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Posted: 6/20/2011 6:19:59 PM EDT
Year doesn't matter, must be in good shape and not a bucket, everything must work. A/C is a must, no convertibles, easy on the wallet for repairs (as much as can be expected), 20+ MPG average.

Cadillac Deville fits this image, but they are damn expensive to repair. The cap is $6500.
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 6:23:23 PM EDT

Honda Accord or Civic
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 6:32:16 PM EDT
Honda Accord or Civic


Link Posted: 6/20/2011 6:49:50 PM EDT
Honda Accord or Civic

Agree on getting a accord or civic. They had some transmission issues(want to say like 02 to 04 or something) so you want to research that and avoid those years. Past that great cars.
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 7:24:01 PM EDT
Early 2000s Chevy Impala.  My ex-girlfriend had a 2003, and it was REALLY nice.  Try to find a non-cop one, preferably with the 3.8 motor.  The 3.4s(ex had a 3.4) had some cooling system issues, but they're a solid car.  Edit-not for nothing but the one thing that REALLY impressed me was GM's dual zone climate control.
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 8:21:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 8:54:57 PM EDT
Buick La Sabre they are usually old guy cars  4dr not used harshly and the 3800 motor is reliable and they get decent gas milage and are comfortable.
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 9:02:59 PM EDT
I was given a 1997 Buick Park Ave. And this car is averaging 24 mpg if I'm on flat highway I've averaged 28. BIG COMFY and good on fuel, so I can over look the color (green). It also has the 3800 motor. The only thing that makes me nervous is the air bag suspension in back. The car has 131K now and no major repair except water pump @ 100K
Link Posted: 6/20/2011 9:08:42 PM EDT
5 speed 96-00 mustang gt will get 23-27mpg highway depending on the rearend gear and if you drive it nice and easy.
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 6:59:47 PM EDT
3800 GM parts are cheap, plentiful, and tough.  Hondas are great.  Watch out for the timing belt on the honda.
Link Posted: 6/21/2011 7:36:35 PM EDT
3800 GM parts are cheap, plentiful, and tough.  Hondas are great.  Watch out for the timing belt on the honda.

I was just gonna say, Gran Prix.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 7:22:49 AM EDT
Look for a late 90's, early 2000's Ford Escort ZX2. My bro had one, went pretty good, plenty of room, and got great gas milage. Should also be way under your 6,500 limit. I think they go for like 3 or 4 grand for a nice one.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 6:36:25 PM EDT
I'll concur with those who've said GM 3800 Series II V6 or Honda.
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 11:00:24 PM EDT
Something with a 3800 Series 2....My old 01 Monte Carlo SS averaged 30 mpg highway, 32 if the conditions were perfect....My overrall was never below 21, and I did 99 percent city driving... Sure doesnt sound perfect but these things are bullet proof, have a good amount of torque all down low, and its not a small car at all..
Link Posted: 6/22/2011 11:23:40 PM EDT
Any Buick product from the late 90's on.
Le Sabres are great, Park Avenues are plush.
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