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  1. #1
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    Looking for a good AFFORDABLE car

    hey all

    im looking for a car to get

    can anyone suggest cars theyve used in the past that you really liked, and were affordable? I'd like to get a sedan, not a van.

    All recommendations welcome, but please nothing outrageously expensive like some super sports car

    can u also post what year u had, model, make, and price when u got it and if it was new or not
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    I have a new Kia Optima EX V6 2006 that I like. Through it's first 9000 miles no issues at all, handles very well. I paid $22,000 including tax, title, and a $1,600 100k bumper-to-bumper warranty. The 2006.5 model (which I foolishly missed out on buying!) comes with ABS, a tire pressure monitor, and electronic stability control. Model comparison: http://www.kia.com/06optima/optima-features.php

    The cheaper versions of this car run about 16k, and you can obviously find them used for much less.

    My prior car was a Chevy Malibu that I put 100k miles on. Only issue was the transmission sometimes didn't shift into reverse, but I blame myself for letting Jiffy Lube service the tranny fluid once.

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    honda or toyota?

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    Try a toyota corolla they're not gas guzzlers and they're dependable. And usually under 10k
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    rickshaw - best bang for your buck. Pretty low top speed tho...
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    I would recommend a Honda Civic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwr
    Pretty low top speed tho...
    Dang, wont do for that street racing im going to do
    jk

    lol and who would pull me on the rickshaw? :lol:

    I coudl hire someone from WHT... lol

    anyways
    a high milage per gallon will be good too
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    They're kinda hard to find, but Toyota Echo are cool. I drive a 2003 Echo, cost about $11,000 brand new. Get 32 mpg surface, 35 on highway. About the same milage as a corolla, but higher roof, good if you're a big guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Konrad4
    I would recommend a Honda Civic.
    hmm have you ever bought this car? Do you have prior experience with this car? After all, you shouldnt degrade/praise hosting companies if u havent used them. same shud go with cars.

    I will need you VIN, license number, state, model, and check where your car is 'hosted' and under what name, etc.

    lol jk

    thanks for suggestions all, keep em coming!
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    My brother got a 2007 Toyota Yaris with manual transmission, and he has been pleased with it. Excellent gas mileage for a non-hybrid. I bought a 2006 Mazda 3, and it's mostly pretty good, but I got the automatic transmission. While the automatic transmission is not bad as compact-car-automatics go, it does squander power. This was not obvious on the test drive on flat terrain, but on a hilly highway it becomes noticeable. Of course an automatic can be preferable in stop-and-creep traffic.

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    How much was the price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwr
    rickshaw - best bang for your buck. Pretty low top speed tho...
    Oh really? tell that to Kramer and Newman!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by startsphere
    How much was the price?
    Not counting my stupid decision to get the aftermarket paint and fabric coatings (Don't trust Dennis Dillon Mazda/Nissan/Suzuki/Subaru/etc in Boise, Idaho.) and the extended warranty, and not counting standard add-on fees, taxes, and financing, the 2006 Mazda 3i 4-door sedan with automatic transmission and air conditioning with air filters was $14,975.
    I'm not sure what my brother paid for the 2007 Toyota Yaris. I think it was somewhere around $13,000 with air conditioning. The Yaris is the 4-door sedan, and that actually has a little more cargo space than the Yaris 3-door hatchback. In the hatchback they move the back of the car closer to the rear wheels. The Mazda 3i has a little bit wider passenger compartment. The Yaris has a little bit more trunk space, although that's partly because the Mazda has some tool compartments that I think that the Yaris lacks.

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    Get a mid to late 90's Jeep Cherokee. Experience freedom.

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    What is your budget? My recommendations:

    Honda Civic
    Toyota Corolla
    Chevy Prizm
    Mazda Protege
    Ford Escort

    The Toyota Yaris is a cute affordable new car. It's basically a redesigned Echo. Since it's a Toyota it should be very reliable for you.

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    Honda Civic, the new one's pretty cool. Civics are excellent first cars and second use cars.
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    get a 95-99 maxima... really cheap .. powerful and damn reliable.

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    A 2003-2004 corolla, or a Jetta TDI would be good...I've personally had a Jetta of that model year (VR6), and it was rock solid, minus some minor (very minor problems, but the TDI has no such problems). The TDI has boatloads of torque for a front wheel drive car, and you'll still feel good driving it. I've driven in all thejetta and golf/gti variants of that model year, and honestly, they're all fun to drive. Heck, the driving experience I had in the Jetta for the 3 years I had her was much more fulfilling than the porsche experience.

    1000km's a tank, and I've seen some TDI's with over 700,000km's on them.

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    I'm not sure about late-model VW's but I know older VW's (2001 and before) are not really known for great reliability. Corolla would be a more reliable choice.

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    The new Nissan Versa, a small 5-door hatchback, looks worth considering. I have no actual experience with it. A good site for getting an overview of specs and ratings is
    http://autos.msn.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jongasm
    I'm not sure about late-model VW's but I know older VW's (2001 and before) are not really known for great reliability. Corolla would be a more reliable choice.

    Get the later years, 2003-2004-2005. Like any late model car, most, if not all, kinks are worked out.

    Obviously the Corolla is a perennial favorite, but I do take into consideration the driving experience would be very boring. A friend of mine has an XRS and she does like it..I find it bland. But for reliability, I have to agree that toyota has that nailed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Konrad4
    I would recommend a Honda Civic.

