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Unread 11-09-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Help me pick a DD!

I need to get a new DD for the wife to drive 60 miles round trip to work and me to drive sometimes also for work, trips, when the jeep is being worked on or broken from wheeling, ect. We have been with just the XJ for awhile and while I love the cheap insurance and no payment sharing a vehicle is getting annoying, plus can't lift or wheel the XJ while its the main mode of transportation for us both. First option is a Honda Civic, 2000-2004 with lower miles (100k or so). Second is really any Honda product that is good on gas, accord, civic, ect. Maybe a toyota econobox or a small ford. Want something good on gas and cheap as its just a daily beater for the 60 mile commute to work for the wife and around town work for me, and to take on trips we wanna save gas on. Both me and the wife obviously prefer driving the XJ when we can. Leaning toward the Civic cause we had one before for a daily beater. What would you buy if you had 5k max to spend?

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Unread 11-10-2014, 11:26 AM   #2
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Not on your list: Chevy Cobalt or Cruze. If considering hybrid, then I like the Ford Fusion or Chevy Volt.

Disclaimer: I don't like Asian cars or putting more imports on the road (regardless of assembly location and content), so not going to advocate for them.
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Unread 11-10-2014, 11:30 AM   #3
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Dont go American. For $5k, id say a Civic is a good option.
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Unread 11-10-2014, 11:30 AM   #4
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I would recommend staying away from a cobalt. We have an 07 that was a rebuild but every time I am searching anything about it I find a lot of issues.
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Unread 11-10-2014, 10:38 PM   #5
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Within that price range, scope out late 90's Civis or even early 00 VW TDi's.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 07:15 AM   #6
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A Prius. Laugh all you want, but you will spend about 30 a week on gas driving 300 miles a week. I honestly loved my prius.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 08:33 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input. It will most likely be a civic, in my area you can get an 04-05 with around 100k for $5000. Prius is out of my price range plus I don't want a hybrid. I would love to go American made, but I don't think that people who buy domestic realize were the vehicles are made and who the money will actually go to, plus I do not know of a domestic brand that makes an econobox that can compare with toyota and honda in reliability. I have also thought about a nissian there are a few of those cheap around here. Also open to odd ball gas savers, I think there was a guy on here with a 90s ford something that got like 40 mpg and he paid like 1k for it.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 08:36 AM   #8
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Within that price range, scope out late 90's Civis or even early 00 VW TDi's.
I have looked at the TDI, my wife would love one she wants an oil burner to be all eco friendly and what not, but how is the reliability on them? I would personally prefer the TDI to. A friend has a Jetta but its the gas motor so doesn't compare.
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Unread 11-11-2014, 01:49 PM   #9
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Careful with the 01-05 civics, especially with a higher mileage one since the headgaskets can leak and it is a known problem. I had an 01 EX that ran great until you tried to drive it on a long trip, where exhaust gases from a headgasket leak would force it to dump the coolant out of the reservoir and cause overheating. Driving easy around town I could go for months without adding coolant as the level stayed the same.

I traded it in on the Wrangler I have today in 2011, would have kept it as it was maintained well otherwise by me and the previous owner but I didn't feel confident in it anymore. Never had a problem on 2000 or earlier ones though but the 01 turned me off to civics. I'd go with an older Corolla myself.
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Unread 11-14-2014, 09:49 PM   #10
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Depending on if you get any kind of winter weather you may look into a subaru. I had an impreza wagon for a while and it was an excellent little car.
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Unread 11-14-2014, 10:12 PM   #11
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Good call^
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Unread 11-16-2014, 04:15 AM   #12
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I have looked at the TDI, my wife would love one she wants an oil burner to be all eco friendly and what not, but how is the reliability on them? I would personally prefer the TDI to. A friend has a Jetta but its the gas motor so doesn't compare.
My son has an 03 Jetta. Probably one of the best vehicles I have driven. 50MPG and super comfortable. He has put over 30K on it running from FT Lewis to Southern Oregon.
The thing has the performance of a gas engine with the economy of a hybrid. No cats, DEF, or other emissions to deal with.
Personally, I like the feel of European auto's much better than the Japanese cars. They have a heavier, more solid feel.
The big issues with them is the cam belt replacement, which can cost anywhere from 300 to 900 bucks, depending on who you go to. This is, of course, periodic maintenance on any OHC engine, however, European cars need to be checked with a computer program, which means you either have to purchase it or take the car to a mechanic.
(BTW, we are planning on looking into getting one when I get back, turning in the 01 civic we currently have).
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Unread 11-22-2014, 09:09 AM   #13
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I've had a Cobalt since 2007. The biggest issue I've had is that I'm just tired of lookin' at it. Got some sort of evap/emissions thing giving me a CEL right now, but the car is 7 years old- I think it's due, LOL
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Unread 11-22-2014, 10:57 AM   #14
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The Cobalt was such a POS car. I owned one for three years & I babied the thing like no other (I do all my vehicles). It was unreliable, recalls up the yin-yang, god-awful build quality, & I couldn't fit anything in it, granted it was a coupe. Avoid GM like the plague; never again. As much as it disgruntles me to say this, do yourself a favor & buy a reliable Japanese car. :/
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Unread 11-22-2014, 11:59 PM   #15
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It is my opinion that if you want reliability, go Japanese, or even later Korean....

But if it werent because of the fact that I wanted a Wrangler, I wouldnt have an American vehicle right now. Im happy that it turns out from what Ive read on here that YJs and TJs for the most part are very reliable... At least as far as longevity
... So it seems some Jeeps are the exception to the rule... But yeah, go Japanese.
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