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September 3, 2011 6:35 PM Subscribe
I'm going to be buying a used car soon, for around $3000. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn't have a reliability chart for beaters.
posted by freshwater to travel & transportation (20 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Toyotas and Hondas have the best overall reliability, but how much is that negated by relative age? Craigslist gives me lots of '98-'01 Toyotas and Hondas in my price range, and a few '03-'05 Kias and Nissans.
I intend to drive this car into the ground, ideally for five years or so, with a mix of highway and town. Should I take an older Toyota or Honda, or a younger Nissan or Kia?
For the sake of argument, let's say I'm looking at normal mileage ranges for the ages, no accidents or maintenance red flags.