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fuel efficiant, under 2000, reliability

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thanneman

reliable, great gas mileage, prefer 4 door but doesnt need to be. my 97 acura cl broke down on me just bought 98 civic 2 months ago and now its broke down. best car i ever had was a 98 crx

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Fuel economy / Warranty, maintenance cost

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 150000
Maximum age: 2002 years

Maximum price: US $ 2500

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Response from mkaresh

6:58 pm December 6, 2016

In general, $2,000 highly reliable cars don't exist because any highly reliable car is worth more. Buying from a dealer it's probably impossible to find such a car, since a dealer needs to earn at least $1k to keep the doors open.

For cars old enough to sell for $2,500, how it has been cared for will be extremely important. Look for a car that's not in much demand but for which the owner has a thorough maintenance history. And be sure to get it inspected by a good mechanic.

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Response from samuel.bethune

9:18 pm December 17, 2016

I'm a fan of the old Saturn S series cars. I've owned three of them and they're dependable but no ball of fire going down the road. You can find these for under $2000 without too much difficulty but as with any car there are some lemons out there. Have it checked out by a mechanic.

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Saturn S-Series

Response from NormT

10:59 am July 17, 2017

The old Saab's would be the closest in passing today's tougher crash standards.

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