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Old 08-14-2015, 11:50 PM   #1
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As the title states, my wife and I are in a financial pickle. Lately I've been looking at trading my truck in for a small car. I really don't want to do it, but bad credit and limited down payment funds are what's driving this thought process. I had a VW Jetta TDI when I got back from deployment, but figured out really quickly why I'm a truck guy. If I do trade it off, it's definitely going to be a rough couple years while I pay everything down. Lol.

Any cars yall would recommend that are relatively safe with kids in the back while still being fun? I'm thinking a Focus with a manual, but they are few and far between. Don't really want to look at a Fiesta since it's small, but those are the only 2 other than a Mustang that have manuals for Ford. And before the Mustang is suggested, the wifey said nope. It won't hold child seats in the rear. Just looking for some advice for what y'all might have as a secondary vehicle.
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How small of a car are we talking? Does it have to be a Ford?

I've considered downsizing as well. I like the new Honda Accord sport. 35 MPG, right around the $21-22k range, and it comes available with a 6 Speed Manual.
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I have a Hyundai Elantra. Get average mpg of 37, but I have the 6 speed manual and drive 160 mile round trip for work. I like the little car, but for family I would step up to the Sonata, which is larger.
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And my 2 cents think hard before getting a manual. Espically if you will be driving in traffic. I know they can be fun but they suck in heavy traffic. Maybe consider something with an auto but the option of manual shifting. I think some call it auto stick.
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You're really in the position to be picky?
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I'm thinking ford because they seem to hold their own and are cheaper than cars like the accord or sonata. The wife has a sonata now. I've had manuals in the past, no problems there. Most of my driving is on the outskirts of Wichita. I don't do city driving.

The other reason for looking at ford first is that in a few years when my family is a little more financially stable, I'll be able to get back into a truck. Not really a picky thing, more looking to the future.
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Also, as sad as it sounds, I'm looking at kia's as well. I hate the thought of driving them, but can't get tunnel vision.
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What are you looking to spend? If you're looking at a Kia, I would think that you might be looking less than $20k range.
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Man Kia has come a long way. The Optima is a really nice that I wouldn't mind owning once my Elantra taps out.
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Not following the "why" here. You have a vehicle so how much money do you save now or in future by replacing it?

Some honest math will help. Usually when you trade it costs money and better mpg takes a longer time for financial payback...

I just bought my son an 08 Hyundai. Very inexpensive and not bad for $5k otd. 70k miles...
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