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I've been looking at the standards: accord, camry, jetta, s80. My yearly expenses for transit with bus and uber is about $6,000. I want to find something that will pay for itself in under 3 years. My wife will be learning to drive in this car so safety is number 1 priority. I don't care at all about the styling or power of the car: if the car runs well, is reliable, and keeps us alive it could look like a clown for all I care. Price isn't really negotiable. Wife and I are freelancers so we can't get anything close to a good loan deal. We will be paying for this car in cash.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe

Will consider both new and used cars

Maximum price: US $ 8000

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Response from pdgibson8

10:32 am August 26, 2015

I would stay away from anything European because of cost to maintain. We have had Toyotas and a couple of Pontiacs for our children. They have been good used vehicles. I stay with scheduled maintence and fix anything that breaks. Both of these have run well into the 150K range without issue other than a few sensors. Just make sure you meet and work with an honest mechanic that will check out the vehicle before you purchase to insure nothing major is wrong. Even cars you buy from a dealer....have had several friends that 3 weeks after purchase the car needed struts/shocks, which could have been checked by a reliable mechanic before hand and been part of the negotiation. Focus on brakes, tires, suspension, and check for any leaks. Good luck in your search.


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Toyota Avalon
Pontiac Bonneville

Response from ahm1127

1:29 pm August 26, 2015

From experience I wouldnt go with anything but American due to initial cost & maintenance costs. As with everything its a gamble & that goes with cars. I like the Pontiacs & the Chevy cars but the Ford Taurus is a very reliable & cheap car with tons of parts available. It seems the bigger cars are a bit more reliable but I havnt owned the smaller cars except for Ford Fiesta. Good luck


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Chevrolet Impala
Ford Taurus
Pontiac Grand Am

Response from mkaresh

12:21 pm August 27, 2015

For an initially inexpensive car that's reasonably reliable I tend to recomment the Ford Focus. Safety isn't the best, though. For better safety you can try to find a Ford Fusion in your price range or perhaps a Suzuki Kizashi.

The Accord and Camry are both solid choices, but you'll have to get a much older one to spend only $8,000.


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Ford Fusion
Suzuki Kizashi

Response from 02rsxpilot

6:16 pm August 27, 2015

I had great luck with my 2002 Acura RSX as a first car. I'd stay away from Jetta as that was my sister's first car and has had a lot of issues. The RSX can fit a ton of stuff in the back, particularly if you put the rear seats down, which makes it way more practical than you'd expect from a 2-door coupe. It also beats out your average Civic, Jetta, Corolla in terms of fit and finish, and gets 30+ MPG.


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Acura RSX

Response from jerry.mcintire

1:57 am October 2, 2015

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