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      10-14-2011 01:44 PM #1
      Is this a good rule to follow?

      And I'm talking about the first year of a new model
      Last edited by Bad.Content; 10-14-2011 at 01:57 PM.

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      10-14-2011 01:45 PM #2
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      10-14-2011 01:46 PM #3
      I'll let you know when my '12 Focus arrives.
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      10-14-2011 01:47 PM #4
      What car are we talking about? Honda fit first year? Sure! Porsche first year, not quite...

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      10-14-2011 01:47 PM #5
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    6. 10-14-2011 01:47 PM #6
      Early adopters almost always get screwed. especially with tech.
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      10-14-2011 01:48 PM #7
      depends

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      10-14-2011 01:50 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Woo View Post
      I'll let you know when my '12 Focus arrives.
      Focus has been on sale for a number of years....

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      10-14-2011 01:50 PM #9
      I don't know how solid a rule it is, but its still one I follow. It has more to do with the brand and how new it is for me though.

      I really like the idea of a 2012 Impreza wago for the wife, but new engine and new transmission in a 1st year car scare the bejesus out of me...even if its a brand I trust.

      On the flip side, we're also looking at a Prius for her. We'll likely go new as used costs are ridiculous, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy a a first year model of the current style as its a brand I trust, and was largely a carryover with new skin (I think).

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      10-14-2011 01:51 PM #10
      Each model should be evaluated on its own, no blanket rules exist like this.

      The 2010 Golf/GTI is essentially a carryover besides design. Would be perfectly fine, yet is the first MKVI.

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      10-14-2011 01:51 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad.Content View Post
      Focus has been on sale for a number of years....
      Are you talking all new cars, or new generations within a model?

      All new car? No way.

      New generation? Depends. See my post right above this one.

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      10-14-2011 01:52 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Subwoofers View Post
      Early adopters almost always get screwed. especially with tech.
      I've always mentally told myself not to get cars the first year of production. Then I go ahead and buy them anyway. I'm only had a couple of first year teething problems that weren't that bad. I think the bigger issue these days lies with infotainment options. I wouldn't want to get the first year of a new revision of a fancy Sync/iDrive/MMI/etc interface. Bugs in that software would drive me batty.

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      10-14-2011 01:52 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Eg2Driver View Post
      What car are we talking about? Honda fit first year? Sure! Porsche first year, not quite...
      first year as in a brand new model. such as the ft-rs coming out. or the chevy volt

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      10-14-2011 01:52 PM #14
      If everyone went by that theory, then there will be nio improvement for the next model, because no one bought the first one to begin with.
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      10-14-2011 01:53 PM #15
      Screw it. Just buy what you want.
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      10-14-2011 01:53 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by pwm View Post
      Are you talking all new cars, or new generations within a model?

      All new car? No way.

      New generation? Depends. See my post right above this one.
      yes, new car

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      10-14-2011 01:55 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad.Content View Post
      yes, new car
      Ah. From my understanding, the line of thought was "Never get the first year of a new model," which takes into account new generations.

      If you want to narrow it down to simply an all-new car for the first year? Yeah, that's kind of a gamble.

      2012 Focus = new generation
      2011 Cruze = new car
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      10-14-2011 01:57 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Woo View Post
      Ah. From my understanding, the line of thought was "Never get the first year of a new model," which takes into account new generations.

      If you want to narrow it down to simply an all-new car for the first year? Yeah, that's kind of a gamble.

      2012 Focus = new generation
      2011 Cruze = new car
      yea thats what i should have said

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      10-14-2011 01:59 PM #19
      Buying it new or used? If it's new, who cares, you've got warranty to back you up. If you're in the used market, maybe not. A 2004 Touareg, for example, is an awfully risky proposition unless it's had every TSB in the book done.
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      10-14-2011 01:59 PM #20
      This doesn't just go for cars, but anything that uses technology.

      I usually wait until technology proves itself before I start thinking about purchase.

      I don't by anything (including cars) when it's first released. I prefer others to take their chances.

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      10-14-2011 02:05 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Professor Gascan View Post
      Buying it new or used? If it's new, who cares, you've got warranty to back you up. If you're in the used market, maybe not. A 2004 Touareg, for example, is an awfully risky proposition unless it's had every TSB in the book done.
      Warranty's nice, but it's barely consolation when you're standing on the side of the freeway waiting for your free roadside assistance.
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      10-14-2011 02:10 PM #22
      If you buy it new, and it's got a warranty, who cares?

      On that note...if you're buying used/out of warranty, you're setting yourself up for potential woes.

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      10-14-2011 02:20 PM #23
      Well, I'm not on a new car budget... but that's what I was taught.

      It makes sense, to me. The manufacturer will only have made a [relatively] small number of pre-production prototype cars for testing. Some manufacturers will test more thoroughly than others.

      Even the best testing won't reveal potential long term problems and pattern failures the same way as it will to sell tens of thousands of the car and wait for them to break.


      That being said, I would make an exception for new generation cars where the engine and transmission are proven designs and a direct carryover from the previous generation.

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      10-14-2011 02:30 PM #24
      In the case of the 7th generation Accord, this absolutely applies. In the case of the 8th generation Accord, the opposite applies.
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      10-14-2011 02:52 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by maskedSONY View Post
      In the case of the 7th generation Accord, this absolutely applies. In the case of the 8th generation Accord, the opposite applies.
      in case of both Accords, this applies to neither

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