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Old 04-09-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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At least some of the suzuki problems were design issues. It simply was not designed to be safe at speeds over 60. I had to laugh becuase the speedometer goes up to 140. There is not way that thing could go that fast and they need a skull and crossbones on the speedometer at the 80 mark.

Even if they were from other rental companies. I was surpised at how many problems there were at 30K miles or less. I looked at most of them, tried around five. Every single one had problems. It was not a case of some of them being bad. As far as I cold tell every one of them were bad. I did not look at all of them. There was a coupel there who got in one, drove it 50 feet and put it back. Drove off in another and came back while I was still trying to find something driveable. They looked at another and got in a different one and left. I did not look at any of the ones they rejected.

I think the Mazda 3 is decent, but the Mazda 2 was pretty much as crummy as the others. Just becasue it says Mazda does not make it as good as a Mazda 3.

I expected them to be crummy, but not THAT crummy.

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The Mazda 2 is built to a price. It has a measly 100 hp or so. It's basically a Yaris with a better color selection. It is related to the Ford Fiesta, but costs less. Thanks for the warning with the Suzuki. If I were buying new, I'd consider one of those, because they're dirt cheap. There's no resale value, either. I saw a couple of them on autotrader.com today in SE MI going for next to nothing.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I got my last Focus on Hotwire for $4.95/day out of Den. It was an SES w/ <12,000 miles. Since it was unlimited mileage I felt obliged to add ~ 3500 up in 7 days.

I was very pleased with everything except the auto tranny. (and the flat tire I had to have fixed in the boonies of NE. ) Now I carry a spare 'plug kit', since that is how the FORD dealership fixed it anyway.

I have rented several Yaris', They are my favoriote for hot summer days and Sonic Happy Hour (they have 6 cupholders w/i reach of driver.

They both get 38 - 42 mpg. Which is pretty impressive since I drive them very hard and in Mtns. I does irk me to have to get fuel so often... ~ 600 miles (I'm used to a 1200+ mile range on my VWs)
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Oh that's nice.

So next time I end up with a rental that has sonic slushes spilled over the seat and the thing drives like crap because it was "driven very hard", and the large hole in the tire finally blows out, I'll know who to thank.

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Old 04-09-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Oh that's nice.

So next time I end up with a rental that has sonic slushes spilled over the seat and the thing drives like crap because it was "driven very hard", and the large hole in the tire finally blows out, I'll know who to thank.

And here's where yet ANOTHER CD thread starts to take that right turn towards being snarky and bitter........

Mike
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Milledgeville, GA
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1. Nissan Versa
2. Hyundai Accent
3. Smart ForTwo
4. Ford Fiesta
5. Kia Rio
These cars were listed as the top 5 cheapest cars of 2012. These cars are of good quality through.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Aveo is a total pos.
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