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barboza
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:15 PM
I'm looking at the following:

1. Scion tC
http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2372/4241/30929620001_large.jpg

2. Hyundai Accent
http://www.online-carro.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/2007_hyundai_accent.jpg

3. Honda Fit
http://ecomodder.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/honda-fit.jpg

4. Toyota Matrix
http://www.automedia.com/NewCarBuyersGuide2008/photos/2008/Toyota/Matrix/Wagon/2008_Toyota_Matrix_ext_1.jpg

5. Volkswagen Jetta S
http://o.aolcdn.com/commerce/images/volkswagen_09jettas_angularfront_Regular.jpg

Any other suggestions would be most appreciated :)

saul1333
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:17 PM
I got a Yaris (hatchback) for $9,000. Its pretty good. I get about 40 MPG.

barboza
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:23 PM
I looked at Yaris, but the shape is a bit too boxy and odd for me.. 40 MPG is a lot for a non-hybrid :o

Anyway Toyota is low on inventory because of cash for clunkers.

Sean.
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:26 PM
From reading your other thread, you might want to look at getting a tank! :p

Scotso
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:29 PM
I love the Kia Soul. :hearts: It's so cute, especially with the little mice driving it.

http://www.kia-world.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/kia-soul-1.jpg
http://founditsharedit.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/ebc8-kia-soul-concepts-interior.jpg
http://advertfan.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/kia-soul-dancing-hamsters.jpg

barboza
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:33 PM
Eww.. no offense but the exterior looks ugly.

northern lad
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:33 PM
From reading your other thread, you might want to look at getting a tank! :p

msPrOIAVUZo
:tape::tape::tape:

Scotso
Aug 30th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Eww.. no offense but the exterior looks ugly.

That's okay, not everyone can have my good taste.

miffedmax
Aug 30th, 2009, 10:49 PM
I'm insanely loyal to VWs, so of course I'm going to say the Jetta. But you might want to look at a Focus or Fiesta if you want go domestic.

On your list, I have a friend who has a Matrix and she's very pleased with it.

The Fit is a neat little ride, but from what I've read it might be worth considering moving up to a Civic if you can swing it, which I think you can if the Jetta and Matrix are on your list. Seems the gain in space and safety is worth it.

Lena's bangs.

G1Player2
Aug 30th, 2009, 10:54 PM
I'm insanely loyal to VWs, so of course I'm going to say the Jetta. But you might want to look at a Focus or Fiesta if you want go domestic.

On your list, I have a friend who has a Matrix and she's very pleased with it.

The Fit is a neat little ride, but from what I've read it might be worth considering moving up to a Civic if you can swing it, which I think you can if the Jetta and Matrix are on your list. Seems the gain in space and safety is worth it.

Lena's bangs.


What about the VW GTI? Know anything about those? I want one BAD!

Kuilli
Aug 31st, 2009, 01:43 AM
Get something you don't mind wrecking in a first week or so. If your driving test thread is anything to go by, you won't have that car for long. :p

miffedmax
Aug 31st, 2009, 01:56 AM
What about the VW GTI? Know anything about those? I want one BAD!

Rave reviews in Car and Driver and most other car mags. VW engines tend to be bulletproof. But the electronics can be wonky.

My car (Passat) is a 2000 and it's been a great car. Check Consumer Reports I guess.

My unsubstantiated theory is that VWs that are screwed together in Germany tend to hold up better than ones from Eastern Europe or Mexico. The evidence is anecdotal, based on the experience of myself and a few fellow VW owners in the Dallas area.

I love the performance, handling and feel of VWs, but you do pay a little more than you would for the equivalent Japanese or American car for repairs and maintenance. If you enjoy driving and drive a lot, it's probably worth it. If you think of a car as an appliance that goes from A to B, it's not. That's my two cents. And I do have a VW bias.

