Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

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Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by glassynails » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:14 am

Although I find them all butt ugly I'm thinking of the following cars. I really can't afford to spend more than $10-11k.

My first choice would be a Forester again , but they're too expensive to maintain and the Head gaskets and other things fail on them. I can't really afford the newer ones, but I could afford a 2011 or so maybe.

So here's some I'm thinking of:

1. Kia Soul (ugly and I'll maybe feel like a dork, but hey ...)
2. Honda Fit?? I don't know, maybe to small?
3. Honda Crv? I can't stand the look of them .... but hey ain't I an adult buy now?? LOL

Recommendations?
and NO I don't want to lease!

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by CathyCate » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:19 am

Check out Toyotas. My 2006 Corolla is still going strong given MI winters and challenging roads. They are reliable and reasonably priced. There was that airbag recall fiasco with some models, but you can research that online. Then check with a dealer before purchase to verify actual airbag replacement on the car in question. Good Luck!

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by edcat7 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:29 am

CathyCate wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:19 am
Check out Toyotas. My 2006 Corolla is still going strong given MI winters and challenging roads. They are reliable and reasonably priced. There was that airbag recall fiasco with some models, but you can research that online. Then check with a dealer before purchase to verify actual airbag replacement on the car in question. Good Luck!
+ 1 for Toyota Corolla. I had two mark 1 Corollas (not at the same time) and they have been the best cars I've ever had. The last one I got on the bay for £500 and it had done 37,000 miles. When it did eventually developed faults, my fault for not maintaining it, I managed to sell it for scrap for £165.
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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by doug » Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:48 pm

I think your best bet of finding a reliable, and cheap, used car, would be to go to someone trustworthy, who is in the business of selling cars. Do you know someone like that?
I have a brother-in-law who sold three carpet shops and retired.....then opened a small used car lot just to have something to do....and because he likes cars. He's trustworthy, and people in his area know that. If you could find someone like that, they could steer you in the right direction.
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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by gitgeezer » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:50 pm

"Reliable" and "cheap" are somewhat at cross purpose. The reputation for reliability of used cars will make them more expensive than cars with suspect reliability. My view is that we should be willing to pay extra for proven reliability.

Check Consumer Reports ratings by model. The CR findings are that Toyota, Lexus, and Kia are the top brands for reliability, but some models within top listed brands are not so reliable.

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by Gorn » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:27 pm

My next car will be probably a Mitsubishi Space Star (successor of Colt - hope it's known in the U.S.) = the smallest Mitsubishi. It's the cheapest new car you can buy in Portugal. I had a Mitsubishi Colt until I moved to the Azores, it was the trustworthiest car I ever had, no problems with it. And it was cheap. It was the perfect urban car (lived in Munich city 400 m away from the Okoberfest terrain) because it went into every parking space and nevertheless it was easy to put guitars, P.A.-speakers, monitor, mixer, stands, stool and 2 persons into it. If you don't have kids or big dogs or need to transport upright basses, the size is big enough. It's the perfect understatement car, ugly as hell but trustworthy. Very good in wintertime and thrifty. It's the original car to the old four-seated Smart (maybe you know) with a different shell (BTW: the new Smart seems to be a Peugeot - hands off!).
Apart from that I would recommend Japanese cars in general. Toyota, Mitsubishi or Honda.
My current car on the island is a 16 year old Fiat Punto which came with the house and now has run almost 160'000 km (about 100'000 miles). Let's see when it will fall to pieces, it clatters like crazy, but I've just standed it a new battery.
BTW: understatement models, ugly colours and stupid stickers reduce the price :wink:

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by Ramon Amira » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:55 pm

Get a Toyota - period. My mechanic has a 2003 Toyota Camry with 250,000 miles on it. It still runs like new. Even though he's a mechanic and obviously was able to maintain the car, still - original engine. But that's not even the half of it. I asked him how many times he had replaced the transmission. Answer: Never. Still the original transmission! This is unheard of. Most cars, 100,000 miles or so = needs a transmission. That sold me. I would never buy any other make.

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by SteveL123 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:26 pm

Can't go wrong with a Toyota Corolla. I think he wants 4WD which I don't think is really necessary. I have never owned a 4WD (only RWD or FWD), never used snow tires (only all season radials) and have driven through many snow storms on ski trips up to VT, New Hamphire, Upstate NY etc., never got stuck or had to get towed. Like CG, good technique is more important than what you play/drive. :)

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by glassynails » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:45 pm

I'd really like something like a crossover . I can't stand sedans. I at very least need a hatchback.

Honda crv's are around 11-12k for a 2010 - 11 with about 100k here where i live.
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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by astro64 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:15 am

If you are taller than 6', the Honda Fit is too small in the front. For some reason they designed it such that the seats don't go back far enough. There is actually plenty of room for the seat to go back further, just seems a design failure (or feature....). This is for the 2016 model.

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by dory » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:02 am

We have a KIA soul. I love it. At first I thought it was ugly but I got used to it. The inside is cute. I had always driven Toyotas before my last Kia. That was a Kia Spectra and it was extraordinarily reliable. When I turned it in it had 150,000 miles of very hard driving without a single major repair. I became a Kia convert from Toyota. I inherited a Ford C-Max Energi from my dad. Now THAT is an ugly car. It is kind of fun to drive, though. Our last Ford had a lot of expensive repairs. This one has only 15,000 miles on it. We shall see once it gets a few more miles on it if Ford has improved. Based on my past luck I strongly recommend Kia.
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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by Pat Foster » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:25 am

I've found a new respect for Kia. Our 2006 van has 150k mi on it, and I would drive it across the country tomorrow. We've done only maintenance and brakes in the last 6 yeards. Friend has had a Kia Spectra for years, loves it. I've talked to our mechanic and a transmission specialist. They both endorse Kia for reliability, right up there with Toyota.

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by dory » Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:44 pm

I got my first Kia because it was cheap, was shocked about the reliability and bought the second Kia for reliability. I wish I could say the same thing about Ford. Have I had unusual bad luck with Ford? Anyone had a good experience?
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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by hpaulj » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:04 pm

There are lots of videos, blogs and clickbait slide shows that list the most reliable cars. Obviously you have to take those with a big grain of salt. But the same is true for opinions on this forum. Individuals can only talk about alternatives that the they've experienced. That's true for owners as well as used car salesmen and mechanics.

That said, the lists of 100,000+ miles models tend to stress the reliability of the engine and transmission, and the potential cost of major repairs or replacements. Things like timing chain vs belt, interference/noninterference timing.

But there are lots of other systems that require replacement with age. With 1988 pickup, I had to replace front drive boots, other front drive shaft and suspension parts, alternator, water pump. Water leaks and condensation in the cabin were an issue, plus various broken plastic handles and knobs.

With a 20 yr old RAV4 I have minor issues like a rusting gas cap door, and freezing door latching mechanism. Last year I had to repair a leaking head gasket. But the current diagnosed problem is some sort of differential binding on tight turns.

With a 15 yrs old Element I had to spend a pretty penny to reseal the timing chain cover. And something is sticky in the electric door lock mechanism. Otherwise it's in good shape.

I've been looking at the Fit. 1st gen apparently had quality control problems that resulted in water leaks. I haven't read of problems with the 2nd gen. 3rd is too new (2015) to have long term reports.

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Re: Help me find a used car that's reliable and cheap?

Post by eyedoc » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:22 am

Isn’t this a classical guitar forum?
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