…or at least new to me…
So, I’ve looked around a bit for a vehicle to replace the Buick and come up with a few options. I have test driven a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire GT and a 2002 Chrysler Neon LE, both in showroom condition. I liked the Neon. Its a big step forward from the 1998 that I drove when testing cars last time I was in the market. The pric, however, was a bit steep, in my opinion, for a used vehicle.
I’ve also talked on the phone to the dealer that I bought my last car from and what he had to offer didn’t seem appealing to me. The vehicles were in my price range, but they all had an issue or two.So, that’s not an avenue that I want to pursue, as I want a good, reliable car that will get me back and forth from work and to take my family on the occasional out of town visit.
So, that narrowed the choices down to what I test drove last night. I got behind the wheel of a 2000 Dodge Intrepid which was in showroom shape. It had a smooth ride and the 2.7l V6 engine produced decent power. It was quiet and reasonably roomy as well. The only thing that I’m a bit worried about is the engine. There seems to be a lot on the net about this engine not lasting, and I don’t need a new car with a new engine required soon after purchase. By the way, for the Intrepid owners, pure synthetic oil is supposed to be your savior.
This brings the testing down to a 1999 Hyundai Sonata. I found it difficult to find anything negative said about this vehicle. Many reviews praised it as a good move on Hyundai’s part, causing some competition for Honda, WV, and Toyota in the mid-sized market. This vehicle has only 60,000kms on it, which is another bonus. It may be a ’99, but its been driven as little as a much newer car. I like it because the cabin is still roomy, but the car takes up less space on the road, while still driving smoothly and confidently, like a larger vehicle. The price was better than what else I had been trying out, as well. I’ve chosen this one, so, if all goes well, it will be mine in a few days. I’ll let you know. Maybe I’ll even find a digital camera and take a few pictures.