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Old 11-23-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Thank you all for your help, I have my eye on a Honda Acura, year 2000, any opinions?
Which Acura? How many miles?

Acuras in general are excellent cars. A used Integra or TSX would be an excellent car. Slightly higher maintenance costs not because they break but because Acura is an upscale brand.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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You could find an Integra in that price range, but a TSX is going to be a few thousand more. An Accord is also a good choice in a mid-size sedan, and a Civic is good if you want a smaller car. You have to watch the TL Acura from 2001-2003 as there were a number of them produced that were prone to early transmission failure.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I would look at the Consumer Reports car issue, which is the April issue each year. They have suggested prices for used cars, plus good buys and used cars to avoid at different price points, and historical reliability records. I would look at reliability as my #1 criterion, with economy #2.

That said, in general a good approach might be to look in your area to see the newest, lowest mile Honda or Toyota that fits your budget.
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Old 11-24-2009, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Back in California!
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can't go wrong with Toyotas or Hondas like Accord, Civic, Camry or Corollas...I always use craigslist to buy from private party...
and always make sure to take it to a mechanic before you buy it tho...
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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i would second the Ford Focus. there is an abundant variety of bodystyles, great reliability, great mileage, and they're cheap.

Mike
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I'd take a look at a Nissan Sentra. They last forever!
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Back in California!
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i would second the Ford Focus. there is an abundant variety of bodystyles, great reliability, great mileage, and they're cheap.

Mike
yea...newer Fords been looking good lately...
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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yea...newer Fords been looking good lately...
but on the other end dodge is suffering ford brought out some good solid reliable small cars and mid-sized sedans that look good and are built to last
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Old 11-29-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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That said, in general a good approach might be to look in your area to see the newest, lowest mile Honda or Toyota that fits your budget.
Good sound advice for a young person or any woman that knows little about cars.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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I ended up going with a 2005 Nissan Altima, Thanks everyone for your help!
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