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|View Poll Results: New Car Recommendation for a Teenager|
|Don't buy a new car, Get an old jalopy||2||7.69%|
|Give the old car to your daughter and buy yourself a new one||11||42.31%|
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Originally posted by black03specv
My fiance has a Scion tC. It's got a Camry engine in it so there's your reliability. Pretty sure the latest ones come with side curtain airbags and what not as well.
Plus, hers with floormats and automatic transmission came to just over $17000. It's been a great car for us so far. Only thing I would watch for when driving is that in can be a little difficult checking your blind spot. The seat is 9-way adjustable I think though so chances are you/she could find a spot that is comfortable and eliminates this issue.
We also test drove a Honda Civic and liked it equally. The newest civic line are outstanding cars.
Originally posted by Eric L.
The most "useful" car out of the bunch is the Honda Fit - with the crazy foldable magic seats it fits a lot more than a car that small should hold. Also, its the best handling car of the ones you listed too, unless you meant the MAZDASPEED 3!
Originally posted by Stoker
I voted for the Honda civic, my daughter bought a 1995 civic and sold it 18 months later for the same amount she paid for it. She then bought a 03 civic SI.
She has had great reliability on both cars and great fuel economy at the same time.
Originally posted by muranomax
Thats my first choice too. I have to wait till saturday to let my daughter test drive it to see if she likes it as much!
Originally posted by zebelkhan
I vote for Civic, primarily from its reliability and resale value. From safety stand point, they are probably all the same.
Here is a piece of advice your daughter may not want to hear:
She is only 16, meaning she will probably drive it to school where other 16 year olds also bring their cars. That means lot's of dents, scratches, and pure damage to the exterior of the car in a relatively very short period of time. Don't go for a new car at this point.....
Originally posted by bob1
Let me pass on the advice for what I did at this stage.
I bought my son a 1990 Jeep Cherokee with 99K miles. The year was 1998 so it was 8 years old at the time of purchase.
My motivation was something built like a Sherman tank and something without a bunch of get up and go.
I always feared someone running into the econobox cars with a Ford Expedition or some other land-yacht. I think the small cars fold too easily when challenged by a 4 ton behemoth.
Anyway, I told my son the car was expected to last through college.
As of last week he had 199K and it's still running. He graduated college in 2005.
I told him to let it go, it did its job and it's now on borrowed time.
Originally posted by muranomax
I took my daughter to the chrysler/Jeep dealer and had her look at some of the Jeep wranglers. She did not like the rough ride on the wrangler. At this point we are really looking at Honda civic or Fit. I also wanted to look at a basic mini cooper as well( A tad bit more than our budget but I can manage). Any thoughts on this.
Originally posted by GripperDon
So much that I am not really sure I can add anything usefull.
Insurance rate will be hi. Might consider that. It is a first car will it go on to college. We got our youngest son hi first car in high school and he kept it thru under grad and then half way thru Med school so it could get many years of use and a zillion miles. I do have to say I was impressed with the new Kia Sportage, lots of room, air bags all over, stick shift, DOHC good mileage, etc. and a great warranty.
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