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Old 05-12-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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It needs to be able to cope with stop and go traffic--to be able to go in an instant--of enough body size to drive with SUVs and tractor trailers and not be the most expensive beast ever designed.

I am inclined to think--go used. I know a reputable dealer--checked them out thoroughly--only handle the good manufacturers--those who trade with them must have thorough documentation of maintenance--even then--well it is a gamble.

I just can't pay $20,000. I want --sun/moon roof. moderately upgraded audio. safety/security ---Honda does all that. cloth interior works for me.

a while back i drove some of the newer ones--Civics of several kinds, Accords. and an element--my dog would like that. the Element seems to be my preferred vehicle--it is too expensive.

Civic Lx or Ex--i wish they still did the hatchbacks--best Honda ever Civic hatchback c. 1981.

any thoughts--i have to start looking again. sigh--such a JOB.

tia
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: United States
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Look at the c r v. We have had a couple. Great on the road and the awd is nice. Gas mileage isn't as good as suspected. Very reliable. I have an 08 civic n love it. Good luck future Honda owner!
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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Used Prius. Not sure how an Element is too expensive, tons of used ones under 20k....but they stopped making them due to no demand.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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i'll start thinking about the crv--must have the best brakes --ability to stay the course if knocked by crazy big vehicles. i've had 3 hondas. civic lx--almost made it to 200,000--knocked by a tractor trailer. that is always a possibility here--you should just see what goes on at peak times on the interstates. if you aren't absolutely focused--an idiot cuts in front--and if you think anyone will allow you to stay back as you are supposed to--think again.

i am hated-- i drive defensively--i can be prepared to let others cut in and will pull to the right as soon as i can. still 'they'--just feel they own the road.

i would be dead today if Honda didn't know what it knows and do what it does.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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If you want use, you should have no problem finding a CRV or Element for under $20k. Also look at the Fit. I know a few who have those and they love them and all get about 40mpgs on the highway.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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What is your price range? No one can help you without knowing how much you are willing to spend. You said, not $20k, does that mean $18k or $19k is fine, or does it mean more like $10k?
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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I don't know if it's as big as you want, but I got a pretty good deal on a used 2006 Accord in 2009. EX model with leather, sunroof, navigation system, V6 engine, and only 45k miles for $14,900 (just made my last payment last week, woo!) It would probably go for somewhere roughly around $12k-ish today from a dealer.

And don't disregard mom and pop car lots. That's where I bought mine from. I took it to a Honda dealership down the road before I purchased it and paid them $98 to do a thorough on it to make sure I wasn't getting a lemon (I've never heard of a car lot not letting you do this, and I wouldn't go within 100 feet of one that wouldn't). The worst they could find was that one of the indicator lights for the heated seats didn't come on...
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:44 PM
 
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What is your price range? No one can help you without knowing how much you are willing to spend. You said, not $20k, does that mean $18k or $19k is fine, or does it mean more like $10k?
i can't be sure at this point--leaning toward the lower end. i think i am an Accord person. fit too small --element --too expensive. i don't feel safe in a smaller car anymore. i know that--the Accord can be seen in the madness of SUV's and trucks and trailer rigs.

how good r my chances of surviving--that is the real question. if you have to anticipate spinning across 2-6 lanes of interstate traffic--best to be in a vehicle that is built to do that.

Porsche dealer has chosen a location in another part of the city. i won't be visiting them--i know that. great cars--they zip through the mess---driven, i can only assume, by NASA test pilots.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:47 PM
 
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I don't know if it's as big as you want, but I got a pretty good deal on a used 2006 Accord in 2009. EX model with leather, sunroof, navigation system, V6 engine, and only 45k miles for $14,900 (just made my last payment last week, woo!) It would probably go for somewhere roughly around $12k-ish today from a dealer.

And don't disregard mom and pop car lots. That's where I bought mine from. I took it to a Honda dealership down the road before I purchased it and paid them $98 to do a thorough on it to make sure I wasn't getting a lemon (I've never heard of a car lot not letting you do this, and I wouldn't go within 100 feet of one that wouldn't). The worst they could find was that one of the indicator lights for the heated seats didn't come on...
i found a good one--that is probably how i will do this. perfection in the mechanical systems is a priority. brakes--ability to hold steady if knocked off course. ??torque and/or suspension?? i think i have heard those terms before.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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What do you mean knocked off when it comes to your brakes? If you are rear ended?

Accord and Civic would be a good way to go. Both Gen 8 Civics and current Gen Accords are pretty solid and made well. Both give decent MPG with the Civic having better city mpg by far and slightly better highway.

I just drove off the lot with a 2008 Civic LX, fits my needs for daily commute. My wife just got a 2011 Honda Insight. We payd 21.5k for the Insight. Can get the standard Insight for around 19k and probably a used 2010 EX for about 18-19k. Great Hybrid cars getting 40 city/43 highway rated. Most drivers see closer to 50 MPG total.

Traded in my 2005 Honda CRV. I liked it but no need for its lower gas mileage. It was getting near 100k and still got 10k for it.

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