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#3356 of 3640 1st Time Driver: Used Car Recommendations (For Under 2.5K)
Jun 30, 2013 (6:09 pm)
I've saved up about 2,500 for my first car, and I've been researching and browsing used car possibilities over the last few weeks.
I'm twenty-four, licensed, from NYC.
I wanted to ask for any recommendations and/or feedback for the list of cars I've come up with for possible purchase. I am concerned, for better or for worse with the following order: mpg, number of total miles, safety ratings, handling, storage space, etc.
(I've seen some of the models below in my price range).
I am also looking to criss-cross the country with this car.
- 1984 Civic 1500S HB
- 1986-1987 CRX HF
- 1992 Civic Hatchback VX
- 1993 Civic Hatchback VX
- 1994 Civic Hatchback VX
- 1995 Civic Hatchback VX
- 1987 Honda: Coupe HF 4 Cyl 52/57
- 1995 VX Hatchback
- 1994 XFI
- 1980s RAbbit
- 1989 Swift
- 2000 Metro
- 1988 Sprint Metro
- Spring ER
- 1990 Ford Festiva
- 1983 Nissa Sentra (Datsun)
I'd love to hear from people who own or have owned these cars, and could tell me from personal experience what they think of the model they drove.
Many, Many Thanks!
#3357 of 3640 my retirement car
Jul 01, 2013 (8:53 am)
Got an email from my Nissan dealer on June 19 (Wed.) that they just received a 2014 metallic blue Nissan Versa Note with the Convenience package. Drove 50 miles to the dealer on Thur., test drove & decided to sign the papers to trade in my 2007 Mini Cooper. I picked up the new car the following Monday. After a week, it has been very nice. Admittedly, it does not handle as well as the Mini, but it is more comfortable in town and on back roads that have seen the ravages of winter weather. As a small person with shorter legs, the seat bottom is just right. One reviewer complained about the seat not supporting his thighs. But he is 6'1'. So this aspect rules out all the full-size and most intermediates for me.
Lots of rear legroom. With the seats folded, I can put in my bicycle or our big dogs. There is enough room for us to take a trip. Acceleration is quite adequate. The CVT is smooth. Visibility is as good as any car I've had. The rear view monitor works well while backing. The controls are intuitive and easy to use, meaning I can reach the dials while keeping my eyes on the road and adjust by feel. It is quiet and acts predictably. The only complaint that my wife has is the lack of an armrest on the passenger side.
It came with low rolling resistance tires. I wonder if getting better tires will improve handling, but at the expense of mileage. So I am no longer waiting for the 2014 Kia Soul & Forte 5-door.
For my retirement next year, now I have a new car, a new horse and a new saddle. I gave one bicycle away. So now I only have five. What else?
#3358 of 3640 Re: my retirement car [smalltown]
Jul 02, 2013 (10:56 pm)
Sounds nice...this is the replacement for the Versa HB, right? My kid had an '09 and I really like it as i can slide right over in the seat and with my spinal issues, this is wonderful. Your new vehicle sounds perfect for you guys and good luck with it and it is the perfect retirement vehicle! Retired here also and plan to replace my current Civic by the 2016 or 2017 model year since it's an '06 model. The newer one will probably be my last vehicle but I keep going back and forth between staying with an economy one or spending a bit more and going for an entry level lux one. I have no problem with a cpo unit as I know a new one would be out of my price comfort level and these days, cpo units can be the perfect alternative for someone in this situation. Finding what I want within the parameters I will have set up will be the issue but I'm quite confident that there is the perfect vehicle out there when the time comes. I want to reward myself for all my hard work over my career with something nice that will give me years of enjoyment...and I do deserve it!
Starting sometime in latter 2016, my quest will begin!
#3359 of 3640 Re: 1st Time Driver: Used Car Recommendations (For Under 2.5K) [riabovb]
Jul 04, 2013 (5:28 am)
I would exclude anything before the early 90s due to lack of airbags. You might be able to get a 90s Mazda Protoge (3 predecessor) for that much money. The issue you will have with all of them is that they will need some fixes - you will have to budget for that. For availability of parts and reliability I'd lean toward the Hondas. The family had a 90 Civic and was very reliable in terms of drive-train - but it went through 2 mufflers and one paint job in 15 years.
#3360 of 3640 Re: 1st Time Driver: Used Car Recommendations (For Under 2.5K) [riabovb]
Jul 04, 2013 (6:29 am)
I agree, exclude anything before front airbag era. Best suggestions:
Buick LeSabre or Century (Le Sabre is big but is very reliable and cheap to repair). My son still has his '98 Le Sabre with over 160,000 miles now.
These will all have a lot of miles. Be sure to get any vehicle checked out by a mechanic before you buy.
#3361 of 3640 for small drivers
Jul 13, 2013 (1:07 pm)
I am very satisfied with the Nissan Versa Note I bought a couple of weeks ago. Here are a few things that car manufacturers and dealers need to keep in mind with short people with small feet. And for short drivers to notice.
1) Gas pedal placement. Some cars are easier to drive for me because the gas pedal seems to be closer to the floor and is easier to reach. On some cars, especially larger cars, in order to better control the gas pedal, I have to essentially drive with my heel in the air. I cannot pivot my foot with my heel on the floor. This is tiring on longer drives in heavy traffic when using cruise-control is not practical.
2) Controls are too spread out so that I cannot reach them unless I take my eyes off the road and look at the dash.
3) Seat bottom size. Especially in larger cars, the seat bottom is too long so I essentially have to put a cushion behind my back so I can bend my leg at the knee to reach the pedals.
4) Driver seat too low. This is especially true of larger Fords and Chevrolets. It is hard to see the road over the hood.
5) Tailgate height. On larger SUVs, the tailgate opens too high that I cannot reach the edge to close them.
So the manufacturers essentially shunted me toward their compacts and subcompacts.
#3362 of 3640 2012 EXL or 2013 LX/EX
Jul 15, 2013 (4:00 am)
Trying to decide between 2012 EXL and 2013 LX/EX. Any suggestions ?
#3363 of 3640 Re: 2012 EXL or 2013 LX/EX [tamtly]
Jul 15, 2013 (4:49 am)
Any suggestions ?
Start by telling us the make/model of the car?
#3364 of 3640 Re: 2012 EXL or 2013 LX/EX [sebring95]
Jul 15, 2013 (7:35 am)
It is Honda Accord.
#3365 of 3640 Re: 2012 EXL or 2013 LX/EX [tamtly]
Jul 15, 2013 (7:40 am)
Definitely get the 2013. I own a 2013 Accord EXL navi and it's by far the best car I've ever owned. I also own the previous generation. It was a good car for its day, but it's slower, doesn't get as many miles per gallon, has much more road noise, etc.
In terms of the model, the LX for 2013 has a lot of things that used to be on only the higher end modelsólike alloy wheels, bluetooth, advanced direct injected engine, etc. This model is a great deal. My parents have one and they love it.
EX adds smart entry among other features, which is really cool. You don't get your key out of your pocket. You just approach your car, it knows it's you, and it unlocks the door. You press a red ignition button to start the car. The EX features are worth it in my opinion. But if you want to save $3000, the LX is still a great car.
I'd take a 2013 LX over a 2012 EXL.
The new model gets about 3-5 more mpg, and gets to 60 about a second faster.