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post #31 of 51
I bought a Honda in March after having only had GM cars. I will never go back. I bought a used '06 Accord, and I love it! I also love that I could sell the thing tomorrow and not owe a thing on it (and I didn't put any money down - just bought it outside of my metro area). I'm still paying off the Blazer that died in February.

I did my preliminary research on the road. I looked around me at the cars in my daily commute. All of the old, ugly cars were Hondas and Toyotas. Where are all the American cars after a few years?
post #32 of 51
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My next car will be a Toyota! I really want a Rav4! I'd really check out Toyota's tho. Great gas mileage & good priced too! Right now I have a Pontiac Grand Prix & ADORE it - never had any problems with it, but I guess thats not what your looking for right now, eh?

I hope you all can find something reasonable!
OoOOH, Kenz, I would love a RAV4..they are so cute! I am trying to convince my sister to get one
post #33 of 51
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Where are all the American cars after a few years?
They are in the junk yard right after their warranties are expired
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
They are in the junk yard right after their warranties are expired
I diagree my escort had only maintence and a bumper from a accident ... she went for 11 yrs and then died
post #35 of 51
I would suggest a Mazda

I have a Mazda B3000 pick up that is a great truck. I've also had a Mazda Protege (died at.... 300K )

Maybe a Mazda Tribute? It's definatly a family vehicle but awesome on gas


Oh and FYI, Mazda's has Ford engines
post #36 of 51
My Ford is 10 years old and has never had a single problem.
My Ex's Ford logged over 400K miles on it before it had any issues at all.

My old Toyota had over 300k miles on it before it was retired, my Mazda had over 200k miles on it.

I never do anything to my cars beyond routine oil changes and tune-ups when needed.

If you want roomy, dependable, affordable, go with a Toyota, or Mazda.
I do not dislike Hondas, or Subarus but they are not quite as affordable as other Japanese cars, and most mechanics that work on them tend to price gouge as most assume their owners have money to throw away.
post #37 of 51
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My Ford is 10 years old and has never had a single problem.
My Ex's Ford logged over 400K miles on it before it had any issues at all.

My old Toyota had over 300k miles on it before it was retired, my Mazda had over 200k miles on it.

I never do anything to my cars beyond routine oil changes and tune-ups when needed.

If you want roomy, dependable, affordable, go with a Toyota, or Mazda.
I do not dislike Hondas, or Subarus but they are not quite as affordable as other Japanese cars, and most mechanics that work on them tend to price gouge as most assume their owners have money to throw away.
post #38 of 51
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I agree with Nikki about the Hyundai's..they are Korean...and do not have a good reputation.
I will disagree like crazy to that statement! My BF has a 99 Kia Sephia with 195000 miles on it and has never had any major problems AT ALL! Its down right now for basic maintenance and car show work. Also my best friend has a hyundai that has been a great car and she got it for 4000 from a preacher. Dont go to a car lot they will take you to the cleaners! Check in your local newspaper or try going to a car auction. You can get very new cars that have been repoed for very little. BFs car was a repo. He paid $1500 for it. It turned out much better than the 87 camery he had before that.
I have a 95 Nissan Sentra and its pretty good. It has some issues but nothing too major, just random little things. If you want to see my BFs car we have pics of it from the car show last month and I'll post um if you want!

And almost every car that you look at will have a few horror stories. It happens, sometimes its because of the owner, or factory problems or having a stupid mechanic. But, if you want good advice try the consumer reports.
post #39 of 51
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I diagree my escort had only maintence and a bumper from a accident ... she went for 11 yrs and then died
Oh I know..lol..they last longer than 5 years..but my old Honda lasted 20...which is 9 more than 11
post #40 of 51
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I will disagree like crazy to that statement! My BF has a 99 Kia Sephia with 195000 miles on it and has never had any major problems AT ALL! Its down right now for basic maintenance and car show work. Also my best friend has a hyundai that has been a great car and she got it for 4000 from a preacher. Dont go to a car lot they will take you to the cleaners! Check in your local newspaper or try going to a car auction. You can get very new cars that have been repoed for very little. BFs car was a repo. He paid $1500 for it. It turned out much better than the 87 camery he had before that.
I have a 95 Nissan Sentra and its pretty good. It has some issues but nothing too major, just random little things. If you want to see my BFs car we have pics of it from the car show last month and I'll post um if you want!

