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Thread: Official "Help Wolfn Pick Out a Car to Buy" thread

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    Official "Help Wolfn Pick Out a Car to Buy" thread

    Well, I'm in the market for my first car. Here are the qualifications:
    1) Hatchback/wagon, but a sedan could work too.
    2) Between the years 2002-2010
    3) Under 75000 miles
    4) Gets more than 20 mpg in the city
    5) Automatic
    6) Under $7000


    After doing a search on New Cars, Used Cars - Find Cars at AutoTrader.com, I've come up with the following cars:

    2006-2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser:





    2004-2006 Ford Focus ZX5:





    2005 Kia Spectra5:





    2005-2007 Suzuki Reno:















    So, any thoughts?
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    I had a subaru legacy that I loved. I'm going to get another as soon as I can afford it. You'll probably have a hard time finding one for sale in Fla. though.

    Dudes don't drive PT cruisers...

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    I vote Suzuki. I think it looks the best.

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    look them up and figure out what one is going to have the fewest issues......a car that constantly needs work drains the bank account fast and sucks no matter how cool it looks....
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    go to a book store and look them up in the consumer reports auto buying guides, see which ones have a good service record and which ones will nickel and dime ya to death.

    and as a rule of thumb dont ever buy the first year of a new model or a redesigned model.
    year 3 or 4 tend to be a much better design.

    of those pictured the focus has the best ratings... and the cruiser the worst, with the other two closer to the bottom then the top IIRC

    but do your homework... most ppl spend more time researching a movie then they do a major purchase

    then when you've found one, get a carfax and have a mechanice look it over from top to bottom

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    When I was looking at used cars a couple months ago I noticed a lot of PT Cruisers in the lots. There must be some reason people are trading them in.

    As Butch says, look up the buyers guide reviews on the vehicles you are interested then test drive and see which one you like the best.
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    Like Av8tor1 said look up cars in a consumer report book / magazine.

    I just went through finding a new vehicle for the wife. We wanted to replace a mid-size sedan.

    Made a list up using consumer reports. Hyundai Sonata / Honda Accord / Toyota Camry / Nissan Altima / etc.

    Went and drove a few different years of each vehicle to see which we liked better. Once we narrow down which car we liked I searched on cars.com for the color and options we wanted. Then went out to look at the vehicles on the lots and test drive them.

    We where extremely impressed with the Hyundai Sonata and ended up with that. Consumers rates them extremely well.

    You would have a hard time going wrong with Honda Civic / Toyota Corolla / Hyundai Elantra. I think the Ford Focus got pretty good reviews in consumers.

    Stay far away from Chrysler / Dodge products.


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    I'm starting to lean against the PT Cruiser. I just found out it gets like 17 mpg in the city, the result of a heavy wagon built on top of the 20-year old Dodge Neon platform.

    I'm learning towards the Focus or the Suzuki.
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