I guess I'm really super cheap or just lucky,but I've had reliable
cars all my adult life. I've had to look around carefully and my cars
aren't something the neighbors would envy, but I've never paid more
than $3,500 for a car and never made a car payment. If I couldn't pay cash,
I wouldn't buy it. I'm now driving a 2001 Suzuki XL7 with 166,000
miles and it runs great. Also, with a car that cheap, you don't have to get
collision insurance which is a money saver. Sometimes I'm guilty of
coveting but it goes away fast when I think of the thousands of dollars
I've saved over the past 45 years.
I would love to have a new car. I think when you buy a user car, your buying
someone else s problems There is 3 types of antifreeze, regular green the oat
red when mixed with green will make sludge in the radiator than there is the
hybrid oat red. that has silicone, when mixed with any of the others, the
silicone will act like sand blasting the water pump and radiator. how many
people knows what type of antifreeze goes in their car.
Not sure who made this list, but they sure seem to be overlooking some homemade
bargains. The Ford Fiesta retains much more of it's value than the cars
listed, yet still can be purchased new at under $15K, for some models. In
addition, the over 40 mpg is what burdens most family budgets even more than the
fixed payment price. We still have 2 kids at home and we drive compact cars for
everything, except hauling big items, with our truck. Sure, we miss the
mini-van for road trips, but we don't miss it when we're parking, or
filling up the tank.
Sure glad the 2008 Toyota Camre LE was on the list because that's exactly
what I drive. Bought it new and now with over 80 thousand miles, it has not had
any major problems.
or, put another way, if you want to purchase your car and keep it as long as you
can, as I do, do not buy a car on this list. I have to ask why so many
Mazada's on this list? Why do people drop them after only five years? Why
does the value drop so much? Is it more than supply and demand?
Surprised that Chevy impala didn't make it. We have a 2012 and just love
it. It's a very reliable car.
I guess the moral of the story is to wait and buy used. Never buy new because
within just a few short years the value drops 50%! The car you can afford is the
car you can buy with cash!