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must be german or japanese

Need minimum of 2 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: C $ 5000

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Response from LectroFuel

1:40 pm August 6, 2018

Get the lowest mileage Corolla or Camry you can afford. They are all reliable. 1999 and older Civics are also good. 2000-2005 Civics had a lot of transmission failures. Every year of the Honda Fit was good, too. Get a CarFax. We need a detailed description to get a feel of what you are looking for in a car. If your budget is $5000, definitely don't get a German car.


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Response from AcuraT

6:34 pm August 9, 2018

Wow, only $5000 and you are considering a german car that is a diesel? Don't do it, you are asking for a lot of trouble. I agree with Lectrofuel wholeheartedly. The best you can do is a used Toyota Corolla, followed by a Honda Civic, then a Camry (I put the Camry last because being bigger it is more expensive, not because it is less reliable than a civic because it probably will be slightly more reliable). I don't think you will find a Honda Fit with low enough mileage to be worth it.


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Response from gmctrucks2006

11:17 pm August 9, 2018

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT even LOOK at a sub-$5000 German diesel, as both other posters have stated. ESPECIALLY a VW product, as the failure rates for many early 2000s Volkswagens are very high. Your best bets would definitely be a Toyota/Honda product with reasonable mileage, as they will most likely give you at least a few years of trouble-free motoring.


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Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Honda Civic

Response from Sea-Dan

12:46 am August 10, 2018

The good news is that there are actually some pretty good little cars out there for under 5K! But you have to be careful & do your do your due diligence. Best bet is to buy from someone who has owned the car for at least 3 years and has maintence records.

You have gotten some very sound advice already. I would only add these comments.
1. Don't even look at any sub $5K German kar!

2. As a former owner & affectionato of Hondas, including a Fit I can confidently say (& am backed up by most stats) that Fits are amoung the most versatile, reliable small cars out there. Often reliable beyond 200K. While they command a pretty high resale value, here are a couple good examples available for < $5K.

For under $5K also consider a late model, low milege Ford Focus. Pretty good, underappreciated little cars. With good maintenance can also go 200K without major issues. Parts when needed are relatively inexpensive.

Happy hunting for the elusive but desirable sub $5K ghetto cruiser. Love to hear what you bag!


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Honda Fit
Ford Focus

Response from AcuraT

7:59 am August 15, 2018

I checked to see if there are any Fits in my area under $5000 and there is one with 201,000. As I mentioned, depending on your geography, it may be very difficult to get one with reasonable mileage. If you can, snatch it up as Danlisahall suggests. It can be a very good car - but I am afraid you may find none in your area in your price range with reasonable mileage.


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