(Closed) NWR – What kind of car should we buy?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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.

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