Post # 1
Any advice is welcome!
I’m hoping I don’t have to pay more than $250-$300 per month and my current car is a 1996 Chrysler Cirrus who’s trade in value will be around $890 [:(].
Top on my list
Toyota Highlander, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet HHR, Chevrolet Equinox
Post # 3
You’ll do a lot better over all if you figure out the price you can afford rather than the monthly price. Basically you need to decide how much you can put down, and how long you want to pay on it. For example, if you put $5,000 down and want to pay for 5 years, you can afford a car worth about $20,000. If you can put more down, or want to pay for less time, that is going to affect the bottom line. Once you have a budget we’ll be able to help you better probably 🙂
Post # 4
@CorgiTales: Thanks! I’m getting promoted soon and have yet to have the salary discussion with my District Manager, so all that is up in the air right now. I’m just trying to get some information from some fellow bees who may own any of those cars. I should probably say I don’t want a brand new car…probably a 2007 and up.
Post # 5
@braverbeating: what kind of advice are you looking for exactly? i can’t tell you anything about buying the cars but i can tell you that my brother drives the highlander and he loves it. he’s in his mid 20’s and sometimes his friends tease him for having a “mom car” but he finds that it handles well and is comfortable to sit in for long drives. it’s roomy eough that he can load up a bunch of his friends as well. i can’t speak for gas mileage or anything like that though.
Post # 6
@braverbeating: have you read the consumer reports on these vehicles? my dh researches everything and anything he is interested in and won’t buy it if it rates poorly.
Post # 7
Thank you ladies! I’ll definitely look into consumer reports…& the Highlander is one of my top choices because I love the name & the series that was on TV. ha
Post # 9
@braverbeating: did you know that they made a highlander movie too? in 1986. that’s where the tv show came from.
Post # 10
@mypinkshoes: Ha I sure did! I have the movies & the whole TV series…straight up nerd here…also Adrian Paul isn’t bad to look at
Post # 11
@braverbeating: I’m also shopping for a vehicle and three of your choices are my top choices: GMC Terrain/Chevy Equinox and Jeep Compass. I’ve test driven them and am pretty happy.
No advice from me though – I’m still in the “trying to find the true value of the vehicle” phase. But my must-haves are sunroof and heated seats, so it’s proving difficult to find exactly what I want.
Post # 12
My SO has a ’10 Chevy HHR. It is very roomy, I can’t believe how much we can fit in there. It drives nice and has not needed any repairs or had issues since he’s had it, and he’s put a lot of miles on it.
The only real con is the gas cost. Neither of us has ever had another large car or SUV, but compared to my 4 door sedan (also a Chevy) he gets terrible gas mileage. He does a lot of city driving, gets about 15 mpg average. His is felx fuel, so it’s able to use that E85 fuel. While that gas is cheaper, we find that it burns faster and gets less mpg with his car.
One piece of advice…as you’re looking at cars call your insurance provider to get a quote for that make and model. If you’re stuck between 2 or 3 options and one is much cheaper to insure that can help make the decision 🙂
Post # 13
I would recommend the Toyota far and away over the other vehicles on your list. Check Consumer Reports but off the top of my head I know that the Jeeps are plagued with reliability issues and as you have discovered, American cars generally do not retain their value well.
If you are looking at midsize SUVs I would also check out the Subaru Outback (or Forester), Honda Pilot (or CRV) and Toyota Rav4. Can’t beat the reliability of a Toyota, Honda, or Subaru.
Post # 14
Thank you all for the great advice! I’m definitely going to call my insurance company and then of course test drive some!
Post # 15
@braverbeating: Just after I posted that last night I saw a Subaru ad for the 2013 Forester starting at $21295 and 0% financing, plus they will donate $250 to the charity of your choice (Alzheimer’s Association, ASPCA, Make a Wish, Meals on Wheels, or USO). The Outback has 0.9% financing.
Here is the article from Consumer Reports ranking car manufacturer reliability: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/04/who-makes-the-best-cars/index.htm
If you don’t have a subscription, it went like this:
3. Toyota (Lexus, Scion)
4. Honda (Acura)
5. Nissan (Infiniti)
7. Hyundai (Kia)
9. Volkswagen (Audi)
12. Chrysler (Jeep)
Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Porsche, and Suzuki were not on the list because they don’t have enough models to get an accurate rating.
Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@vermonster: I own a Subaru (Impreza hatchback, 2008) and it really is #1 in reliability. It has 60,000 miles so far and hasn’t had a single reliability issue! It hasn’t even gotten any flat tires – knock on wood!
@braverbeating: The Toyota Highlander seems to be consistently rated best compact SUV. My hubs and I are going to buy one next year – the hybrid ones are pricier but we’re hoping to score a used one. It should last for years, Toyotas are very well made. Plus I think it looks pretty fly 🙂