What's your idea of a spiffy, all-American car?

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Dear Car Talk | Dec 01, 1988

Dear Tom and Ray,
My wonderful 1979 Ford LTD will soon hit the 100,000 mile mark and I'm ready for a new car. Fortunately, I can afford to pay for a good, well designed car. I feel some weird, patriotic inclination to buy an American car. I want a well-constructed four-door car that looks spiffy (it must also be elegant for I will soon be 50 and I want to avoid trying to pretend I'm 25!) I want to keep this car for at least 5 years. I will use it mainly around town and for occasional trips of a few hundred miles. Like everyone else, I want a car with a good repair record. So guys, what do you suggest I look at?

TOM: You are a nice lady. I can tell from your letter. You've lived a good, clean life, you've tipped the postman and flossed your teeth, and now you're ready for your reward. Aren't you? I suggest you look at the new Lincoln Continental.

RAY: The new Continental is everything you've asked for and more. While luxury cars of its ilk used to operate more like ocean going vessels than automobiles, the new Lincoln steers and stops with precision. It's styling is subtle and elegant. It's safe, thoughtfully engineered, and is as classy as anything on the road today.

TOM: It is expensive--and built to stay that way--but you say you've got the bucks. If you've got fewer bucks than we're assuming you have, you may want to look at another Ford product, the Taurus. It's not as spiffy or luxurious as the Continental, but it is a well made, modern, solid sedan. If you want a General Motors car, take a look at the Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra International with the 3.3 liter engine.

RAY: Go for the Continental. You deserve it Susan, I can tell. And, by the way...can we arrange to borrow it to drive to the international seat cover convention next month?

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