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11-04-2012, 03:10 PM
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In the market for a new car, 10K to spend.

Looking for suggestions for a new vehicle with a 10k limit.

For background, im a 22 year old engaged college student. I live in Massachusetts so rear wheel drive isn't my first choice for the snow reason. Its not a gigantic factor, but it is one. My fiance owns a mazda 3 series, so I was leaning towards an SUV since she has the sporty car, specifically an 05-06 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

My dad is usually my go to guy for this, hes a die hard car guy. Mopar or no car type. But all he recommends for me is a Camry/Corrola/Civic type because they are ridiculously reliable and long lasting.

Any thoughts or suggestions loungonians?

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How much is a honda civic

should get one of those

or the car company that has the dancing hamsters in their commercials

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what about a crossover? CRVs are basically Civics

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A new vehicle under 10k? Not sure there's much out there. Best bet is a kia I guess.

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what about a crossover? CRVs are basically Civics
Second this.

If you're looking for something that's economical but can handle the snow etc, see what the prices are on a CRV. My friend has one with 300k on it and it's still running strong.

I know you said you might prefer a bigger vehicle, but check out a VW Golf or Jetta. A well equipped one with leather etc will probably cost around 8-9k.

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Have had my Corolla for three years and just like you dad, would also recommend getting one for the exact same reasons.

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A new vehicle under 10k? Not sure there's much out there. Best bet is a kia I guess.
I think he means new as in new for him, not new as in factory-made 2013 model.

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I think he means new as in new for him, not new as in factory-made 2013 model.
This.

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Have had my Corolla for three years and just like you dad, would also recommend getting one for the exact same reasons.
Do what Juzmo says.

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Since you are looking for an SUV.

06 or 07 Saturn Vue Red Line...... Redline is very important, way sportier than regular Vues





Body is still plastic composite so it will never rust and comes with a 3.5 Honda powered drive train that puts out 250 horsepower. Interior is greatly upgraded from the previous years with leather and suede seats. Also come in AWD, sounds like something you might be into from your post.


The best thing is because it's a Saturn people sell them for less because the believe parts and service could be a problem since Saturn no longer exists...... but they are a GM products which share parts with many other GM models.

If you were looking for a car, I would suggest a Saturn Aura...... basically a Malibu but will cost you less, again, because of the Saturn name. Here's the one I bought about 2 months ago...



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Get a 2005, or 2006 year Jeep Grand Cherokee. Lifted, big tires, and 4WD.
On my phone & to lazy to upload a picture but heres a google link URL: http://www.google.com/search?q=2006+...0&bih=416#i=18

Try using Craigslist to find something.

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Get a 2005, or 2006 year Jeep Grand Cherokee. Lifted, big tires, and 4WD.
Im going to test drive this tomorrow.

http://www.semscars.net/2006_Jeep_Gr..._164503659.veh

My Fiance and her parents both got their cars from them, so they will take care of me price wise.

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I always thought if one has a smaller economical car, the other should get something bigger to haul stuff that won't fit in the small one. I'd go for the Cherokee or maybe a pickup like an F150 or Ram. My mom has a 95 Grand Cherokee and it refuses to die. Pickups generally have a much higher resale value too. I've had my Ram for 7 years and besides maintenance, the only thing that needed replaced were front ball joints, and I'm rough on it. Unless gas mileage is a huge concern, it's always nice to have a utility vehicle.

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Im going to test drive this tomorrow.

http://www.semscars.net/2006_Jeep_Gr..._164503659.veh

My Fiance and her parents both got their cars from them, so they will take care of me price wise.
$11k for 90,000 miles on vehicle?

Perhaps price structures are different where you are but I wouldn't pay that kind of money for a used car with that many miles.

When looking for a used car I set the limit at 100,000 km or 60,000 miles.

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Im going to test drive this tomorrow.

http://www.semscars.net/2006_Jeep_Gr..._164503659.veh

My Fiance and her parents both got their cars from them, so they will take care of me price wise.
Not sure how important gas mileage, or the interior is for you... but look into the limited versions as well. Those have the GPS/media center and leather seats, heated seats, and those kind of things...

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IMO listen to your father. Cars can get very expensive, very quickly. As a young, engaged, college student I think you want to keep your operating costs (gas, insurance, repair/maintenance) as low as possible. You can always rent a truck/van if you need to haul something.

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Since you are looking for an SUV.

06 or 07 Saturn Vue Red Line...... Redline is very important, way sportier than regular Vues

Wow that's all kinds of ugly.

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Buy my 2011 Ford Escape

In all seriousness though, the Escape might not be such a bad thought. The ride isn't all that supple, but if you're willing to drive a Jeep than the Escape will feel like a Cadillac. Fuel economy is excellent on the Escape as well. Plus, you can probably get one a couple years old with under 90k for under 10 grand. If the style isn't your thing, the Rav4 or CRV isn't a bad buy either.

I just don't think you'll enjoy a Jeep as much you want to. 15mpg is pathetic, especially when the Escape/Rav4/CRV can achieve close to double that. There's no need for 4WD in the south shore either, a heavy FWD vehicle is just fine as I'm sure you know.

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Nah, this was worth closer to 25k

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Wow that's all kinds of ugly.
LOL that's why I showed the side view as well. when the camera angle is that low the front end looks huge.

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Get a 2005, or 2006 year Jeep Grand Cherokee. Lifted, big tires, and 4WD.
On my phone & to lazy to upload a picture but heres a google link URL: http://www.google.com/search?q=2006+...0&bih=416#i=18

Try using Craigslist to find something.

Probably the worst advice I could imagine. He is a student and looking for something reliable, as well I am sure inexpensive to operate. Jeeps are pretty much the opposite of that (never mind jacked up and big tires like a redneck).

Stick with your fathers advice, all those are reliable cars that should last and will be inexpensive to run.

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Nah, this was worth closer to 25k
Lol for the price you pay for newer Mustangs it's almost better off that you go for an older, classic model.

And to the OP: that's a nice Jeep, just lift it, put bigger tires & nice wheels like rockstar xd series & you got yourself a badass Jeep

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Get something that has some semblance of a personality, and that you feel a bit stoked to get into and drive. Doesn't have to be ridiculous, but a car should feel like it's 'yours'. Even though the Jeep will guzzle gas a bit it's a much sicker ride than a Honda.

If I had a Camry or a Civic I'd just permanently feel like I was driving a vanilla rental car. If you're spending $10k on something you should be proud of it.

And yeah, 4WD is always a good call.

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Lol for the price you pay for newer Mustangs it's almost better off that you go for an older, classic model.

And to the OP: that's a nice Jeep, just lift it, put bigger tires & nice wheels like rockstar xd series & you got yourself a badass Jeep
Huh? New Mustangs are actually pretty cheap. You can get brand new, base model 5.0s for 25K. That is insanely cheap for the performance that it brings.

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