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Safe and Expensive- Fiat maybe!

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Safety, Great gas mileage and I can drive a standard fine.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Insurance cost / Price or payments

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 20000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 2000

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Response from LectroFuel

9:00 pm January 17, 2018

Don't get a Fiat!!! They are some of the last truly bad, unreliable cars. They have been the least reliable brand in Consumer Reports' reliability surveys for the past 5 years at least.

My niece drove a 2013 Fiat 500 and put 80k miles on it before the auto transmission blew up. The oil had been leaking for a while. And this was only on a 4 year old car! She gave it to her dad and he got rid of it ASAP. She now drives a 2014 Civic and hasn't had any problems.

Avoid Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, RAM, and Jeep.


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Response from KilgoreTrout53

8:57 am January 18, 2018

First of all, if you are really looking to spend ONLY $2,000 then you are in beater territory, you can forget about 20k miles or less, it will be more like 200,000 miles and 15 years or more old. A $2,000 car is something that may require a lot of upcoming repairs as well.

I agree about the other post concerning Fiat - Fiat and its sister companies, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge are not producing quality products. The other domestic companies may have something interesting, but I have had mixed experiences with their products.

If I assume you meant $20,000, then you have a lot of options. In the SUV field, I would recommend a gently used Mazda CX-5 (can get a manual) or Totota RAV-4. Both are highly reliable and have great gas mileage.

If you want a sedan or hatchback, look at Honda, Toyota and Mazda. All have great offerings. I suggest you reseach body types (SUV / wagon / hatch / sedan / convertible) to narrow down the field a bit.

Good luck!


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Mazda CX-5
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Response from Sea-Dan

2:41 pm January 18, 2018

Your query of safe and expensive but price limit of $2,000 is confusing.

Irregardless of that confusion, there is no confusion about the Fiat - stay away!

First of all, I'm gonna assume you meant safe & inexpensive since your limit is $2,000 (or was that a typo?)

As Trout53 said that is definitely "beater" territory and your not likely find any with less than 20,000 miles. But the ones I mention below can be found with less than a 100,000 miles and are capable of going 200,000 without major repairs. If you live in the rust belt, cars over 10-15 yrs old will be rather rotted. However in other parts of the country, there are a few sleeper models out there that can be 15 yrs old and still have a reasonable degree life, economy and reliablitity. To be safest, don't buy anything without air bags - most cars after 1992 came with them. You may have to hunt for them but they are out there.

1. Ford Escort. From 94 to 2003 the Escort use a lot of Mazda part and was generally underappreciated . Although somewhat tinny, they are both relatively reliable and economical. If you can find a lightly used one owned by a senior citizen it could be a great car

2. Mazda Protege: Similar to Escort a bit more upscale and better handling.

3. Geo Prism: This is a Toyota Corolla in disguise and a good bet.

4. Honda Civic. The 1992-97 Civic was a great little car and there a still a few around that haven't been bought by teenagers and riced up.

5. Generally I'd avoid Chrysler products with the exception of the PT Cruiser. Quirky looking, these mini-hearses were actually very comfortble, roomy, and relatively reliable. Fuel economy is so so. Again lots of them out there, look for low mileage model owned someone over 40.

Now, if you are looking for $20K cars, the options are wide open! Any Mazda2 or 3, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, or smaller Kia / Huyndai will get you where you want to go safely, economically & be reliable. Since you can drive a stick, you could even get a new one of the above for $20K.

Best wishes and let us know how the hunt went!


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Ford Escort / ZX2
Mazda Protege
Chrysler PT Cruiser
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