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Have 2 growing boys who are inolved in sports. Would like a comfortable vehicle big enough to have a friend ride with them and to be able to stow away their sports equipment. Have a 2007 Kia Rhondo now that I love but has over 100,000 miles and I fear will have some major issues in the short term.

Priorities: Fuel economy / Safety & braking / Cargo capacity

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 80000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: US $ 9000

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Response from mwcten

8:54 am January 13, 2017

First of all, I would say that your 07 Rondo still probably has a fair bit of life left, unless you know of a specific problem. If you look at the repair data on this site, the 07-10 Rondos are all in the 44-70 repairs per 100 vehicles per year territory, and not many of the reported repairs are super expensive; sensors, steering components, brake components; the usual suspects. You'll be able to keep driving the Rondo for less money per year than even the most reliable $9k car you could replace it with; at least for a few more years.

If you do go the "replace" route, the Honda Fit is a smaller car than the Rondo with good interior space. If it fits your people+stuff, it will be your most economical option.

Vehicles similar to the Rondo that you might want to consider would be the Mazda CX-5, the Mazda 5, Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav 4. Another Rondo isn't a terrible idea either if you like it.


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Kia Rondo
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Mazda CX-5

Response from Chrispope

6:13 am January 14, 2017

@mwcten. I am looking for a car to purchase and I need the third row. I found a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander for 15k. The first thing I am looking to my next car is a the third row and the reliability and as I do not know about mitsubishi outlander I'd really appreciate your thoughts about it.



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Response from mwcten

4:28 pm January 17, 2017

I don't have first hand experience with them. That is cheap, and they are significantly cheaper than the equivalent honda/toyota, even Kia/Hyundai's for the same year/milage. I've heard bad things about their interiors and ride quality. But if you're OK with the test drive, they're supposed to be reasonably reliable, so maybe it meets your needs?

It might be worth considering what Toyota or Honda you can get for the same $, though. You might like an '11 Sienna better than the '15 Outlander.


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Toyota Sienna

Response from LectroFuel

8:48 pm January 20, 2017

@Chrispope. I've sat in an Outlander at an Auto Show and I didn't like it at all. Cheap interior, the whole car feels like it was from the mid 2000s, and the only good things I've heard about are the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. I don't even see Mitsubishi's future in America. If you absolutely need an SUV with 3 rows and not the size of a midsize, go with a Nissan Rogue, although it isn't as reliable. I agree with mwcten, get a minivan. Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna.


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Honda Odyssey
Toyota Sienna

Response from Chrispope

5:51 pm January 22, 2017

I have been told by a friend of mine he had a Hyundai Veracruz 2009. Any thoughts/experiences?


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Response from eabpmn

11:49 pm February 7, 2017

You need to do the math.

You are budgeting $9000 for car BUT you have to compare it to the cost of the over-100k maintenance if you current car is otherwise fine.

What you would probably need to have done sometimebetween 100 and 150K would be:

* Timing belt and water pump -- typically $300 -650 (my compact wagons are very difficult on replacing the timing belt because it is hard to get to so they come in at the upper end.)

* Struts - on my wagons it is around $600 for the front and $600 for the back

* Sway bar (if your car has one) - $100+/-

* WHeel bearings/ball joints (depends on which the car has)- probably not that much given what the car is. THe Volvo V-70s a few years ago ate ball joints according to my mechanics and they were $1500 per wheel (ouch!) My wagons have have wheel bearings -- typically included in the $600 for struts and done at the same time. Just doing the wheel bearing alone is $150-185

* Replace hoses and gaskets (the rubber stuff) - $300+/-

So the over-100K stuff only comes to $1850 -2150for my wagons. ANd they are good to go for another 100 -150K miles (and yeah I keep the bodies flawless with paint touchup in spring & fall and undercoating.)

If your engine is good (not using oil) and your transmission is good (not losing fluid or having problems shifting) and the body is not having serious rust problems that will make it fall apart in the next 4 or 5 years, you need to get the car, get prices for doing these things.

$2000 or so to keep the car going for another 4-5 or more years is way way better than $9000 to buy something with 50,000-80,000 miles which will just need that stuff anyhow in 3 years +/-.


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Response from NormT

2:20 pm July 13, 2017

Plethora of CUVs to choose from under $9,000. The GM 2.4l is probably $1,000 and a transmission is up to $2,000 for the Terrain or Equinox and could be on the road until it rusts out.


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Chevrolet Equinox
GMC Terrain
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