Anyway, I have to mention Lena's bangs now.

mirzalover
Aug 31st, 2009, 05:04 AM
Please Get The Scion Tc!!!!

mandy7
Aug 31st, 2009, 05:34 AM
That's okay, not everyone can have my good taste.
good taste... kia... good taste.. kia.. good taste... kia..
Just no.

Polikarpov
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:30 AM
Mazda 3?

http://images.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/flash/vehicles/garage/2010/mz3/launchsite/images/m3s/gallery/exterior/gallery_full16.jpg

http://images.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/flash/vehicles/garage/2010/mz3/launchsite/images/m3s/gallery/exterior/gallery_full09.jpg

Infiniti2001
Aug 31st, 2009, 12:52 PM
Hyundai Elantra

http://www.obrienteamhyundai.com/images/chrome/12086.jpg

I never drove a small car until this year, and I absolutely love this vehicle. It's great on gas. I spend half of what I did to fill up an infinitiQX4 every 2 weeks :eek: My family teases me and calls it a recession special :lol:

miffedmax
Aug 31st, 2009, 02:55 PM
good taste... kia... good taste.. kia.. good taste... kia..
Just no.

I can't endorse a car company that can't even pronounce the names of its own vehicles correctly in its commercials.

mandy7
Aug 31st, 2009, 03:04 PM
I can't endorse a car company that can't even pronounce the names of its own vehicles correctly in its commercials.
:lol: no way!?! that's hilarious. is there any youtube material concerning their fuck-up?

it also doesn't help that they make ugly cars, and that they are poor quaility too

mandy7
Aug 31st, 2009, 03:10 PM
Hyundai Elantra

I never drove a small car until this year, and I absolutely love this vehicle. It's great on gas. I spend half of what I did to fill up an infinitiQX4 every 2 weeks :eek: My family teases me and calls it a recession special :lol:
that's not a small car though
this is a small car:
http://www.pieterraat.nl/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/smart_fortwo_web1.jpg
and this
http://static.autoblog.nl/images/wp/fiat_500_abarth_infomotori_1.jpg

so it's not a small car, it's just not a truck or an suv

Infiniti2001
Aug 31st, 2009, 06:05 PM
that's not a small car though
this is a small car:
http://www.pieterraat.nl/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/smart_fortwo_web1.jpg
and this
http://static.autoblog.nl/images/wp/fiat_500_abarth_infomotori_1.jpg

so it's not a small car, it's just not a truck or an suv


After driving 2 4runners and an infinitiQX4, it is a small car to me :shrug: Meanwhile, I was at work when I responded to this . The idiots in charge blocked quite a number of sites, but I can still read this forum :lol: These are toy cars to me :unsure: I am claustrophobic--- I'd probably drop dead if I ever sat in one :eek:

miffedmax
Aug 31st, 2009, 06:21 PM
I think the EPA calls the Elentra a "compact" which means by US standards is a small car.

Lena's bangs.

youizahoe
Aug 31st, 2009, 08:24 PM
1. Cadillac CTS (around 19k)

http://80.252.99.81/zooms/zoom01ac/000357f0.jpg

Wigglytuff
Sep 1st, 2009, 02:29 AM
i am a BIG fan of the Honda Accent. we have that car. great gas mileage amazing handling. but because of its small size you have to be careful when packing it with stuff make sure that it is packed quite even.

barboza
Sep 1st, 2009, 03:35 AM
i am a BIG fan of the Honda Accent. we have that car. great gas mileage amazing handling. but because of its small size you have to be careful when packing it with stuff make sure that it is packed quite even.

Someone wants to sell me a Honda Accent for 3-5K with 100K mileage. She said the car is still in good condition. What do you think?

