Post # 1
So while my little car has served me (mostly) well (we’ll just let it slide that it stranded me on the wrong side of town the day I had to go home for our wedding and had 140958340 things to do) but it is time for an upgrade. It is legally old enough to DRINK, fuel gauge doesn’t work, exhaust system is fairly rusted, and the a/c doesn’t work.
I am pretty fixated on getting a maroon Chevy Impala, but I know it’s smart to look at different options. I’d be looking for a larger sedan probably model years 2006-2009. I don’t want to go over $13,000 on price. So when I put my limits in, the larger sedans that show up that I’m interested in would be the Impala, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord.
Does anyone own these cars and what do you like/dislike about them? If you could also let me know how long you’ve owned them and the current mileage, that would be great! Oh, and bonus points to anyone who can tell me how they handle in snowy Wisconsin weather!
If you have a suggestion for a different car that you love, let me know that too!
Post # 3
I love, love, love my Lexus! This is the second one I’ve owned and I’ve never had any trouble with either of them. I got almost 400,000 miles out of my old one, no lie. I also have an old 1988 Jeep but it’s mainly for hauling things, it doesn’t get driven too much. I highly recommend Lexus (or any Toyota) because of how long they last and how little trouble you’ll ever have with them.
Post # 4
I had a 2001 Honda Civic in college, and I loved loved loved it. It had great gas mileage and handled well in the snowy, icy Michigan winters. I miss it *sniffle*
I don’t have a car now (not practical in Manhattan), but when we rent one I usually try to get a Civic. The new model the retnal car place has is just SO fantastic – it handles like a dream, and the gas mileage is absolutely ridiculous (in a good way). I’d test drive one if you have a chance. They last forever, too.
Post # 5
I have a 2010 Ford Fusion (and am sure that a 2009 would also be great) and I love it. In fact, if we were going to trade in our minivan it would probably be for another Fusion. I love the fact that I get 29 mph and that is mostly in city driving and she looks pretty sporty for a mid-size sedan. Fusion gets my vote. Here is a picture of Thalia, as she is called
Post # 6
my last 3 vehicles have all been bmw’s. 4dr, suv, sporty. i have loved them all and have never had a problem with any of them. i drove them a lot b/c i used them for work too. they were all brand new so i shouldn’t have had any issues. i think the older, used ones need more maintenance obviously.
my first couple of vehicles were toyotas. they were great as well.
Post # 7
All I’ve ever owned are Oldsmobiles, boo. I’m selling mine and looking for a new car in about a week. So I’m interested in whatever input anyone has to give as well. So far this is what I’ve heard:
Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai are the most recommended. Ford is starting to make better cars, but I still haven’t heard anything stellar about Chevy. Saab, VW, Audi and BMW seem to be pricey to fix unless you have a trusted mechanic. Even then, those are so specialized that the mechanic has to charge more.
Post # 8
I think you can never go wrong with a Honda. I had an ’89 that had 180k and its still kicking around!
Just in general I try to stay away from American made cars, at least newer ones. DH had a Nissan Pathfinder and he drove it into the ground and it lasted 15 years. His Jeep Liberty? Major suspension issues, and we are currently replacing the AC system for the THIRD time. He just paid off the car and I want him to get rid of it sooo bad! But we need to save the payment for a few months before we’ll trade it in, and we are looking at getting a Nissan Xterra.
Post # 9
I have a 2008 Honda Civic. I love the gas mileage on it. It does what I need to get from point A to point B. Repairs are relatively cheap and simple. I got 40/mpg on our trip from Boston to Florida. My sister had her 2001 Honda Accord last 190k mi before she just got fed up and sold it. It was running fine. though. // Snow tires will make all the difference in any car. The FI and I went to a winter driving lesson with his car (Subaru WRX STI) and we saw a Honda Accord with snow tires doing very well on the tracks.
Post # 10
I should maybe emphasize my budget a bit, lol – I have seen really great things about the Lexus, but they never show up in my price range. Same thing seems to be happening with the Ford & Toyota models I’d be after.
But keep them coming! I’m taking notes!
Post # 11
I had an Impala. It was very roomy, loved it but ended up getting a 2008 Dodge Caliber soon after. LOVE my Dodge much better. It’s pretty roomy in the back, it’s technically a “wagon”, great on gas and has been running flawlessly for the past 3 years.
Post # 12
@Mrs.Mittens: yeah I want an a/c system that lasts. My car actually only had 57k miles on it when I got it, even though it was already like 17 years old. The a/c has NEVER consistently worked. And on days like today that are going to be 94F, I really hate my car!
Post # 13
Well, I love love love my Mazda2, but it’s kind of not at all what you’re looking for! The price is right though, about $13,500 new!
Post # 14
Also, I’ve driven a bunch of different rentals cars through Zipcar and my favorite was the Kia Soul, tons of room and had nice get up and go!
Post # 15
@ColoradoGirl: Regarding BMW maintenance, everything is covered for the first 4 years. They have such a great warranty.
We love our BMW. When we need a second car, we may actually think about a GMC SUV (I forget which one my fiancé said he liked). We wouldn’t mind buying an American car and would like a bigger car for when we have kids and one that handles well in snow but I still want to feel like I’m driving a luxury vehicle and it seems like gmc can provide that.
Before our BMW, in college, I had a Volvo and I LOVED it. You can often get good deals on used ones.
Post # 16
I second the mazda idea! I had a Protege that if i drove it over a cliff, i’m sure it would stll run! Also my hubby is really rough on cars. Before we got married, he had a Mazda CX-7 at one point and did not get the oil changed for OVER A YEAR!! (Yeah..I know) And it was STILL running great…