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UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
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GIVEMEFRIES SparkPoints: (8,868)
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5/18/14 8:00 P

Same. I used to be into really cute cars that were an arm and a leg. I had a PT Cruiser for a while. My dream car is a Lexus anything, but something that gets me from point a to point b will do.

5/18/14 7:53 P

Enjoy your Camry!

SBURDEN Posts: 11,199
5/18/14 4:34 P


CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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5/18/14 3:44 P

Looking to buy a VW Passat

KNEEMAKER SparkPoints: (104,729)
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5/18/14 1:24 P

Ford anything

TINA8605 SparkPoints: (99,668)
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5/17/14 11:36 P

I prefer one that runs!!

NSKYLINE115 SparkPoints: (50,453)
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5/17/14 10:36 P

I ended up getting a 2014 Camry LE :-) It has 8 miles and I love it! I got the 7 year waaranty so i should be good for a while. Im gonna miss my Nissan but im soooo glad i made this decision. Thanks for the input and advice everyone!

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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5/17/14 9:12 A


MARKATSPARK Posts: 5,869
5/17/14 6:32 A


TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
5/17/14 6:13 A

Volkswagen Passat/Passat wagon

STEELER71 Posts: 8,048
5/17/14 5:59 A


NWLIFESRC Posts: 9,316
5/17/14 5:44 A


TRYINGTOLOSE64 Posts: 93,051
5/17/14 5:40 A

If you live in America, then support american jobs!! Buy american made through and through!! I love my dodge...they've always been good to me!!

SUITABLE Posts: 5,959
5/17/14 1:43 A


ONECALMMOM Posts: 6,258
5/17/14 12:40 A

My 10 year old Lexus has low mileage and gets me from point A to point B!!!! If I ever get another car it will have good cup holders. Mine are worthless!

KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,527
5/17/14 12:38 A

Basically many posts have had excellent advice on buying cars and the related so I won't bore you with that part of it.

However, I have owned Toyota's all my driving life and as long as you do the maintenance, put the correct gas in it and change the oil when necessary its more than likely your car will last a good long time! I've had friends who have owned a variety of Hondas that say the same thing. The Camry is one of the best cars ever in my opinion, so that's a pretty safe buy.

Every Toyota I've ever bought new lasted 15 years before I decided I didn't want it anymore and I either sold it or passed it on to someone who would appreciate it. Now I own a BMW but if I ever needed another car I'd go back to Toyota in a flash~

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (588,141)
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5/17/14 12:31 A

I love my Pathfinder.

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5/16/14 11:53 P

Geo Prism

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5/16/14 11:52 P


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5/16/14 10:48 P


RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
5/16/14 10:34 P

I really like the little toyota cars. They are efficient and safe!

SANDICANE Posts: 3,400
5/16/14 10:20 P

I LOVE my GM Cruze!

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
5/16/14 9:29 P


TRAVELGO Posts: 3,639
5/16/14 8:36 P


REBECANOLA Posts: 3,285
5/16/14 5:08 P

I have a 2008 Nissan Versa, with half the miles on it that you had. And I've had to replace the fuel pump assembly twice. I love the hatchback, but needless to say, my next car will not be a Nissan. I had a Kia for 8 years that I never had to take to the shop except for routine maintenance (until it got T-boned and totaled). Plus, Kia has a great warranty.

5/16/14 1:05 P

I just bought a 2004 Camry LE from someone at work, and I'm really loving it. It has more pickup than any car I've had in the past and I love the way it rides. She said it's been super reliable for her. The only reason she was selling it was because she just bought a 2014 Camry. She said it was just time for a new car for her but she loved the Camry so much that's what she went with again. Her only regret is that she couldn't get the gorgeous blue color again that mine is.

I had a 1993 Corolla that I sold back in 2002 when I moved to Canada. It was also super reliable. I might still be driving that had I not spent the nine years in Canada!

Hope you find the right car for you! I definitely can support the Camry and Toyotas in general.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,265
5/16/14 1:02 P

We have a Toyota Prius and a Hyundai. But I used to have an Eldorado and loved it. I do like Cadillacs.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,484
5/16/14 12:33 P

another vote for Subaru Outback - especially in the snow!

NSKYLINE115 SparkPoints: (50,453)
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5/16/14 12:28 P

Thanks for the replies everyone! I like Nissan, but I might go with Toyota... great reputation, and my family has had them forever. I'l deff be sure to post back after we go to the dealership tomorrow =)

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5/16/14 11:53 A

Nissan Versa

GODDREAMDIVA1 SparkPoints: (386,113)
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5/16/14 11:29 A

Cross overs

SBURDEN Posts: 11,199
5/16/14 11:22 A

I LOVE my camry. Always been reliable.

