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Old 11-23-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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Hello Car experts,
I want to apologize in advance because I am sure this has been covered, but I didn't see anything recent. I need recommendations for a good, reliable used car, doesn't have to be anything fancy. I will be looking to spend between $6,000-$10,000.
I don't want and SUV or anything large. In your opinion, what cars have you found to be the best?
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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that's a pretty broad spectrum. do you have any more wants/needs that could narrow it down?

Mike
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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Hmmm, I don't know a lot about cars and I don't know where to begin. I just need something that is going to last, has good gas mileage and is good for city driving.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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How many doors? How many people does it need to carry? Do you drive a standard transmission? Commuter car? Highway car? How important is safety?
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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How many doors? How many people does it need to carry? Do you drive a standard transmission? Commuter car? Highway car? How important is safety?
I would like 4 doors, usually just me with one other person. I would need a standard transmission and I do commute about 40 miles (total) a day on the highway. The rest of the time would be driving around the city. Safety is not the top priority, looking more for a good value.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I think a Mazda Protege or Ford Focus would be good to consider. They are widely available in that price range with more reasonable mileage than if you shopped for a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla.

Hyundai makes some good cars now - but that price range might push you into an older Hyundai before their quality improved significantly.

The Protege is the model before the Mazda 3. Very good fuel economy, a solid engine, and decent room for 4. The Fusion is similar (based on a Mazda chassis).

A Honda Civic is always a very good choice as a used car - but will probably be a bit more expensive and/or have more miles. Hondas need a timing belt replacement near 100K miles so you need to check on that. If it has not been replaced you should budget $500 or so to get it done when Honda says so.

Almost any Subaru is a good used car. Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Forrester etc. Older Subaru interiors are a bit dull but that probably isn't a factor for you.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:49 PM
 
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While I own/drive Subaru's, and they give me excellent service ... I'd caution the OP that unless they need the AWD capability for inclement weather driving conditions, that they aren't the best choice for fuel economy compared to some of the other cars mentioned above with FWD.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:10 PM
 
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Go to autotrader and see the full spectrum of what each model cost. Dont be afraid of most imports that have 100k on them but with american made cars not so.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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From the web good advice to use............

Used Car Buying Tips, Check the used car history, Avoiding Scams, Running Autocheck Vehicle History Reports

And the best site of all for good honest neutral advice.........

Car Articles, Car Buying & Selling Advice - Kelley Blue Book


As to my opinion the cars with the best reliability history are either Toyota & Honda both of which alway served their owners well for not much money.

Me? I drive an old paid for SUV 'cause I'm a big fella and need the room.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis City
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Thank you all for your help, I have my eye on a Honda Acura, year 2000, any opinions?
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