We have a thread for what people drove before buying the FFH... for younger ones like me who haven't owned more than 1 car before getting the FFH, here's a thread to talk about what else you had on your list when car-shopping, before settling on the FFH!
I started poking around in April 2014 when my exams ended, and actually bookmarked autotrader listings and maintained a spreadsheet in my Dropbox as I looked around. I went to test drive a few cars as well. My list of potential alternatives:
- Ford Fusion 1.5L brand new - Previously test drove the 2.5L over the winter holidays and liked the car. Wanted to have the leather and tech options and the 1.5L was the cheapest way to access those. Did not get to test drive the ecoboost, but I did waste hours on the ford.ca site building and rebuilding a 1.5L ecoboost just the way I wanted it and then oogling at the pictures.
- 2009 BMW 528i xDrive - Fully loaded with over 100,000 km. I knew it would be a dumb purchase with many trips to the dealer, but come on, a nice BMW for less than $20k CAD! And make everyone else jealous! So I went to test drive it. Check engine light came on during the test drive LMAO. Also the park distance control was stupid - the front sensors are disabled by default so that they "don't go off during traffic", as if people actually stop THAT close in traffic... if you're pulling into a space and want the front sensors to warn you, you need to remember to press the P button first. Today's 2015 BMWs still have that problem. And the iDrive system was not fun to use (using a freaking KNOB and not a touch screen to key in GPS destinations...). And there was no backup camera. Glad I didn't make the mistake of buying this.
- Chevrolet Volt brand new - Ontario government offered over $8k in rebates, much better than BC which only offered $5k. Test drove the car and liked it, but was a little peeved by the lack of power adjustable seats. Trunk was great though, much better than the FFH. Unfortunately, when I enquired about the rebate, I learned I'd need to keep the car registered in Ontario for at least 12 months after purchase to qualify. I was planning to leave the province in 2 months, so no Volt for me. I was really close to closing a deal, and both the dealer and I were disappointed.
- 2011 Acura TL - Still had a bit of warranty left with only 50,000 km, and residual value is one of the best-in-class, and as a Honda product the reliability is never something you even need to look at. Same UX problem as the BMW though - the navigation is controlled by some weird knob thingy and I much prefer touch screens. Also the 3.7L V6 engine was even more inefficient than the 3.0L duratec V6 in my 2008 Fusion. Plus the new Fusion had more tech options. Still, the driving experience was pretty good - responsive and sporty with comfortable seats.
- 2009 Lexus ES350 - Good all around, felt good as new despite having over 100,000 km, had a touchscreen navigation (unlike newer Lexuses), but the navigation software itself was crap, worse than even the Gen 1 sync on my 2008 Fusion. I'm already familiar with Lexus systems as my parents have them, and was hoping this ES would be a bit more modern, but nope, same outdated crap that doesn't even read out street names. Also the dealer staff were not very friendly (excessively pushy in fact), so even if the car suited my needs I probably wouldn't have bought it. I left the dealership with an angry face.
- Hyundai Sonata brand new - The 2010-2014 car is still a damn good looking car, better looking than its successor. Read reviews of the tech and the touchscreen nav looked suitable for me. Test drive was impressive too. As with the Fusion 1.5L, I saw this as a very compelling brand new purchase.
Then I saw a former demo FFH on autotrader, perfect colour combo, all desired options, great price, only 2000 km... and it became mine! The day after I finally drove off with the FFH, the Hyundai dealer called me back to ask if I still wanted a new Sonata (they didn't have the colour combo I wanted in stock but found one at another dealer's inventory and were prepared to truck it over). I told them I'd already found and purchased the perfect car
Edited by machoman1337, 09 June 2015 - 10:36 PM.