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Explorer
Costs over the lifetime of a car...

How can I do my best to reduce (or get a car) that will be easy that is, relatively cheap to fix, and keep in good working order? Which brands should I check out, and which brands should I avoid?

And is there anything I am not considering that is important besides just repairs? i.e. rustproofing, etc?

Sia Bani
Honda Accord. That'll last awhile.

Hyundai has the best warranty on the market...

lexus1581
yes i agree with Sia, the honda accord is a very durable and not bad looking either. My parents bought a 2002 se (4 cyl, auto) and they have not had any trouble with it yet (over 10K miles).

911GT2
Actually, my dad was talking to the largest car dealer in town at a banquet and he said bar none the cheapest car around is the Cavalier. 0% financing and a warranty to fix the shit that breaks.

FYRHWK1
maintenence is key, a cavalier, no matter how gay, is just as reliable as an accord or civic, it's all about how you take care of them, personally my bonnevilel is the most reliable car we have, only cost 4000 to buy and it's just needed brake pads and a master cyl seal, got 100K on it and runs great, passes emissions, gets mid-high 20s on the highway with my driving, comfortably fits 5, huge trunk (if you need those things, I do since i'm constantly carting my merchandise around, as well as a billion lbs of hockey equipt, maybe i should yank it out an see if my mileage goes up) and a solid auto, FWD and does GREAT in the snow.

masestylez
we had a stanza wagon with 275000 miles and the hood was only cracked for oil checks and to refill shit

mustangdriver
It's all about how you take care of them. My Camaro and Mustang were just as reliable as my Civic and Prelude for the most part. There were a few little things that broke or were recalled on the first two that never occured on the 2nd to. But as far as overall ownership cost, gas mileage was the only difference.

Arthur Dent
Personally I find that buying a car in $2-3K price range works well. Drive it for a 6 months or so and sell it for a small profit and do it again. That way you avoid any big maintaince items.

Dreamn
Originally posted by FYRHWK1
maintenence is key, a cavalier, no matter how gay, is just as reliable as an accord or civic, it's all about how you take care of them, personally my bonnevilel is the most reliable car we have, only cost 4000 to buy and it's just needed brake pads and a master cyl seal, got 100K on it and runs great, passes emissions, gets mid-high 20s on the highway with my driving, comfortably fits 5, huge trunk (if you need those things, I do since i'm constantly carting my merchandise around, as well as a billion lbs of hockey equipt, maybe i should yank it out an see if my mileage goes up) and a solid auto, FWD and does GREAT in the snow. a bonneville and a cavalier are not comparable. the cavalier suffers from horrendous fit and finish for the price. i'd take a hyundai accent over the cavelier if only cause it'll still be cheaper and a 10year warranty will keep the thing running. Caveliers will just make you hate yourself for being so cheap, :cheers:

911GT2
Yeash, a Hyundai or a Kia would work very well for totasl lifetime cost. Depreciate like a bastard but that warranty...

Arthur Dent
we don't get that good warranty in Canada though.

silverTA2002
Well, if you're looking for long run costs, there are two ways to go about it.

For a newer car, you'd have to go foreign. Domestic car resale makes them cost more in the long run. Get something with cheaper insurance, and a long warrantee, with good fuel economy.

If you want a really cheap car that won't ever cost you much, buy a 5-6 year old American car. They're real cheap, but still new enough where you don't have to worry about the engine or tranny going out. A 6 year old American car costs about the same as a 10 year old Honda. I'd say the American car would be a better bet. At a decade old, that's when expensive problems start happening.

911GT2
Originally posted by Arthur Dent
we don't get that good warranty in Canada though.

Really?

That's fucked...I never knew. Then again, I was never really in the market for a Hyundai.

Arthur Dent
Originally posted by 911GT2
Really?

That's fucked...I never knew. Then again, I was never really in the market for a Hyundai.

yeah. I'd never buy one anyway. We do get great deals on Nissans compared to the US though.