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Best and worst car buys as model year changes

 

Five leftover bargains
2004 Ford F150 Heritage pickup
The arrival of an all-new 2004 F150 was rightly heralded, but Ford produces so many pickups at so many facilities, it had to continue to build the old model -- rebadged as the Heritage -- alongside the all-new model. These Heritage models have the same reliability and utility that made the F150 a best buy, and if you can find one on the back of a dealer's lot you can make a steal.
2004 Infiniti G35
One of the best entry-level sedans on the market, the G35 competes in a tough market and now has been eclipsed in performance by the new Acura TL. But for most drivers, the G35 is still a blast to drive, and dealers are now posting some attractive discounts.
2004 Corvette
Sure, there's a faster, better Corvette coming this fall, but the "old'' C5 model is no slouch. And unlike some cars, Corvettes from different eras hold their value pretty well, even when there's a newer model making a debut.
2004 Honda Odyssey
Toyota has remade its Sienna minivan, and the Nissan Quest is sharp as well. But what the '04 Odyssey lacks in avant-garde styling it makes up for with legendary Honda reliability.
2004 Chevrolet Suburban
We know what you're thinking -- gas is hovering around $2 a gallon and they're recommending a guzzler like the Suburban? Sure, it will take a half a C-note to fill the tank, but GM is offering as much as $6,000 in rebates on this beast, and that will pay for quite a few gallons of fuel.
-- Posted: Sept. 23, 2004
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