chatbrat- The answer used to be Mercedes Benz, but not anymore. Get a hold on Consumer Reports review of Mercedes models. There wasn't one model that was even average. Ever model was below average in customer satisfation and cost of repairs. Read before you buy. The Mercedes has picked up the problem of the old American motors cars.
I have to agree with the comments about the Buicks. I have a 2005 Buick Rondevous with the 3.4 and it is a great vehicls. roomy, decent on gas mileage and safe enough that my insurance actually dropped when i tradedin my 1998 silverado
If you want to get technical - it was a piss-poor business decision. I'll try and sum it up:
- Chrysler gets out dated technology to place in their current line up (need proof, look at the Crossfire. Its essentially an outdated CLK320 with the 3.2 liter 215 HP engine. Benz now uses a new 3.5 liter engine in their cars (CLK350).
- Benz now suffers from poor quality. The R Class has the most reported problems of any Mercedes... EVER!!! Look at consumer reports. Black dots all the way.
Consumer Reports car reports are for ninnies and old folks. My Mercedes may need to go to the shop more than a Honda Civic, but it is a fantasy of the proletariat to suggest that Civic is a better car.
If you want to buy an American made road machine, buy a motorhome. Unfortunately, they are all put together with the lowest standards.
Hey....find a licensed dealer and get him to get you a car coming off lease at an auction....the dealer can give you a list that will be at the auction, a price range, and should give you a set commission......usually a great way to get a well cared for low mileage car at a good price....JMO SC
"Lease" and "well cared for" simply don't belong in the same sentence. 75% of the people I know who lease a vehicle don't take care of them. "What for? 15,000 mile oil changes, no transmission service, beat it to hell; it's going back to the dealer when the ashtrays get full" is their general attitude. People don't take care of what they don't own.
If you want a pleasant surprise, look at a Hyundai Azera. Don't scoff untill you look at one.....CVVT, Stability control, ABS, Traction control, all standard. 100K warranty, 260HP, 260 ft/lb of torque, every standard feature you can think of; all for much less cash. I'll bet there's a Hyundai dealer real close to where you're shopping - do yourself a favor and take a look.
perazzitms has hit the nail on the head! Hyundai's are a great buy,quality as good as or better than .....Honda,Toyota & Nissan & this comes from Ward's Automotive & JD Power.
I believe the the car with the best quality,best warranty,best value for your dollar is a Hyundai/Kia(same company).
Anyone considering buying needs to test drive an Azera. I think they will be more than pleased.