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My nearly 20-year-old, bought-it-new
Old 07-11-2019, 05:09 PM
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Honda Odyssey had a tranny meltdown a week ago. There will be no fixing it. They want $4500 for a reconditioned one that already had 130K miles on it. Okay, I spent the week grieving and today said goodbye to my faithful baby and called a junkyard. So sad. I mean, that car lasted longer than any of my marriages. I thought we would be together till the end. But apparently not.

To make it all the more fun, I had the ridiculous mystery illness/summer cold complete with staph infection scare (no, it was not staph), so I have not really been able to get out of the house much. A friend did take me to look at cars the other day. We went to five huge dealerships, each of which had under TEN used CARS. They had a million used trucks, vans, SUVs, just no old-lady style four-door sedans.

I seriously do NOT want a new car. In the past two years, I have barely driven 5,000 miles. So the thought of a 100,000 or ten-year warranty does not mean that much to me.

My friend and her entire family and my nephew all have Kias and love them. I have always had Honda or VW, but also drove a Nissan and a Toyota for short periods. The only American car I ever had was a Dodge Caravan, which I really loved, but I don't need a van now. Are there any decent small American cars that anyone would recommend. I've been told by a friend in the midwest who owns a tranny shop to steer clear of Ford Focus.

I don't want to spend a ton of $$, but buying anything that is too old up here where cars rust out in ten years is also a no-no. Any suggestions?


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Old 07-11-2019, 05:19 PM
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If you are looking for a used car — the Ford Focus — those made before 2012 are work horses. We own 2 Focuses. The 2002 has about 136,000 miles on it — and has no AC because - well, it’s old and I don’t want to spend the money to fix it. We also own a 2010 Focus with 237,000 miles on it. I just took it in for an oil change — and they said it’s fine. I do go to a local mechanic who I know will tell me when it’s time to let them go. See my attachment for more info! Good luck with your car shopping!
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:20 PM
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My Mom's Toyota Camry was a great sedan. If you wanted smaller, the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla are also great cars that last. My neighbor has sworn by her Honda Accords. My friends also drive Subaru Outbacks and Foresters, and like them.

My car is 15 and had 175,000 miles. I have had no real problems with it, and am dreading when I need to replace it. I will be looking at a certified pre-owned Toyota Rav 4 or similar car when I do.

Good luck with the car shopping. I always find it a stressful and expensive experience.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:24 PM
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I donít do Nissan because of their legendarily bad cvt transmissions. And I had a 2015 Ford Escape with a dual clutch transmission that went out. Dual clutch transmissions are bad news.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:27 PM
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My sister has a Kia Soul and she was so happy with it her husband got one too. Theyíre great little cars for around town but also good for your occasional longer trip.


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Old 07-11-2019, 05:33 PM
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Toyota Camry.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:37 PM
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Our 2006 ford focus i still going great.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:43 PM
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I have a Toyota Rav4 that I'm pretty happy with. My SO drives a KIA Optima that he absolutely loves.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:02 PM
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on your Odyssey. Ours died last August of the same issue - the transmission. From what we found out as we researched it, that is a common cause of the end of an Odyssey.

I have a 2012 Honda Civic, bought new. I know that used civics are hard to find. They get snapped up quite quickly.

One thing we realized is that although we did not want another van, we also did not want a second sedan. We needed something a little bit bigger. We ended up test driving mid-size SUVs. We drove the CRV and the Rav 4. We had planned on buying one used, but it was August and the end of the model year. We ended up with a new Rav 4 for just a couple of thousand dollars more than any of the lightly used ones we had found online.

Look on carmax's and cartrader's websites. You can also do model searches through dealers websites and car manufacturer websites. We found that to be helpful.

If you are set on a sedan, I would try to find a Civic, or Corolla for a small sedan or an Accord or a Camry for what is now considered mid-size.

Good luck and let us know what you end up with.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:20 PM
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Love my Kia Soul!


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Old 07-11-2019, 07:20 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss! I have had Hondas since the early 80s and have loved them dearly. My current one is a 2003 CRV with 190K on it, the shocks need to be replaced, the fan belt may be next, and the A/C is unreliable. It heats up in summer and is freezing in winter. To fix it would cost $3000+ and the blue book value of the car is not that much more.

So I am also going to have to start looking for a "new" car. I was thinking of something three or four years old. DH thinks I'll like the RAV4.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:42 PM
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They're not American, but Toyotas last FOREVER!

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Old 07-11-2019, 08:02 PM
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I had to buy a new car this January. I'd heard all of the advice that buying new was a waste of money due to it depreciating as soon as you drive it off the lot and was prepared to buy used.

I did A LOT of searching (I'm near a big city, so plenty of options) and I could not find any used car that was even remotely a good deal. In many cases the newer used cars were actually MORE expensive than brand new ones from the dealership. The closest I could find were cars that had 40,000-60,000 miles on them and were 4-5 years old, for about 3-4K less than a brand new one. Definitely not worth it, IMO.

I ended up buying a new 2019 subaru from the dealership for less than $21K including all taxes and fees. I went with the most basic model- I didn't care about any of the bells and whistles. It's still considerably nicer/has more features than the old one I had. The only "special" thing I wanted was a back up camera, which wasn't a problem at all b/c apparently they're standard nowadays.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:56 AM
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My 2006 Ford Focus is going strong.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:20 AM
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Canít go wrong with a Chevy. They last forever. Sold my 1998 Venture a couple years ago because we just didnít need a van anymore. My husband saw the new owner last week. Itís still going strong and well over 200,000 miles. Confident my Trailblazer will last just as long.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:25 AM
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I am one of the lucky Ford Focus (2014) owners!

We bought it new in 2015 as a left over. It has a little of 35K on it and I am on my third clutch! It is a known defect so I will get it replaced until the warranty runs out.

My BIL had the same Focus year and he had 4 clutches in the first year. He was involved in a class action suit and Ford had to buy back the car.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:51 AM
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I second a toyota- they do last forever! It's not american but most are made here.

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Old 07-12-2019, 10:28 AM
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Ford was in the news last night.
https://www.freep.com/story/money/ca...ct/1701433001/

I'm almost ready to look for another car. We need to replace my husband's 2001 Chevy. We buy used from our local mechanic. We tell him what we want (sedan, 4 doors, etc) and when he goes to auction he looks for something good in our price range. It may take a couple of months, but he always comes though with a good car at a reasonable price.
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