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    Maybe I'll be getting a new Vroom Vroom...

    I was coming come from getting groceries and my car made a couple of whooshing noises like the windows were suddenly opened but both windows were closed. When I pulled off at the freeway exit the car started running really slow. It died at almost every light for 10 miles but I did make it home going 20 miles an hour with the pedal floored and the RPMs roaring.

    I called Ford and they sent their tow guy out and he said it looked like my engine had been on fire at some point! I told him it smelled like burnt celery on the way home but there was no smoke at all or I'd have stopped completely.

    Anyway, this was a pretty decent car but if fixing it is over $3000 I'm just going to get a new one as it's 9 years old anyway. It was the first year model of the Ford Focus and had a lotta recalls and fixes and I don't want any more first year model anything. So what kinda cars do you guys think are small, good and under about $15K?

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    Get a copy of consumer's reports annual book....

    Lexus, toyota, honda, subaru and ford usually rate as the best bulit....but they all have good and bad

    Do your homework, take a trip to the book store and do some "off the shelf" research, and as a general rule never buy the first year of a new model.

    even if you want to buy new, look at the model's history

    http://www.amazon.com/Consumer-Repor.../dp/1933524162
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    Hyundai is always the cheapest and recently they are up in build quality.

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    My wife and I bought a new 2009 Ford Focus in February..
    so far, we like it a lot..
    we got a good deal..got the SE trim level (one step down from top level) for 14k..
    we bought the 5-speed (which was hard to find) and it drives really nice..
    peppy for a 4-cylinder..

    it came highly recommended in the Consumer Reports guide..
    good reliability history..
    we picked it over the Scion XD and the Pontiac Vibe..which were our runner-ups..

    random internet photo, .nearly identical to our car:
    http://dealerrevs.com/gallery/photo.php?id=10584411

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    I saw something at the gas station that was a Ford but wasn't a new Focus but something else. It looked really neat and space-shippy but can't remember what it was, maybe the name was just a set of numbers?

    I'm not in a mad-dash to get a new car this time as opposed to last time when I had to have one "by Monday". Now that my mom's retired she's agreed to borrowing me her car till I get the new one or get the old one fixed, depending upon cost. I'd drive a rental from Ford but my freebie fix-it rentals were gone with my warranty 4 or 5 years ago.

    Flytrap that flaming orange mailtruck would be rather fitting since I run a mail inserting machine!

    Lloyd the 1000 year old Xerox tech at work, who looks like Gandalf from LOTR, has a white 2006 Focus that he had custom painted to look like he drove through puddles of CYMK process ink colors!

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    I used to see Impreza WRXs for about $12k used back when I thought I had college savings. That's a fine automobile - if you see one for a reasonable price while you're looking, I would highly suggest looking into a test drive.
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    havent heard much about their durability and stuff, but Ford Flex's are smooth, and have TONS of really handy features and space. And not too land barge-ish, minivan-ish, or station wagon-ish. Id get one.
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