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Old 01-01-2019, 09:06 AM
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I haven't owned a car in 30 years. My wife has a Honda HRV and its a good car. My mom has had quite a few Kia's and they seem to be reliable too. I personally have a hard time feeling like a man driving around town in a little car. A sports car is one thing but a small car no thanks. If I want to save on gas I just ride one of my motorcycles.
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:47 AM
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I think what has shocked me is how reasonable the price of used cars is. Maybe it’s the truck and SUV craze. We got my daughters Fusion for less than 20k and recently bought my son a Chrysler 300 all wheel drive. It was a 2017 and had 18,000 miles on it for $22k. As a general rule, it seemed to me there are a lot of good deals on used cars now
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Used is a good way to go, you don't have to eat the depreciation, but sometimes the 0% and free services make it worth wild to think about buying new.
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Old 01-04-2019, 12:06 PM
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I end up with a lot of compact rentals for work. I'm always satisfied when I'm in a Corolla. It's not exciting at all, but it always is comfortable for long drives and once I set up my phone to stream music the infotainment works well enough. It's probably my top choice.

The Focus and Mazda 3 is always fun to drive too, but I'm never comfortable for long drives. I've had a Nissan Sentra, probably the most fun to drive car I've had but I never could find a comfortable seating position. Also was in a Hyundai Elantra, seats were very comfortable, it got the best mileage at over 40 cruising at 75, but had a horrible and very basic stereo which killed it for me. This was a 2017 though, so maybe the new one is better.
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You didn't mention why you just don't drive the truck. Another car equals additional expenses?
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Originally Posted by BCMIF150 View Post
You didn't mention why you just don't drive the truck. Another car equals additional expenses?
I drive a lot. I mean, a lot. So, I don't want to rack up that many miles on the truck. I am also not one to keep a vehicle til it dies, so at some point, I'm going to want a newer nicer truck, so keeping miles down will help with a trade or sale down the road. Having a daily driver gives me some options on driving and dividing up the miles.
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what about a cheap under 1500 dollar beater for commuting? I had a couple of them when i had a long commute..96 civic and 92 cutlass ciera, pretty decent cars for the money, never left me sit or anything

best part about a car like that, you can take it to wal mart or the store, park as close as you can and you dont give a **** what happens to it.

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Originally Posted by bassJAM View Post
I end up with a lot of compact rentals for work. I'm always satisfied when I'm in a Corolla. It's not exciting at all, but it always is comfortable for long drives and once I set up my phone to stream music the infotainment works well enough. It's probably my top choice.

The Focus and Mazda 3 is always fun to drive too, but I'm never comfortable for long drives. I've had a Nissan Sentra, probably the most fun to drive car I've had but I never could find a comfortable seating position. Also was in a Hyundai Elantra, seats were very comfortable, it got the best mileage at over 40 cruising at 75, but had a horrible and very basic stereo which killed it for me. This was a 2017 though, so maybe the new one is better.
These are helpful comments for sure. I ruled out the Sentra due to comfort. I can understand what you're saying about the Mazda also, as it was like the seats didn't present an immediate issue, but I could tell they were hugging a little too tight. I'm hoping the new design will be out by the time I'm actually ready to buy. Your comment about the Corolla seems spot on. It's good basic transportation, but the most dull looking and driving of them all. I haven't dismissed it yet, but if I remember, my right knee hits that center console at a weird angle and caused a bit of pain. I have tried to take notes on all of these cars as I've driven them. I still think the Impreza is in my top slot. What's odd is that I keep seeing reviews about how it's a dog; uninspired engine. I disagree. It seems to have plenty of power and with the awd, it handled well.
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