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Hey people I have a question to ask all of you. My Girlfriend is in search of a car for around $13,500 and my question is what is the most dependable, good car out there that she should look for. She won't take a corolla, she doesn't know about a honda either. SO what in your opinions is the best car she should get that will last for about three or four years. Thanks in Advance!
 

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Ummm...How about a Focus?
 

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How about a newer Integra? You can get them in 4-doors if she wants something practical. They look good too!
 

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Well, lets see.

There is the focus. Around here, you can get any focus under $18,500 for under $13,500 via a $5000 off ad. They are also going a little lower to move them quick, so $5500 off wouldn't be unreasonable. 5 year / 100,000 mile warranty for the powertrain, and you can get an extended warranty for the rest of the car. You can get alot of focus for $19,000 (which is $13,500 after the discount).

There is also the Honda Civic. If she wants / needs ABS, she'll have to get the EX, and those run about $14,500 around here, with ads, that is. Superb build quality, 5-star crash ratings, and a peppy VTEC-equipped motor make it an overall nice vehicle.

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You could get a 1 year old svt focus with about 15000 miles on it.
 

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She definately won't get a focus because of all the problems mine has and that mine only gets 17MPG and the dealership still can't find anything wrong with it. So a focus is out of the question.
 

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Originally posted by Red_Willy_Focus:
She definately won't get a focus because of all the problems mine has and that mine only gets 17MPG and the dealership still can't find anything wrong with it. So a focus is out of the question.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">That's one focus out of how many hundred-thousands? You're not the only focus owner on earth. The other owners seem pretty damn happy if you ask me.

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At that price range, I would look for a Civic or even a Matrix. The Matrix will cost a little more, but it is a good car. Maybe a Pro-5?
 

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I love my car but hate the mileage it gets and she knows that but she doesn't want one as well. Also her dad is a big consumer reports man and since they hate the focus he won't invest in one.
 

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hyundai elantra. gt is $14,500, so the sedan would be lower. pretty nice car for the money. plus the 10 year/ 100,000 mile warranty. my friend has one and he loves it.
 

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I have a 02 SVT Focus and get around 26 mpg with a combo of city/highway driving and no problems.

I would look for a good used SVT Focus for around $13,500 to $14,000. More bang for the buck.
 

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Originally posted by focusongreg:
hyundai elantra. gt is $14,500, so the sedan would be lower. pretty nice car for the money. plus the 10 year/ 100,000 mile warranty. my friend has one and he loves it.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yep, I would really suggest the Elantra GLS, you can pick one up for around 12K, and the bumper-to-bumper is 5 years 50K, you can't beat that, and I've had them as rental cars and they aren't bad at all for the price.
 

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Originally posted by Red_Willy_Focus:
Also her dad is a big consumer reports man and since they hate the focus he won't invest in one.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Worst magazine EVAR!!!!
 

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YOu don't have to tell me this, but he is a lawyer and he lives by it and it is hard to argue with him about it:)
 

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What about the upcoming Scion Xa or Xb? Can't stand the looks of the Xb but many here like it. Personally I'm thinking about the Xa down the road as a fun little commuter car when I decide to get rid of the 2000 ZTS.

here's the Xa


Review from Edmunds here: web page

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2000 ZX3 Focus are selling for $7500CDN now thats only $5435.00 USD.

Good deal no?

Or

2000 ZX3 Focus = $5400
Tom's Turbo kit = $5200
Body Kit and Paint = $1500
Wheels = $1200
Money to spend on gas = $200
Total $13,500
 

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Originally posted by AnythingButAFocus:
Well, lets see.

There is also the Honda Civic. If she wants / needs ABS, she'll have to get the EX, and those run about $14,500 around here, with ads, that is. Superb build quality, 5-star crash ratings, and a peppy VTEC-equipped motor make it an overall nice vehicle.

Andrew
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">You sure about that price for an EX? Invoice is like $15,800 and no rebates at least in my area. I just bought my wife a DX auto for $13,000 and put the A/C in myself for $820. I thought I ended up with a hell of a deal on some well built, reliable transportation.
 
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New or used ? Tons on both...

But if Toyota Scion (Bb) is really going to be that cheap, I'd go for that. It's an awesome car


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Anythingbutafocus---

Where are you seeing these ads? In my area there are no rebates on Toyotas or Hondas, and the Ford rebate is only at $2500.

Thanks
 
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