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Old 09-02-2010, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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You might remember me as the one with the 2000 Chevy Malibu that had the intake manifold gasket problem. Well, I'm back again to report that the fuel injectors were junk, the engine had a fuel leak, etc., etc., and most importantly, the valves were bent - basically, it's a lemon, plain and simple, a veritable piece of **** that I now have $753 bill for repairs, only to get virtually nothing in return (I brought it in Wednesday; my brother repaired the intake, although he inserted the rods the wrong way and made other grave mistakes). The guy at the repair shop said that in all honesty, I'm better off just looking for another used car. In addition, I was diagnosed nearly a year ago with a low-grade brain tumor, which has re-oriented my priorities more to the "now" and less to the future, so I want to get the things I want to do done soon. One of those things is to visit more counties (yup, counties), which entails taking road trips. Obviously, the Malibu is out of the question for this purpose. I'm now searching for another car.

My budget is anything under $9,000, ideally under $6,000, that:

> Is reliable as possible
> Has cruise control
> Is automatic
> Is reasonably comfortable (I don't need a "plush" car)
> Has good gas mileage (must be >25 mpg highway, ideally >30 mpg)

Can anybody here help me find what I'm looking for? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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My choice would be '04 or '05 4 cylinder Honda Accord. These cars don't need to be babied and can handle high mileage without setting you back thousands in repairs.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Sorry to hear that. I second the Honda idea but would look at Civics instead. You could probably get one a couple years newer for the same price as an Accord. Maybe even slightly better MPG.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Honda Accord, Civic, and you might find some Mazda 3's around for that price, you can't really go wrong with Subarus, but their automatic transmission might be a bit archaic, though I wouldn't know, I've never driven an auto Subaru.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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How about a Toyota Avalon?
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:18 AM
 
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The Avalon is a V6 so it'll guzzle more gas than comparable 4-cylinder cars like Camry or Accord. They're very roomy, especially the rear seat, but unless you're traveling with larger adults in the back, it's probably overkill.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I'd say a Corolla. Good gas mileage, comfortable ride.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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1998 Toyota Avalon XLS 2 year warranty included (http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/ctd/1932676673.html - broken link)

I'm convinced. 2 year warranty.
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