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Oct 1, 2011 4:05PM
What the hell does any of this have to do with older drivers?!?
Oct 1, 2011 4:04PM
I think you may have lost touch of reality sir. With most 401k's and savings paying nothing and losing value, the dollar diminishing in value, costs of medical care going through the stratosphere, taxes rising, average home tax what, $5,000.00 plus utilities and the retirees living on $15,000.00 annually. Calculate how much they can afford monthly to buy or lease the cars mentioned. It just isn't going to happen. Retirees are your used car buyers.
Oct 1, 2011 4:01PM
crap article by a typically lame msn source, does 'free-lance' ring a bell..., I'm almost 70 and wouldn't be caught driving any of those vehicles, not a coherent or cogent thought anywhere, just getting paid by volume, all quantity, no quality...
Oct 1, 2011 4:00PM
I live 40 minutes from the Lordstown plant which is next to Youngstown, Ohio that makes the Chevy Cruze. I cannot in good conscience buy a foreign vehicle. I know all the arguments that go back and forth whether to buy American or not or if it even matters. Well, to me it matters because if that plant fails it will be a Depression in this area and I am not into hurting thy neighbor.
Oct 1, 2011 3:42PM
I drove Chrysler 300M's, Chrysler Concords and a Dodge intrepids for a period of about 15 years and learned my lesson. I had multiple troubles with transmissions, air conditioners, window regulators, fuel systems (burned up one of the Concords) and a major engine failure due to sludging (Intrepid). They were junk, all breaking down within a year or two of purchase. I settled on Hondas four years ago and haven't had a breakdown since.
Oct 1, 2011 3:37PM
Really, are you serious Ms. Anderson? How many average retired Americans do you know, that driver a Benz or a Lexus when retired? How about supporting more of our Detroit auto makers instead. How about great standards like, Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac? There was only 1 Ford, and 1 Dodge in the mix. I have a small GMC pickup. I've put 230,000 miles on it, 3 sets of tires, and 2 brake jobs in 11 years. Repairs to date have cost under $3,000. It's easy to get in and out of, visibility is very good. Repairs cost less than Japanese vehicles and you have the safety of a boxed frame under you. Plus, the convenience to haul stuff around if you want.
It's apparent that the folks at Kiplinger need to do some more research on vehicles for 'older' drivers.
Oct 1, 2011 3:32PM
Being 45 year old male I really don't consider myself a "older" driver and would never be caught dead in any of these cars. I think the new Ford Mustang ( make mine a convertible ) is the only car that any automaker foreign or domestic has truly gotten right. Otherwise, I find most other modern vehicles very ugly.
Oct 1, 2011 3:27PM
I am 67 years old and bought a new Honda Odyssey last year and love it. I sit high when driving, that making it easy to get into and out of. The cargo room makes long trips for the four adults in our household for ten-day trips we take each year. It's a great pick for oldsters like me. I plan to buy my wife a 2012 Honda CR-V for Christmas, knowing that she'll love its roominess, safety and reliability.
Oct 1, 2011 3:26PM
Remember; We're talking about cars, "Can live with 'em, can't live without 'em".
Dennis952, thanks for the thumbs UP!
It looks like we are making some tremendous progress here!
Oct 1, 2011 3:15PM
You forgot a Yellow and Checker pattern Ford Crown Victoria with a yellow light on top. That's the absolute best car for older drivers.
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