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Old 03-21-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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Hi, all. I'm considering 2 used cars and would like some input from the experts here. Money is not really a factor as I will be paying cash. My main criteria is reliability and low repair costs for 3-5 years.

The 1st car is a '99 Corolla. It has 92 K with auto tranny. Drove great, you could hardly hear it idle. Body and underbody look good with only the usual small dings and scratches here and there. All components work. 2 owner car that seems to have been meticulously cared for. The only drawback is manual windows. Price asked is 5,000. I'd try to negotiate of course.

2nd car is 2006 Kia Spectra, 60 K with auto tranny. Also drove great, all components work. Body and underside condition similar to Corolla. I don't remember if he's original owner but looks well cared for. I hear recommended timing belt and water pump change at 60 K for these cars which he hasn't done. Asking 6,400 OBO.

I mainly just drive to work and small errands. Most miles will be in-town and I'll likely average 4-5 thousand miles a year. Once again, Reliability is my main concern. Which would be better buy?
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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of the two you are choosing between, i would prefer the toyota. if the kia has not had the timing belt replaced yet, it will cost you about $500(iirc i may be low on the price though) to replace it. as for the manual crank windows, that is no big deal, in fact it is one issue you dont have to worry about spending big money to replace a small electric motor should the window fail to operate properly.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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You decide since their are about even............

1999 Toyota Corolla Reliability - MSN Autos

2009 Kia Spectra5 Reliability - MSN Autos

2009 Kia Spectra Reliability - MSN Autos
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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He's looking at an '06 Kia, not an '09. Normally 3 model years wouldn't make a lot of difference but in Hyundai/Kia's case it very well might.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Hi, all. I'm considering 2 used cars and would like some input from the experts here. Money is not really a factor as I will be paying cash. My main criteria is reliability and low repair costs for 3-5 years.

The 1st car is a '99 Corolla. It has 92 K with auto tranny. Drove great, you could hardly hear it idle. Body and underbody look good with only the usual small dings and scratches here and there. All components work. 2 owner car that seems to have been meticulously cared for. The only drawback is manual windows. Price asked is 5,000. I'd try to negotiate of course.

2nd car is 2006 Kia Spectra, 60 K with auto tranny. Also drove great, all components work. Body and underside condition similar to Corolla. I don't remember if he's original owner but looks well cared for. I hear recommended timing belt and water pump change at 60 K for these cars which he hasn't done. Asking 6,400 OBO.

I mainly just drive to work and small errands. Most miles will be in-town and I'll likely average 4-5 thousand miles a year. Once again, Reliability is my main concern. Which would be better buy?
I would prefer the Toy, one thing I would check carefully is the AT fluid level, if it's been over-filled, chances are someone added a pint of "snake oil" to try to cure some sort of transmission problem, running these a pint high can ruin the transmission oil pump - never mind how I know this.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:22 PM
 
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All I know is 5 k is top buck for the Toyota . It needs to be in top buck condition with service records etc,
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:26 PM
 
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Historically, I'd have to say the Corolla. Hands down.

However, I know that Kia has made monumental improvements in quality and reliability. I just don't know whether 2006 was before or after all those improvements took place.

So yeah... When all the dust has settled, I'd probably be leaning toward the Corolla.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:20 AM
 
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Thanks for the input everyone. Yeah, 5 grand is high for the Toyota. If I pick that one, hope to knock off some bucks there. I'm still mulling over the decision but hope to decide soon.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:04 AM
 
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the Toyota for sure... No question.. Much better car at a lower price
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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I would go for the Toyota as well. Those years were part of the high water mark for Toyota in terms of reliability and build quality. The current owner however is asking top retail dollar for the car. $3,000 would be about what it's worth if he sold it to a dealer and $5,000 represents the average dealer retail price. I would personally think around $4,000 is really a fair private sale price for a good condition car.

I would have to say to avoid the Kia. Those years have very little in common with the newer models. I personally wouldn't buy one used given their track record and the fact the 10 year / 100k mile warranty isn't transferrable.
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