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post #31 of 58
We have a 2000 GrandAm. We have had limited repairs on it, and it has well over 100,000 miles. It's the third GrandAm that we have owned, and the life of the vehicle well exceeded any repair costs.

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I have an expedition that eats gas ........ like $55.00 to fill it up. DONT GET ONE!
but with a GMC Envoy. It was bought before the gas prices skyrocketed. The GrandAm was my car and the Envoy was my husband's truck, but with gas prices that has now switched since I drive much less than he does.

For our next vehicle we will be looking at something smaller with better gas mileage or possibly a hybrid.
post #32 of 58
I know I don't help, but I'm driving an '05 Honda Civic. Of course I love it. It's the first non-American car I have leased and probably the first car I will purchase in the end. I had an '00 Oldsmobile Alero before and the engine sucked...I had repairs -NOT covered under warranty- during year 2 of the lease.

Then I Had an '03 Chevrolet Malibu and I did like it up until I was having to replace the breaks at the end of the first year. They were completely worn off. There were a few other quirks that I didn't like with it so I turned it in.

Do you have a Costco or Sam's Club near you? I got a SUPER CHEAP lease by going through Costco. I paid about $500 down for the lease and am now paying $235 per mo. for 15,000 miles/year for 3 years. That's only if you want a lease.

The other car I looked at when I was needing a new car was the Toyota Camry. I never got to test drive it because the sales man never called me back. The only reason why I didn't persist though was the insurance for the toyato was going to be $40 more than the Honda. why it higher.
post #33 of 58
I have a 2003 honda accord EX, this is my second one (the first one gave it's life for me, hence I immediately bought another accord). I bought it used a couple of years ago; it's pretty good on gas (my commute is 40 miles a day so that's important). It was probably more than I wanted to spend initially, but I figure it will keep it's value and I intend to put many many more miles on it.

My parents were dedicated GM buyers, but after seeing my honda love, they've gone and bought a CRV.

One more thing--my favorite feature is the remote trunk opener. My first honda didn't even have power windows/locks I almost never use the radio tuner. I programmed the stations and use the controls on the steering wheel.
post #34 of 58
I drive a 2000 Subaru Legacy Outback and it is my dream car! I just can't say enough good things about this car, good mileage and (knock on wood) very few issues. I must say that it is a very popular car here in the New England states!
post #35 of 58
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1. Chevrolet Aveo - fits 3 medium sized cat carriers comfortably (big consideration on my part), good mileage and quite zippy.

2. Peugeot 407 SW Evente - fits 6 carriers comfortably , decent not great mileage, smooth ride/drive, love it!
I love the fact that that is the most important factor in buying a car for you!

I have a 2004 Saturn Vue, and I hate it. Don't get me wrong it's a dependable car, and has never broken down. It's just the wrong car for me. I want to pay off the loan on it and trade it in for something much smaller.
post #36 of 58
I've got an 04 Dodge Neon SXT. It's a great little car, gets decent milage, fits my dogs comfortably, along with a good deal of trunk space (I can fit both of my saddles, one western and one english, back there with room).

My first car was an '85 S-10, it sucked, was older than me, and eventually I cracked the block.

My next car was a '97 Taurus, the day I went to trade it in the fuel line went and it wouldn't start. It had lots of miles on it though.

The car after that was a '98 Grand Prix. It was a great car, but wasn't that great on gas, and I needed a new car because this one had so many miles on it. That's when I got my Neon.

I never liked neons, in fact, I had sworn off of them. However, it was the right car for the right price, and it has the power windows, locks, cd player, adjustable steering wheel, all that jazz.

Good luck in your car search!
post #37 of 58
I have a 1992 Honda Prelude Si. I love the car but I am afraid to drive it further than to work and back after I ran it hot. It doesn't idle quite right but with 180,000 miles on it I couldn't ask for much more. The back seat is a joke. It has a stupid divider in it so you can put stuff back there and the only way 5'3 me can fit back there is with my butt in one seat and my legs draped over the divider into the other seat. a 5 yr old can't even fit in there.