Jeff
Sep 1st, 2009, 05:15 AM
I have a Toyota Corolla S, and I love it. It's not as "hip" looking as the Scion, but with the spoiler it still looks sporty. The interior for the price is top notch, and I was surprised by the quality of the speakers. It has great gas mileage, great handling, and is not too big or small, with quite a large amount of space in the trunk for it's size.

mandy7
Sep 1st, 2009, 05:25 AM
Someone wants to sell me a Honda Accent for 3-5K with 100K mileage. She said the car is still in good condition. What do you think?
Even though that's pretty cheap.that is a LOT of mileage.
So i'd make sure i'd know what parts have already been replaced.
And which ones might have to be replaced on short notice..

youizahoe
Sep 1st, 2009, 01:53 PM
Someone wants to sell me a Honda Accent for 3-5K with 100K mileage. She said the car is still in good condition. What do you think?

Don't but cars that have more than 50.000 miles. Above 100.000 miles you get a lot of issues with cars these days.
And Honda's aren't good cars anyway.

Sally Struthers
Sep 1st, 2009, 02:26 PM
if that Jetta is like my Audi steer clear! It costs a boatload to fix when something goes wrong and I have a hard time finding mechanics other than the dealership to look at it.

youizahoe
Sep 1st, 2009, 02:30 PM
if that Jetta is like my Audi steer clear! It costs a boatload to fix when something goes wrong and I have a hard time finding mechanics other than the dealership to look at it.

That's why i have optium insurance in Belgium, they fix everything for free.

miffedmax
Sep 1st, 2009, 02:45 PM
if that Jetta is like my Audi steer clear! It costs a boatload to fix when something goes wrong and I have a hard time finding mechanics other than the dealership to look at it.

VW's are cheaper than Audis, but more expensive than comparable Japanese cars to fix, at least in the US. If you live in a big city, it's usually pretty easy to find VW mechanics as an alternative to the dealership.

Like I said in an earlier post, my experience is that VWs are, like most German cars, much more enjoyable as "driver's cars" with better road feel, responsiveness, and all that kind of stuff. If you drive a lot, and enjoy driving, IMHO the tradeoff of slightly higher maintenance costs is worth it.

If you view cars as a way to go from A to B, then no, it's not. Get a Honda or Toyota and enjoy generally bulletproof reliability on your non-drivetrain components (VW does have really good drivetrains, comparable to the Japanese) and lower repair costs. Although actually, the crappiest car I ever owned was a Toyota, but most people have good luck with them.

From what I understand--and this is from reading car mags and the media, Ford has some nice models out there, and they'll probably have the lowest repair cost. The US cars short-term reliability is up there with the Japanese now, but the long-term has been less so. Still, if the repairs are cheaper, that may make up for it.

One final word from the pro-VW camp--I've had one Jetta, one Quantum and two Passats. All of them have exceeded their EPA estimated milage (with manual transmissions). And the Jetta and one of the Passats held up really well in 40+ mph crashes with much larger vehicles--the cars were totaled by nobody in my car was hurt.

Lena's bangs.

Cakeisgood
Sep 1st, 2009, 05:39 PM
I :hearts: the Scion. But of your choices, go with either the Jetta or the Scion. The Jetta because I've heard it is made superbly and the Scion because its sex.

Wigglytuff
Sep 1st, 2009, 10:34 PM
Someone wants to sell me a Honda Accent for 3-5K with 100K mileage. She said the car is still in good condition. What do you think?

i dont know anything about used cars we bought our accent new. its not an expensive car so we saw nothing wrong with getting it new.

F-R-E-A-K
Sep 1st, 2009, 11:26 PM
:hearts: I love my Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet :hearts:

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/7929/pict0001x.jpg




:inlove:


I like the look of the Scion tC :D :D
We have a new Toyota Camry aswell, they are very good :hearts: Never had any troubles at all - BUT we do get the new model every 2-3 years. :haha:

Cakeisgood
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:14 AM
I can't endorse a car company that can't even pronounce the names of its own vehicles correctly in its commercials.

I'll forgive your lack of Lena's bangs. this time.

Bennguin1491
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:39 AM
i have a kia optima and i absolutely love it.

barboza
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:13 AM
Has anyone had any experiences with buying cars through carmax? What are the financing options like with them?

Bennguin1491
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:17 AM
:lol: i bought my kia at carmax. i didn't finance through them though.