
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Daphne is dead? Fuck this shit man, I am out.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
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I personally prefer the Nissan Altima over the Mazda, both from looks and reliability, but here are the jd power reviews.

http://www.jdpower.com/autos/Nissan/Altima/2008/Sedan/reviews

http://www.jdpower.com/autos/Mazda/MAZDA6/2008/Hatchback/reviews
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
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The JD Power just quotes U.S. News, which loves the 2009 Mazda6 (#2). It's more spacious than the 2008, I think. The 2009 Altima is #11. It looks like the redesign really made a difference. I think they both look pretty cool, though.

Ah, JD Power on 2009 Mazda6 vs. 2009 Altima. They like the Altima better in nearly every category. Predicted reliability is the same, though.

Edited at 2009-02-10 09:29 am (UTC)
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From:janinedog
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
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For what it's worth, I have a 1998 Altima, and it's still going! It has issues that should probably get looked at (i.e. needs new tires and belts and such) but I'm horrible about taking care of it. But it's still been going despite the fact that I don't care of it.

I had a bad experience with the Nissan dealership in MA (they replaced an axle which broke after a cross-country road trip, and they wouldn't pay to fix it), so I don't go to the dealership anymore. But I can't say that's how all of them are, just the one I went to.

As for Heroes, I'm upset that Daphne died! It was so random and didn't seem necessary, and I feel like they didn't spend enough time on it (particularly Matt's reaction). Also, Noah is annoying me because he apparently can't decide if he's good or bad. Just pick a side already!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
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For what it's worth, I have a 1998 Altima, and it's still going! It has issues that should probably get looked at (i.e. needs new tires and belts and such) but I'm horrible about taking care of it. But it's still been going despite the fact that I don't care of it.
That's good to hear! My 1991 Nissan Sentra is also still going. I know Nissan's been around a while; I don't really know how Mazda compares in reliability. It could be a little cheaper, which is appealing. They're both really good, and there are things I like and dislike about each, despite my preference.

It was so random and didn't seem necessary, and I feel like they didn't spend enough time on it (particularly Matt's reaction).
They totally didn't! It was like, here's a body and...here's everyone else, much later, not really reacting.
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From:avipedia
Date:February 10th, 2009 10:18 am (UTC)
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My mother has a 1999 Altima that's still going strong despite her neglect of the thing. (To give you an idea: I finally took the car to the dealer for its 60K maintenance at 75K miles. The entire car was inspected and everything was in near-perfect condition.) My only real complaint about the car is noise/vibration/harshness, but I understand that Nissan has made some improvements there in the last 10 years. Besides, unlike my car, hers… runs.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Low maintenance is definitely a plus!
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From:ora_wai
Date:February 10th, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
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Have you looked at the Mazda 3? I'm not sure what your traffic conditions are like, but the Mazda 6 can suck petrol as well as being an all around large car. I have also heard that there have been cases of the engines falling out. But I've never heard of the Altima, so make of that what you will.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the Mazda6 has the lowest fuel economy of any of the cars I'm looking at, which is a strike against it. Engines falling out? That's no good either!

You've never heard of the Altima? I'd never heard of the Mazda6 until I started looking.
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From:scifantasy
Date:February 10th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
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I know it was only a matter of time since she was a) a guest star and b) a woman, but dammit.

Seriously. It may be accurate to its comic roots, but Heroes has one of the worst cases of Refrigerator Syndrome I've ever seen.

Pac-Man is really terrible at stopping his pictures from coming true.

With the possible exception of the original mushroom cloud in New York City, as I understand it all the pictures come true. It used to be that they wouldn't mean what we thought when we saw them. Now, it seems, it's just literal.

Hiro was annoying again in this episode.

Hiro, for all I enjoy watching him, really hasn't matured. He just gets somber occasionally (such as when his mother died). And I think the writers are reluctant to let him mature...it would undercut the show to have the eternal optimist lose his optimism. Hiro's the counterpoint to, you know, everyone else.
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From:lynevere
Date:February 10th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so you're going for larger cars. Can I ask why? You're not large, and I'm guessing you'd be somewhat likely to parallel park in SF.

A friend of mine just totaled his car, and my husband and I went along for his test drives of the smaller versions of the cars you mention: Mazda3, Nissan (smaller car) and Altima, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Kia (one larger than Rio), and Toyota Corolla. Jacob and I thought the Elantra was suprisingly good (at least in the things you can measure when buying: the drive, cost, and options. It's hard to know how long the car will last.) Our friend ended up buying a manual Madza3 for ~$15,500, which makes him the fourth friend down here to own one. As far as I know, they're all pretty happy with their cars. (And for what it's worth, I've been very happy with my 2005 Toyota Corolla. My only regret is not haggling more.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so you're going for larger cars. Can I ask why? You're not large, and I'm guessing you'd be somewhat likely to parallel park in SF.
Looking ahead for the future. And because a larger car is safer than a small car? It would be nice to be able to fit people in for potential road trips.

