Car Buying Advice - Car Suggestions

jtrimbornjtrimborn Member Posts: 2
edited June 2017 in Acura
The transmission in my 2002 Acura TL is shot for the second time. I'm not even going to get into the story of the crappy mechanic but rebuilding a transmission twice within a year and 25,000 miles is not something I'm willing to do.

I'm looking for something no older than what I have so something between a 2002 and a 2007 or 2008. We're saving up to buy a house so I would rather avoid payments or at least want something I can pay off quick. I'm not overly concerned with looks but don't want a beater. I loved the Acura so I'm considering a 2006 or 2007 Acura (transmission problems are through 2005, I've heard).

I'd like something with the following criteria: a) known for lasting into high mileage b) easy to work on (I may be a woman but can replace things like radiators, starters and brakes myself) c) where I'm least likely to hear the words transmission problems (I know this will depend some on how the past owner maintained the vehicle but some cars (like my 2002 Acura) are know for their transmission problems) d) like to stay below $7000 e)prefer a car or something good on gas. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


  • BlakeBlake Member Posts: 63
    Hello @jtrimborn Sorry to hear about the transmission in the Acura! I would try my hardest to get the shop or mechanic to rebuild it again, free of charge.

    Unless it is 2006 and up, I would stay away from Acura and Honda, as you mentioned the transmissions are not that great in those years.

    I would suggest any Toyota, Nissan or even Hyundai/Kia. A Camry/Corolla or a Altima/Sentra will last forever, easy to work on, get good fuel milage and not go over your budget. If you are open to Hyundai/Kia, a Sonata or Optima would be a good choice as well.

    Feel free to let me know what zip code you live in and I would be glad to see if I can find some cars in your area that work for you. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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