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    AIB volvos - Help me find a new car. please!!

    i currently have a 1996 nissan altima with 111,500 miles on it. while she's a good car and i will miss her dearly, some of the repairs that she needs will cost more than she is actually worth. so rather than be taken completely off-guard when she goes, i'm starting the process of looking for a new-to-me car. i don't want a brand new car as i feel you get more for your money with a used one. i don't know exactly what kind of car i want, that's where you come in. any suggestions you have would be extremely useful.

    what i'm looking for in a car:

    1. good MPG 30+ city. - my boyfriend has a jeep liberty so we're looking for something more fuel efficient for driving around town

    2. reliable & dependable - i like the fact that my nissan has lasted for so long with minimal problems

    3. good acceleration - i've got a sporty side to me

    4. mid-sized

    5. 4 doors

    6. relatively low mileage

    7. i'm looking to spend around $12-14,000 - i'll have to finance it but have enough for a decent down payment


    thanks in advance!!
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol
    i currently have a 1996 nissan altima with 111,500 miles on it. while she's a good car and i will miss her dearly, some of the repairs that she needs will cost more than she is actually worth. so rather than be taken completely off-guard when she goes, i'm starting the process of looking for a new-to-me car. i don't want a brand new car as i feel you get more for your money with a used one. i don't know exactly what kind of car i want, that's where you come in. any suggestions you have would be extremely useful.

    what i'm looking for in a car:

    1. good MPG 30+ city. - my boyfriend has a jeep liberty so we're looking for something more fuel efficient for driving around town

    2. reliable & dependable - i like the fact that my nissan has lasted for so long with minimal problems

    3. good acceleration - i've got a sporty side to me

    4. mid-sized

    5. 4 doors

    6. relatively low mileage

    7. i'm looking to spend around $12-14,000 - i'll have to finance it but have enough for a decent down payment


    thanks in advance!!
    good luck. I think that it will be hard to find something that meets all those needs and is still in the range you are looking for. I would start by looking at honda civics.

    off topic- what does AIB mean?

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    AIB - as inspired by

    the civic is one of the main contenders i'm looking at. i'm not sure where i'm going to find one down here for a decent price. i've spoken with a few dealers and they have said that most of the decent used civics and accords were scooped up by katrina evacuees and other right after katrina.

    plus i'm a bit wary of buying a car from a dealership in NOLA. i'm really afraid of getting a car that was flooded or somehow damaged in the storms.
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol
    AIB - as inspired by

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    thanks- not knowing that one has been bugging me for a while.

    We bought a new civic with 11 miles on it for $13,500 a year ago but we had to drive about 6 huors out of our way for that price. If they are too expensive where you live then if possible I would look in different parts of the country. Its worth the hassle if you end up saving some big $$$.

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner
    thanks- not knowing that one has been bugging me for a while.
    i felt the same way before someone told me.

    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner
    We bought a new civic with 11 miles on it for $13,500 a year ago but we had to drive about 6 huors out of our way for that price. If they are too expensive where you live then if possible I would look in different parts of the country. Its worth the hassle if you end up saving some big $$$.
    yeah, that sounds like a pretty good deal for a new civic. some of the used one's i've been looking at are that price and more!

    the prices of cars in NOLA and the surrounding area seem a bit higher than the prices in upstate NY where my parents are. i'm trying to figure out how to work it so i could get a car from up there. but being that i'm still in school and don't have much income flying back and forth to NY a few times seems a bit out of reach.
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    Why not get bikes and share the boyfriend's car? You'll save a ton of money and get lots of exercise.
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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Why not get bikes and share the boyfriend's car? You'll save a ton of money and get lots of exercise.
    if we lived in the same town i would totally go for that idea. unfortunately we currently live 110 miles apart. so we each need a car to see each other. plus a lot of the drivers in NOLA are not very bike friendly. i've had friends who were delibrately swerved at while on their bikes.
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    Have you looked at a Saturn ION 3 ?
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Have you looked at a Saturn ION 3 ?
    no, i have not. but now that you have suggested it i will check it out.
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    We inherited a Camry from my mother-in-law which, before hand, I passed over as entirely without note. Once we had it, though, I really enjoyed this car (except for the color). Terribly dependable. Very quiet ride. Hard to find in a parking lot (cause it looks like every other car...) and good mileage if you go for the 4 cyl. The 6 has a lot more pep, but you might not get the mileage you want. You can probably get a pretty new one for that kind of money (and they look snazzier now than in the past).

    We now own a Maxima which rocks in terms of performance (I had stiffer shocks put in - stock is a little mushy). But the mileage is poor and despite the alloy wheels, leather seats and great stereo, I find myself longing for more efficiency.The newer Maximas also look pretty sexy and you can, I think, still get a 4 cyl. model. Worth a look...

    I would really like a Prius, but they are about 13k and up for used.

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    The Scion line made by Toyota is right in your price point and hits most of your criteria..

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    I drive a loaded 96 Maxima with 136K on it. I just love it. The baby just purrs and I get 30mph on the highway with the V6. My son is eyeing the car so even though we don't have the $ I made the mistake at looking at the 06 Civics. Boy are they sweet; 30city/40 highway.

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    A Mazda 3 5-door might be a good bet. Sporty, functional, 30+ mpg... You can probably get one used with about 30K mileage in your price range. A friend of mine has one with 96K miles--all he has done is bought tires, breakpads, oil changes, etc. The only thing that broke was the visor because he was a moron.

    A Toyota Corolla S might be a good fit as well. They run forever and can get up around 40 mpg with the stick. It's a Toyota, so the design is somewhat dull even with the S model, IMHO. Relatively peppy, but nothing to get excited about.

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    When I was over getting hosed at Jerk Toyota buying my new truck, I saw the new Corollas in the showroom. 32/43 or so MPG and $16,000. Try those. I like the lines on those too.
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    *grin*

    is it wrong that i have a thing against Corollas because someone i once knew and no longer like drives one?
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    I got a Mercury Sable LS with 9,000 for that price range a few months back. Nice ride, lots of comfort, speed, and 30 mpg on the road.
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    I like my 05 Matrix just fine. Get the stick and two wheel drive for the best milage. 50K so far and adding 35 K a year.

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    get a used Subaru - good gas mileage, decent used availability, low maintenance, you can't kill them

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    Quote Originally posted by el Guapo
    I like my 05 Matrix just fine. Get the stick and two wheel drive for the best milage. 50K so far and adding 35 K a year.
    The Matrix is a great little car...but the automatic AWD is a bit slow...but great gas mileage for an AWD. If you can't afford the Toyota price...get her sister...the Pontiac Vibe.

    If you go new...I suggest getting a price from carsdirect. Our dealer was willing to match it....got a really good price.
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