(Closed) I need to get a car– recommendations please!

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i drive a 2004 chevy cavalier, and i love it. simple, easy to drive, low to the ground, and affordable. and gets good gas mileage

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Loved and now miss my Toyota (RIP; died in Hurricane Charley.)  My Chrysler has been a pain and most of the electrical is on the fritz.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a 2009 Pontiac Vibe and really love it.  It’s kind of a soccer mom car (hatchback) but I can haul lots of stuff in it and it has been really reliable!  The newest one you’d be able to get is a 2010 (or 2011?), as they stopped making the Pontiac line after that, but I’ve had mine for 3 years and it’s been great.

It’s built on the same base as a Toyota Matrix, and has a Toyota engine, so I imagine Matrixes are pretty much the same car.  Plus, they are probably more readily available on the used car market since they’re still being made.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I just bought a used 2012 Focus hatchback. Don’t know how it handles in snow. But I LOVE it. I had a ’09 Mazda 3 hatchback (that got ‘totaled’ in car crash) and loved that too. I had to drive that ONCE in the snow when VA got pounded by like 3 ft of snow and I wasn’t about to stay at school. I think it handled really well on the highway with compacted snow and ice and once I got to my neighborhood that hadn’t  been plowed yet, it survived. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

My mom also loves her Hondas (she’s on her fourth and only because she wants a new one every 4-5 years!)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You live in Vermont, right?

SUBARU.

Can’t go wrong with the reliability of a Corolla, but I have driven several of varying generations and they are very light, which is not good when you’re driving in snow. If you want something that’s going to get you home when the snow is 3″ deep on 89, you need all-wheel drive.

How much are you looking to spend? My Fiance and I are kind of into cars so I would be happy to help you find one.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

we have an impreza hatchback and loooove it! it’s been great and fun to drive. we don’t live in snow country but Darling Husband grew up in an area that got snow and his family always had subaru’s.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

check out autotrader.com to find subarus in your area

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Creiddylad:

A couple of questions-

Can you drive stick (or willing to learn)?

Do you have a mileage limit? (Most cars in that range will probably be over 100k)

How far are you willing to travel to get your car? There are lots of used subarus in VT but the prices might be better in southern New England or NY state where the demand is a bit lower.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@calibee79:  Same here, though we do live in a snowy area. Fiance and I both have Subarus (I have an ’06 Impreza hatch and he has an ’02 WRX). The biggest thing is to check and make sure it doesn’t have shitty tires. Mine came with an almost new set of OEM tires (Bridgestone Potenzas) that are effing awful, and EXPENSIVE. They retail for $250/tire! I can get a much better entire set of tires for less than the cost of one.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Subaru if you can afford it. Hyundai Elantra or Hyundai Accent if you can’t. If you can’t afford AWD for the snow, might as well get a very reliable and gas efficient hyundai!

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