Oh look it's my special snowflake car thread
December 12, 2010 7:25 AM Subscribe
My wife and I would like to buy a new used car... the perfect vehicle would be a reliable wagon with a nice ride/interior. I have 15k. What are your thoughts?
posted by selfnoise to travel & transportation (41 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We currently have a 99 civic. It runs reliably but is a bit old and busted. Due to living in Portland, Maine it has been hit by a snowplow (some minor bumps and bruises), broken into by junkies, driven into a snowbank, etc, typical Portland stuff. Mrs Selfnoise would like to drive a car with less hits from the ugly stick, and I would like something with a nicer cargo space.
I would like a car with more space to haul things and somewhat more space to sit in (just in case there are any new family members in the future, if you know what I mean, and also my butt keeps getting bigger as I slide towards decrepitude). Mrs. Selfnoise would like a slightly "nicer" car, by which I think she means a car with a quieter, smoother ride and somewhat more interior space.
We're not looking to spend more than 15 grand total and would like to have the car a long time, so tend to shy away from high mileage. I think I was thinking along the lines of a station wagon, but of course that is not the most option-filled category in the US.
We drove some other cars recently... neither of us liked the Matrix we were in because of the side-rear visibility, although we did like the cavernous back. We liked a rental Hyundai Sonata(she liked the very sedate ride and I don't need an exciting car), but it's a sedan which I'm not wild about (although the truck is big enough to sleep two) and...eh... I guess Hyundais are supposed to be more reliable now but I still feel a bit queasy about them.
So what should I be looking at used? I have the Subaru Impreza hatch on the list, Mazda3 (maybe a bit small?) Many of the Subarus up here tend to be beyond my price range (or be really old/high mileage)... I mention this because their whole thing is nice station wagons, so I know that's an obvious choice.