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Which car to choose?

DataFly

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I'm in the market for a used car for less than 10-12K with an automatic transmission, but I really am not sure what to look for. I've looked into some relatively late-model Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans, and Mazdas, as well as older BMWs and Mercedes, but the likely repair costs are a tad too high for the latter two. American build quality is supposedly a mixed bag, so I'm a little leery of buying American. I'm leaning towards a Honda because I've heard that they last forever, but I'm still far from sure. Any advice would be appreciated.:)

I can't spend more than $12K since I'm only a student with a part-time job. Safety is the primary consideration, followed by sportiness and then fuel economy. A zippy car would be a nice plus, though.;)

Thanks
 

goldboyd

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you cant go wrong with an accord or a camry. an accord might be a bit quicker/sportier if ya go for the couple, but both are damn good cars with great reliability.
 

perry

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I've been happy with my Ford Contour. No troubles in 75000 miles (I put 55000 on it). Pretty darn safe too. I hit a guard rail on an exit ramp at about 40mph. Wasn't hurt cept for a tiny cut on my nose from the stinkin airbag going off (those things are EXPENSIVE -- I luv insurance). Car held up very well. Bumper was the only thing that got messed up.

Rollover protection is pretty good too. I know a guy that rolled his 3 times, got out, and started cursing at his stupid move.
 

Jonathan59

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Get a 1994-1995 Volvo 850. It's safe reliable and somewhat sporty. 1995 model cost $13k. 1994 model will cost less
 

Wolfie

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DataFly


I would have to say go with VW if you want something non American. Great gas milage and cheap to fix.

Otherwise I would agree with Goldboyd. Honda Accords are cheap to run.

Otherwise. If you where going to look into getting a slightly used American car. I would have to say a cavalier. And they are about that price new too. Look around and make sure you get everything looked at before you buy it.

One last thing. DO NOT buy a used BMW or Mercedes. How offten do you see a used BWM or Mercedes that is good shape and even worth $10K? It's all in the name. Nothing special. IMHO....

Wolf
 

shabby

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VW's are cheap to fix? Hardly, since all parts have to be imported and can only be bought from a vw dealer.
Guess how much a dipstick costs for a golf.... 80 bucks. Cheap eh? :)
 

Nutcase99

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go with a BMW or a Camrey or an accord actually go test drive them and buy which one you like the best.
 

Wolfie

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They are cheap around my area. And you can find parts cheap. That's just my opinion anyways.

Wolf
 

SuperGroove

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I think the '93 850 GLT is a beaut of a sedan...just don't get it...parts will unload your wallet and bank account fast. The price you pay, for a unique car:)

I too think you should get a Contour...either a '95 SE, or a '98 SVT!

Paul
 

Mill

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Yep SVT Contour, or the always trustworthy civic or accord. I would pic the SVT contour as my number 1 choice.
 

atomicbomberman

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hmm.. why drive automatic? Here is some cars you might consider..

96-97 Jetta, or Golf
94-95 Intergra, get a GSR!!! =)

Or some Honda Civic or Corolla.
 

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