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Old 04-11-2011, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Hyundai. It is my estimation that Hyundai is the Mr. Reliability of the future, to replace Honda and Toyota. I'd like to spend somebody else's money to find out if I'm right.

Having said that, it has always been true that buying an "entry level" car is (almost) never a good idea, the next step up is very much worth the extra bucks, whether you plan to trade in a few years, or run it until it's dead.

However, with Hyundai, you will pay only $1300 more for the Elantra than the Accent, and get better gas mileage to boot. This car should easily give you 200K miles, without any budget-busting repairs.

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Old 04-11-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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If you're willing to go a little more, you can get a pretty basic Mazda 2 for about $14,000 or a Mazda 3 for about $15,800, both before any rebates.

I am very pleased with my Mazda, and it's probably a better bet than a Versa or an Accent. Both of those are decent for their price, but if you can pick up a Mazda for $1000 or $1500 more, you'll be much better off. Same with a Sentra.

See what rebates are available on new cars before closing off a model.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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Get a used car for half that $13,000. It'll be 5 or 6 years old but if anything was wrong with it it most likely will have been fixed by now.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Get a Harley...
LOL they are not very reliable a honda or yamaha offers 3 times the factory warranty
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Kia SOUL...it's about 13K stripped
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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1999 Honda Civic HX m/t - 51.2 mpg hwy drive from Chicago to Memphis. When the oxygen sensor was good I was getting 44 mpg tanks driving around Houston. It's an easy to maintain car.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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Pontiac had a little hatchback that gets about 30MPG.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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I bought a 2011 Mazda2 about eight months ago and have not had a single issue with it. It's about the same size, cost, and mileage as its sister vehicle, the Ford Fiesta, but just a little more nimble in handling and came in the color I wanted. Of course both are more in the $15,000 range, but the 2 is a really good car for that amount. I have no idea if the problems in Japan will have an effect on the availability and pricing/discount offers on the 2, though--it's manufactured in Japan (no idea where the Fiesta comes from). I was a little miffed when I passed the Mazda dealer the other day and saw they had a financing deal on the 2 that is much better than the one I got. You may be able to snag some sort of deal that will get it into your price range.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Nissan Sentra at $15k. A bit over the budget of $13k but that car has been a solid little guy from day one (knock on wood).
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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Check out the Toyota Yaris.
I have 2 of them,very economical and reliable, i prefer the sedan version but some like the hatchback.. and yes thats a bash in front of the drivers door.
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