    Definitely. Those things run forever. My daughter's 1990 is still running and, although the body looks like crap and its been in a couple of semi-serious accidents, it still runs like a top. You can't kill those things.

    Seriously, go to any junkyard and try to get parts for one. You can't, because they never die!!!

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    I drive my moms 2006 Nissan Altima 2.5s alot, it has power, and nice MPG (at least compared to my pos truck.) It cost $23,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilyash
    get a 95-99 maxima... really cheap .. powerful and damn reliable.
    My dad bought me a 95 maxima, I kept it for a few months but I didnt like it. Its not the best looking car. It has lots of power, very dependable, and the ac worked :p I miss the car and now I regret getting rid of it (gas prices)

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    If you're going the sub-compact new car route:

    Nissan Versa. Nuff said. 6 speed manual or CVT. Good stuff.

    If you're looking for a used car, then any of the above suggestions are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by startsphere
    hmm have you ever bought this car? Do you have prior experience with this car? After all, you shouldnt degrade/praise hosting companies if u havent used them. same shud go with cars.

    I will need you VIN, license number, state, model, and check where your car is 'hosted' and under what name, etc.

    lol jk

    thanks for suggestions all, keep em coming!
    I've got 2 Civics, they last long, no problems I have seen, good gas and look sweet modded.

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    With his requirements, I doubt he'll be modifying the car anytime soon

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    Honda Fit Sport - Hatchback.

    My Model = 2007

    Dependable, no problems yet, saves gas, and looks cool

    Can't be disappointed with that!

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    I've got a 1998 Cadillac STS with 140 000 miles on it. Lets start with the problems...

    - Broken heater core, when you turn the heat on and accelerate you're welcomed by a strong stench of burning exhaust fumes

    - Burns oil

    - The car shorted out twice, the grounding was faulty

    - Headgasket has a crack in it. The car burns coolant, oil, and it overheats if driven past 2000RPM. This is a $4000 job, as these engines are all aluminum and working on them is a pain

    - Transmission makes a beautiful diesel engine sound

    - When it rains, it leaks inside, sometimes pretty damn bad

    Yup, American luxury at it's finest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebHostics
    Honda Fit Sport - Hatchback.

    My Model = 2007

    Dependable, no problems yet, saves gas, and looks cool

    Can't be disappointed with that!
    I almost forgot about that one. It looks worth considering in a size category that might include the Nissan Versa and the Toyota Yaris.

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    I recommend the Honda Jazz/Fit
    Have one in the family for about 3 years and still running great, with no major faults.
    It may be small on the outside but it is spacious inside. Rear seats fold flat and form a flat space from the boot. Big enough to stick a mountain bike in. Lot's of cubby holes to stick in loose stuff.
    Build-quality is good, although there is too much hard plastic around the dash.
    Our Jazz/Fit is an Asian spec. Engine is a 1.4l fuel-efficient engine. Mated to a CVT, it gives great mileage. Not so good is the "rubber band" effect of the CVT when flooring the accelerator. There is a JDM Honda Fit which has a 1.5l VTec engine (producing 120+bhp I think) and a 5 speed manual gearbox. It is distinguishable by the blue dot in the "i" of the Fit.
    The Jazz/Fit has been around for quite while now, but just recently introduced to the US....spare parts should be readily available, as are body kits and other mods.
    I think the Jazz/Fit was the best selling car in Japan for a while.

    Currently I drive a 2006 Legacy GT 2.0l ....not exactly affordable, but definitely bang for the buck in it's class

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    The current trend to decreasing gas prices should be an advantage to someone shopping for an economical car. Some people who last month were strongly considering fuel efficient cars may now be looking at bigger, more powerful vehicles. That could mean bigger inventories of the smaller cars that were produced and shipped when gas prices were higher, and that could provide better bargains for the buyer.
    I'm sure that eventually the prices will go back up again higher than ever.

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    Deffinately go for a Kia matey, a lot cheaper in the long run and a lot cheaper on the gas too.

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    Pontiac Vibe or Toyota Matrix

    The Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix are the same car, both made by Toyota! I got a loaded 05 Vibe with 19,000 miles for $12,500. Great car. Drives great, and the Vibe trim package is much more attractive than the Matrix.

    I average 34-39 mpg!

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    My vote would definitely be a Honda Accord. We've had 2 (90,91)
    The 91 right now looks, runs like a new car (my son has it now)
    You just cannot wear a Honda out. Im sure sold on them and have also known alot of people that agreed on the Accord. Ive never had the Civic but heard good things about that car as well.

    Oh me....ExileHosting You must have lucked out on your Kia. Errrr, my daughter had a brand new Kia Spectra and was nothing but TROUBLE. Wait until the headlights come on and off with no-one in the car and at all random hours of the night!! There are several complaint boards on the net about the "Kia"
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    We've had ours for 2 years now and seems fine, never had any problems what so ever, By the way it's a Kia Schuma

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExileHosting
    Deffinately go for a Kia matey, a lot cheaper in the long run and a lot cheaper on the gas too.
    We just sold our 2002 Kia Rio RX-V because the dealership is total garbage and don't do the warranty service ever.

    Not only that but the car is cheap, plastic, and is overrall not very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike V
    My prior car was a Chevy Malibu that I put 100k miles on. Only issue was the transmission sometimes didn't shift into reverse, but I blame myself for letting Jiffy Lube service the tranny fluid once.
    I have a Malibu with 100k miles on it and get the same problem occasionally. It's never had any tranny work done, so maybe that one wasn't Jiffy Lube.
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