Jacob and I thought the Elantra was suprisingly good (at least in the things you can measure when buying: the drive, cost, and options
The Sonata is a good value, but it worries me that it would break my pelvis and ribs in a side-impact crash.
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From:raelee
Date:February 10th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
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So I guess I was wrong about what this season would be about. I think a post-crash survival tale with enemies forced to work together would be more interesting, but what do I know? After all, this arc is called "Fugitives," not, um, whatever you would call the people in my story. "Survivors"?

Ditto. They'd still be fugitives in your story. More interesting fugitives to boot.

I'm just... I don't know where I stand with this show. Kinda where I was about halfway through Season 2 of Lost, not really caring what's going on but half-heartedly watching it in the hopes that it'll get better and I'll be glad I paid enough attention to it to not be completely lost.

The problem is that I'm pretty disillusioned right now. The changing powers bugs me as I don't get HOW or WHY it happened and I don't trust that these writers actually have an explanation. I think they just want me to go with it and I find that incredibly annoying.


Hey Pretty,

Car-wise. I actually love the Altima but I can totally picture you driving the Mazda6. The Sonata is nice... but had the worst gas mileage of the cars I looked at last year. That said, my friends all love their Hyundais.

PS: Thanks for getting this damn song stuck in my head!

Edited at 2009-02-10 02:51 pm (UTC)
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From:raelee
Date:February 10th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
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PPS: Jorge Garcia has probably my favorite commentary on last night's episode.
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From:daynr
Date:February 10th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I watched about 10 minutes in the gym last night (haven't watched all season.) I had no idea what was going on, but man was it over dramatic. And who was the kid who melted the toy from? I recognized him from another show, dang it.

I no longer know anything about cars, thank god, but I always vote for the smaller, zippy one that doesn't go too fast so you don't accidentally get too many tickets.

Also, I can't seem to find last week's Chuck w/o 3d (nor do I have 3d glasses). That shit w/o glasses = insta headache. A week later I'm still annoyed by this.
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From:sabra_n
Date:February 10th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Claire has a texting friend who types in all-caps? I guess it's too much to hope that it's Ceiling Cat, watching everyone being a moron.
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From:kremlindusk
Date:February 10th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
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LOL. You get hugs. *hugs*
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From:nehrlich
Date:February 10th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I bought a Scion xD in September, and have been very pleased with it. It fits four full-size adults easily, but the back seats fold down when I need to carry more cargo. It's got more than enough power for the freeway (that was my issue with the Honda Fit, which I also considered), but I get 30-34 MPG. And it's relatively small which is nice for city parking - I've fit it into spaces nobody else but a SmartCar could use a few times. Plus, it's basically a Toyota, so it should be reliable.

I did also look at the Mazda 3, and liked it a lot, but it was more expensive and the fuel efficiency was worse than the Scion. And my friends who have Nissan Altimas have been pleased with them.

All that being said, I totally understand the weird, irrational edge when you have decided what you want and are just looking for reasons to confirm it - my roommate told me when I had gotten to that point with the Scion, and I went and bought it the next day :)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
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All that being said, I totally understand the weird, irrational edge when you have decided what you want and are just looking for reasons to confirm it
It's very annoying! Logically, it seems the Altima would be the better, proven bet, but I really wish it had steering audio controls for the same price as I would get them on the Mazda6. Maybe I should just cough up even more dough.
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From:twenty8penguin
Date:February 10th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
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1) The Mazda6 is hot. Go with it.

2) Daphne is NOT dead. NO. At least with Elle we watched her corpse burn. We didn't even see a Daphne corpse! We just saw her get shot... and then... and then Parkman! Yeah, he went crazy and killed the Initiative guys, but he would not be functioning like normal in the next scene if Daphne was dead, right? (I'm in denial. Parkman + Daphne = adorable. Daphne = adorable. Hiro and Ando calling her 'Nemesis' = adorable. She can't be dead!)
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From:schnappycat
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to be THAT annoying girl and say that you should buy American or at the very least try out the Ford. But I'm very biased and now watching my FIL and step-dad possibly lose their pensions as the auto companies fail and Detroit goes to hell.
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From:toughcookie42
Date:February 11th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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I agree. My dad's company deals heavily with Chrysler (oops). How about a Sebring, Sunil?
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:February 10th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
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I vote for the Mazda and I have no justification other than I think it's a cooler car.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
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That is part of my justification as well! But am I making a mistake? MISTAKES MAKE ME CRY.
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From:cmbarrytx
Date:February 10th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
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I have a Ford Fusion with the smaller engine. It has lots and lots of get up and go. I love it. After 18 months, my complaint is that the sun visors are too small.

I think that it is based on the same or very similar frame to the Mazda, fwiw.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. Well, I'll see what I think of it when I drive it. I know Ford's reliability as improved, so that's a plus.
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From:punzerel
Date:February 10th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
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A new new car? Exciting! I have no useful advice to offer, though. We have an Echo, which is jolly, but it makes whistley noises when the window's open and you're going fast. (I think Echoes are now Yaris-es, though.) Oh, and in the UK and Ireland we drove an adorable little Ford Fiesta, which was both delightful as a car and afforded us many opportunities for fiesta-related jokes. But those may not exist in North America. So basically, my comment is useless.
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From:gymble
Date:February 11th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
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Someone else has an Echo? I love my little car for city driving. It complains anytime I have to go up hills though. But nothing's better than snagging a parking spot too small for everyone else. And yes to the road noise - even with the window closed, it's pretty bad on the highways.
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From:thetheatremouse
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
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I have nothing you want to hear on the car front (probably) because my first and only thought is, dude, if you're going new, get a Prius.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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That's about $10K more than I want to spend.

