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My next car?

I have been starting to look into which car will be lucky enough to be my next one since my Jeep has to be returned in April 2008, but will be returned early due to my being over-mileage. I have several things I am looking for in my next car, especially since I feel that I have worked very hard over the last four years, and deserve something special, though still within my price range.

I am looking for a sportier car, relatively roomy, good gas mileage (I'm tired of getting 18mpg), classy looking (for my career), and overall, affordable. After starting my research, I was a little depressed as it seemed that most of the cars (sedans and coupes) I was looking at were a little "older" than me.

Then on Friday, I saw a commercial for a car that was nice. Good gas mileage, neat features, nice interior and exterior, and fully equipped for $30,000 or so. So I went online and starting doing more research, and have decided that this may very well be the car I am looking for... but enough preface - it is the 2008 Altima Coupe 3.5 SE, which fully loaded with all the features I'd like (minus the $2000 technology package - unnecessary and expensive), is about $27,000 invoice and $30,000 MSRP.

This car is very sleek, sporty, and stylish. It's got horsepower that makes me smile (270 hp @ 6,000 rpm), good gas milage (20/34), and sport-tuned suspension. It also has all season tires (good for the winter, especially since it is FRONT wheel drive), moonroof, xenon headlights, dual exhaust, push button ignition, leather seats and wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, Bose radio system, and Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), which, unlike regular automatic transmission, it responds immediately to throttle input. This is all in addition to all the other features that come standard.

In addition to that, it's a damn good-looking car, and has received great reviews from both critics and customers. Because there are some downsides to the car (as there are with every car), I'll be looking into this car a little more in the next few months, as well as test-driving it, and if things pan out, you'll see me driving this pretty thang this coming winter.


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