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Old 12-27-2006, 05:08 PM
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My mom's car--an 02 Ford Focus--was totaled on the 23rd. My brother has a broken ankle and 12 stitches in his head, but he's OK other than that.

Before she got the Focus, mom had a '92 Geo Storm, and she loved that car. (she never really liked the Focus) I'd like her to look for another Geo Storm, but she can only drive an auto, and those are really hard to find in good shape. She also doesn't want to get a car that old.

With that in mind, does anyone have any suggestions for a reliable, small (and cheap) car?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-27-2006, 06:19 PM
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Toyota Camry.
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Toyota Camry.
Good choice. Mini Lexus. In fact, I was told they use a Lexus chassis.
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:03 PM
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Mazda 323 or 626
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Good choice. Mini Lexus. In fact, I was told they use a Lexus chassis.
Lexus uses a Camry chassis on it's lower level car. I wouldn't buy a Camry but I think they are the best car for the average person.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:21 PM
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I'd vote for a Camry, my sister had 262,000 miles on hers before she got rid of it. It burned very little oil and still got respectable fuel economy. In terms of power the V6 was only so-so but it ran well and was an excellent first car for a 16 year old. She sold it and bought a little newer Accord, another good choice.
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I have to agree with the above.......Toyota, Honda, Mazda etc...........

Pretty sad that an American doesn't get mentioned.
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I've tried searching on AutoTrader. I limited the search to: newer than 2000, price to less than $7500, mileage to less than 75,000, and the only cars for sale locally are 2000-2002 Ford Escorts, 2000-2002 Chevy Cavaliers, and maybe a 2000-2002 Mercury Cougar. (or another Focus... but I doubt she will want another one of those) I think I'd have a hard time talking mom into looking at anything older than 2000, and/or with more than 75-85k miles.

I should have made that clear in the original post, but I didn't really think about the specifics until after I posted.
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I have to agree with the above.......Toyota, Honda, Mazda etc...........

Pretty sad that an American doesn't get mentioned.
Actually today...the Toyota is more American than the big three....And thats what is sad.
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I've tried searching on AutoTrader. I limited the search to: newer than 2000, price to less than $7500, mileage to less than 75,000, and the only cars for sale locally are 2000-2002 Ford Escorts, 2000-2002 Chevy Cavaliers, and maybe a 2000-2002 Mercury Cougar. (or another Focus... but I doubt she will want another one of those) I think I'd have a hard time talking mom into looking at anything older than 2000, and/or with more than 75-85k miles.

I should have made that clear in the original post, but I didn't really think about the specifics until after I posted.
So your criteria pretty much dictates that you buy another dangerous little pos tin can. Too bad.
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Hey I also gotta go with the Family Camry. Good, relieable and great on gas.
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So your criteria pretty much dictates that you buy another dangerous little pos tin can. Too bad.
I guess that's true, unfortunately.
AFAIK, the only criteria that are negotiable are year, and possibly mileage. The more I think about it, I'm actually being very optimistic about the price.
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Look at Saturn. Our 1996 now has 222K miles with very little trouble since purchase in August 1995.
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Look at Saturn. Our 1996 now has 222K miles with very little trouble since purchase in August 1995.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! because I think you are one of the few......unless they decided to send all the bad ones to the New England area?
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Why not take the money and buy an older car? I know a dealer here who gets good ones all the time. Last week he had a super clean 84 LTD 2 with 70,000 actual one owner miles for $1750. These cars are everywhere, lots of old people cars around with low miles for cheap. I had a 88 Grand Marquis with 33,000 one owner miles for $3500 and it was a great car, got about 20 mpg in town and 25 on the highway. Plus if you get in a wreck, you have a better chance of winning.
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