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Old 03-19-2007, 11:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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HI,
We need to downgrade my hubby's vehicle and are shopping for a used 4dr compact sedan car. We need a car with good safety rating, gas efficient and are looking to buy it for around $10,000 or less.
Do you know any car you can recommend? Do you like yours?
Thanks for any input.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:46 PM
 
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Our previous car (before our dogs outgrew it) was a 1999 Mazda Protege, and it was a fantastic car. Inexpensive (we bought it in 2003 for $6,000, with less than 50K miles on it, and sold it last year for $3,000 with 75K miles on it). We never had a single problem with it, we were safe in a relatively bad accident with an SUV, and it was great to drive. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
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I have a Toyota Corolla, and it's awesome! Poor thing is reall starting to show its age by now, but it has been extraordinarily economical and reliable. When we replace it, we'll probably get either another Corolla or a Camry if we need more space.
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Toyota Corolla?
Geo Prizm back when it was a Corolla twin?
Toyota Yaris could be promising, no experience with it though.
Pretty much any Subaru sedan/wagon... those suckers just keep going. Plus the AWD is a nice bonus in our neck of the woods.


Fwiw, we've got a 95 Geo Prizm that gets 22-28mpg and an 02 Subaru Impreza that gets around 26-30mpg - we aren't planning to purchase another (used) car for another 4-5 years, mostly because our boys will probably be tall, and the Subaru has very little leg room in the back seat.
Doubt the Prizm will have died by then though, it's even been through two boyfriends and dh, and still chuggin' along as dh's 'commuter' car (dh's office is less than 2 miles away).

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Buy a Toyota Corrolla. There is no going wrong with that car IME. We have had ours for 6 years (it was 2 years old when we got it too) and our total non-routine/wear and tear repair bills for that whole period are less than $150. It gets oil, a 30,000K tune up, tires and brake pads and is good to go. I can get two big carseats in the back (Marathon sized) or if I am creative and have a kid in a booster, three kids across the back. It is good on gas mileage. I call it our worry free car. It has good safety ratings and our model has front side airbags to boot. You should be able to get a 3-4 year old Corolla for less than $10,000. Our car has 150 thousand miles on it (we drive cross state a lot) and it is in perfect mechanical order. The interior has held up well and looks nice but it would look nicer if we did not have a child, LOL.

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its not exactly in your price range but the scion xB is awesome its very compact on the outside yet roomy on the inside. i dont think 3 carseats could fit in the back but 2 for sure. and we get 32hwy and 30ish in town.. we LOVE this car. it might be something to look into if you can justify the extra few thousand. tho, ours BRAND NEW was only 14,000

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We have a 1990 Geo Prizm/Toy Corrolla and its really reliable. Its got 160K on it and is in great shape. I am hoping to keep in until at least 200K.

I've also heard people love their civics and they hold their value well.

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Another Toyota Corolla fan here! I have one as well and it has been a wonderful car. Fuel efficient, super reliable and has never needed anything beyond routine maintenance.

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Addendum to my pp:

I should add that I bought my Corolla new in 1999, so it is 8 years old and has almost 130K miles on it and still runs like a top.

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Our last car was a Toyota Corolla. It's an awesome car. Very reliable, compact, no major faults. We drove it to the ground then sold it to someone who knew how to fix cars.

My mother had a Honda Civic and a Honda Accord. They were both wonderful. Didn't give her any problems at all. She must have had them for 10 years before she sold them.

We have a Nissan Sentra GXE now. It's compact, gets decent gas mileage, and there's enough room for a small family of 4. We've had ours for several years and it hasn't needed anything except the regular oil change.

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Subarus and Honda Civic's are safe, the Toyota Corollas aren't so great.

Check out:
http://www.suvsafety.info/ (it's not about suv safety, has ratings for all sizes, very comprehensive)
http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx

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We are very happy with our Honda Civic, great gas milage, safe ratings, and feels very "solid" when you drive it.

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I love my Honda civic, 10yrs old, and will drive it till it dies! I do wish it came with side-airbags, newer ones might!

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Honda Civic

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I love my Honda civic, 10yrs old, and will drive it till it dies! I do wish it came with side-airbags, newer ones might!
We have a 2005 with side impact airbags

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we love our Corrolla

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We got a free Ford Focus from my bother when he left for college.
Its a 2001, 4 door hatch. I like the car, but its small and gas mileage is not great as its a ZX3 which I guess has some type of "faster" engine.:
But, I love the hatch for the dog! And it works for us a family of 3.
Plus, you can fit 3 car seats in the back with the Sunshine Radian in the middle.
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Another vote for a Honda Civic. Ours has fit our family of 4 just fine for 6 years. Excellent gas mileage -- we regularly get 36-38 miles per gallon.

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Honda Civic here too. We have a 2001 with side impact air bags
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