Calling all mechanics!!!!!!!!! Rate these cars!!

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  1. Dogbite

    Dogbite

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    I am looking for a sewing machine type economy car. It will be a used 90's gas saving type vehicle. I only care about reliability, and gas mileage. Which one would be best in these two categories???

    Honda Civic.

    Nissan Sentra.

    Toyota Corolla.


    Thanks for all your help!!!!!!!!
     
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  2. PBCounty

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    I'm no mechanic, that said I think all three of those little cars are considered rock solid by the many people I've known who were owners of them. They've had nothing but good to say about the reliability and economy....many were repeat buyers of the same model(s).

    My opinion: Get a vehicle that doesn't have plastic bumpers or front wheel drive.

    Good luck.
     

  3. .357 Glocker

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    Corolla, Civic and Sentra in that order. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the three.
     
  4. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    If fuel economy and reliability are your ONLY concerns, Geo Metro. The comfort sucks, but what a great car in those two terms. HH
     
  5. .357 Glocker

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    I agree, Geo Metros are great cars. Last I checked they were rather expensive and hard to find but that may have changed since gas prices came down a bit.
     
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    I'm no mechanic, but I agree with this.
     
  7. Haldor

    Haldor Formerly retired EE.

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    I agree, Honda has the best engine technology, but Toyota makes the better total car. Nissan is good stuff, but in my opinion, Honda and Toyota are better.
     
  8. dreis454

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    this^:supergrin:
     
  9. Gareth68

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    With cars that old, it is unwise to generalize. Go with whichever you can find the lowest mileage AND best maintained example of. You want service records.
     
  10. .357 Glocker

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    And have it inspected by a competent mechanic BEFORE you buy it.
     
  11. Carolina Drifter

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    1. Honda Civic.

    3. Nissan Sentra.

    2. Toyota Corolla.
     
  12. goatranch

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    Not sure about the Nissan but the other two are solid if the engines are solid.

    I had a Subaru GL once. I put 128K on it. My cousin put another 20-30K. He said someone else went further with it. Replaced a few front drive shafts and changed oil. Thats it.
     
  13. tarpleyg

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    My wife and I have had the Corolla and the Civic at one time or another and they were both great little cars. Not a problem out of either of them. If you can find it, look for a ~'98 Civic HX. Great gas mileage and still plenty of oomph.

    Greg
     
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    Get an old Subaru. Most old Subarus you see on the road have close to 200k miles on them. Not very popular but reliable. Plus AWD is good stuff. It beats any FWD or RWD cars unless you want to do doughnuts or pull the hand brakes in mid turns.

    Civics cost too much. Because they don't depriciate, what you pay in resale value could have been used for gas on others.
     
  15. Jon91N/A

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    All three are good cars. Considering they will be used, what's more important is not the model but how well the car was taken care of. A well kept Corolla will be better than a Civic that has been neglected and vice versa.
     
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    Subarus don't get the mileage that the others do, unless you get a fwd Justy...

    My brother just picked up a `93 Geo Metro w/120k miles on it in decent shape for $1500.

    He's getting mid to upper 40's for mpg cruising around town and going fishing.
     
  17. Jay9928

    Jay9928 I laugh at liberals.

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    I love Civics. The 1997 gets 26 City, 33 Highway, combined 28 MPGs

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  18. Don H

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    Civic

    I don't think there is a more reliable car on the market.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1jXsBCS0xM :shocked:
     
  19. Jdog

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    civic is nice but more expensive to replace parts by far..(timing belt etc.)
    corola has to be the ugliest and least comfortable but reliable
    subaru the 2wd versions will go forever and cost the less than the 4wd but not as good mpg as the others (i had 280k on 92 legacy before the wife said it was to ugly to park in our driveway)
    sentra is under rated .... because of this you should be able to get a killer cash deal on one
     
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  20. goldenlight

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    I've owned Toyota and Honda, and worked on them extensively. I've worked on 2 Nissan Sentras, as well.

    I agree. The Toyota Corolla has a well deserved reputation for reliability.

    The Nissan Sentra just isn't as well made as either the Toyota or the Honda.