: Farewell! Traded in the 2008 CTS4 Yesterday



thavil
05-12-13, 06:02 PM
After 18 months of aggravation in dealing with my 2008 CTS4, I traded it in yesterday on a Ford Fusion SE Hybrid. I hated to downgrade in cars but I really need great fuel mileage and the hybrid is the ticket. The 2nd Gen CTS is a beautiful car and will always love looking at them going down the road. I just messed up and bought the 2008 version with all of the problems. One of these days, I will be back on this forum with a new CTS or ATS.

Great group of posters here, keep up the good work on helping each other.

Tod

Z71
05-12-13, 06:43 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/business/energy-environment/for-hybrid-and-electric-cars-to-pay-off-owners-must-wait.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


If gas cost $5 a gallon, the TrueCar data estimates that the payback period for a hybrid Ford Fusion (http://autos.nytimes.com/2011/Ford/Fusion/245/10005/327314/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier) over the conventional Fusion would be six and a half years, compared with eight and a half years at $4. At $6 a gallon, the hybrid Toyota Camry (http://autos.nytimes.com/2011/Toyota/Camry/286/3311/322683/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier), Hyundai Sonata (http://autos.nytimes.com/2011/Hyundai/Sonata/250/2853/323889/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier) and Kia Optima (http://autos.nytimes.com/2010/Kia/Optima/255/2923/322490/researchOverview.aspx?inline=nyt-classifier) are likely to generate savings within four years.

MaxBuck
05-12-13, 09:07 PM
After 18 months of aggravation in dealing with my 2008 CTS4, I traded it in yesterday on a Ford Fusion SE Hybrid. Not being critical in the least, but I think it's ironic that you traded in a first-year design for another first-year design in hopes of improving reliability. If reliability were your aim, you'd have been better off looking at cars that have been on the market for awhile.

Chris Pelkey
05-13-13, 01:00 PM
I have a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid which I bought new. They give you 10 years or 100k warranty on the battery -I'm at 112k right now. What they don't tell you is that if the battery goes bad it costs $7,000 (that's right $7,000) to fix. I just paid $921 to fix replace the cooling fan for the battery. It gets 29-30 around town but only 24-25 on a trip at highway speeds. So it is a good news bad news kind or car. If my battery goes out do I spend the $7,000 or just call it a day and junk the car...

MoFex
05-13-13, 01:09 PM
thavil,

good luck!

If I was after fuel economy though I would go turbo-diesel.

tinman
05-13-13, 01:15 PM
Good luck. See you back here.