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    I have spent more fixing my car then its really worth.

    I am looking to sell it and get a used car.

    My budget is about 11,000(trade in + about $1.000 down and finance the balance)

    I think I am done with american cars(no offense), I am looking into getting either a Toyota or Honda

    Which one should I get with my budget?

    Also if there are other reliable cars out there with cheap maintenance cost pls let me know.

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    Honestly if I was thinking about cheap maintenance cost, I'd say an old GM sedan Sure you might have a higher frequency of repair but damn the repairs are cheap Get something with the supercharged V6 and it's fun to drive too

    How about a lightly used Maxima stickshift or something? Toyotas and Hondas are just too boring

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    A few cars come into mind:

    3rd Generation Honda Integras (2nd Gen are a little old and parts are becoming harder to find).

    Mid-to-late 1990's Honda Civics or Accords

    Mid-to-late 1990's Camry

    etc etc...

    None of these cars are really 'sporty' or 'pimp' cars really but often are cheap fixes and long lasting cars. Honda Integras are however becomeing rather popular with the import crowd that is finally loosening its grip on the Mits. Eclipse (2nd Gen)

    I would also suggest a mid-to-late 90's Mitsubishi Galant, if you are willing to look at Mits.

    (All w/manual transmissions...which are much better cars; then Autos)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmaartAasSaabr
    How about a lightly used Maxima stickshift or something?
    Not a bad idea there.

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    I'm looking at a 2003 Toyota Corolla in a year or so. Done a lot of reading on it and it seems like an awesome vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compu44
    I'm looking at a 2003 Toyota Corolla in a year or so. Done a lot of reading on it and it seems like an awesome vehicle.
    I can say you would really probably enjoy that car...

    The only reason why I didnt suggest somewhat newer cars (like 2003ish) is because their parts can often times car be a bit more expensive if they do happen to go, not to mention cars under 5 years old often have a few recalls trickle in to the 5 year mark...after that they become much more sparse... but still a hassle.

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    I'd stay very far away from Integras and Civics. Around here they were very popular when new (still are, RSX doesn't sell like the old Integra did though).

    However, the #1 most stolen car on volume is the Civic, the #1 most stolen car on percentage of cars on the road is the Integra, Civic is #2... insurance rates are completely nuts :shock: and there is a decent chance it won't be there in the morning (with the Integra). Things might be different in Dallas.

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    Anyway, I don't particularly mind repairing my cars. But I do particularly care about performance, driving satisfaction, ergonomics and long-distance comfort. And it has to have 3 pedals So that's why I like my Saabs

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirMoore
    Quote Originally Posted by compu44
    I'm looking at a 2003 Toyota Corolla in a year or so. Done a lot of reading on it and it seems like an awesome vehicle.
    I can say you would really probably enjoy that car...

    The only reason why I didnt suggest somewhat newer cars (like 2003ish) is because their parts can often times car be a bit more expensive if they do happen to go, not to mention cars under 5 years old often have a few recalls trickle in to the 5 year mark...after that they become much more sparse... but still a hassle.
    I did consider the price of parts, but I looked at some on ebay just to get a general idea, they don't seem all that bad. I'm getting tired of stupid crap breaking on the Escort when it doesn't even have 130,000 mi yet. Things like wiring melting just plain should not happen. The way I look at, if the parts cost three times as much, but I only have 1/4 as many repairs, that's fine.

    Recalls on Toyota products (especially the Corolla) are REALLY low
    I believe on the Corolla there's only been two recalls since 97, and one of them ammounted to tightening a bolt. Can't recall what the other was.

    Anyways, back on topic, I think i'd be worth at least looking at for the original poster, seeing as he could get one with under 50,000mi in excelent condition with some nice options and still be in his price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmaartAasSaabr
    Anyway, I don't particularly mind repairing my cars. But I do particularly care about performance

    Umm...performance...Saab....performance....Saab lol somethings not making sense here.



    I'm kidding it is a good GM car.

 

 

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