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good commutting car to buy???


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11-30-08, 07:21 AM   #1  
good commutting car to buy???

Will soon be spending approx. 5K for a reliable small car to commute--any suggestions?

 
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11-30-08, 07:30 AM   #2  
Honda Civic , Toyota Corolla


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11-30-08, 11:43 AM   #3  
I watched inspector Clousseau last night, and he was driving this quite small boxy French? car. I wonder how many mpg's some of those little cars like that get. Columbo used to drive some little foreign car also.

My next door neighbor used to have one of those 3 cylinder Geo Metros that got good gas mileage. But I would not want to be in an accident with a truck with one of those. That is the trouble with some fuel saving cars.

A certain Volkswagon Jetta can get over 50 mpg, I guess.

 
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12-01-08, 06:49 AM   #4  
I was leaning toward the Toyota/honda or Nissan if I could find a good sentra. Thanx

 
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12-01-08, 08:27 AM   #5  
5 sentras over the years and we know the people who now own the first two, still going. I live in ice and snow and salt country, so 10 years is too much for any used car. Buy from down south if you live up north. Honda and Toyota are also great. Isn't it a shame we have to list these. Americans can make better cars
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12-01-08, 08:40 AM   #6  
Wife had a 94 Sentra SE-R...that was a nice running car. Handled great, ran like a scalded cat when you wanted it to, good milage, comfortable, reliable. She just got tired of being pushed around on her 60 mile each way commute in traffic. Wish we had it now, it would be perfect for this area.

Didn't like the looks of the next generation.


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12-01-08, 01:53 PM   #7  
I hear you Gunguy, my wife and daughter both had 94 sentras and they are the two we still see running around
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My next door neighbor has a nice silver Sentra with a 1.6 litre engine and he gets 35 mpg commuting highway to work. I'd get one but I don't think it be good for it with my 6 hundred pounds of tools-supplies thrown into it.

Besides I am satisfied with my Dodge 4-banger that has over 266,000 miles and has been very reliable. All my daily stops too. Good on the brakes for all the stop and go I do. I'm actually amazed. You can easily change out stuff on the car. Any bulb in seconds without taking off covers. Same with belt, plugs, distributor, coil access, etc. Brakes easy to do, front and back. Simple rear suspension system. I looked at my dad's that he is trying to sell, and told myself I would not want that car just from how the rear suspension is. And I do not want cars that have that giant sloped windshield that would probably bankrupt you to replace a rock damaged windshield. Nor do I want his power windows. Too many parts. More parts = more expense. A nice DIY car and that is all the stuff I ever care to buy is DIY user friendly stuff. No bells and whistles. You must figure repair costs onto gas mileage to get total picture of real cost. Not just gas. Some get fooled by this. How would you like to have some car that is real fancy- shmancy, and someone rear ends say some taillight assembly and costs you like $500 or something. I look at certain cars and I can just envision what it might cost to try to fix-replace some broken fancy side mirror, rear light lense cover, or even bumper damage from some simple bump. And here bumpers are supposed to be able to sustain a bump without sending you into bankrupcy. I see cars driving around with chunks missing from cheap plastic garbage ones, and they probably cost a fortune to replace. Dent in a plastic door and you have to replace a door panel!, rather than simply getting out the bondo for 50 cents.. How dumb. I am from the old school from when we had things like Dodge Darts, or Ford Falcons or Mavericks, Nova's, etc. Those types of simple cars, and never bankrupted me.

 
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12-02-08, 08:02 PM   #9  
See if your library has the previous years' of consumer reports. The one here does.

Posted By: cbuddy2005 I was leaning toward the Toyota/honda or Nissan if I could find a good sentra. Thanx
Have you thought about the (Geo) Chevrolet Prizm? It's basically a Toyota corolla engine in a GM body.

 
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12-04-08, 06:24 AM   #10  
I do like the idea of no power windows, etc. . . It will be a five speed manual trans. (never did trust them automatics). My transmission guy says to stay away from mazdas w/auto. trans.

Is there someplace on-line where I could look at repair manuals and compare how comlplicated repairs would be?

When it's time to buy I will check out random part costs--but putting them in is another story. I would hate to find a car I really like only to find out I can't get at the starter/alt. etc. . . .


Thanx for the input

 
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12-04-08, 03:13 PM   #11  
Posted By: cbuddy2005 Is there someplace on-line where I could look at repair manuals and compare how comlplicated repairs would be?

I would hate to find a car I really like only to find out I can't get at the starter/alt. etc. . . .


Thanx for the input
You could start a new thread called "What economical car is the easiest to do DIY repairs on?"

 
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12-05-08, 06:33 AM   #12  
I very good idea!

I'm sure other could use the informations as well.

 
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12-11-08, 10:32 AM   #13  
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old VW's are easy to work on

 
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12-15-08, 01:41 AM   #14  
Honda is best

 
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12-28-08, 07:52 PM   #15  
You no-wanna French car, go Honda, Toyo, or....?

Columbo drove a Peugeot 504. Clouseau? Don't remember, but the weirdest car ever was a Citroen 2CV. Actually ALL Citroens are weird.
For $5k you can't beat a used Civic or Corolla or like the guy below says, a Prizm is the same EVERYTHING as a Corolla. My family had some Escorts in the 90's, way cheaper and almost as good in reliability as the Japanese cars. VW? Not unless you have a VW mechanic in the family.
Learn to drive stick if you haven't, you'll save money regardless of the brand of car. And...freinds don't let freinds buy Kia and Hyundai, and I don't care about the first 100K warranty, what happens the NEXT 100K?.
Look at the MSN website for reliability and specifications for all cars.

 
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