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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 9/22/2005 5:40:20 PM EDT
Under $15 Grand please...

What to stay away from...
Help please!
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 5:43:42 PM EDT
Used Toyota Corolla
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 5:47:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JoeWang:
Used Toyota Corolla




Bingo.............only thing I've done to mine is put front brake pads on it. Changed the timing belt and water pump since per the manual, it was way overdo. Oh yeah..........and changed the spark plugs since I didn't want them rusting into the head.

Most reliable car I've ever owned.

vmax84
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 5:49:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/22/2005 5:51:50 PM EDT by SouthHoof]
Currently on the new market a KIA is worth a look. It is decent & reliable and not a disposable car like a Yugo.

I'd include a used Subaru in the mix also.

Domestic, I'm partial to Fords but a mid 90's Cutlass or equivalant Buick will fit the economy slot.


(edit to add) Darn near any Honda
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 5:56:03 PM EDT
honda civic, toyota corrolla
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:00:07 PM EDT
I'd probably look at the Scion xA. About $14k new. Made by Toyota, so you know it's going to be well made. Should get 32 city and 37 highway (per specs I found).

If gas prices stay high over the next few years, I'd probably consider something like the xA for a commuter vehicle, while I have a Boxster or a 911 (and my classic 911) for fun.

Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:03:34 PM EDT
I'd probably look at the Scion xA. About $14k new. Made by Toyota, so you know it's going to be well made. Should get 32 city and 37 highway (per specs I found).

If gas prices stay high over the next few years, I'd probably consider something like the xA for a commuter vehicle, while I have a Boxster or a 911 (and my classic 911) for fun.

Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:14:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 9mm4me:
honda civic, toyota corrolla



2 of the most durable cars ever built
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:15:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/22/2005 6:16:14 PM EDT by WildBoar]

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
I'd probably look at the Scion xA. About $14k new. Made by Toyota, so you know it's going to be well made. Should get 32 city and 37 highway (per specs I found).

If gas prices stay high over the next few years, I'd probably consider something like the xA for a commuter vehicle, while I have a Boxster or a 911 (and my classic 911) for fun.




Lets hope it does not turn into the new Daihatsu.
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:18:40 PM EDT
Toyota Echo. Paid $11K new. 46K miles with no problems. Over 42mpg.
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:22:56 PM EDT
Civic or Corolla.
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:25:22 PM EDT
dollar for dollar, honda crx. When I got my crx hf, it got 49 mpg. Now that it is turbo, it gets about 30 but I can smoke mustang gt's!!!

oh yeah and it only costs about $1000-2000
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:31:51 PM EDT
New Chevy Aveo.
Link Posted: 9/22/2005 6:36:15 PM EDT
Again, a civic or corolla, For under 15K, you could probaby get an 04-05 with low low mileage (10K). Get the seller to write the bill of sale for a few K's less and save on sales tax.

I have an 01 civic with 89K on it and it's the only car I really love to drive and after all those miles I'm still not tired of it.

I've also had an

88 full size GMC Jimmy, lifted with 33's (put 80K on it.)
85 Chrysler lebaron 4 door that was my first car. (put 50K on it)
96 Monte carlo z34 (put 40K on it)
99 2 door chevy tahoe (brother drives it now with a new engine and 140K on it)
98 honda prelude (other brother drives it with 150K and original engine)
04 gmc denali (my dad's but I've driven it about 10 out of it's 40K miles) amazing truck but eats gas.

I've had 1 issue with the civic that was covered by a warranty, a turn signal stalk melted and happened to a lot of civics and all were covered. Other than oil changes ever 6 miles and gas averaging 35mpg I've done:

New brake pads at 50K
New tires (150 bucks) on ebay that were same as stock at 50K
Air filters ever 20K
A/C filter just replaced the other day.
Bled brakes one time
Changed MTF at 60K

Recently paid the car off and now I can put that 300/month in savings and buy another car in 5-10years. I expect to drive my civic into the dirt and put well over 200K on it. Even a whole new motor/tranny on ebay runs less than 1K.

My GF just bought a new corolla. It's a great car as well, very quiet with the auto tranny, but I still love my civic. Point A to B, reliable as hell, and will last forever.
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