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Playadlc
08-21-2012, 01:03 PM
Any experts out there? I'm looking for a used car under $10,000.

I am taking a new job and while the commute isn't awful, I need something that gets better gas mileage than my 4RUNNER.

I don't care what body style it is. I would like an automatic (but this wouldn't be a deal breaker) and I don't want anything below 20mpg.

Any ideas?

medford
08-21-2012, 02:29 PM
Are you keeping the 4 runner? If so, then anything that gets you from A to B for good mileage would be great, then the 4 runner when snow starts falling in the winter and 4 wheel drive is handy.

According to this:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-57378179/j.d-power-ranks-the-most-dependable-used-cars/

toyota's remain pretty highly regarded amongst owners based upon reliability. I have a camry myself (as well as a Highlander that my wife drives) that I bought used, and haven't had any problems with it. If I wasn't worried about winters, I'd look into a corolla.

Bob Sheed
08-21-2012, 03:25 PM
I have a 2005 Hyundai that is paid off and still chugging along. Great gas milage and good pickup. How is this possible? It weighs about 45 pounds. :laugh:

Redsfaithful
08-21-2012, 06:46 PM
I was enjoying my Corolla until someone stole it out of my driveway last night.

What I'm saying is that I'm also interested in this question.

KittyDuran
08-21-2012, 08:06 PM
I have a used/savaged 2006 Pontiac G6 that I purchased in 2007. Had 29K miles and it's now past 162K. That's 60 miles around trip for work, numerous Reds and Dragons games, and 4 trips to ST in FL. No major problems. Always get timely oil changes, and new tires and brakes when applicable. Needs some cosmetic work and I planning to upgrade the stereo. Get around 28-30 mpg highway, 21-23 mpg city.

danken12
08-22-2012, 09:55 AM
You can't go wrong with a Mazda3 if you are looking for a commuter car with good gas mileage. I had a 2006 with 2.0l four cylinder and I got about 31-32 mpg and it was quite fun to drive actually.

Boss-Hog
08-22-2012, 08:34 PM
You can't go wrong with a Mazda3 if you are looking for a commuter car with good gas mileage. I had a 2006 with 2.0l four cylinder and I got about 31-32 mpg and it was quite fun to drive actually.

As a 2010 Mazda3 owner, I'll second this.

Playadlc
08-23-2012, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the input, guys.

I have my eyes set on a 2007 Corolla that has 61,000 miles. Got the price down to 11K out the door and I think I might take it. A little bit more than I wanted to spend, but that's okay.

Roy Tucker
08-23-2012, 10:09 PM
Bought my daughter a used 2009 Hyundai Accent. Nice little car.

Hollcat
08-24-2012, 01:43 PM
Thanks for the input, guys.

I have my eyes set on a 2007 Corolla that has 61,000 miles. Got the price down to 11K out the door and I think I might take it. A little bit more than I wanted to spend, but that's okay.

We have a 1997 corolla that had about 47,000 when we got it in about 2000-01. Havent done anything to it other than oil changes and new plugs in it a couple of times. Nearly 255,000 miles on it now and it still runs great. Gets about 30 mpg. AC and heat are terrific.

Rojo
08-24-2012, 04:16 PM
As a 2010 Mazda3 owner, I'll second this.

I drove once via carshare. Did not like it. But mostly because I was too tall for it.

Brutus_the_Red
09-04-2012, 03:46 PM
We have a 1997 corolla that had about 47,000 when we got it in about 2000-01. Havent done anything to it other than oil changes and new plugs in it a couple of times. Nearly 255,000 miles on it now and it still runs great. Gets about 30 mpg. AC and heat are terrific.

I have a 93 Corolla that I got in 2004 with 80,000 miles on it. I now have 190,000 and have also done little to it beyond oil changes and a couple of exhaust issues (i blame these cobblestone streets and potholes in dayton).

Every mechanic that's looked at it has said that the engine in that thing will outlast the body. Seems like they're right.

wolfboy
09-04-2012, 04:21 PM
I was enjoying my Corolla until someone stole it out of my driveway last night.

What I'm saying is that I'm also interested in this question.

Nothing to add to the conversation other than that stinks! I hope they find your car.

nismoredlegs
09-10-2012, 10:32 PM
infiniti q45 20mpg highway
nissan maxima/infiniti i35
nissan sentra (b15) chassis 2002-2006 i believe
honda civic...classically cheap and reliable

stay japanese and and your service bills stay cheap also