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I'm most interested in a 2007 CRV that seems to be in good shape and is priced right but has 132K, and an 2009 Impreza with fewer than 100K on it, a five-speed manual transmisison, and will come with a re-done head gasket and clutch kit. I prefer the winter-driving ability of a Subaru but am wary of the cost of major repairs such as to the suspension. I live in upstate New York and do some backcountry skiing in the mountains, but do I really need four-wheel drive in any form? I'm leaning toward the CRV, as Subies are sturdy but when they need work are a little spendy, and their suspensions are a bit fragile. Thoughts? Should I consider something else entirely?

Priorities: Safety & braking / Reliability & durability / Fuel economy

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Hatch / Wagon

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

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 110000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: US $ 10000

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Response from mkaresh

11:26 am January 13, 2016

It sounds like you've got a good sense of the pros and cons of the Subaru. It could be a very reliable car, or it could get a little expensive. I have more confidence in the reliability of the 2012 and up (aside from some complaints of oil consumption with the new engine).

Does your current car have all-wheel drive?

With either front- or all-wheel-drive, proper winter tires would be a very good idea.


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Response from mwcten

8:21 am January 18, 2016

I live in upstate NY (went to college in Ithaca even) and see no need for awd. Just get a spare set of snow tires; studded if you need ice traction; un-studded if you don't. AWD may be a benefit if you've got a really treacherous driveway or if you're regularly driving through deep snow, or you get stuck a lot with 2wd but that's not the case for a majority of upstate ny drivers. If you're asking the question, you probably don't need AWD.

I'd look into a Honda Fit. They get good mpg, they're super reliable, easy to work on, used prices are reasonable, rust performance is good, interior space is great for the size of the car.


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Honda Fit
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