We also have a 2002 F150. I love our truck!! Not so great on gas but it makes me feel like king of the road. V8 engine can be kicked and has no problems keeping up with traffic going 80 plus MPH. Just don't get the coil packs wet AT ALL! At 50-60 buck each for aftermarket parts it sucks that we have replaced them like 6 times.

As for little cars you already know that I am in love with MAZDAspeed! I want the 6 or the 3. Love those little cars!!
post #38 of 58
Thread Starter 
Well, as everyone knows I am biased towards Japanese cars, particularily Honda. It breaks my heart that I may have to settle for something other than that

Thanks for all your input..I think if I have to drive out of town to find a Honda I will All this thread does is restore my faith in Hondas and Toyotas..last night I was actually considering a domestic car but I know if I bought one I would have to kick my own butt anytime I'm driving my own car...That would be alot of butt kicking
post #39 of 58
My daughter is driving a 1998 Toyota camry with over 150,000 miles on it, and it still runs and drives like a dream. No big problems with it..and gets good gas mileage...!!! She will drive it to it's grave.. My son and I both drive Hundai cars, his is a 2000 Tiburon, very sporty and gets great gas mileage as well. I have a full sized car, and not as good on the mileage, but I just love it. Good luck on your search...
post #40 of 58
we were out looking at cars on sunday. my dream car is the honda civic si. i've had my eye on one since i graduated college in 2000. the local honda dealer had a couple 2007's and i'm in love. we're thinking we might just pay off the pontiac and buy a new civic in the fall. not set in stone, but both DH and i are leaning towards it. i'd certainly rather be making payments on a car that *doesn't* need major repairs.
post #41 of 58
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we were out looking at cars on sunday. my dream car is the honda civic si. i've had my eye on one since i graduated college in 2000. the local honda dealer had a couple 2007's and i'm in love. we're thinking we might just pay off the pontiac and buy a new civic in the fall. not set in stone, but both DH and i are leaning towards it. i'd certainly rather be making payments on a car that *doesn't* need major repairs.
Oh man, I would do ANYTHING to be able to afford a new civic
post #42 of 58
I have NO car and I love it. Great gas mileage!!

Seriously though... my ex-bf had a subaru impreza (2002 I think?) and it worked great. But as far as gas mileage goes, you can get better for the price, I think.

My older brother has a Honda Civic Hybrid and seems very happy with it. They're expensive to buy, but cheap to drive. I'm guessing that's probably out of your budget though.
post #43 of 58
Well I have two cars... I will start with the one that is driveable....

Car #1 - 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally
(Likes) - Decent Stereo, Leather Seats, 4 Door (never had so much room), and Roomy
(Dislikes) - Slow (only 120 hp), Automatic, No Sunroof, Crappy Breaks, Directional Tires, Front Wheel Drive Only, Not a huge fan of the body style, etc.

Not a huge fan of the Lancers since they are a mitsu product... Mainly the same engine that is in my car is the same engine used in neons... It's comprable to chrysler products

Car # 2 - 1999 Honda Prelude DOHC 2.2L V-tec

(Likes) - Body style, sun roof, stereo, tiptronic autostick, 195hp stock, can be drivin like a stick with no clutch or can be drivin in basic automatic mode, FAST for a 4 cylinder, VTEC, DOHC, etc

(Dislikes) - It is discontinued and a doomed situation, autostick, the tranny... This car was thrown together to produce nice power in a four cylinder eco car without a transmission to support the factory modifications... I have had my engine rebuilt once and now this car is parked (has been for 2 years) because it needs ANOTHER new motor and transmission!

The first time I needed my engine rebuilt was my own fault! I had an intake, exhaust, and a vtec controller! Normally the vtec on my car kicks in at 5200 rpms... Well I set the vtec controller to make the vtec kick in at 4600 rpms... It was fun while it lasted but my engine wasn't prepped for that type of upgrade, it ended up running lean and had to be fixed! I sold the vtec controller but kept the exhaust and intake!

