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  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I would not recommend a 15 year old car as a first car. A few years old maybe, but not 15 years.
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    You might also want to try a Hyundai. My sister has a late 90s Hyunda sonata (I think - it's the mid-level sedan) that she just beats up and does not take care of, but it just runs and runs. In general, I've heard Hyundai makes pretty reliable cars...
  • corkscrewcorkscrew Posts: 254
    We bought our 93 Integra new and except for routine maintanence we have had two issues. Replaced the brakes and the main relay (see acura integra engine questions post # 6 and 8). I know of three owners,two have 93s and one has a 92. We all agree that these cars are the most trouble free we've ever owned. The owner of the 92 had the timing belt replaced a month ago, he has 120k on the odometer and the manual says to replace at 90k. The mechanic told him that he could have waited another year.
    In any case I strongly recomend a Carfax report before buying.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I understand you have had good fortune with you car. I wouldn't give a new driver a 15 year old car. To much at stake should some component break leaving them stranded, imo. Kids got a 5 year old car. But many parents like getting their kids luxury cars costing $40K or more. But that is another conversation.
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,612
    I agree...5 years should be tha limit and the less techno, the better. KISS! This will be the practice car!! :cry:

  • from_flfrom_fl Posts: 113
    My first car was Ford Pinto(bold moves).
    Second/Last Ford one was Ford Escort.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I had a 1978 Ford Pinto... Green on Green.
    What a POS! lol
  • corkscrewcorkscrew Posts: 254
    My daughters first car was a ten year old Pinto, My sons first car was a 12 year old Mercury Linx. Both cars were in the junk yard after one year. Bottom line: Get a vehicle that is as reliable as you can find.
  • skk480skk480 Posts: 7
    I'm sorry to sidetrack a thread, but i'm new to the board and was uncertain where i could obtain an answer.
    I have the choice of a 07' Lexus GS 350 AWD fully loaded and a 07' Mercedes E350 4 matic with a nice package (not premium package 1 and sports package that is free). The lexus is 50k (out the door) and the Mercedes is 52k (out the door). All things considered, which vehicle would you suggest to purchase. Thank you.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I'd look at a 2004-2005 Hyundai Elantra. Low cost when bought used, not a problematic car, and well-equipped in most cases.

    If you can swing more $, I'd look at a used Civic or Accord (if you like Hondas), or a used Corolla or Camry (although as a younger person myself, I'd pick a Honda over a Toyota anyday as the more fun car).
  • I'm in the market for a new sedan. I drive with my job, both city and highway, 30k miles per year. My mechanic says Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, I'd like to add Nissan Altima to the mix based on design alone. My big considerations are:
    1. Great with high mileage .. I'll drive it past 150k.
    2. Decent gas mileage.


  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    The Accord and Camry imo, are head and shoulders above the Altima. If you want good gas mileage the 4 cylinder is the ticket. Accord has firmest ride of the group. If you are adventerous check out the Camry Hybrid.
  • cj7375cj7375 Posts: 15
    I am not sure Accord and Camry are "head and sholders" above Altima. Although youadded "IMO" ...

    I have currently Civic 2007 and Altima 1997, and I tell you the Altima was and is a bulletproof car for me.

    I love the new Civic 2007, too. It is fast, quite and very economical in terms of gas mileage.

    I expect the Civic to be very reliable as well.

    I've driven Camry and Accord. They are nice cars, too. But head and sholders above ... hm ...

    I am eyeing the Altima and won't be long before I get to the dealer for a spin.

    I already tried the new Camry, it is not bad but I have the feeling that it lacks something. And I do not know what, yet.

    Also, the newest Jeta 2.5 L is good and loaded with features, but reliability is an issue there.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
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  • mxcarnemxcarne Posts: 1
    I currently have a 2001 dodge durango with the 5.9 motor. I use it mainly for daily driving and towing my dirt bikes to the track or trails. I may be switching jobs soon and will be commuting about 3 times farther than I am right now. Right now I average about 14mpg. :cry:

    I will more than likely be trading the Durango in for something more economical due to gas prices and the longer commute. The problem is I still want to be able to haul 2 adult dirt bikes and occasionally my daughters little 50cc dirt bike.

    Over all I dont think I will be pulling more than 1200lbs once a month on average. Any suggestions as to which car might best suit my needs.

