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What's a good starter car?
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Posted 4/5/09 , edited 4/5/09

varnlestoff wrote:


spensaur wrote:

You're 25 and you're getting your "first" car? NJ must suck... What are you looking to do with it?


Some people just take buses to work instead of driving to lessen the cost of fuel + insurance. Then "maybe" start driving when they start making better money. I've been a paper driver for a couple years now. AKA, I got my liscense at 16 and then learned how to drive a stick, but never got my own car to drive for commute or recreation purposes till just last year.


Ah suburbs life.. having shitty public transportation needing cars to get anywhere worth while. If only i lived in portland..
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Well if it's someone's first car, I don't recommend getting one with too much power. It'll get too tempting to cut loose on the street. Also, not an SUV.

Compact sedans are the way to go.
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A good starter car would be whatever car you can afford or whatever car your parent's give you...imo
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Posted 4/15/09 , edited 4/15/09
Someone new to driving should buy used...

Someone used to driving can buy new...



I highly recommend buying a manual transmission. In these hard times, saving fuel is important.

If you want a lot of space, a hatchback or wagon will do well.

If you want passenger space, a 4-door sedan is a must.

Bad weather calls for AWD.

Or you can have it all with a Subaru Impreza wagon :D


Honestly, I think you're being far too general with your criteria. Please narrow it down.....
Posted 4/17/09
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Do your research, use google, read car reviews ( car n driver, autoweek etc)

Take into consideration repair cost, preventative maintenance, what types of things you need with it and what things you don't.

Also check on theft rates for that vehicle, gas mileage. list can go on an don

Like AWDFreak said...your being much to broad, but since you know you better then anyone. . .use some of the resources i listed and choose for yourself
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Choose 5 potential cars you might want to get.
Out of those 5 pick your top 3.
Do some serious research on the cars.
Then pick your poison =)

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Posted 4/17/09 , edited 4/17/09

AWDfreak wrote:

Someone new to driving should buy used...

Someone used to driving can buy new...



I highly recommend buying a manual transmission. In these hard times, saving fuel is important.

If you want a lot of space, a hatchback or wagon will do well.

If you want passenger space, a 4-door sedan is a must.

Bad weather calls for AWD.

Or you can have it all with a Subaru Impreza wagon :D


Honestly, I think you're being far too general with your criteria. Please narrow it down.....


i just felt like pointing this out for you if you havent noticed, cars from around 2001 and up that have auto trans basically have the same gas mileage as manual trans now, imo, i still prefer manual.
but anyways, most likely hes gonna get something from the 90's, and manual gas mileage is only a 2-3 gallon difference depending on what you get, also depends on how you drive.
btw, i dont think this guys gonna reply back, he hasn't pm'd at all in forever.
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my car
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the new acura TL or Maxima 05 or 06
Posted 4/20/09
A good starter car is a truck !
trust me it will make you park drive and shift better.
if 5 speed, since its easier in a truck.


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Posted 4/20/09
A civic. always easy to drive a civic.
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Late '90s Civic.

Drives well, comfortable, reliable. Girlfriend's got a '98 sedan, it's been hit multiple times (all while parked!) and is still going pretty decently.

Avoid Si models, and try and find one that's had an older owner, avoid anything that seems like it's been modified or raced.

Subarus are nice as well, but don't go for an Impreza, and especially not a 99-01 RS or any turbo model, it's almost impossible to find one that hasn't been mistreated. '90s Legacies are a pretty good bet, and Foresters are a good deal, although they get crappy mileage.
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first car?

1) do not buy cheap <<< will kill you with repair costs

2) if it has 100,000+ miles on it it'll be breaking expensive parts soon <<< don't buy it!

3) you'd be better off buying a 18,000-20,000 new car than a similar priced second hand car because you'll get warranty coverage.

4) get a mid size to large car <<<< you will get into an accident eventually a small sports car or econo is more likely to kill or maim you.

5) if your budget is around 5-7000 your probably best off with a honda since they have one of the best resale values and tend to outlast most other brands.

6) take the time to test drive a number of brand new cars then also test drive any cars you plan to pursue of the same makes this will give you some knowledge of what should and should not be happening while your test driving second hand cars like pulling in corners ...etc..

7) things like tires are expensive so a second hand car with bald tires may be a deal for the sale price but replacing all four tires kills the savings.

8) don't buy a car that the owner armoralls everything <<< since armorall dry's out anything its put on means you'll be stuck armoralling everything form then on.

9) always take the time to research if the car has leans on it <<< your really going to scream if the sheriff comes by one day and repo's your car.
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Posted 5/4/09

dragoneyes001 wrote:
4) get a mid size to large car <<<< you will get into an accident eventually a small sports car or econo is more likely to kill or maim you.


A SUV that rolls over will most likely be your death. A SUV is more likely to kill the person in front of you that is in a small car or eco.Only get a SUV if you need to carry alot of equipment. It doesn't save you gas.
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