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Reliable front wheel drive under $5000.00 -- student

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paulcantin

price- reliability- maintenance cost

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Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 150000
Maximum age: 16 years

Maximum price: US $ 5000

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Response from colin42

10:14 pm November 21, 2016

Hybrids offer great value for money at the moment. A 2008 Toyota hybrid should be within your price. If you budget is slightly elastic you can find gen 3. ( Model year 2010 on) for ~$6500

There are plenty of other options, Incase you want something larger, sportier or cooler.Don't be afraid of brands that considered bad but actually have good models. Mitsubishi, GM, Ford all have good models

Use the reliability data here and LTQI to find a which ones to buy and which to avoid.

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Toyota Prius

Response from Dnslater

6:53 am November 22, 2016

In this price range, you are talking a high miles car. The reliability at this point may come down more to how well the car was previously cared for than the make and model. Consider taking the car to an independant mechanic for an inspection before purchasing.

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Response from mkaresh

5:22 pm December 6, 2016

In this price range I tend to like the 2008-2011 Ford Focus. You can get a newer one than a Civic or Corolla for a given price. As Dnslater notes, how the vehicle has been maintained is very important, and get the car inspected bu a good mechanic before buying it.

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Response from NormT

1:52 pm July 17, 2017

A 2012 Chevy Cruze is in the $4,000-5,000 range. These will see almost 50 mph on the highway at the speed limit.

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Chevrolet Cruze Limited
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