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (41,452)
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5/16/14 10:30 A

Love my Subaru Outback - especially in the snow!

BOB5148 SparkPoints: (539,953)
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5/16/14 10:20 A

I like trucks

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
5/16/14 10:09 A

It's probably most important to decide what's most important to you when buying a new car. For example, I got a Chevrolet Traverse last year. It was 2 years old when I bought it, but was a GREAT deal with no mechanical problems. I need the larger vehicle however because I am regularly transporting multiple children who all play large instruments as well as people who use wheelchairs. I pretty regularly have at least 2 wheelchairs in my car at any given time. So the size and ease of which we can load/unload is one of the most important things to me.
It's important to test drives lots of different vehicles and talk to different salespeople if possible. Sometimes one dealer can offer deals the other can't or won't. I love my car, and found it after looking around for nearly a year. I had an Equinox before and it simply wasn't large enough for all the things I need to do, and because of my back issues, a mini van wasn't a viable option because of the uncomfortable (at least for me) seat.

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5/16/14 9:49 A

The last 2 vehicles I have purchased have been new. My dad always told me to buy used, but I found the interest rates to be significantly lower on new cars. In fact, I compared new versus used, and I would have had a higher monthly payment on the used car then the new car because of interest.

Do your homework and shop around. Test drive many different makes and models, don't go in with only trying one or 2 vehicles. When my hubby bought our last new car he test drove about 10 different vehicles before deciding on the Ford Escape. I personally have a 2010 Chevy Malibu, and I love it. It will comfortably fit 4 adults, but its not like driving a boat, I had a Buick Lasabre before.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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5/16/14 9:32 A

Also, I think an oil leak can be fairly serious (not sure).
But as for other supposed issues with the car such as breaks and what-not, that is normal wear and tear. And though is not fun to shell out $300 or $400 at a time for somewhat unexpected repairs, a lot of people are too easily convinced that the "nickel and diming" they go through with an older car costs almost as much as getting a new one.

I bought a new car but if I needed the money for something else, I would not have done so and would have kept my ten year old car another ten years in spite of the repairs that would no doubt happen on a somewhat increasing basis in the next ten years. Paying $300.00 or so a couple of times a year is just the equivalent of two car payments for most people! So it is just far less expensive to keep the older car unless there is something very serious wrong with the car. I highly doubt it would cost $4000 to repair your Nissan. Seems like a ridiculous quote to me. As others said, get a second, third and fourth opinion.

ERICREH Posts: 4,160
5/16/14 9:29 A

I have a 2012 Camry hybrid and am quite satisfied with it. If you decide on a Camry, give the hybrid a look. Price and performance are halfway between the 4 and 6 cylinders, and gas mileage is great.

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5/16/14 9:25 A

Well, I sure would not buy a Nissan if a 2008 model has oil leaks and AC leaks, that does not speak well for the car overall IMO! I have a 2004 Saturn with 115,000 miles on it. It is a great shape and sure does not have an oil or AC leaks. I could likely drive it another 10 years but I caved and bought a new car two days ago, "just because." We were going to trade or sell the Saturn but my husband is going to take it instead and sell his 2008 Chevy Aveo, also with fairly high mileage, also in great shape.

I bought a 2014 Chevy Cruze. You can see me with my new car here.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,824
5/16/14 9:17 A

I agree with second opinion. I have a mechanic that I trust, that knows that I know what has been done on my car and that will show me stuff when I ask. It's possible that you have a "bad" car that needs more work on it than it should at its age and mileage, but it seems odd.

Of course, you drive your car, and you know what it's like.

Recommendation? Oh, I think that'll vary widely. I have a Hyundai Elantra currently. Got it new, love it, but have had a couple of minor and cheap issues with weird little things breaking. Plan on driving it until the wheels fall off, or another 5 years or so. Have had great luck with Fords. Drove their C-Max hybrid and loved it for a couple of days as a rental. Used to have a Ranger, and the family has had a number of them with good results. Used to have a Mazda Protege (now Mazda 3). It was horrible. A money pit, but a friend has one that he loves. Chevys are cars/trucks that we've had NO luck with. A friend has a Honda that has weird issues, and they tend to be the most expensive cars to insure.