Huh, wait, they're not as expensive as I thought (the Camry Hybrid is up there); it's actually only about $5K more now that I've increased my range. And it has almost everything I want standard, just a couple thousand more to get everything else. Intriguing. I will give it a look. I suppose the savings in gas could be worth it.
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From:djhacidic
Date:February 10th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I just got a KIA Spectra and I love it, it has great gas mileage and got a great safety rating. It also zips around like one of those drift cars in Tokyo Drift if you are into that kind of thing.
From:birdsarecalling
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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I own a 1999 Honda Civic, and I would endorse the model as a whole! The Civic isn't the sexiest car out there, but it handles really well, and I swear, the thing is frikking immortal. Mine has >150k kilometers on it and it still drives like new.

I am convinced that Claire's texting pal is Meredith. How do they expect us to believe that she burned to death last season, when she is THE MISTRESS OF FIRE? That makes very little sense even for Heroes.
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From:missquita
Date:February 10th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
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My parents just got a Nissan Altima, instead of a Malibu (which they wanted but ended up not liking), and they really like it. I do agree, though, that the Mazda is sportier, which might be more fun for you.
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From:kremlindusk
Date:February 10th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I think my friend has the Mazda 3 and she loves it. We have a Mini Cooper and it's the most fantastic car EVAR and I love it muah muah. Seriously, it was my dream car and it actually lived up to expectations. It's just a regular Cooper, not an S, and it's an automatic. (It's also used: 2002.) Anyway, it was cheap and even though it takes Premium gas, it's still cheaper to drive than my Saturn. (Which is another good car. I'd recommend it as a *practical* car, but practical is no fun, dammit.)

I'd say look at Mini Coopers or Clubmans (a little bigger if you want something bigger). The new ones are pretty good in crash tests. Ours is a bit of a death trap because it was before they stepped up the safety designs, but, well. It stops on a dime, so maybe that'll help us avoid any accidents in the first place. (The only thing I would say is if you don't have a nearby Mini dealership, don't bother. You have to really love your car to be okay with driving an hour to get it fixed. *I* would do it, but I doubt a normal, non-Mini obsessed person would do it.)

Anyway, Mini is fun. Saturns are sturdy and drive nice. Nissan lasts a LONG time, last I checked. Hyundai is good and has some great warranty that made my mom decide to get one, but they're not very fun or fancy (though I do like their hatchbacks).

So I know I'm not helpful. Sorry. Of what you're looking at and what has been mentioned here, I recommend Mazda, Scion or that Prius. And what's that new one? It's really pretty but I know nothing about it... Oh, the Toyota Venza. I haven't even seen one on the street yet but it's cute and looks like it'd be good on gas. Toyotas feel kinda chintzy inside to me, though.

*shutting up now*
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From:sterope
Date:February 11th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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I have a Toyota Corolla, and it recently hit 100,000 miles. Despite the fact that it's not in the best shape aesthetically since I've parked it outside in Arizona for eight years, it still works!
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From:toughcookie42
Date:February 11th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
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I have a Mazda3, as you recall, so I vote for the Mazda6. But I think you should at least test-drive the Fusion. I really like that car, especially if you're looking for a mid-size sedan.
I'm sorry if I insult anyone on your flist, but please do not buy a Hyundai or a Kia. I see them as good economy cars that are slowly but steadily gaining acceptance and credibility in America, but they're not quite there yet. Mazdas are good, and Fords are like tanks, you can drive them into the ground.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 11th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
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Ma Finch always says that when you make your pro and con list, the important thing isn't which list is longer--it's which list you're trying to make longer.
Is that list the good list or the bad list?

Did you pay the 15 bucks or whatever to get the Consumer Reports reports on each model you're interested in? The $30 or $45 is totally worth your peace of mind to be sure you're getting a reliable, safe car.
I might do that once I narrow it down. I think I'm down to three right now: the Altima, the Mazda6, and the goddamn Prius. I am still baffled and confused that the Mazda6 is so awesome yet the cheapest one. It's so stylish!
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From:cofax7
Date:February 11th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
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I really like the Mazdas, having driven them numerous times via Zipcar. I like 'em. Sporty and yet not too expensive, reasonable mileage, handle well. Dunno about the Nissan or the others, I haven't driven them. If I were getting a new car, I would absolutely be considering a Mazda.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:February 11th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think I've pretty much settled on the 6 at this point. I don't think anything else has a chance, you know? The decision was made as soon as I stepped out of the car. The main strikes against it are that it doesn't get great gas mileage and it's fairly large, so it won't park well. Which may mean more circling than usual on the rare occasions I can't BART into SF. But because I don't drive excessively, the tradeoff may be worth it to have fun and feel good about myself when I do drive.

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