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Buying a Car

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So, I'm thinking about buying a car.  I have a little more money nowadays than I did when I got my first car so I'm willing to invest a LITTLE bit more and want to do some research.  Where do I begin?  I'd like an American car, if that helps, and looking for good gas mileage, as well as REALLY big wheels, and like, rocket engines that pop out, YEAH, and a cappuccino machine!

 

Seriously, any thoughts?  

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I have category view when it come to vehicles and their intended purpose(s)

I own a 1997 Ford F-250.  It has great power, it's very reliable and it heavy duty stuff - it has more iron than the rest.

 

Now, I also own a Suzuki 850 Boulivard motorcycle.  It gets 60 Mile to the gallon, looks great and suits a vast majority of tasks and chores that would normally be over-kill for a huge truck or even small car.  After all you don't need to fire up a 7 ton truck to buy a loaf of bread.  I like to ride, the open road.

 

Okay, if I were to buy a car for the sake of gas mileage alone, it would not necessarily be a Ford product - BUT - the reason I would still buy a Ford car is because they have always put more iron into their vehicle.  No, it's not about safety issues, it's about the ability to keep a car in shape after more than 20 years goes by.  Also, Fords are a bit easier to work on.

 

The only reason I would own a car is because of weather conditions that would not allow me to ride my motorcycle.

 

However, if I were to buy a car for the sake of gas mileage (here come the choices) I would buy a Subaru WRX all wheel drive.   It's turbo charged, fuel injected animal with a manual transmission.  This car is costly.

 

Bear in mind that if you want a car with great fuel mileage, you will ALWAYS consider a manual transmission.

 

Now, do you want a car or do you want a go-kart?  There are some companies that make a three cylinder car - they have little power and their life span is very short.

 

I would keep with a four cylinder engine.  One of the best economical cars that I ever had in my life was a Toyota Tercel 4 - door 5 speed manual front wheel drive.  I liked it a lot, but a hungry gravel road decided it liked it more - man, I STILL miss that car.

 

Honda CIVVIC,  Honda Accord - Honda products in general are pretty fair and reliable.

 

Toyota cars are pretty decent (remember front wheel drive, manual transmission, four cylinder)

 

The selling point of a Subaru car, regarding mileage is the Forester station wagon (you will not catch me dead or alive in a station wagon).  If Subaru brought back the Brat - I would go with it.  I had an older model.  Five speed manual, four cylinder, carbureted motor, front wheel drive WITH on-the-fly four wheel drive Whoooohoooo!  It was a beast!  Then one day it just got old with miles.

 

Volkswagon puts off a line of diesel cars.  The fuel mileage is great, but they lack response and speed, they're more expensive to buy, cost of repair and maintenance is high - a hollow tin can that several rains can erode away over the years.

 

Anyhow, there has been some strange names in auto production that have made their mark in some way like KIA and Daewoo.  I have no idea what their products are about  -  nor do I care to.  Just the sound of their names put me off.

 

So, that's about all I know.  Study the market well, but remember always ask yourself what you expect from a car.

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I drove Saabs until Saab went out of the car business. They were great in the German winters!

Now I drive a small Ford SUV--the Escape. I think Fords always had the best engines, and their rust resistance is much greater than the Japanese cars. Also, repair parts are easier to obtain and not as expensive as parts for foreign cars.

The Escape gets decent gas mileage and you can fold down the back seats and have tons of cargo room. It rides decently and mine has not used a drop of oil since I got it nearly a year ago. I had a rustproofing done by a company that applies the Corrosion Proof formula--it's waxy rather than oily. Oil can destroy gaskets and rubber parts. Wax does not.

I like the Fusion line of Ford sedans, also.

If I am not mistaken, a Chinese firm purchased Volvo. So much for that!

In general, I like cars with turbocharged engines. You get a much higher power-to-weight ratio with turbocharged engines. Who wants to lug around a heavy V-8 when you can get the same power out of a turbocharged six- or even four-cylinder engine?

I think Volkswagen has rung the death knell of diesel engines. You just cannot get them to burn cleanly. I almost got a Volkswagen diesel--so glad I did not!

I advise you to stay away vehicles that are used a lot as "fleet cars." When those car rental companies and others that use a lot of the same model put those cars on the market after a year or two, it destroys the resale value of the consumer owned ones.

Good luck in your vehicle search!

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Maybe search for some local areas, you know, people with used cars for sale. It's no Ferrari, but at least you have four wheels and an engine (man I miss driving:()

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I drive a ford focus CDTi titanium, apart from it having a badly designed glove compartment I can't fault it.

It's the 2nd focus I havehad 

Iwould steer clear of Peugeot, they require specialist service tools to work on so you or your local mechanic can't work on them, you have to take them to a dealer and that's expensive, also avoid Citroen's for the same reason.

Korea put some decent cars out there.

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4 hours ago, BuckingFastard(JN) said:

I drive a ford focus CDTi titanium, apart from it having a badly designed glove compartment I can't fault it.

It's the 2nd focus I havehad 

Iwould steer clear of Peugeot, they require specialist service tools to work on so you or your local mechanic can't work on them, you have to take them to a dealer and that's expensive, also avoid Citroen's for the same reason.

Korea put some decent cars out there.

Same car as Ken Block?

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I drive a truck, even when I' going to get a loaf of bread. It's safe and you sit up high in the air so you can see better, plus you can sleep in the back in case of emergencies...

 

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