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I'm having the hardest time making the purchase plunge because my 2000 Camry car gets me to and fro, and only has about 160,000. But I am really tired of it plus it is ugly green and has the clear coat peeling paint. I don't want anything lux, but I'd like to drive something that is fun and looks good. Is that so wrong???!!! Then, also, my kid is off to college this fall, cha-ching.

If I can make the plunge, I need a hatchback. I am very attracted to the Mazda3. It looks good, it sounds like it's fun to drive. It seems like you get a lot of car for the $. A little worried about reliability. (I do love that I haven't had to do much of anything to the Camry Snoozer car.) I also like the zippiness of a GTI but worry about VW reliability and think the mazda3 is better looking. How does the paint hold up for california coast and no garage?

Priorities: Exterior styling / Handling / Interior styling / Reliability & durability / Safety & braking

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Hatch / SUV

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Errands about town / Long trips / Towing or hauling

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 30000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: US $ 20000

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Response from mkaresh

10:21 pm May 6, 2015

I don't know how well the Mazda3's paint will hold up, but they at least seem to have improved their rust resistance, and reliability has been very good so far for the current generation.

The 2015 GTI also drives very well, and is considerably more powerful than the Mazda. VWs have improved in reliability to the point that the first four to six years are likely to be trouble-free. After that, maybe not. So it depends how long you'll be keeping the car.

Manual or automatic transmission? With a manual I might also suggest a Ford Focus or a Honda Civic Si. I don't trust the reliability of the automatic in the Ford, and the Si isn't offered with one. The Honda also isn't as stylish as the others. But it's fun and reliable.

If you haven't driven any of these cars, that's your next step. Go drive a few--I'd like to hear your impressions.


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Response from Member6433

2:16 pm May 7, 2015

The Honda Fit would be a good choice as well. The vehicle is little although it has quite a bit of trunk space. It can fit up to 5 people. The vehicle has a lot of get up and go. This vehicle runs from about $15,000 - $20,000.


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