(Closed) Please help me pick a car!!!

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Which car???
    Mini Cooper : (17 votes)
    16 %
    Toyota Rav4 : (29 votes)
    27 %
    Scion TC : (9 votes)
    8 %
    Ford Escape : (19 votes)
    18 %
    Hyundai Tucson : (8 votes)
    7 %
    Jeep Liberty : (16 votes)
    15 %
    Other (Please tell me what and why.) : (10 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 17
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    1091 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m a fan of Nissans, both because they’re good cars (as long as you steer clear of the bottom-of-the-line models) and because their customer service is really good- when I did have the bottom-of-the-line model that kept giving me grief, they never once balked at fixing the problems for free or for a very, very nominal fee.  I had an 09 Versa, and while I had problems, no one else I’ve ever known with one has had any major mechanical defects in the car.  Now I drive a ’12 Altima, and god do I love my car.  It sounds like you’re not really looking for a sedan, though, so I’d say maybe look in to the Rogue.

    Are you just a hatchback person? That’s the only common thread I can see in all your options.  I was looking at Subaru Impreza hatchbacks, the 2012’s are really good on gas and Subarus never freakin’ die.  No one I know has ever lost a Subaru to a mechanical problem before 300k miles, and I used to roll with a pretty crunchy crowd who almost all drove Subarus. 

    Post # 20
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    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I had a mini cooper and I LOVED it. Now I have a 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5, and I might love it even more. It’s reallllly good on gas.

    ETA: just realized you said under 25k. I bought my Mini used so I’m not sure what a new one costs..but I know the Nissan came to slightly under 35k.

    Post # 21
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    2107 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We just got a 2013 Escape, and we love it.  The price also can’t be beat, as it ended up costing significantly less than any other comparable model we looked at. 

    Post # 22
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    890 posts
    Busy bee

    Totally depends what you need it for and what’s most important to you – fuel efficiency, cargo space, carry multiple passengers, etc. I’m with you, i hate car shopping, i didnt even test drive my car, I test drove a similar car but at that point i had had it with car shopping. We both the Mini and our other car within a month of each other. We have a Mini for a fun car although it’s the four door one and I love it! It is really fun to drive, although its a standard so that might be why it’s fun to drive. Very fuel efficient and I’m always surprised by how much we are able to fit into it being such a small car. We also have a BMW because I needed the roadside assistance that BMW offers, I know nothing about car mechanics and just need BMW’s roadside assistance, not some random guy from some company that won the AAA contract. Can I tell that Mini and BMW are made by the same company, yes, many of the buttons for the radio and the screen display is the same but the similarities stop there. The Mini is fun but we also definitely need a bigger car but then again we live in the suburbs. If welived in a city, maybe I wouldn’t want a bigger car. Best wishes!

    Post # 23
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    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    What is your situation like? Your cars are a wide variety of types and sizes. Do you have pets you need to transport? Do you car-pool and need room for more adults? Do you have kids or plan on having kids? Etc.

    Post # 26
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    207 posts
    Helper bee

    I just went through this and ended up with the 2012 ford focus sedan ( a car i previously HATED).  The new model is very cute, and the gas mileage is amazing. I have been nothing but happy with this car!

    Post # 27
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    1305 posts
    Bumble bee

    I voted Hyundai Tuscon.  I have a 2010.  This is only my 2nd car ever, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but so far I’ve liked it.  No problems.  Fuel economy isn’t too bad considering it’s a crossover.  This will sound sort of vague, but I like it because it’s big, but not annoyingly big.  I hate driving big cars/trucks/SUV’s/crossovers!!  Oh, and the price wasn’t bad at all!  I originally wanted a Hyundai Santa Fe, but the Tuscon was a lot cheaper (also smaller).

    Post # 28
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Wow, those are some varied choices! 

    I drive a MINI Cooper S and I adore it.  Get the right model year and you’ll be fine.  Mine was constantly broken for the first 3 years because it was the first model year of the new DI turbo engine.  But it’s super super fun to drive and get awesome fuel economy.  I put a performance kit on mine, plus I have a lead foot, and I average 32-33mpg. 

    I used to work for Chrysler and I left to work for Hyundai.  I wouldn’t and won’t buy a Chrylser product.  Ok, the 2013+ Fiat stuff is a little better, just none of it is my style, but I’d let a friend drive one.  The Liberty is an old platform though, just a slightly improved Dodge Nitro if you remember that train wreck.  Escape is alright, Tucson is nice.  My cousin and aunt both bought 2011 Tucsons and love them.  Rav4 is nothing special, but will get the job done.  My uncle had one and they got rid of it for the Tucson – his had major issues.  Not to say they all do, but that’s the only experience I’ve had. 

    Post # 29
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Mini Cooper would be my top pick!! As long as your Darling Husband has a bigger car.

    We’ve had Mazdas, VWs and Toyotas and I’ve never, ever had car trouble. In fact, both of our cars now are 4 years old and we’re super in love with them. No way I could even think of trading them in.

    Post # 30
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    1934 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @dancindavinci:  Have you looked at the Madza CX5? They get really good ratings and have pretty good mileage for a small SUV.  I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t yet.  It’s around your price range.

    Post # 31
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    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

    I have a Mini Cooper Clubman… it’s the stretched out station wagon version of the regular Mini. Holds tons of stuff!! I also got roof rails installed on the top. With cross beams, I’ve been able to haul an unbelievable amount of supplies from Home Depot up top. No kidding… like an entire fence worth of wood. Just last weekend we hauled 6 sheets of 4 x 8 ft plywood and 3 sheets drywall on top with several rolls of insulation and supplies inside the car. I’m 6 ft, and fit comfortably no problem 🙂 Had mine since 2009 and still really happy!

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