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#1977 of 3640 Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options?
Mar 22, 2010 (12:46 pm)
So my 2000 Camaro is 10 yrs old and over the last 2 yrs I've put better than $5000 in repairs and maintenance into it. It's good for the moment, and I am likely to keep it as a second car, but am now shopping for a new daily driver. My commute is 14 miles each way and I am averaging only 11k miles per year (the Camaro is only now at 102k).
I've test driven a couple cars and spent lots of time on pics and reviews. At first I was having a hard time narrowing it down to sedan or compact SUV. But basically, a sedan is fine for me and if I were buying new, right now, I'd be choosing between a 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE, 2010 VW Jetta TDI, or 2010 VW Jetta Wolfsburg.
However, given I haven't had a car payment for several years now, the payment that comes with one of those cars hurts a little bit. So, I'm at least thinking about buying something slightly used for a bit cheaper.
Right now on my list is a 2008-2009 VW Rabbit, 2008-2009 VW Jetta, 2008+ Ford Fusion. Looking for feedback on these or other suggestions. I've driven a Toyota Matrix but didn't love the "feel" of it and don't want a Camry. I don't want a Honda Civic or Accord. I haven't looked at recent Chevy Malibu or Impala. What else would be a good bet? What will likely last relatively trouble free?
#1978 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [texasnightowl]
Mar 22, 2010 (12:51 pm)
I'm in the process of buying a 2010 Sonata GLS; easily purchased brand-new for $16k.
#1979 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [texasnightowl]
Mar 22, 2010 (1:06 pm)
I'll give my standby answer:
If you don't require many options, you can get a new one in your pricerange.
Otherwise, I also like the Rabbit, so I don't see a problem there. Although, if going used, why not a GTI? (unless you require 4 doors)
#1980 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [thegraduate]
Mar 22, 2010 (1:13 pm)
I have a hard time being interested in the 2010 Sonata...it's just so....blah. Especially after seeing in person the 2011. I mean, the price would be right but I just don't know if I could make myself buy it.
#1981 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [qbrozen]
Mar 22, 2010 (1:15 pm)
I have looked at a Mazda 3...and it wouldn't be a bad option...I guess I should put it back on my list.
GTI comes in 4 doors also, I believe...just maybe less common? I prefer 4 doors anyway...I'm tired of the very long (56" !!) doors on the Camaro. Can be hell in tight parking. Is the FSI/TSI engine in the GTI as reliable as the 2.5 in the Rabbit?
#1982 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [texasnightowl]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 22, 2010 (6:32 pm)
They are less common, but you can get a GTI with 4-doors..
You seem to like Jettas.... .why not a GLI? They are a little harder to find than a GTI, but they all come with 4-doors.
Plus, they depreciate faster than a GTI... even though they cost more new, most of the used ones have lower asking prices...
#1983 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [kyfdx]
Mar 22, 2010 (7:05 pm)
Well, re: Jettas...of the cars I've test driven recently I like the way the Jetta handles/feels the best. That said I have not tested any Golfs or GTIs. (I've tested Toyota Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Ford Fusion, Mazda 3, Hyundai Sonata, and the TDI Jetta. I've thought about looking at a Chevy Malibu, but it doesn't do much for me either.)
GLI depreciates faster? The used ones I thought I saw seemed to be running higher than the GTIs but I'll check again.
#1984 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [texasnightowl]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 22, 2010 (6:49 pm)
That's my experience in looking for '08 and '09 GTIs and GLIs... The GLIs were at least as cheap..
An '08 GLI for just under $20K seems like a pretty good deal.. Most of the new ones that I shopped were $28K-$29K MSRP. Same tight suspension and turbo drivetrain of the GTI in a 4-door sedan package... What's not to like?
#1985 of 3640 Re: Which Car for My Folks [backy]
Mar 22, 2010 (8:07 pm)
Thanks, Backy and Gbrozen. Will check out the Legacy and Accord.
They have owned 3 Camrys and like that type of ride. Budget is low-mid 20's. Won't buy a Toyota at this time, as you might understand. I'm looking at the '11 Sonata for myself and would like to give my '06 Sonata to them but they won't be able to see well enough out of either of these, especially the '11. And there's no way they can operate a NAV! The Accord looks like the visibility will be better, especially if the driver's seat can be raised quite a bit. They have looked at Accords from 1987 - 2000 but they are too short for whatever models they looked at. These might not have had a heights adjustable driver's seat.
Thanks again for the suggestions.
#1986 of 3640 Re: Reliable used car in 15k-18k range...options? [texasnightowl]
Mar 23, 2010 (5:55 am)
Regarding reliability, so far I am hearing good things on the 2.0T.
The GTI came with 4 doors?? I had no idea. Man, now I want one!