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Old 04-19-2013, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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New technology isn't always a good thing. It's 2013 and I can still shift gears better than a computer.
Manual transmissions deliver a lot of fun!
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:30 PM
 
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The other car I am interested in is Mazda 3(2.0 liters, manual transmissin). It's a bit more expensive but more powerful.
how about the Mazda 2? a bit smaller than the 3, but probably one of the most fun to drive cars in it's class
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:41 PM
 
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A manual gearbox will get the most out of those small engines.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:34 AM
 
Location: IN
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They are ok.

For $16,000 I would recommend something more refined. In my opinion $16k is hard to swallow on a small cheapish car with a CVT - CVTs paired with small engines are usually horrid, at least in Nissans.

$16,000 could buy you a 30k-40k mile 2012 Mazda6 coming off fleet (enterprise car sales, hertz2buy)
Heck, a Chrysler 200 is a much nicer car than the Versa.

Lots of options out there, just keep asking for advice.

One poster replied about a used Honda Accord - that's a much nicer car than a Versa. Just keep in mind that certain V6 powered Acuras and Hondas have known transmission failures. For the Honda Accord, its mainly older Accords, but transmission failures do happen up to the years 2005. A 4-cylinder Accord is a very nice fit if you are worried about auto repairs.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Texas
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how about the Mazda 2? a bit smaller than the 3, but probably one of the most fun to drive cars in it's class
What makes Mazda2 special?
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Texas
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They are ok.

For $16,000 I would recommend something more refined. In my opinion $16k is hard to swallow on a small cheapish car with a CVT - CVTs paired with small engines are usually horrid, at least in Nissans.

$16,000 could buy you a 30k-40k mile 2012 Mazda6 coming off fleet (enterprise car sales, hertz2buy)
Heck, a Chrysler 200 is a much nicer car than the Versa.

Lots of options out there, just keep asking for advice.

One poster replied about a used Honda Accord - that's a much nicer car than a Versa. Just keep in mind that certain V6 powered Acuras and Hondas have known transmission failures. For the Honda Accord, its mainly older Accords, but transmission failures do happen up to the years 2005. A 4-cylinder Accord is a very nice fit if you are worried about auto repairs.
Buying a used car is more complicated and risky. I never know if a particular used car is really in good condition. The warraty comes with new cars gives me a peace of mind as well.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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For the money and not much more, I would look at a base model 2013 Sentra. Its a much more substantial car.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:55 AM
 
Location: IN
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Well, there are some good extended warranties out there. Most extended warranties are junk, you want the warranties that are backed by the manufacture.

For example, Hondacare is a good warranty. Someone at work had one of their catalytic converters striped off her CUV. This was during the middle of the working shift, right in the parking lot! To my surprise they covered it.

I also hear good things about Ford's extended warranty.

Hyundai has a bad reputation for denying warranty work, particularly for 2nd owners of cars that still have time on the factory warranty.

Regardless, if you like the Versa then that's good. For that amount of money you can get a MUCH nicer mid-size car.

good luck
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Although we felt pretty gay.
Maybe you just hadn't seen your friend in a long time?

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What didn't you like about the Fiesta? And if you hated that, you'll want to kill yourself in a Versa. It's pure junk. I'd check out the Chevy Sonic. It has received great reviews.
Every review I've read rails against the DCT transmission's performance. That might have been it.

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Ours is the previous gen Versa; we test-drove both since the hatchback was a holdover for the '12 model year and I gotta say it's just a better car. I think Nissan really blew it on the redesign.
I've read this in reviews as well. The previous gen Versa was praised for its ride quality and interior (compared to the new one). Pretty sad when a car that debuted in 2007 is deemed better than its replacement.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:46 AM
 
Location: IN
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^ so let me get this right, you gave judgment of the Fiesta because of reviews, you have never driven one and didn't even disclose in your post that you have never drove one?
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