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#3580 of 3640 What car for first time driver?
Sep 15, 2013 (2:55 pm)
I got my license this month and I'm wandering what car should I buy. I want to spend up to $5,000. I was thinking about few cars like
2001 acura cl type s
2001+ toyota celica gt
2003+ corolla s
Subaru (legacy,impreza) , hatchback looks nice, but is 5k enough?
Would love any BMW or audi A4 but i heard they are not good cars
I also considered any acura/honda newer than 2000+ , civics (i like hatchback ones).
I also thought about buying car for cheaper from insurance auction and fixing it. I have a friend who is a mechanic and has dealer's license and also could work with him on the car.
I would love to get a 2dr but the insurance just scares me (celica). What car looks good, has decent insurance and is pretty fun to drive? Manual/Automatic - doesnt matter. Currently 17 yo, living in Chicago.
#3581 of 3640 Re: What car for first time driver? [berlod]
Sep 16, 2013 (4:57 am)
At your age unfortunately the insurance costs are going to trump every other factor. An older Civic or Corolla is probably your best bet, but you might also consider a bigger, older car like a Buick Lucerne (totally not fun but a pretty solid vehicle and cheap to repair) or a hatch like the 2005 or 2006 Pontiac Vibe. Sometimes insurance costs are less on larger cars. ABS wasn't standard until 2006, so insurance costs are higher on cars without them. The Vibe will be cheaper to insure if it has ABS. Some '04s had them as an option. Also if you stay in Chicago any of those will be good drivers in winter, a factor you didn't mention but certainly one to keep in mind (vs., say, the Celica).
#3582 of 3640 Re: New Ram [thegraduate]
Sep 16, 2013 (2:05 pm)
Curious to hear about the mileage you see with the 8 spd. 2wd or 4wd?
#3583 of 3640 Re: New Ram [tifighter]
Sep 17, 2013 (11:06 am)
In my commute daily which is 78 miles of Interstate (65-75mph) and 27 miles of 4-lane (with traffic lights peppering the drive), I'm averaging 24.2 on my second tank in a row according to the computer. I've not yet refilled the tank from full due to the fact that the computer wasn't reset when it was filled up upon purchase of the truck. However, if it's anywhere north of 23mpg, I'll be happy.
I'm not feather-footing it, but when cruising around 70mph, the "instant" mpg meter is averaging 27 or so on flat ground. Of course if there's much of an incline and the cruise control drops a couple of mph, it'll downshift to 7th and hop right back to the set speed. At 60mph, it runs around 1,400 RPM (I have the 3.21 Axle, CrewCrab, 2WD).
Maybe I'll shoot some video with my phone and throw it on youtube for the interested parties.
#3584 of 3640 2005 Honda Civic losing coolant
Sep 17, 2013 (1:26 pm)
Losing coolant. However, no visual evidence of leak, no water in oil, no white smoke out exhaust. Any suggestions to what is causing this problem?
#3585 of 3640 Re: 2005 Honda Civic losing coolant [klt82]
Sep 17, 2013 (1:39 pm)
Try posting it in a Honda Civic forum here on Edmunds. There are great "maintenance and repair" forums with helpful people. This forum is geared more towards purchasing a car.
#3586 of 3640 Re: 2005 Honda Civic losing coolant [thegraduate]
Sep 17, 2013 (5:32 pm)
[the graduate. We thought that was where we posted it (we are new at this) and thanks to your suggestion, we hopefully posted it to the right forum this time.
Sep 18, 2013 (11:00 am)
I ended up purchasing a 2002 Acura TL with 106k miles for $6,000. It had the timing belt and water pump replaced at 90k and I had him replace the struts and shocks as well as the front motor mount before I agreed to the purchase (per mechanical inspection). In addition to the ABS and Side air it has a lot of amenities that I've never had in a vehicle before and is in near mint condition.
It wasn't what I started out looking for but I found that if I wanted side air bags and ABS I'd have to pay at least 30% more than I really wanted to.
#3589 of 3640 Re: Update [acemanhattan]
Sep 18, 2013 (11:46 am)
Pretty nice car ace - we had one and loved it.