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Posted: 12/14/2010 9:49:09 AM EDT
So what's the best bare bones model car out there right now? I'm kinda thinking about getting a new or slightly used car once I establish a little credit.

I'm not worried about long term resale/trade in value. Just something that will be reliable for a lot of years and good on gas. manual transmission is mandatory

kinda eye balling the Nissan versa, Toyota yaris, and the Hyundai accent.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 9:50:45 AM EDT
[#1]
A 94' Shadow with 2.5 and manual trans from where they don't rust.



If you can't find one of those pick up a second gen Neon for cheap and drive the wheels off of it.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 9:51:15 AM EDT
[#2]
2011 Toyota Camry CE with 5 speed manual.
0% 60 months with 1500 rebates.
Under $20K for a new 2011. Shop around...
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 9:57:20 AM EDT
[#3]
I've heard 1988 Mazda 929s with manual transmissions are pretty reliable and easy to find.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:08:43 AM EDT
[#4]
Honda Civic.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:11:12 AM EDT
[#5]
Hyundai.  10 year 100,000 mile warranty FTW.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:16:12 AM EDT
[#6]
2WD standard-cab Ford Ranger, with nothing other than A/C as an option.

Inexpensive, uncomplicated, easy to work on, cheap to insure, repair parts are cheap and readily-available.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:18:33 AM EDT
[#7]
my g/f bought a 2010 Nissan Sentra $15K ish 35mpg, and good quality.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:21:02 AM EDT
[#8]
The Toyota Yaris is very barebones, pretty cheap too. If you want something that will run forever get a Toyota or Honda. American compact cars are all 100% garbage.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:23:00 AM EDT
[#9]
A used 2007 Mazda 6 is what I drive.



Its in excellent condition, very reliable, good on gas and only cost me about $12k.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:29:38 AM EDT
[#10]
We've always had good luck with Honda Civics/Accords, and I've personally always done well with their 5-speeds.  That said, on a new car, the Hyundais are convincing.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:30:54 AM EDT
[#11]
Quoted:
Hyundai.  10 year 100,000 mile warranty FTW.


+1
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:32:05 AM EDT
[#12]
geo metro, is more reliable than any toyota or honda and gets better gas mileage than a prius.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:34:32 AM EDT
[#13]
I've driven quite a few econoboxes as rentals.  So far the best I've driven as far as quality vs. price is the Kia Forte.  The Toyotas were disappointing, the Chevy Aveo is a total waste of steel and plastic.

If "cheapest" is NOT your top criteria, the new Hyundai Sonata is a REALLY nice car.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 10:36:22 AM EDT
[#14]
Ferrari 360.

It's so basic, it doesn't have an automatic option.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:03:02 AM EDT
[#15]
Quoted:
geo metro, is more reliable than any toyota or honda and gets better gas mileage than a prius.


And the newest of them is twelve years old now.

That little three-banger metro did get some incredible mileage though.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:13:19 AM EDT
[#16]
If you haven't gone to the Hyundai dealer yet, do so first. Many people still have the idea that Hyundai are cheap crappy cars but if you go check out the new 2011s (or 2010s) you can see the quality is there and you can't beat their warranty. My sister drives an 06 Sonata, mom drives an 08 sonata, and dad drives an 09 sonata. I used to drive an 07 sonata until I traded it in to get a truck (loved the Sonata though)
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:14:16 AM EDT
[#17]
Quoted:
best I've driven as far as quality vs. price is the Kia Forte. . . . , the Chevy Aveo is a total waste of steel and plastic.


Who actually MAKES the Chevy Aveo & where?  I thought it was just a re-badged Korean car?  

Honda Fit would be a reliable choice.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:16:52 AM EDT
[#18]
Oops I forgot to mention Kia, check out the Kia Forte, great car for the money.

You can probably pick one up for around $12000 plus fees
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:18:42 AM EDT
[#19]
Anything with the HONDA name on it.  Just do your homework on maintenance costs. Especially a timing belt change. I bought our Honda and upfront they told me the timing belt was a $1000 service at 100K miles. I figured no problem, I am a mechanical kind of guy and have built a few great running high horsepower motors in my lifetime.  
 So I go buy all the parts, read all the writeups and cannot even complete the first step of removing the serpentine belt due to needing a specailzed wrench and having 1/2" of clearance to work in. Needless to say, Honda did it for me. But by buying all the parts first, the parts guy gave me a break on the prices that the service mgr would not have.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:19:09 AM EDT
[#20]
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:21:07 AM EDT
[#21]
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:21:28 AM EDT
[#22]
buy the cheapest but new stripped 2WD pickup you can find.  Toyota, Nissan, Mazda.  You'll find it useful at times too for hauling stuff.

Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:21:38 AM EDT
[#23]





Quoted:





Quoted:


best I've driven as far as quality vs. price is the Kia Forte. . . . , the Chevy Aveo is a total waste of steel and plastic.








Who actually MAKES the Chevy Aveo & where?  I thought it was just a re-badged Korean car?  





Honda Fit would be a reliable choice.



Daewoo motor corp.





It's right on the door sticker
Speed





 
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:25:35 AM EDT
[#24]
the koreans give the best bang for your buck right now.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:27:58 AM EDT
[#25]
Quoted:

Quoted:
Quoted:
best I've driven as far as quality vs. price is the Kia Forte. . . . , the Chevy Aveo is a total waste of steel and plastic.


Who actually MAKES the Chevy Aveo & where?  I thought it was just a re-badged Korean car?  

Honda Fit would be a reliable choice.

Daewoo motor corp.

It's right on the door sticker






Speed
 


Chevy Aveo = Korean Daewoo.  Thanks for the confimation.  I thought it was a Korean made car.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:29:37 AM EDT
[#26]
my yaris is starting to piss me off with its cheapness and throttle response weirdness

however when i fill up and do the math to figure the  36-39 MPG I like it a little more
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:29:43 AM EDT
[#27]
Quoted:
If you haven't gone to the Hyundai dealer yet, do so first. Many people still have the idea that Hyundai are cheap crappy cars but if you go check out the new 2011s (or 2010s) you can see the quality is there and you can't beat their warranty. My sister drives an 06 Sonata, mom drives an 08 sonata, and dad drives an 09 sonata. I used to drive an 07 sonata until I traded it in to get a truck (loved the Sonata though)


So true, I used to be a hyundai hater.  My wife and I just bought a 2011 sonata.  We test drove a 2011 ford fusion and honda accord and the sonata was the best by far.  Better car, warranty, horsepower, mpg, options, etc.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:35:49 AM EDT
[#28]
Used 05 Nissan Sentra keeps going
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:37:19 AM EDT
[#29]
Go to Edmunds.com.  If buying new look at "Incentives & Rebates" and good luck.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:42:37 AM EDT
[#30]
Quoted:
I've heard 1988 Mazda 929s with manual transmissions are pretty reliable and easy to find.


Lol, what you did there...
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 11:43:50 AM EDT
[#31]
Quoted:
Quoted:
If you haven't gone to the Hyundai dealer yet, do so first. Many people still have the idea that Hyundai are cheap crappy cars but if you go check out the new 2011s (or 2010s) you can see the quality is there and you can't beat their warranty. My sister drives an 06 Sonata, mom drives an 08 sonata, and dad drives an 09 sonata. I used to drive an 07 sonata until I traded it in to get a truck (loved the Sonata though)


So true, I used to be a hyundai hater.  My wife and I just bought a 2011 sonata.  We test drove a 2011 ford fusion and honda accord and the sonata was the best by far.  Better car, warranty, horsepower, mpg, options, etc.


If you're blowing off some time at the Hyundai dealer, take the Genesis for a spin.

That was when I was sure that the Koreans had "arrived".
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 12:03:15 PM EDT
[#32]
Quoted:
So what's the best bare bones model car out there right now? I'm kinda thinking about getting a new or slightly used car once I establish a little credit.

I'm not worried about long term resale/trade in value. Just something that will be reliable for a lot of years and good on gas. manual transmission is mandatory

kinda eye balling the Nissan versa, Toyota yaris, and the Hyundai accent.


My buddy picked up a 2d Yaris last summer. I think it was used, 2008 or so. We all berated him for his fag car for a few weeks, but i must admit that car ended up impressing me. Believe it or not, the yaris is quite roomy. We took that 2 door beast on several longish road trips with 4 20-30 year old men and it was very comfortable. I felt fine sitting in the back seat, and i am 6'1''. Gas mileage was great at low 40s on the highway (which is as good as the best, and better than the average hybrid). It also did some neat tricks like easily u-turning on a regular 2 lane road and all sorts of magical parking maneuvers. I think he paid around 8k for the used, base model. Not having electric locks/windows is no big deal since you can reach the control easily from the drivers seat.

p.s. its not quick or fast. It does not handle rough roads well.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 12:19:19 PM EDT
[#33]
Kia or Huyndai. The Yaris is nice, but overpriced.



A used echo is a good choice if you can find one.
Link Posted: 12/15/2010 12:00:58 PM EDT
[#34]
Quoted:
Kia or Huyndai. The Yaris is nice, but overpriced.

A used echo is a good choice if you can find one.


bout a year ago a place in Everette had barebones accents for 6800 out the door. Still kicking myself for not jumping on that.
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