I plan to convert this car to a stick shift if I decided to replace the motor! It is a great motor and many import enthusiasts love to swap out their engines for mine (H22a)... Unfortunatley it has it's flaws! I love this car I just hate the trouble it has givin me!

Some nice cars to consider.... The new Toyota Camry (toyota is the lower end lexus... same company), Honda Civics (nice eco car but expensive for it's basics), Subaru WRX (vroom vroom... turbo charged), VW Jettas, GTI's (also turbo charged), etc! I could go on forever... I love imports... Domestics for racing and imports for daily driving! I guess it depends on what you are looking for in a car!
post #44 of 58
We have 2 cars:

BF has a Lexus (basically an overpriced Toyota) and we can't complain there, love the luxury and it runs great BUT he sold 2 souped up Hondas to purchase this one and misses them very dearly... BF is very into cars and Hondas are his favorite

I on the otherhand drive a 99 Honda Civic Ex and can't complain. The person I purchased it from must have ran the thing into the ground but we got a great deal on it. It has excellent gas mileage (which is great as gas prices are going to skyrocket this summer). Even when it does have mechanical problems I never have to worry about breaking down because Hondas are built tough!! I have put about 20,000 miles on it since I bought it less than 2 years ago and haven't had any real problems since. Hondas never seem to have any real issues, just an occasional non-machanic silly problem that you would never think to happen.

Before BF talked me into buying a Honda I had a Pontiac and that thing was a POS!!! I can't even explain how many times it had me stranded on the side of the road

Hondas are really great cars! Good luck and let us know what you decide!!!
post #45 of 58
a little black convertible.... LOVE IT!
post #46 of 58
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I have a 2000 Chrysler Sebring Limited Convertible, it only has 41,ooo miles on it and I love it...no problems at all.
holy shnikeys! I have a 2004 Chrysler Sebring with 83,000 miles on it!! I so wish i didn't drive as much as I do I like my Sebring, but it really isn't "me" I had a 200 Plymouth Neon before this and I LOVED that car... and then I killed it
post #47 of 58
Okay, currently.. my mom has a camry. It's an older model, not sure what year, but pre-2000... she's had very few problems with it. She's had it three or four years now. It replaced a Corolla that she really liked and had no problems with up until the time that she was rear-ended and the poor little car was smooshed between the car in front and the car in back.

We currently have a 2005 Scion XA. We got it in July of 2004... with quite a few options on it (and they're options stay the same price regardless of whether you get them right away or not)... we've had to put on brakes (front) and tires (which admittedly were expensive, but probably not as bad now that it's been out a while). We get 31-39 miles per gallon. 10 gallon tank. It's fairly small, good power, has a decent amount of space in the back hatch even though it doesn't look like it.. the back seats fold down (there was enough space to fit the Great Dane in the back. I've hauled everything from book shelves, a treadmill, a corner "shelf", and a baker's rack in that little car.. The blue book value does not drop as quickly (apparently) as other cars. We've only lost a nominal amount of money on it since we bought it. My only complaints with it: Tires were expensive, but they last pretty long.... special type of tire for it though. We've only had to put on one set since we got the car, and that car has made many trips to Pittsburgh, several trips to NYC, hauled a lot of things..it goes to work and back every single day, it's been to Richmond several times and Newport News many times (so *lots* of 4-5 hour trips)..
Number 2.) The dashboard collects dust.. of course, if I was adamant about cleaning it once a week, this wouldn't be an issue...
3.) It's a little cramped if you're trying to fit three or four people in it for a long road trip.. at least with my family but we're all larger and fairly tall, so it's a little more awkward for knee room in the back. Otherwise it's fairly comfortable.
4.) you have to crack at least two windows at a high speed, it does this funny pressure thing if you only open one (but apparently this is not as uncommon as I thought due to aerodynamics on new cars, when I asked the dealer)..

