View Full Version : Buying a second car need suggestions

Dan J.
03-16-2005, 02:13 PM
I am considering buying a second car to drive around town/ short trips. I am putting too many miles on the Mazda6 plus it doesn't get that great on gas milage. I need something small, fuel efficent that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to purchase, maintain. I want something that comes with factory cruise control so far my considerations are:<p>Scion XB<br>Toyota Corolla CE<br>Honda Civic LX<br>Hyundai Elantra 5 door<br>Kia Spectra sedan ( the new one)<br>VW Golf 3 door TDI<p>Any suggestions would be appreciated.

03-16-2005, 02:18 PM
All five choices are very good...I would say you can't go wrong with any of them. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

03-16-2005, 03:53 PM
I prefer a japanese car. I'd get the Civic coupe -good car all around and looks the best IMO. Test drive all the ones you consider and the decision may be a lot easier.

03-16-2005, 05:18 PM
surely it would be cheaper just to keep driving your mazda 6 instead of buying another car, paying insurance/tax and filling petrol for both cars??? the mazda 6 isnt exactly unpractical, it would be cheaper to stick with one car

03-16-2005, 05:19 PM
oh and, what do you mean your putting to many miles on it? is it a lease?<br>

03-16-2005, 05:48 PM
hmm, well, it depends very much with what you want in the car. Personally, I'd scratch off the Hyundai and Kia squarely because neither of them get the best mpg. The Kia gets another hit because of poor crash tests. The Corolla does fine for my mother, just to get her to work and the groceries, and to help us when we need it, but if you're going practical for a lot of cargo room and such I'd scratch the Civic and Corolla<p>Leaving you with the first and last on your list... the xB and Golf. If you want stick shift the xB would be a huge turn off to me because it's very ungainly and chunky, but the xB would probably be better in the fuel department since diesels are more expensive to purchase and operate in the US than petrols, despite the better gas mileage.<p>My recomendation: xB or Golf for a city car

Mindless T
03-16-2005, 07:12 PM
Dont buy the washing machine (xB that is), get the civic, is that the vtec model?

against the wall
03-16-2005, 07:21 PM
how about a toyota matrix? its a cool looking car, its good, and its a good alternative to the xb. my parents own a matrix and they love it and they r givin it 2 me wen i get my license in a few years

03-16-2005, 07:32 PM
I would choose the VW. Have you checked the safty ratings on them... you'll be suprised how fragile smaller cars are.

Dan J.
03-16-2005, 09:57 PM
I am going to need a second car now that my brother will be moving in with me, he will need a car for doctor appointments and such. I bought the second Mazda 6 in Dec 04. I have already driven 20,000 miles in it. I want to keep this one for at least 5 yrs. I want a fuel efficent car that is inexpensive to maintain, that is reliable and somewhat flexable in it's cargo carrying capacity. The only requirement I have with it is it needs cruise control. I listed the cars in my first post because the dealers are close by. I'm not trying to make some kind of statement with this car just affordable reliable safe transportation is what I'm looking for. Other considerations are:<br>Cobalt Sedan<br>Pontiac Vibe<br>Toyota Matrix<br>If Mazda made it I would buy a Mazda 3 i five door, but they don't. Would you consider a late model 03 or 04 former rental car? I found an 04 Malibu Maxx for 13,988. And a 05 Focus wagon with the 2.3l four for 10,900.

Naga Royal Guard
03-16-2005, 10:09 PM
used rental cars are a very bad idea i would imagine, and there is a mazda 3 hatchback<p><br>glad to hear your bro is moving in w/ you <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

Dan J.
03-16-2005, 10:34 PM
Yeah, I know Mazda makes a five door 3 but it is an s model only. My brother will be moving in at the end of the month. What attracted me to the Kia and Huyndai is the 10 yr warranty, but more than likely I will buy the Corrolla.