    Here is kind of what I'm looking for:
    25-30mpg avg
    Front-wheel Drive or all wheel drive
    Around $12K used with under 40k miles
    Manual trans. preffered but automatic is ok
    maybe something kinda sporty ;)
  • jenno2jenno2 Posts: 13
    I realize this may be very subjective, but I am trying to decide between the Space Gray metallic and the Sparkling Graphite Metallic with the saddle brown/black dakota leather interior. Any preferences. I haven't seen many of the space gray. I currently have the Sparkling Graphite on my 330i. Thanks.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,725
    Gee... I was going to tell you that Sparkling Graphite sounds better than it looks, but if you already have one, maybe I won't.. ;)

    I vote for Space Gray.. not a lot of them, and it's a nice color.. Sparkling Graphite really changes depending on the light, and not always in a good way... IMHO


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  • Part of your problem is that it will be difficult but not impossible to find something for around 12 K and less than 40,000 miles. How reliable was your Durango? My biggest fear with American is that reliability is suspect. I guess the vehicles I can suggest, would be a Toyota RAV 4 or a Honda CR-V. My best advice forget about sporty, if you can hold on to the Dodge for a little bit longer it might be worth it. Your other option is to find a sedan, maybe a Subaru, wagon, and equip it with a trailer hitch. Hope I was some help.

    possible sedans

    honda civic
    toyota corolla
    i don't think this will satisfy your taste but it is an attempt.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I wouldn't buy a Plymouth with even YOUR money.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Avoid the Chrysler product, especially from that time-frame (late 90s-early 00s).

    I'd go with the Saturn (although neither of these would be on my list, the Saturn would be the lesser of two evils in my eyes).
  • For those of you that have a Yaris....Do you like it and Have you had any problems with it?
  • I'm thinking of buying either an Accord or Civic and don't know whether to go with a 4 or 6 cylinder. I previously owned an Accord and a Civic, both got over 200,000 miles but both also were a bit sluggish going up hills and/or passing someone. My friend says go with a V6 but my mechanic said go with a 4 cylinder because V6's are twice as costly to maintain. What are your thoughts?
  • I say drive the 4-cylinder and decide then.

    What year was your previous Accord?

    Where 4-cylinder's used to be 130 horsepower or so 10-15 years ago, now they have closer to 200 hp. I have a 4-cylinder Accord (166 hp) and it is dang quick. The V6 is just excessively fast to me.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    We had a VTec 4 cyl Accord EX and yes, it was quick enough, but wasn't a whole lot better on gas than the 6, and made one heck of a racket when the accelerator was floored.

    It totally depends on your style of driving and what you prefer.

    I'll say this though...
    We had the car for 7 years and put 190,000 miles on it, and it never skipped a beat, and never gave us a problem of any kind.
    Honda can show you scheduled maintenance costs ahead of time so you can compare these costs if you wish, but both are very dependable and I wouldn't worry much about out-of-warranty repairs.
  • Im stuck between the Honda Civic LX and Mazda 3 iTouring both are great cars and a little spaced out in reliability. I would like to know how much has everyone paid for maintence and repairs on the Civic and Mazda3, preferably 2003 models but all welcome.
    P.S. dont include oil changes and normal maintence. Thanks
  • if you want a reliable car go for the Yaris. If you want a better looking car and safer car go for the Honda Fit or Nissan Versa. I have a Yaris and I like it but its small for me a 6'0" guy i barely have any headroom in it. Want anymore help just ask
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi - welcome to CarSpace! It sounds like this discussion is just what you need: Honda Civic vs Mazda3. Have a look and join right in.
  • You still didn't really answer my question (I'm assuming it's a Generation 6 model 1999-2001 or so if your Accord was bought new 7 years ago)

    If so, that's 150 horsepower (about 145 if you go by the new SAE testing procedures for hp). The new Accord EX has 45 more horses (for a total of 190), an extra gear in the transmission, and i-Vtec (more flexible than the basic Vtec motor in the V6 cars). As for racket, well, that's not the 4-cyl talking, that's a lack of sound deadening on Accords in general. The V6 would've made noise too, just a different noise.

    The absolute best thing for you to do is to drive a new Accord yourself.The new V6 Accord already gets nearly identical mileage to the Gen VI 4-cyl (which gets 23/30 - the new Accord would get 22/32 under the old standard that your car is rated on).

    Personally, I'm a 20 year old male car enthusiast, and the 166 hp coupled with the five speed Auto is plenty quick (puts a grin on my face when I punch it at 45 on the on-ramp).
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    My brother-in-law just bought a new accord.
    I'm very happy for him and I'm glad he likes it, but it does absolutely nothing for me at all.
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