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Cheap and low maintenance car that isn't a P.O.S?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by BlacKidLA, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. billsayers

    billsayers Senior member

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    The Hyundai Elantra is a good choice...suppose to be rock solid and a Consumer Reports Top Pick for two years in a row. However, I think the $13,500 asking price is a bit high, especially for a rental with 35k miles on it and since the newer Elantra model is already out. I am sure you can find one that was previously not a rental for around $11,500 if you look around.

    Also, second the Fit recommendation if you need a basic car...it is fun to drive, pretty roomy for a small car and gets decent fuel economy.

    I would stay away from Corolla and Camry. Not because they are not reliable but because they are overpriced for what they are; especially since Toyota's reputation for quality is not what it used to be. Those two models are boring as heck...all I see are old, middle-aged/older people driving them.
     
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  2. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    They just changed the Elantra, and the newest one looks pretty good for a small car, very different from the previous model. Better than a Civic or a Corolla, probably.
     
  3. Joffrey

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    The Veloster looks cool
     
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    I don't understand these posts. I have friends that have Civics in that year and they're flying. Admittedly 85k/5years is a lot of driving, but all the Civics I've encountered last. OP's in LA, so he doesn't have salt and stuff destroying his exterior -- just bumper damage from parking.
     
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    KurtS90 Senior member

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    You can get some nice loaded out CPO Crown Victoria/Grand Marquise/Town Car with low miles for 15k mark. Still have warranty and fairly well option out for the price. Get good gas mileage for the size and engine. Reliable with proven history and parts are plentiful. Down side is they don't hold there value well...

    ~Kurt
     
  7. BlacKidLA

    BlacKidLA Senior member

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    I'll be leasing a new car. The question is.....

    Mazda 3
    Ford Focus
    Kia Forte Koup


    WHICH ONE?!
     
  8. KurtS90

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    Leasing? Then what ever offers less up front, less monthly, and good fuel economy (probably comparable) would be top of the list. If the cars are similar equipment, then it's really just down on price and driving enjoyment.

    But if it was me, I would probably look closely at the Kia and Ford. But leaning more toward the Focus.

    ~Kurt
     
  9. GreenFrog

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    Great job man -- good choice. I'd go for the KIA.

    Just spent the week with a rental focus.

    If you at all enjoy driving, don't lease the focus. What a shit car.
     
  10. KurtS90

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    Don't forget to check insurance, most likely not a problem with these cars. But still a good idea to check first.

    ~Kurt
     
  11. BlacKidLA

    BlacKidLA Senior member

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    Test driving all 3 next week.
     
  12. indesertum

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    the ford focus is so uncomfortable to sit in. i'm 5'10 and my head was hitting the roof in the back seat.

    seriously, do yourself a favor and check out the honda fit. surprisingly room, good fuel economy, and fun to drive
     
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  13. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    veloster veloster veloster veloster
     
  14. BlacKidLA

    BlacKidLA Senior member

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    Test drove them all. Ordering my Veloster next week.
     
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  15. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    I was living in Seoul when the Veloster came out last summer - the flat glass top is stunning. The front end and taillight/bumper treatment... less so. Still, the glass roof is so interesting, it's possible to get over it. Definitely more interesting than what Japan is putting out in that category. I went to go see the Toyota 86 and the matching Subaru and they are both really uninspiring looking, like fast-food Z cars.
     
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    I've had a ton of problems with my MAZDA, been dealing with them for the last 2 years...mainly minor check engine lights. It was owned by FORD back then, so I'm swearing off both of them.

    Personally, I say buy Honda or Toyota and don't look back. that's what I'm doing next.
     
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  17. whiteslashasian

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    I really liked the brand new Focus... I'm 6'2 and didn't feel uncomfortable in the passenger seat. Was the Titanium level trim with all the fancy gadgets. I was impressed with the interior treatments as well.

    The veloster seems a little uninspiring to drive....
     
  18. runner-guy

    runner-guy Senior member

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    I used to drive a Scion tC and the thing was awesome. Drove it for 6 years and never had a single problem. Good power and really good gas mileage.
     
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    I had one for a year and I liked it. Just a bit small for me.
     

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