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Old 01-12-2013, 07:58 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by kam327 View Post
... There are those out there who actually like the Aztec.
If you are saying they actually like the way it looks I'm having a hard time believing that. Are you assuming that, or do you actually know some? I can see differences of opinion on the Focus and the Dart, but the Aztec? Are we talkin' about the same car?

http://www.netcarshow.com/pontiac/2003-aztek/

Come to think of it, you did say just that they like it, not that they thought it looked attractive. I guess there could be some reverse-snob-appeal thing about it, and you wouldn't have any trouble picking it out on a crowded parking lot full of Hondas and Toyotas. Or rhinoceros and hippopotamus, for that matter.

That's also a problem you wouldn't have with a Focus, but in a better way to my eye. I don't think it struck me as really good looking when I first saw it, just better than the Mazda3 that had been on the top of my short list to buy up 'til then. (Also not the most attractive looking car around, but nowhere near Aztec level ugly.) The Focus is distinctive, but not as odd as the Mazda big smile. I think it is more that I have talked myself into liking the way the Focus looks because I like other things about the car, rather than liking the way it looks right away. Styling is never the top concern to me in buying a car, anyway. (I guess that's obvious if I'd even consider buying a Mazda3.)

The Dart looked pretty good to me the first time I saw a picture of it, especially those wheels, but it looks only slightly more exciting to me than a Jetta GLI or Civic Si. (I wouldn't call either of them ugly, just a bit plain.) I think the "racetrack" tail lights on the Dart are a bit gimicky looking, though.

The Dart price is pretty good for all you get, especially for anyone who buys a car by the pound. No matter how good it looks, or how good its price is, or how good it might feel to drive, I'd be pretty wary of buying anything from Chrysler. Even if it came straight from Fiat/Alfa Romeo I would give it at least a year to mature. I'm still working hard to trust Ford enough to buy a 2013 Focus.

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Originally Posted by cobie56 View Post
if u only look at numbers u are correct, however, there is more to dollar amounts that make a car a good deal.

Much depends on the execution of the design. From what i've read the focus wins hands down in the dynamics and handling dept., for example.

The worth of a car is not only in it's cost.
Like cobie56 said. It takes more than a good price to sell me. Even good looks and good reviews don't matter as much to me the opinions of people who own and have lived with the car do.
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