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Posted 9/26/15
I tried not owning a car. Suddenly, I could afford buying all this fancy stuff to my apartment and travel around Europe. So, I guess I'm doing that for a while.
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Hi, Honey!

Looking for a commuter car that will fit in a reserved parking space that is 5' wide. Length matters not as much as the width. Pre-own better. The commuter car must also do well in snow. Additional features as a must have; AC, Radio, CD player, MP3 abilities, Air bags (front, side, top, rear), good on mileage.

Can have features: heated seats, heated lights, heated side mirrors.

With your mind reading abilities, can you recommend a commuter car that fits most of what I want?

Thanks!


Sorry for the delay, just noticed your post....

Hrmmm the 5' width limit kind of narrows things down quite a bit... I'm not sure I know of a specific model without doing more research, but you will definitely want front wheel drive (FWD). All wheel drive wiuld work as well but usually increases cost and FWD cars will handle just about as well in snow/ice as you have all the main weight of the vehicle over the driving tires for improved traction. The FWD set-up also allows for more interior space given a certain body size. For the features you are looking for I would look into a nissan versa or sentra in the SV/SL trim levels, nissan Versa Note (probably my main choice) in SV/SL/SR trim levels, Ford fiesta (sedan and hatchback) in the SE/Titanium trim levels (possibly Ford Focus as well), Kia Rio in EX/LX trim levels, and the Honda Fit in EX/EX-L trim levels. Aside from a SmartCar those will be your best bets at being the right size and will give you access to all the features you mentioned while being very fuel efficient and good on snow. If I am not mistaken the track width (space between wheels) is right around if not just under 5' so they should be good (of course counting side mirror ls they will be closer to 7')

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Tip #1. never buy a VW
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Thank you! I had an awesome reserve parking space on Friday to find out on Monday it was converted to Valet Parking. The new parking spot is smaller that my current vehicle is unable to fit properly. Thanks a bunch!
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Posted 9/26/15

macht_gut wrote:



Thank you! I had an awesome reserve parking space on Friday to find out on Monday it was converted to Valet Parking. The new parking spot is smaller that my current vehicle is unable to fit properly. Thanks a bunch!


Np, feel free to post back when you get your next car to let us know what you got
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my toyota camry is 17 years old and still runs great. i fill up like every 3 weeks too it is awesome

if i ever can afford to get a new car i'd get another camry i have been seriously impressed with them
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Sogno- wrote:

my toyota camry is 17 years old and still runs great. i fill up like every 3 weeks too it is awesome

if i ever can afford to get a new car i'd get another camry i have been seriously impressed with them


Toyota makes some good shizz. Only real complaint I have ever heard from them is about road noise. They tend to be skimpy on sound insulation in the doors/engine bay because they want to save weight to make their MPG look better.
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Posted 9/26/15
i am sad

my 2nd honda's paint is peeling again


why

WHYYYY

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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Posted 9/26/15
I need more blinker fluid. Anyplace that I can get it for cheap?
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Personally I'd never buy new car, always seemed like a bit of a waste. I drive a 1992 Subaru alcyone / svx lsi AWD. In perfect condition, no rust, original paint, mint suede / leather interior, with no holes or cracking. The engine is over bored and puts out 260 on the dyno. tops out around 170 mph, with a sub 6 second 0-60. It has xenon headlights, and led's for all of the interior lights. It came with rims and a transmission off of a 06 wrx. best of all the previous owner, installed a car computer, with a built in 7 inch touch screen, gps, Bluetooth calling, satellite radio, ipod jack and a backup camera.

so basically it has every feature you'd find in a 40k + new car and I paid 4000. I've had it for two years, taken it from NY to CA and back and put 20000 miles on it, and i've had no problems.
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Posted 9/26/15

SilentDrifter wrote:

I need more blinker fluid. Anyplace that I can get it for cheap?



Had a guy apply to work in finance at my dealership, said he had been in the business 9 years. We took a look at his car while he was waiting for the interview and told him it looked like he was low on blinker fluid. The idiot actually went to our parts department and asked for it. Sad thing is... he really had been in the business 9 years, and is just that stupid.



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Personally I'd never buy new car, always seemed like a bit of a waste. I drive a 1992 Subaru alcyone / svx lsi AWD. In perfect condition, no rust, original paint, mint suede / leather interior, with no holes or cracking. The engine is over bored and puts out 260 on the dyno. tops out around 170 mph, with a sub 6 second 0-60. It has xenon headlights, and led's for all of the interior lights. It came with rims and a transmission off of a 06 wrx. best of all the previous owner, installed a car computer, with a built in 7 inch touch screen, gps, Bluetooth calling, satellite radio, ipod jack and a backup camera.

so basically it has every feature you'd find in a 40k + new car and I paid 4000. I've had it for two years, taken it from NY to CA and back and put 20000 miles on it, and i've had no problems.


Sounds like you found yourself a gem, not everyone is so lucky. Anytime you go pre-owned you run the risk of picking up what a more-than-likely-moron previous owner left behind. At least with a new car comes the piece of mind of being the first person to take it home, plus we are so matierialistic we love new shiny things that make us look better than others.
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Posted 9/26/15

Yep, the VW TDI diesel cars are good for it too, Nissan makes a 100% electric Leaf but with limited (optimal 100 mile) range you would need to using charing point strategically/quote]


You would recommend VW TDi even after all the shit going on with VW?????
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Posted 9/26/15
True, used car buying isn't something a lot of folks want to deal with. I got it from a car collector in his mid 60s, who had 3 of them, in addition to other older Japanese cars. As to looking better than others.. it is a very rare car only 15000 were imported to the US. So i've never seen another one on the road. It has the same windows as the mc laren f1 / delorean. As an added bonus at least once a week somebody comes up to me to ask about it take photos etc. Plus as it's silver, people ask all the time, "whoa Is that the car from back to the future?" it's not.
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I want to buy a 2016 Mazda 3 Sedan but the dealer insists on modifying a current car on the lot to include all the items I want rather than just ordering me a car. They said they will put all the items in for me, but I will have to pay for materials and labor. I think this is a lie and that the manufacturer can include the items I want before shipping the car to them and then I go and sign for it. They just keep trying to get me to take a car on the lot. Also, they won't go on KBB fair market cost, are new car dealerships not required to go on values posted there? The price they are quoting me is a lot higher than KBB and even the cost on the Mazda website which turned me off instantly and I excused myself.
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Khaltazar wrote:

I want to buy a 2016 Mazda 3 Sedan but the dealer insists on modifying a current car on the lot to include all the items I want rather than just ordering me a car. They said they will put all the items in for me, but I will have to pay for materials and labor. I think this is a lie and that the manufacturer can include the items I want before shipping the car to them and then I go and sign for it. They just keep trying to get me to take a car on the lot. Also, they won't go on KBB fair market cost, are new car dealerships not required to go on values posted there? The price they are quoting me is a lot higher than KBB and even the cost on the Mazda website which turned me off instantly and I excused myself.


Good post! I have seen this many times, but before I go all-out answer mode give me a bit more info if you don't mind.

What features are you trying to get?
Are there other mazda dealers within reasonable distance?
Do you know if this dealer is part of a chain or a one-off?


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