Post # 1
Unfortunately, FI’s car is nearing the end of it’s life. We drove out to the suburbs on Saturday for a party and Fiance was the designated driver so he drove us back around 1:30 AM. When we got onto the highway, his RPM meter started going crazy and then the car died and we had to pull over. A nice guy stopped and helped us try to jump the car, but no luck. So, we had to call a tow truck to take us to a 24-hr mechanic in the city. We were there for 3 hours as they tried to fix our car. At 6 am, we finally were able to get it to start so we started driving home…
And it was WORSE! It made this God-awful clanking sound and died 3 times within a mile, after which we would restart it. So we took it back, told them we were too exhaused to stay there any more, left it, and took a cab home, finally getting to bed at 7:30 in the morning. It was AWFUL.
So, after their additional fixes, it is driveable, but we don’t want to keep it any longer because we are sick of putting money into fixing it when it keeps malfunctioning month over month.
Fiance needs a car to get to work and we live in the city so we don’t want anything super nice or new. We are mainly looking for a well-functioning, affordable car with good MPG. Hopefully, we would get something 30 MPG or better, as his car now is probably getting around 10 MPG and takes SO much gas (which is expensive in the city!).
Any suggestions? We want something around $12,000 or less. We are going to CarMax this weekend to see our options.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Honestly, I’m a big fan of my Nissan Maxima. It’s older (’98), but its great on gas, averaging 30MPG, and hasn’t given me any major engine problems until lately, while she’s reaching over 380,000km (about 61,550 miles), so its to be expected. One of FI’s cousin’s bought a ’06 Nissan Altima last year and loves it! If you’re okay with an import, I’d suggest checking ’em out!
Post # 4
I just bought a 2005 Jeep Wrangler (which I’m totally in love with, but probably isn’t what you want… only 20-22 mpg :)) but I just wanted to mention that we found it on Craigslist from a dealer trying to retire and liquidate his last stock. It’s worth about $14,000+ and we got it for $11K including tax, tag, and title… you might check out your local listings and see what you can find! We also had good luck on autotrader.com, there were a LOT of options on there.
As for what to get, I’ve got no advice, I prefer small SUVs so I’m not well versed in decent cars 🙁
Post # 5
@CherryWaves: Thanks! My friend was just telling me about her new Nissan Altima and how much she loves it, so I’ll look into them!
@MrsWrangler: Our current car that just broke down is a Jeep Liberty, so I have a feeling my Fiance doesn’t want another Jeep right now… but I’m like you, I prefer small SUVs. Especially living in Chicago, I feel safer in the winter driving in the snow with an SUV, but I think we need something smaller for now.
Post # 6
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A small car like a Honda Civic or a Ford Focus would probably be a good idea. I used Edmunds.com a lot to research vehicles and read consumer reviews before I purchased my last vehicle.
Post # 7
@Mrs. Fireworks: Wow, how many miles are on it? Jeeps are usually so dependable. I may be moving for grad school next year (one of the options is Chicago, actually!) and I do feel much safer driving in all kinds of weather with a small SUV so I got this Wrangler manual with the 4×4 option. But my husband has a Scion TC that he loves and handles very well.
But yea, before we knew what we wanted, Craigslist and Autotrader were our best friends… One of my friends is going through the same car search as you and is looking for a Nissan or Toyota, both of which she’s found a lot of on those websites 🙂
Post # 8
I second the Altima and the Maxima. Fiance had an 06 Altima and and 09 altima. They were awesome on gas and look good. Also really reliable. He has an 2011 Maxima now and we love it too, not as great on gas though…
I also second Jeep. I have a 08 Jeep Liberty and I love it. Great on gas and reliable. The ride can be a little rough sometimes but I think that is something that is unique to Jeep.
Post # 9
Had my 94 Honda Civic for 7 years..almost 227,000 miles on her now and it’s about time to part with her. Reliable and had super gas mileage as long as I took care of her. Not sure if they make them like they used to. Definitely keep us posted on what you find in your budget. I’m going to be looking soon. Holding on to my baby girl for now ;-). Good luck!
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Post # 10
@lovekiss: Thanks! Yeah our ideal car would be a Honda Civic Hybrid, but probably won’t fit within our budget now. Also, Future Mother-In-Law just got a Ford Fiesta which is great, but there aren’t many or any used versions available.
@MrsWrangler: Haha yeah we have almost 130K miles on it, and it’s 9 years old. When I was in high school, my family got a Wrangler and I loved it! Too bad Fiance is turned off of Jeeps now… lol
Post # 11
It looks like you have the Nissan’s covered, but I’d also suggest looking into Toyota’s and Honda’s; specifically the Toyota Corolla or Toyota Camry, and the Honda Civic. All of those are reliable cars that get great gas mileage. If you are looking for something like an SUV, you could look into a Toyota Rav 4 or a Honda CRV. I know those get pretty good gas mileage for the size they are.