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  • Buying a used car, need your advice

    I am a recent college grad(female) and I need to buy my first car, but I have no experience in how to do it. I want to get a car within the next 2 or 3 months.My budget is around $25,000.

    Should i get a japanese,german, or american car? Should i stick with SUVs for safety issues? Which car is the best for driving in winter? What do you guys think are the most important factors to consider when buying a used car?
    Any input will be much appreciated.

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    ^not sure if this is really the right forum, but we have had other car threads. For that money, I'd look at maybe something like a CRV, about a year or two old. Or if you want fancier (but worse fuel economy), an Acura RDX or Infiniti EX35 around 2008 model. I like small crossovers our climate - you sit a bit higher so can see well, but the security and ease of AWD in winter. I think its safer as well, the issues of rollover in old SUV's have been addressed in newer vehicles, most of the cross overs are just jacked up sedans/wagons.

    Having owned German, American and Japanese vehicles (not Korean yet), I have found Japanese most reliable, can simply maintain a new one at quick Lube places once a year with synthetic oil and will drive fine.
    Last edited by moahunter; 30-04-2012, 01:16 PM. Reason: Infiniti not infinity

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    • #3
      Japanese reliability plus AWD for the winter = Subaru
      “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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      • #4
        thank you for your detailed information! they are very useful!

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        • #5
          Honda Civic 4 door. Reliability and fuel economy.


          Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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          • #6
            ^why not Honda CRV, which is basically a winter version of the Civic? Better visability and AWD, good reliability, yet still great fuel economy. Being higher and a bit heavier makes it a bit safer as well in a collision.
            Last edited by moahunter; 30-04-2012, 01:23 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
              Japanese reliability plus AWD for the winter = Subaru
              But i heard the repair costs for Subaru is high?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                ^why not Honda CRV, which is basically a winter version of the Civic? Better visability and AWD, good reliability, yet still great fuel economy. Being higher and a bit heavier makes it a bit safer as well in a collision.
                See...that is one reason why I thought for a long time you were a female!
                “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                  ^why not Honda CRV, which is basically a winter version of the Civic? Better visability and AWD, good reliability, yet still great fuel economy. Being higher and a bit heavier makes it a bit safer as well in a collision.
                  I will look into CRV as well as RDX.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                    ^why not Honda CRV, which is basically a winter version of the Civic? Better visability and AWD, good reliability, yet still great fuel economy. Being higher and a bit heavier makes it a bit safer as well in a collision.
                    CRV is a good car and I would recommend it as well, but I hate the higher, heavier, safer bit.

                    It is also higher in maintenance, same with subarus or any other AWD/4WD.


                    Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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                    • #11
                      It costs $60 to fill up a CRV, and it costs $40 to fill up a tank of gas for a Toyota Corolla. I know this because I own both.
                      Edmonton first, everything else second.

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                      • #12
                        ^so CRV has a larger gas tank, isn't that a good thing? Or do you mean for given distance driven? Civic should get better fuel economy.

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                        • #13
                          Corollas and Civics have better fuel economy. The frequency for filling up are the same as the CRV.
                          Edmonton first, everything else second.

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                          • #14
                            To put things in perspective, it costs $120 to fill up a tank for a full sized truck.
                            Edmonton first, everything else second.

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                            • #15
                              ^my EX35 is about $80 (I understand RDX is similarly poor with its turbo 4 - latest model is a v6), so CRV is about a quarter better, and Civic is half better. Sounds about right.

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