Overall great car, we'll definitely buy Toyota/Scion again, and if you're looking for a "sportier" car, their TC is a nice looking car. Oh, and it sits up a little higher even though it's not a particularly tall vehicle.
post #48 of 58
I drive a 2004 Honda CRV, it's a good little car, lots of storage space and great cup holders. I haven't had a problem with it yet, it has 70,000 miles on it already. It isn't as plush as my old Chevy Lumina was, but the only thing I don't like is the road noise.

My son has my old Lumina, and that thing has more than 200,000 miles on it now. Everytime I see that car, I wish I could have it back !
post #49 of 58
Thread Starter 
Well I just looked at a 2001 Toyota Corolla, and it drove very nice. I offered $800 less than the asking price, and they accepted. Now, I have to get my mechanic to look at it
post #50 of 58
Good luck with it Natalie- I'm really wanting a Toyota Prius right now... so I'm looking for a used one at our dealerships, but no luck for me! I want something w/ amazing gas mileage too! I hope you get a good review from your mechanic w/ this car!!
post #51 of 58
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Well I just looked at a 2001 Toyota Corolla, and it drove very nice. I offered $800 less than the asking price, and they accepted. Now, I have to get my mechanic to look at it
Good Luck with the car Nat...I hope it's the one
post #52 of 58
I have a Mercury Sable. I like it- it's a good car!!! I haven't really had any problems with it at all...and it gets pretty good gas milage as well! I really like my little car. I got it as a "used" car but here's how i got it - every year they have a FedEx St. Jude golf classic here- the golfers/other people get these brand new cars to drive during the tournaments and then at the end of them they go back to the dealerships. Since they've been "used" even if it's only for a week or so- you can get a REALLY good price on them!!!! That's how i got mine (after my 88 honda accord was total- man i miss that car!!!!!! hondas are great if you're interested in them!)

Colin has a Ford Ranger it's oh say about 10 years old now maybe (i might be wrong on that i'll double check!) and it's still running great!!!!

My mom has a Hynudai Elantra- DO NOT GET ONE!!!!! They're horrible!! Everything on the interior has fallen apart (buttons comming off- things tearing off -and she keeps her car spotless too! they just are cheaply made/built and don't last). Do yourself a favor and avoid those like the plague...she has had to replace more things on that car than its worth.
post #53 of 58
We go through cars like people go through coffee filters.

1. Our main vehicle is our 1984 Dodge Caravan with stylish wood paneling which is now falling off. We've had this thing for ages and it still works okay even though the interior is looking bad.

2. My mom's car is a 1989 Chevrolet Beretta. It seems to break down a lot.

3. My brother's truck is a 1986 or 1988 Chevy. I've only been in it twice so I don't know how it works.

4. We also have a Lincoln but I don't know the year.

So pretty much our most reliable car is the Dodge.
post #54 of 58
Good luck with this one, Nat. Hope it works out!
post #55 of 58
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! I hope my lazy mechanic has time to look at it today
post #56 of 58
I hope everything checks out mechanically. Its got some good reviews on edmunds!

http://www.edmunds.com/toyota/coroll...ex...1.Toyota*
post #57 of 58
Do you have the VIN #? I think for $20 you can go to carfax.com (perhap carfax.ca for you) and look up the vehicle's history, make sure that it has regular oil changes, find out whenever its been in the shop and what type of repair, etc.
post #58 of 58
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We go through cars like people go through coffee filters.

1. Our main vehicle is our 1984 Dodge Caravan with stylish wood paneling which is now falling off. We've had this thing for ages and it still works okay even though the interior is looking bad.

So pretty much our most reliable car is the Dodge.
My sis once bought a 1974 Plymouth Duster from a friend to help him out. It was niece and nephew's car for their high school years. The only thing that killed it was nephew driving it (on purpose we are sure) into a ditch. One frigid morning it was the only vehicle they had that would start.

Goldfender is a 1990 full size van so that won't help you. (Maybe Abymummy though. Think of all the cat carriers that would fit in there!) Brother in law has a 2000 Excursion. Great for hauling their camper. Sis has a Saturn that's about 10 years old and she loves it. Great mileage even though it was knicknamed the "sardine can" by her grandkids (and me).

Good luck with your car quest!
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