My brother used to be a tech at a Mini dealership. You really, really, really do not want to own one out of warranty.she doesn't like the Soul, Gen Z
who TF knows what drives them?
pressuring for a mini
but a 5k mini is going to be a massive POS
in fact I hear a new mini is a POS
The Matrix and Vibe are nearly identical, but the surprising part is that the Vibe has way better standard equipment than the Matrix does. Like the Matrix has like 3-4 different versions of the wiper stalk alone - but the Vibe doesn't bother with that ****, they just picked the best one and used that.^ GG mentioned the Matrix/Vibe earlier
certainly ticks the boxes
gonna see if the Vibe escapes the Toyota premium for the same car
I've had the same experience with the mazda 3 (rear upper mounts and shocks). The same goes for the mazda 5, same mounts and they break just as often, $20 part and an hour to change but annoying when it happens.The wife drives a 2010 mazda 3 sport wagon. We bought it in 2015 with 68k km on it, only has 120k on it now as she rides her motorcycle as much as possible.
It has been reliable however I have had to replace the rear upper shock mounts twice, they are thin and prone to breaking.
I've done both front wheel bearings and am about to do the rears along with rear shocks and calipers, pads and rotors.
Overall a cheap and cheerful kind of car, good room, not fast but handles well.
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Manual opens up a lot of affordable options. A friend with a base mazda 3 standard couldnt sell it even though it was low mileage. People looking at used mazda 3's are almost all automatic people. He just kept it and drove it into the ground.Too bad she doesn't like manual.
My 2013 focus hatchback in 5mt has been reliable. Only consumables and no issues whatsoever (except for setting rattles)
Been in 2 accidents though, me at 0% fault.
One of my kids has a 2015 Jeep Patriot. 200k, never had anything but maintenance. Use a bit more in fuel, but offset the 0 cost for repairs, cheap service, cheap insurance and the TCO beats just about everything.looking around for a used hatchback for my daughter
needs to be a hatch for her dog - my granddaughter
she's not good with a manual, so needs to be an auto
don't need AWD - she lives in TO
budget of around 5K, preferably under 200 k on it
I like Subies but with miles on them the head-gaskets are a crapshoot
I like the Focus, the 5 spds are bulletproof, but the autos are a risk
VW? Golf is a good car, strong resale = well worn out in that budget
anything Honda or Toyota are the same as VW - big km
Mazda 3? some lower km examples in good shape, no idea on reliability
haven't really thought about the Korean brands, general impression is to avoid them used
any suggestions ??
I'm going to be out of the country for a bit and not able to help out if she has trouble
My co-worker's son also needed an engine for his Accent while still under warranty. The worst part was they originally blamed him for how he drove the car, and then dragged the repair over 6 months or more going back and forth to Subaru head office (I assume Canada) for approvals. Don't think they will ever buy another after that experience.Also, with the exception of a coworker needing an engine for her 2013 Elantra...
Well there's your problem. Subaru head office is not the correct contact for a blown engine in an accent.My co-worker's son also needed an engine for his Accent while still under warranty. The worst part was they originally blamed him for how he drove the car, and then dragged the repair over 6 months or more going back and forth to Subaru head office (I assume Canada) for approvals. Don't think they will ever buy another after that experience.
Well there's your problem. Subaru head office is not the correct contact for a blown engine in an accent.