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    Looking for a new little commuter car.................

    don't know shit about cars. Thinking low maintenance and high mileage, but no hybrids. Under $20k. Prefer made in USA but will consider others.

    Any ideas before I start looking?

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    I am a Chevy employee new style Malibu or impala is nice car (I know recalls will get that out now)
    Or my favorite BMW M5

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    ^ those are under $20k, low maintenance and high mileage?

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    Can't go wrong with a Honda civic.

    You want American get a ford fiesta lol

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    Some Toyota, Honda and Nissan models are assembled in the US. So if it matters if the company is not US but the vehicle is assembled here that would open up more options.

    Also you can get some relatively new cars with not a bunch if miles fairly reasonable too. So many options to choose from TR.

    I like the Ford Fusion but not sure if you can get a new one for 20K. Maybe used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mp859 View Post
    Can't go wrong with a Honda civic.

    You want American get a ford fiesta lol
    not so sure about a Fiesta? but the Honda Civic is a good nomination.

    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Some Toyota, Honda and Nissan models are assembled in the US. So if it matters if the company is not US but the vehicle is assembled here that would open up more options.

    Also you can get some relatively new cars with not a bunch if miles fairly reasonable too. So many options to choose from TR.

    I like the Ford Fusion but not sure if you can get a new one for 20K. Maybe used?
    Assembled here in the USA is ok too.

    I'll be dropping cash out of the savings, so don't want to go much more than $20k. No payments of any kind.

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    I would go with a honda. As long as those things have oil in them they will run forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derekjpapa
    I am a Chevy employee new style Malibu or impala is nice car (I know recalls will get that out now) Or my favorite BMW M5
    Chevy employee, I need help

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    What happened to your motorcycle gramps?

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    Chevy cruze nice car easy maintenance, great gas mileage, good looking car can't go wrong

    Looking for a new little commuter car.................-img_0267.jpgLooking for a new little commuter car.................-download.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00ragincajun00 View Post
    What happened to your motorcycle gramps?
    I hate to say this, but some corporations don't want a #2 guy with a motorcycle persona. It's an image thing I guess. Feels like BS to me, but I have to play the game.

    So the Harley is out. It's still in the garage. Just rode it Sunday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derekjpapa View Post
    Chevy cruze nice car easy maintenance, great gas mileage, good looking car can't go wrong

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    I'll look into it.

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    Kia forte think u can get for under 20.

    35-42 mpg.

    10yr/100000 miles warranty.

    2 cars ago had a small kia. Got rid of it at 120k. Never had one issue. Not even transmission.

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    Get a lancer evo 10 there a good small car

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    You can get a few different Hyundai's for under 20k new with great warranty, as much as I hate that they are decent vehicles, I am thinking of getting one for my kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euroholic View Post
    Get a lancer evo 10 there a good small car
    A Lancer evo? He needs a commuter not a race car. Lol fun car though I owned one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zempey View Post
    You can get a few different Hyundai's for under 20k new with great warranty, as much as I hate that they are decent vehicles, I am thinking of getting one for my kid.
    Timing belts every 60k miles for $800, when it comes time to get warranty work on engine or transmission you better have maintenance records they pull out all stops not to cover. I know my good friend works in service for a hyundai dealer (worked at others as well) and tells me some horror stories. No thanks. Right now and going forward into the future gm is doing everything to rebuild it's name, I see them covering stuff out of warranty just to keep a happy customer.
    Just what I see and hear.

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    Look into a good used car. I got a Toyota Camry a few years ago and I have not had a problem with it other than tires and a battery. We also got a used Nissan Murano and it gets great millage and no issues. Why waste money on a new car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derekjpapa View Post
    Chevy cruze nice car easy maintenance, great gas mileage, good looking car can't go wrong
    x2. Wife has a 2012 for daily commuting. No problems, rides and handles well and is pretty responsive. You can probably get a zero-option one for around 20K...

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    As far as a small city-hopper, I'm a big fan of the Fiat 500. Cheap, sporty, and looks sweet.

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    Roman. I have 400,000+ miles on a 4cly 2009 Ford Fusion
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    Looking for a new little commuter car.................-image.jpg

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    damn! first day at work. i'll have to look at this later, maybe when I get out of the gym (late) tonight

    Thanks mates!

