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Monthly Archives: October 2011

What I think: Buying a used Pontiac G6

At its introduction in 2005, the Pontiac G6 replaced the Grand Am, a car that shouldn’t have been hard to improve upon. This was one of the last cars designed by the “old” General Motors, however, and so didn’t live up to its promise of much-improved reliability and build quality. Click here for the full article.

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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Autos.ca, Used vehicles

 

What I think: 2011 Kia Optima SX

Click here to read my Autos.ca review of the Kia Optima SX. The Optima is a great value no matter what version you choose, but in top-of-the-line SX trim, its turbocharged engine and tighter suspension turn it into a surprisingly sporty four-door. BMW 3 Series drivers won’t defect to Kia dealerships by the thousands or anything, but the Optima SX is a seriously well-made car that proves this company can run with some of the best in the business.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Autos.ca, Kia, Test Drives

 

What I think: Buying a used Toyota Avalon

Click here to read what I think about buying a used Toyota Avalon, an entry-level luxury sedan that fits somewhere above the Camry, but below Toyota’s Lexus “real” luxury line. It’s a supremely comfortable sedan that renders the similar Lexus ES irrelevant in many ways. However, this is one of the cars that reveals the recent cracks in Toyota’s long-standing reputation for reliability, with a handful of uncharacteristic problems, one of which could prove costly in the long run.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Toyota, Used vehicles, What I Think