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Old 04-29-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Cavalier 2001, has 100k miles

Taurus 2003, less mileage

Cutlass Ciera 1996 (cheap) has 125k miles

Lesabre 2003 was nice but over 200k miles so my husband said its too high mileage


main concern is so he can drive rural, gas mileage not a big problem, but wants reliable make/model/engine.

Whats experts opinions? want to give him good advice, and Im bad with cars. looked on Consumer reports websites but different years have different issues, figured an expert here could give better advice.

Thanks
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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Cavalier, Taurus, Cutlass Ciera or LeSabre? You don't like him very much do you?
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Find a decent 98-01 Jeep Cherokee Xj with the 4.0 I-6 since they can take a beating and keep on going and are cheap and easy to fix and make a great first car.

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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There are no experts on here just different people with different opinions. me, I would get him a corolla or civic. Decent vehicles, reliable and good gas mileage.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I'd probably go with the Cavalier. It should have a 3speed automatic which is pretty durable (just no overdrive gear). The 2.2 OHV engine isn't bad, just make sure the cooling system is functioning properly, they WILL blow the head gasket if they're overheated.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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The Taurus. Wouldn't wish a Cavalier on my worst enemy.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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Taurus, is a far better car than the Cavalier with that much mileage. I have an 02 Taurus wagon, watch out for rust underneath... those couple years rust BAD right from the factory I hear. Also the A/C heating has been problematic for us, but all else real good.
I would get him a smaller japanese car or a ford focus so he could afford the ga$.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:58 PM
 
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There are no experts on here just different people with different opinions. me, I would get him a corolla or civic. Decent vehicles, reliable and good gas mileage.

Well, it really depends on your opinion, some are quite good. But I do second you on your opinion. Civic, Corolla. I wouldn't touch Ford with 100 foot pole. Subarus are great for rural roads, will outperform any other 4WD pass car.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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The Taurus. Wouldn't wish a Cavalier on my worst enemy.
The Taurus is okay, except for the tranny.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Lakes by the Bay, FL (for now)
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The Taurus isn't really a bad option, you should consider it as well. The other ones mentioned...well, they're not good really.

The Corolla (generally 02' to 07' in budget) and Civic (01' to 06' probably) suggestions by a poster here are good ones, they won't brake down, safe enough, economical and reasonable enough. The Corolla is more the more calm and comfortable one, while the Civic drives sharper.

A nicer option possibly within/near budget would be a Mazda 6 (1st Gen - released in 02') - bigger, reliable, more modern, drives very nicely and it's more comfortable/well equipped - it just won't be as economical as the Civic/Corolla, but not far off. And surely he'd be happier driving that Mazda, I believe. With a more off road/rural focus, probably the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CRV (1st Gen, or 2nd Gen if possible).
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