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Old 12-31-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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looking for a used hatchback, something like the mazada3 hatchback or toyota matrix/ pontiac vibe. or slightly larger like a acura rdx. I want good handling, and if possible close to 30 mpg hwy. I'd like to spend 10k or less but know it will be hard since I don't want anything over 50k miles. I don't want anything ford.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Think you hit the nail on the head with your first vehicle mentioned. Mazda3 is an excellent choice.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If a top-handling hatch is what you're after, the Mazda3 is about your best bet. You'll struggle to approach 30mpg with a 2.3L-equipped Mazda3. If fuel economy is a top priority, make sure to shop the 2.0L.

A VW Golf/Rabbit is also a consideration. You could even get into a GTI in your price range at around 50K miles or just under. Cost of parts/repair can be a particular issue though.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:46 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Think you hit the nail on the head with your first vehicle mentioned. Mazda3 is an excellent choice.
I just discovered the dodge magnum. problem with the mazda3 is theres only 4 within 200 miles of me, lol.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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I just discovered the dodge magnum. problem with the mazda3 is theres only 4 within 200 miles of me, lol.
I would imagine a densely populated state like Florida would have a number of Mazda dealers and quite a few owners. I've owned two and I'm always seeing them on the local roads (and I live in a pretty remote part of Calif). Great brand.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:35 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I would imagine a densely populated state like Florida would have a number of Mazda dealers and quite a few owners. I've owned two and I'm always seeing them on the local roads (and I live in a pretty remote part of Calif). Great brand.
you would think, but pretty much all are the sedan version on cars.com and autotrader. I see dodge calibers everywhere.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Well, there's always the Mazda's American cousin, the Ford Focus.

Mike
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:19 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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I would try and find a mid to late 90's Integra Hatch, spend $3500-$5000 get with with the DOHC VTEC motor, you will have a car that fun to drive and will still get you 30+ mpg



SVT Focus Available for around $5-$7k(also available in a 4 door, although not nearly as good looking) is also a car thats a blast to drive




Mazdaspeed3 may a bit out of the price range



Ive always had thing for the protege5 as well, cant explain, but for a "wagon" its a nice looking car




All of those car should be available for well under $10,000
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I would try and find a mid to late 90's Integra Hatch, spend $3500-$5000 get with with the DOHC VTEC motor, you will have a car that fun to drive and will still get you 30+ mpg



SVT Focus Available for around $5-$7k(also available in a 4 door, although not nearly as good looking) is also a car thats a blast to drive




Mazdaspeed3 may a bit out of the price range



Ive always had thing for the protege5 as well, cant explain, but for a "wagon" its a nice looking car




All of those car should be available for well under $10,000
Well let's see.... his chances of finding an Integra with a DOHC and under 50K miles is almost zero.... the Focus is a Ford and he said no Fords.... The Mazdaspeed3 is a gas hog and won't get anywhere close to his specified 30mpg target... and the MP5 is a wagon not a hatch (minor detail though). Other than that though, good suggestions.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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1. How about 1st generation Scion Xb? Not a true hatch, and maybe not a looker, but definitely good mpg and ton of cargo space. Besides, it's almost a cult vehicle anyway.
2. Dodge? Are you insane? You want to spend a fortune on repairs? Thought you looking for a reliable vehicle. None of that in Dodge stable.
3. Surprise. My son has 08 Mazdaspeed with turbo engine and does around 36 mpg. He drives like grandma, but!
4. Once again, look into Scion lineup. Reason very simple - they have several hatches and are made in Japan, hence, are true Toyota with real quality.
5. What's wrong with Honda Fit?
6. Stay away from Fords! Stay away from Fords! Stay away from Fords! Stay away from Fords! I know they are - some - basically Mazdas, yet, a Ford is a Ford. Unless you get one made by their European branch, which is a REAL Focus, not that watered down thing they sell here.
7. Stay away from Germans. You either buy pre 2000 one, or do not buy them at all. They forgot what reliability is ever since number crunchers took over.
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