I’ve been car shopping lately.Â My ’93 Eclipse is pushing 200,000 miles and though I love the vehicle, peopleÂ have been suggesting thatÂ it may not last forever.
My search was hastened by a breakdown last month.Â The idle control motor failed during a battery change.Â The guy at Sears who replaced the battery swears it was a simple coincidence that the idle control motor failed at the exact same moment that he worked on myÂ vehicle.Â A thousand dollars later, I’m back in business.Â But it grates on me for two reasons:Â first, I think the tech broke it, and second, the car is only worth a thousand bucks to begin with.
Anyway, car shopping reminds me of how much I hate car shopping.Â Nothing like being conned by slick salesmen who conveniently ignore the fact that anyone can find out exactly what dealer costs are on a car — including incentives andÂ rebates from the factory.Â Â I’ve already investedÂ wayÂ too muchÂ effort for an asset that depreciates every day you own it.
Thus far, the candidates include:
- aÂ (used) Infiniti G35 Coupe
- a Hyundai Tiburon V6 (don’t laugh — it’s a nice car!)
- a V6 Ford Mustang
- a Honda Accord V6 Coupe
I like all four, so it’ll just come down to which one has the fewest drawbacks.Â The Infiniti is expensive, the Hyundai has no resale value, the Mustang has a poor reliability record, and the Accord is sold by a company whose salesmen I despise to the point that I swore I’d never buy from them.
They do make a nice vehicle, though.
Speaking of the Accord, someone pointed me to this $6 million advertisement for that car.Â Well worth watching.Â Hard to believe it only took them 606 takes.