And almost every car that you look at will have a few horror stories. It happens, sometimes its because of the owner, or factory problems or having a stupid mechanic. But, if you want good advice try the consumer reports.

I agree that of course there are exceptions...some Kia's I'm sure are really good little cars as I'm sure some Hondas are lemons..you just never know who built it and if they were hungover that day

Just as a general rule though, it is statistically correct that they break and lose their value far worse than a Japanese vehicle.
post #41 of 51
I really like my little Honda Civic! I spend a lot of time on the road with work, and it's been very dependable. Of all the cars I've had, I do believe it is my favorite.
post #42 of 51
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I agree with Nikki about the Hyundai's..they are Korean...and do not have a good reputation.
I would have to disagree on Hyundai's. They are made in Korea and have come a long way then a few years ago. My first car was a USED 1997 Hyundai Elantra. I had it for 8 years with 115,000 miles before I started to have some problems with it. It was better than the New Corolla I traded it in for.
I traded it in for a Toyota Corolla. I read all the reviews, etc. Suppose to be a great car. Biggest mistake of my life!! I had problems ranging from road noise, rattles, engine NEVER started correctly from the beginning, paint fading on molding to my sound system being damaged in a repair job.
I am so glad I got rid of that car! I will never buy another Toyota again.

My point being is that it depends on the car you get. Just because it is a particular brand doesn't make them all good or all bad. All have lemons. Even the best brands.
post #43 of 51
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Oh I know..lol..they last longer than 5 years..but my old Honda lasted 20...which is 9 more than 11
Mine would have but I got the icky mentality of why pay double to quadrouple to fix than current value
post #44 of 51
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My point being is that it depends on the car you get. Just because it is a particular brand doesn't make them all good or all bad. All have lemons. Even the best brands.
Oh I agree, I just posted that same comment in my previous post
post #45 of 51
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Mine would have but I got the icky mentality of why pay double to quadrouple to fix than current value
Yeah, thats why I finally gave up on the old boy...he was definitely breaking..and was worth about $100 I said goodbye finally as ANY repair would have costed over the value
post #46 of 51
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Oh I agree, I just posted that same comment in my previous post
I didn't get that far down! I have a Mazda3 now and I love it! It is one of the few Mazda's made in Japan.
post #47 of 51
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I didn't get that far down! I have a Mazda3 now and I love it! It is one of the few Mazda's made in Japan.
those are cute little cars
post #48 of 51
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those are cute little cars
They are very cute..I love the new Mazda generation style..very nice!
post #49 of 51
just take care of your car and for the most part it should be fine, but not always. My nissan is kind of stupid... like the transmission is fine, but the spring that tells it that the brake is down and the button to change gears is down randomly pops out of place so I have to use a screwdriver to stab it. And then if I stab it wrong it wont tell my ignition that the car is in park so I cant get my key out without reaching like under the gear shift and pressing this little lever. Its odd.... Oh and my visor broke, so I'll be driving and all the sudden it will fall in my lap and scare the bejesus out of me.... we tried to go to the junk yard to get the piece to fix it but the 4 sentras there had the piece gone already... oh and the stock hubcaps will not stay on! It has only left me stranded once and it was because of the starter.
post #50 of 51
Also if you're buying a used car, try sites like carfax.com. They're set up so if you can get the VIN # of the vehicle you can type it in and get a report on the history of the vehicle. This includes everything from the frequency of oil changes to full overhaul repairs. You just pay a small $29.99 fee for everything, including safety and reliabilty ratings.
post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Next question, how big are the foreign cars typically?

This is gonna be a "family" car....so tall me & tall dad have to fit into it. The Grand Am was too small for dad....
My DH is well over 6ft and he drives a toyota camry. He has no problems getting into or driving my accord. Before this he had a nissan maxima that finally died after +250K miles
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