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5/16/14 9:10 A

We took pretty good care of this car (regular oil changes and maintenance), but this is the first time we have taken it to a mechanic, and I do trust him since he explained it to me and showed me what was wrong. I took pictures and showed my brother who is great with cars. He told me I should do a trade in as well, BUT I should not budge on what the KellyBlueBook value of my cars value is.

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5/16/14 9:09 A

Great! Thanks for all the advice guys! I am going in with my dad, he's great at negotiating so i'm going to let him do all the talking. I do have my eyes on the Camry, BUT I wont be telling the dealership that just yet. I will be test driving different cars, and who knows I might change my mind. I was thinking about trading my car in anyways, but I think this was the push I needed to actually do it

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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5/16/14 8:55 A

I'd also suggest getting a second opinion because in a sad but true fact a lot of mechanics think they can "pull one over" on women because they don't think we know as much about cars.

Depending on your price point and credit, new versus low milage used isn't that big of a difference. When I was looking to buy a car I initially was looking used but the used car market is so tight that for $2k more, I could get a brand new car versus the one that's 3 years older with 40k miles on it (and that much of the warranty gone).

I have a Hyundai Accent hatchback and I love the thing to death. Handles well in all weather and I get around 35 mpg (mostly highway, some city driving). Plus the Hyundai warranty is one of the best in the business: 100k miles/10 years front end to tail pipe. The BF's family has a Honda Fit and it seems to hold up well under the abuse they put it through (it's moved all three of the kids in/out of college at some point now). The car has crazy cargo room for a hatchback too.

Some tips before you go:
Know exactly what you're going for - if you're going just to test out cars do that only and don't let them talk you into buying

Once you decide what you want, shop around different dealerships to see who can give you the best deal. *Do not* be afraid to walk away from a deal if the price isn't what you want.

Car sales people are trained to make you think that they have all the power when in fact the opposite is true. They want the sale more than you want to buy the car from them so use that power to your advantage.

Edited by: LEC358 at: 5/16/2014 (09:08)
MLAN613 Posts: 19,048
5/16/14 8:55 A

MissRuth has some great advice. And if you think your car may have any of the issues he suggested, you may wish to get a second opinion. My car is a 2005 with 135,000 on it. When I had it in recently for an oil change and brakes, the mechanic mentioned the struts on the front should be replaced eventually. He also didn't give a laundry list; the suggestion he made was logical based on my car's age and, more importantly, mileage.

As for cars, I am on my third Mazda3. (The first two I had were technically Proteges but the 3 is the same car.) And I love them. I don't treat my cars well. At all but they treat me well. And I am short and the car fits me well.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 5/16/2014 (08:57)
MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
5/16/14 8:45 A

I don't really have a preference re: Toyota vs. Honda, although DH has a Honda Accord and loves it. The Honda dealership here is fabulous and their service dept. is great. I bought a used Nissan Frontier (this is a pickup truck) last fall, and I really like it. What I will say, is that a new car isn't your best bet. It depreciates dramatically the second you sign the papers & drive it off the lot. A better bet is a good, used car. Low miles vs. age of car, and I reckon the most important thing is that the car was properly maintained. So CPO might be a good way to go.

I'm curious about your mechanic.... 115000 isn't a *ton* of miles on a 2008. Above "average" but if they're highway miles and not stop-and-go traffic..... 200,000 would be getting up there. Have you kept up with the maintenance on your car? Is this a mechanic from a dealership, perhaps trying to "talk you into" buying a new car? Things like brakes don't last forever anyway, that's sort of a routine car expense. I'm just curious how so much stuff could be wrong, all of a sudden, on a Nissan-- they're generally good cars.

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5/16/14 7:21 A

I am going to trade in my car to get a new one hopefully this weekend. I have a 2008 Nissan Altima with 115000 miles on it, not an old car, but that’s a lot of miles for a 2008. So my mechanic said (and showed me) all the issues it started having: breaks/pads/links/oil and ac leak/ exhaust/ front bottom panel blah blah blah … all together it would be around $4000 to fix… he actually told me it’s not worth fixing and that I should trade it in for a new car or one with lower miles on it that won’t give me issues. Along with my other co-workers and friends, they all said the same exact thing. So this weekend my dad and I are gonna go car shopping… I’m nervous, I’ve never bought from a dealership, they are expensive but I’d like to get a new car with warranty (or a CPO – Pre Owned) that will last me a long time. I did a bit of research (mostly looking at Toyotas and Hondas), and I am leaning towards a 2014 Toyota Camry SE. My family has had Toyotas and Hondas, I’m the first to have a Nissan in the family.
What are your preferences?

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