03-16-2005, 10:49 PM
First off, "fuel efficient sedan" and "Moderate cargo carrying capacity" don't fit together. Here's my list, in order of what you need and what I think is best in reliability and safety and all...<p><br>Toyota Matrix<br>VW Golf 5 door<br>Hyundai Elantra 5 door (available as a GLS now, btw)<br>Mazda3 5 door<br>Mitsu lancer wagon<br>Ford Focus wagon<br>Kia Spectra5<p><br><i>Modified by Andre at 10:00 PM 3/16/2005</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Andre at 10:02 PM 3/16/2005</i>

Soul Man
03-16-2005, 11:00 PM
well since lancer wagon is in their, and that would have to be bought used, another fun versatile moderately priced used vehicle you might look at is a protoge 5

03-16-2005, 11:02 PM
basically the older mazda3 5 door ;-)<p>He would have to get that used, I don't know if he's going used or now (repoman???)

03-17-2005, 06:44 AM
<B>Repoman, from your orginial list, hyundai elantra has the lowest msrp, invoice, and tmv (from edmunds), gas mileage is decent (27/34), although lower than some others but the money you saved can go toward gas money <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>It's a very reliable car, as I have talked to many current elantra owners and they have all enjoyed the car very much, no complaints! Just in case, as you pointed out, there's the unbeatable 10 year warranty which shouldn't be needed too much as this is a very quality and realiable car. Personally after doing a little research of my own, I would go with the elantra, for the number of reasons provided above, but I will suggest you go to edmunds or other similar websites, go to the respective dealers, and found out on your own which one you feel that might best suit your needs. Overall, I feel the hyundai elantra is the best buy and you will still end up with a few thousand dollars extra by the end of the day <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </B>

Dan J.
03-17-2005, 07:18 AM
The local hyundai dealer is advertising 05 Elantras for 9988. You can't beat that for a compact car with cruise, power windows, locks, side air bags cd player. I have driven an Elantra and they are nice cars especially for the $ they are asking. I am going to look at he off rental car sales dealership also. Most of their cars have less than 30,000 miles on them. I plan on paying cash for the second car and have 10,000.00 to spend. The Elantra is at the top of the list because of the low price, 10 yr warranty. I was going to consider the Spectra5 but they don't have one here yet.

Dan J.
03-17-2005, 07:21 AM
The local Misubishi dealer has left over 04 Lancer wagons, I think they have 5 in stock and are advertising them for 11,000.00

03-17-2005, 10:37 AM
is the $9,000 Elantra a hatch?<p>I'm just trying to remind you that you ned the versatility based upon the posts above. the lancer wagon sounds pretty good.<p>The Elantra isn't a bad car, and that is a great price, but I have not seen a hatchback for less than 13k myself, so if he versatility is a major selling point then I'd pobably look more into the Mitsubishs<p>Both cars should average between 24 and 27 MPG in combined driving, the Elantra because it's not a lightweight, and the lancer because the engine is 2.4 with 160 horses, plus the car isn't a lightweight.<p>So you shouldn't go wrong with either, I'd look into reliability reports on both cars before leaping in though.

Dan J.
03-17-2005, 10:47 AM
I am going to be checking reliability and stuff out this weekend. Yes it was a hatch advertised for that price, I drove by there and looked at it on my way to the bank this am. It is silver with the greyish blue interior, power windows, locks crise, cd player, sunroof sticker was 16,300. It had a big numbers on the windshield 9988.00 I like the looks of the mitsubishi lancer wagon, but would rather have the elantra, they are at the same dealership. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by RepoMan at 11:54 AM 3/17/2005</i>

Dan J.
03-18-2005, 06:24 AM
I went ahead and bought the Elantra 5 door GLS. I paid cash for it and got a really , really good deal. I spent exactly the amount I wanted (actually came away with some change) enough that I can have Sirius satelite radio installed.

03-18-2005, 06:28 AM
congrats... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Soul Man
03-18-2005, 09:18 AM
post some pics?

Dan J.
03-18-2005, 12:07 PM
I think everyone knows what an Elantra 5 door looks like, I don't see the point.

03-18-2005, 12:47 PM
Auto or manual ;-) ?

Dan J.
03-18-2005, 02:54 PM
I bought a silver Elantra GLS automatic with option package 6. You won't believe how much or should I say how little I paid for it. I showed them the $ and they were ready to deal. I paid 9500.00 cash plus taxes, tags. They didn't make any money off my deal. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0">