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Recommend a car for me.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by The Wayfarer, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. The Wayfarer

    The Wayfarer Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the market to buy a new car, have about $20k to play with, but not auto savvy in the least. I want something that is modern in design, urbane, small and fuel efficient. Nissan 350z and BMW Z4 are both hot but beyond my budget.
     
  2. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    assuming you are a man, you need to become auto savvy, even if you're gay.
     
  3. The Wayfarer

    The Wayfarer Well-Known Member

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    assuming you are a man, you need to become auto savvy, even if you're gay.

    I am a man, yes. A straight one at that.
     
  4. DNW

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    Used Mini Cooper?
     
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    jakejake Well-Known Member

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    Toyota MR2 or MR2 Spyder?
     
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    TintinATL Well-Known Member

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    Audi TT. But I'm biased [​IMG]
     
  8. dtmt

    dtmt Well-Known Member

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    Honda Element
    Volkswagen Golf
    Lexus IS300

    I would stay away from any BMW, Audi or Benz for $10k... it's going to be pretty rough or pretty old.
     
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    dtmt- I agree with the IS300, but it would be tough to get one for 10k without some crazy mileage on it. Although, I guess they're getting older so prices are going down.

    I'd also check out the Acura TSX as a possible option.

    Both of those are definite options for myself, though I'm personally leaning toward an IS300 w/ manual transmission at the moment. They're the perfect car, except for their greed at the gas pump relative to their size.
     
  11. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    wayfarer, i read your first post as asking for advice on a new car, as in a 2008 model. [​IMG]

    Used Civic

    +1. the o.p. asked for something "modern in design, urbane, small and fuel efficient." this is exactly what the civic is designed to be. the is300 is not fuel efficient.

    also look into a toyota echo. they are extremely dependable (timing chain instead of timing belt, tune-ups every 100k miles) and the gas mileage is about as good as it gets without being a hybrid.
     
  12. The Wayfarer

    The Wayfarer Well-Known Member

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    wayfarer, i read your first post as asking for advice on a new car, as in a 2008 model. [​IMG] .

    I meant "new to me." Pardon the error on my part for phrasing it poorly. Haha
     
  13. Huntsman

    Huntsman Well-Known Member

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    Are you the Wayfarer from AAAC?
     
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    VW Golf or Mini Cooper, don't do Civics, they're bad for your image. A Civic these days is a car for juvenile delinquents.
     
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    You are asking for quite a bit with a 10k price tag! Used Corolla? Saturn? They have some less ugly models these days. I think the previously mentioned Echo might be a good choice too. Also as mentioned, a used Civic?
     
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    raphael Well-Known Member

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    Save up another $10k or get a loan. You can get a pretty hot car (used) for $20k. At $10k you're better off buying used American from the 70s for style.
     
  17. Fashion Savant

    Fashion Savant Well-Known Member

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    Gasoline is going to get outragous, so think about mileage. In general, euro cars are more expensive to maintian (parts tend to cost more for them). I love my acura rsx type-s. Currently, it has over a 100k miles and still drives like a dream. A great commuter car.
     
  18. dusty

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    Get a loan of a couple k, get a recent Civic.
     
  19. GusW

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    I ran into a Porsche owner the other day who said his mint, 1998 Boxster with 78K miles is only worth $9K. There are older Porsches out there with low miles for a low price. Otherwise, I like the suggestion of a Mini.
     
  20. farfisa23

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    Save your money and get a new Honda Fit instead of a used Civic. The Civics tend to hold their value well. A new Fit (or a Nissan Versa or Toyota Yaris or Scion xD) are better value propositions than a used Civic.

    Also, a 10K European car will cost WAY, WAY more in the long run in repairs and service.
     

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