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I'm open minded.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe / Sedan / Hatch / Wagon

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Fun toy

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 70 years

Maximum price: US $ 4000

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Response from mitchell9353

12:43 pm October 2, 2014

Open minded in Indiana... Your responses to the questions are puzzling. I assume your age is 70, not the max age of the car you would consider. The maximum price of $4000 is also an issue. That asside, I would suggest you look at a Subaru CrossTrek. This is a small wagon with 4wd which you would appreciate in the Indiana winter. The CrossTrek is also inexpensive, reliable and suprisingly roomy. It's quirky look will test your openmindedness. This car does not have a lot of power though and can be a bit noisy on long trips. But maybe your like me... 70 and losing my hearing.


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Subaru Crosstrek

Response from mwcten

6:02 pm October 2, 2014

Here are my suggestions for the fun, the cheap and the practical under $4k:

The Fun: A Saab 9-3 - previous owners tend to take care of them and they're really cheap used. This suggestion is somewhat dependant on having a local repair shop that is reliable, knows something about them, and perhaps even has a "bone yard" for salvage parts, since these can sometimes be expensive to fix.

The Cheap: A Mazda Protege. Reliable and nice driving for that vintage of car but prone to rust. Get the ES if you want more speed.

The Practical: a Scion Xb, or even an Xa - it will get great gas milage, and even if you can't get a sub 100k mile car for your price range, even the high milage ones are still very reliable. And the interior space is super versatile. Also insert here a Toyota Matrix, Pontiac Vibe, or Honda Fit if you can find them cheap enough.


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Saab 9-3
Mazda Protege
Scion xB

Response from mkaresh

2:06 pm October 7, 2014

I'd recommend the newest Ford Focus you can find within your budget. The Focus drives better than nearly all competitors, is fairly reliable, and tends to cost much less used than a Japanese car. The best combination of fun and reliability, if you can drive a manual, is the Focus ST sedan offered from 2005 to 2007.


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Ford Focus
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