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Unread 12-12-2013, 09:13 AM   #1
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My wife needs a new(er) car. Her 93 XJ is on its last leg and she wants out...so sometime after Christmas, we are gonna look into getting her something. This car will function as her DD to and from work and what we drive on the weekend. We need something that is good on gas, is reliable, fun to drive, has to be auto (for the wifey), and will last a good while.
we have been looking at a couple different cars. Our price range is about
13k or under...pref under.
cars we have looked at and are interested in.
2013 Chevy Cruze. can get one with low miles for around 13k
2006-2008 Mazda 3. anywhere from 10k-13k. low miles
2005- 2007 Acura TL. seen them from 10k-15k.
I am interested in hearing your guys' opinion on what would be a good car to get for our price range.....the newer, the better, but am not opposed a bit older car...nothing below 2005.
One car that my wife does not want is a civic or corolla or forte or elantra.
She wants a nice interior, heating options (heated seats, heated mirrors, etc) I know, for our price range, we can't be too picky, but I know we can get a decent car for 13k or under, just need to some guidance in things to avoid.
I have tried to talk her into getting a TDI, but doesn't want one and ultimately, its up to her.

Any help?

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Unread 12-12-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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from what you have listed, I a good choice would be the chevy cruze. Its new and will have warranty. You could probably find a demo model at a dealership and save some bucks. Nothing against the other models.
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Unread 12-12-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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from what you have listed, I a good choice would be the chevy cruze. Its new and will have warranty. You could probably find a demo model at a dealership and save some bucks. Nothing against the other models.
true, just don't know much about the cruze and how reliable it is.
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Unread 12-12-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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my daughter had a Mazda 3 and it was a good car. I think it was in the year group as the ones you listed. The car was short lived do to an accident, which by the way, the car held up in a side impact collision. Happy hunting!
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Unread 12-12-2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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If the TL is getting up in miles to where it starts to need a fair bit of scheduled maintenance, that is not cheap. I know several people who have been happy with Mazda 3s and the Cruze is supposed to be good.
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Unread 12-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #6
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Honda Civic. I have had 2 of them and I am working on a third. The one that I currently have (2005) had 98k when I got it and was purchased for 8K along with all maintenance documents. The previous 2 Civics (1993 and 1995) both have 260K + miles on them with only oil, CV shafts, and maybe a belt replaced. Very reliable cars. I think that I got my money's worth out of them.
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Unread 12-17-2013, 01:50 PM   #7
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Another vote for the Chevy Cruze (among those options) - good mileage, nice interior for its class, warranty, and decent amount of space for a compact.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 08:19 AM   #8
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I'd go with a civic also. I'm not a fan of Mazda. My sister CX7 has had its turbo replaced, and something else expensive (can't remember) and it has less than 80,000km on it (49,000 miles).
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Unread 12-18-2013, 08:55 AM   #9
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I was in the same situation last year & was trying to keep around the same price & my wife wanted the same stuff. I was able to find a 2004 Grand Cherokee Limited. 2 wheel drive, 4.0, but otherwise fully loaded, 48,000 Miles & a two year warranty for $9,500. It was taken care of very well & pretty close to a new vehicle. The sales man told me the reason it was so cheap is because it's been two redesigns since then, plus it's close to being 10 years old. Score for me though! I'd rather have an older taken care of vehicle with low miles than a 2 year old vehicle that's been beat to hell & back.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 09:28 AM   #10
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You should get a certified pre-owned camry from a Toyota dealer. Very reliable, comfortable, easy on gas, and with your price range easy to find a year or two old and well under 50k miles on the clock. I've seen nice 2013's at the dealership for 13,995 with mileage in the 20's since august.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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Locally, if you look at mileage v/s price, the Mazdas and Hondas seem to be a little over priced. The domestic "blah boxes" are a better deal for a driver. I suppose it depends on the level of "flash" you're happy with.
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