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« on: November 09, 2004, 04:02:59 AM »

To make a long story short, we are in need of a back-up vehicle for my wife to travel back and forth to work in and we got $3500 to work with.  We are looking to get something that'll last for approximately 2 years so i can get done with school and we can splurge for something newer.
Therefore, something decent on gas and just something that has typically been reliable across the board as far as general maintenance goes.  We made the mistake a couple years back of not asking questions before we went shopping and ended up getting something that rated horrible by consumer report.
The only requirements is that it's not a truck.  We have a toddler that might have to ride occasionally so we don't want a truck.  Any make and models someone might suggest we look at and some to avoid at all costs?
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2004, 01:24:35 PM »

I had a used Geo Prism for ten years that was very reliable and required very little maintenence.
Honda Civics and very reliable too but probably more expensive per year than the Geo.
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2004, 02:01:38 PM »

Get a HONDA. They're very reliable, and as long as the maintenance is kept up on the car(regular oil changes, fluid changes) it will perform well for your needs.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2004, 02:06:56 PM »

Honda!  Honda honda honda!
I have a 12 year old Honda and I  love it.  They are very reliable, and last forever, it seems.  Mine is a standard, and drove 144,000 miles on the original clutch.  Hooray for Honda!
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2004, 02:13:57 PM »

Honda eh.  thanks, i'll put them at the top of the list.
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2004, 03:44:10 PM »

Look for a Honda or Toyota.  My Honda Civic is 10 years old, over 120K miles, and runs perfectly as it always has.  And I get close to 40 mpg on the highway, maybe mid 30's around town (that's a guesstimate).  Not exciting, but a solid reliable car.
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2004, 06:14:11 PM »

I love Honda's but my wife is against getting one - aren't they the most stolen car in America (at least that is her reasoning)?  I saw a news report the other day that a car is stolen every 15 minutes in Washington state.

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2004, 06:36:36 PM »

Stolen vehicle statistics:
http://nicb.org/public/newsroom/whereismycar/top25bystate.cfm

depends on state, but camry, accord and civic top the list nationally
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2004, 06:53:49 PM »

Toyota I say. A Camry, Corolla, or Matrix. Inexpensive, good gas milage, and dependable.
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2004, 06:59:28 PM »

Quote from: "dbt1949"
I had a used Geo Prism for ten years that was very reliable and required very little maintenence.
Honda Civics and very reliable too but probably more expensive per year than the Geo.


I still have a Prism  biggrin

And the thing runs like a charm. The body of the car itself seems to be slowly falling apart (paint chipping, random handles breaking off), but the engine and all the necessary parts work wonderfully, and I haven't had it break down once in 4 or 5 years of constant use.
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2004, 10:10:53 PM »

Wasn't the Prism made by Toyota?

And while you're thinking about Honda's and Toyota's, don't forget about a Nissan.

Another decent choice would be a Jeep Cherokee.....there's millions of them around, so parts are cheap and plentiful.
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2004, 12:23:05 AM »

Quote from: "coopasonic"
Stolen vehicle statistics:
http://nicb.org/public/newsroom/whereismycar/top25bystate.cfm

depends on state, but camry, accord and civic top the list nationally


Ever think that this is related to the sheer number of those models actually on the road?

Mike
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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2004, 07:38:13 AM »

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Quote from: "coopasonic"
Stolen vehicle statistics:
http://nicb.org/public/newsroom/whereismycar/top25bystate.cfm

depends on state, but camry, accord and civic top the list nationally


Ever think that this is related to the sheer number of those models actually on the road?

Mike


My thoughts exactly.  A worthless statistic in a vacuum.
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