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    Toyota sold more than any other manufacturer this year. Says a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    Toyota sold more than any other manufacturer this year. Says a lot.
    I had an 89 Toyota Pickup. bought it new. Hauled it off five years ago. When I did, I had over 400,000 miles on it. More or less engine and power train intact/original. I made sure I changed the oil at least once a year....

    ....so if I paid $12k for it, then this vehicle "cost" me about 3 cents a mile, if you look at the purchase price/total mileage data.

    I would love to get another vehicle even at six cents a mile?????

    yeah, I know, "high hopes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    Toyota sold more than any other manufacturer this year. Says a lot.
    Really?

    Automakers
    Dec-13
    Dec-12
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    2013
    YoY Chg.
    General Motors
    230,157
    245,733
    -6.3%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 2,786,078
    7.3%
    Ford
    218,058
    214,222
    1.8%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 2,493,918
    10.8%
    Toyota
    190,843
    194,143
    -1.7%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 2,236,042
    7.4%
    Chrysler
    161,007
    152,367
    6.0%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 1,800,368
    9.0%
    Honda
    135,255
    132,774
    1.9%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 1,525,312
    7.2%
    Hyundai/Kia
    96,636
    98,613
    -2.0%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 1,255,958
    -0.4%
    Nissan
    109,758
    99,290
    10.5%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 1,248,420
    9.4%
    Volkswagen
    34,015
    44,005
    -22.7%
    VEHICLES SOLD IN USA 407,704
    -6.9%


    Edit to add: VEHICLES SOLD IN USA
    Last edited by that guy1234; 07-31-2014 at 11:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by that guy1234 View Post
    Really?

    Automakers
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    General Motors
    230,157
    245,733
    -6.3%
    2,786,078
    7.3%
    Ford
    218,058
    214,222
    1.8%
    2,493,918
    10.8%
    Toyota
    190,843
    194,143
    -1.7%
    2,236,042
    7.4%
    Chrysler
    161,007
    152,367
    6.0%
    1,800,368
    9.0%
    Honda
    135,255
    132,774
    1.9%
    1,525,312
    7.2%
    Hyundai/Kia
    96,636
    98,613
    -2.0%
    1,255,958
    -0.4%
    Nissan
    109,758
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    Volkswagen
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    407,704
    -6.9%
    nice data.

    ...what does it mean?

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    GM number 1
    Ford number 2
    Toyota number 3

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    I work for Ford and pay very close attention to this data. Before that in 2012 Ford was number 1 over Toyota, but only by 100,000 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by that guy1234 View Post
    GM number 1
    Ford number 2
    Toyota number 3
    lol.... your data is inaccurate.

    Ford sucks.
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    I agree, ford sucks. Mopar or no car.

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    Can't you just use the corporate jet for awhile?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derekjpapa View Post
    Can't you just use the corporate jet for awhile?
    corporate jet?

    for too long, I had to use the corporate armored vehicle, the corporate driver, the corporate body guard, the corporate translator and the corporate trail armored vehicle with a four APPF security team on my six just to leave the compound.

    why? does the corporate jet have corporate side winder missiles attached to the corporate wings?

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    Wtf times would not want to be your enemy.

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    ^ I'm a nice guy. It's my entourage that can be mean and nasty.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    Toyota sold more than any other manufacturer this year. Says a lot.
    Yeah, that there's a lot of lemmings out there. Mot much else I'd say...
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    Quote Originally Posted by austinite View Post
    lol.... your data is inaccurate.

    Ford sucks.
    My data is correct. You suck

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    Now now guys back to subject at hand, we need to find times a chicks car.

    Looking for a new little commuter car.................-402179104_5a48d217af.jpg

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    Conclusion to this thread:

    Ended up with a new Mazda 3 with the tour package. Red. I've put several hundred miles on it. Average is 36.5 mpg. Rated at 41/31 or something like that. Has a bit more rabbit than the VW, Toy, or Hyun. Diff is a six speed auto and a 2.0 liter engine. the rest had 1.8 liter engines. So it serves it's purpose.

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