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Old 03-16-2018, 10:45 AM   #1
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Possibly looking to buy a cheaper manual car to commute back and forth to work with great gas mileage. Wanting to keep my miles off my 05' Tacoma. Looking to stay well under $10k, and just curious what cars guys are driving to commute back and forth to work.

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VW Jetta
Nissan Versa Base
Toyota Corolla
Ford Fusion and a few others.

If this has been asked please forgive me. I did the search, but nothing came up.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:47 AM   #2
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:48 AM   #3
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Hyundai- Elantra
Mine is 2013 bought in September for $8500 with 50,*** miles. It is loaded out, leather, navigation, etc. Avg 33MPG mixed HWY/City and I keep my foot in it.

Also Hyundai has 10 year/100K mile warranty for the first owner, 5/60K transferable. That 10K miles of warranty mine had left was a big peace of mind for me when buying as I felt like any pre-existing issue on a used vehicle should show up in 10K miles

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Old 03-16-2018, 10:55 AM   #4
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I drive the 2015 Nissan Versa, it is awesome! AVG about 38MPG combined and that is not driving it easy. Could easy get 40. Keep the oil changed and tires rotated and no problems yet.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:57 AM   #5
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Also, I bought it for 9300 bucks and it had 4200 miles on it.... so basically new!

I got the one with power windows, hands free bluetooth and the Pure Drive for better MPG
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:57 AM   #6
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I drive the 2015 Nissan Versa, it is awesome! AVG about 38MPG combined and that is not driving it easy. Could easy get 40. Keep the oil changed and tires rotated and no problems yet.
I just found a 2013 base Nissan versa for $4000 with $45k miles. Didn't know anything about them until I saw one. It's base as it comes, but I just need air/heat and good gas mileage.

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Old 03-16-2018, 11:00 AM   #7
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:01 AM   #8
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I just found a 2013 base Nissan versa for $4000 with $45k miles. Didn't know anything about them until I saw one. It's base as it comes, but I just need air/heat and good gas mileage.

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That is a great price!!

I couldn't quite do the base, I did mine pretty loaded for a versa but I spend alot of time in the car so wanted it decently nice. I have been driving it for a year and a half and I really like it!
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:07 AM   #9
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Find you a Honda Civic.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:07 AM   #10
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:10 AM   #11
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Read here that Tesla’s are a good commuter
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:15 AM   #12
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Was a Passat TDI on here recently. great option
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:16 AM   #13
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Read here that Teslaís are a good commuter
I bet they are for the price, but way out of my price range.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:16 AM   #14
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I drove a Kia Rio for many years. It was a great car.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:23 AM   #15
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That is a great price!!

I couldn't quite do the base, I did mine pretty loaded for a versa but I spend alot of time in the car so wanted it decently nice. I have been driving it for a year and a half and I really like it!
My communte is less than an hour, so the basic would work for me. Any issues you have had?
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:23 AM   #16
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I bet they are for the price, but way out of my price range.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:24 AM   #17
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My communte is less than an hour, so the basic would work for me. Any issues you have had?
No issues at all (knock on wood)

Only thing I had to do is replace the rear bumper cover.... lol I smashed into it with my truck while trying to back up to the boat...
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:26 AM   #18
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I got a 2013 Ford Focus for 8k with 50k miles. It gets 42 mpg. Has Done me well as long as no one else tried to ride with me. Iím 6Ē3 240 so not many others can fit in it with me LOL


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Old 03-16-2018, 11:31 AM   #19
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Toyota is hard to beat, corolla will get 35 mpg even if you're hammer down. Very dependable.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:47 AM   #20
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Toyota is hard to beat, corolla will get 35 mpg even if you're hammer down. Very dependable.
100% Firm believer in all Toyota products.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:48 AM   #21
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Honda Civic. I got 300k plus out of my last one and still sold for $2k with minor issues
Bought another the same day and already up to 110k with no issues
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:50 AM   #22
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We just bought a 2016 Chevy Cruze with 35k miles for $8500. Has Bluetooth and power everything... getting 38 mpg average with a 45 min commute through Dallas...
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:15 PM   #23
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Iím in the same boat!
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:11 PM   #24
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I'm looking as well. I drive 2 hrs daily. My current commuter is a 98 mustang. My choices are a Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra or Honda Civic. These 3 are well proven dependable cars.
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Old 03-17-2018, 06:24 AM   #25
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Old 03-17-2018, 07:04 AM   #26
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Ive lost faith in the fact that Toyota and Honda are superior vehicles.

If it was me, I’d try to find a nice fusion, Cruze or dart. Not sure what darts are going for.

Buy American!
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Old 03-17-2018, 07:13 AM   #27
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Toyota is hard to beat, corolla will get 35 mpg even if you're hammer down. Very dependable.
I agree here. I have a 06 with 250,000 miles on it. Bought new. All I ever did was change oil every 4500-5000 miles. Regular oil also. Walmart 5w-30. Very easy with this car. Did start adding restore in every oil change after 150k. This car goes and I stomp on that pedal also. Tires still chirp if punch pedal. Still good compression. Not one issue EVER with my Corolla.
Very hard not to buy another one.
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Old 03-17-2018, 07:24 AM   #28
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Im a toyota believer gave my last one to my son with 335,000 on it with nothing but regular oil changes, tires and brake pads and never an issue, got 55,000 on new one and no issues, I drive 40-50k a year for work, before the toyota a ford quit on me at 206,000 and had more repairs up to that and the chevy lucked out and totaled at 166,000 but it had about 5 trips to the mechanic other than routine maintenance not where I want my car to be.
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Old 03-17-2018, 07:32 AM   #29
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My wife has a Chevrolet Trax. I doubt it will get 40 mpg but itís a very comfortable, zippy little car. Ours is used 95% around town and 5% highway, and still averages 28-30 mpg.
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:07 AM   #30
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Nissan Altima.

Bought mine new for 17k plus TTL.

36 per gallon and enough room in the truck to put cooler and stuff and take quick trips to the deer lease.


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Old 03-17-2018, 09:11 AM   #31
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Another vote for Nissan Altima. It drives great, is a good size and I average 34mpg.
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Old 03-17-2018, 10:57 AM   #32
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Honda Civic all day long.
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Old 03-17-2018, 12:08 PM   #33
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I've been looking at VW jetta with the TDI Diesel. Looks like 40-50 mpg is pretty easy to get.


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Old 03-17-2018, 12:41 PM   #34
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Look into a KIA. They all come with a 60K bumper to bumper and 100K power train warranty. No matter if you buy one used from a dealer or other seller, KIA honors the warranty. What’s even better is you can purchase an additional 40K bumper to bumper warranty from a KIA dealership, so long as you do it by 59,999.9 miles.

Their resale value is low, but they are very well made cars. We’ve had a KIA Optima and now a Sportage. Both great cars. I’d stay away from anything made by VW. Our new Beetle and Passat were both crap, and the dealer service department at Clear Lake VW is HORRIBLE. My wife’s next new car will be another Sportage or maybe a Sorento.

Personally I drive a 2001 F-250 PS, a 2017 F-150 5.0 liter, and a 2015 Harley Road Glide.

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Old 03-17-2018, 12:45 PM   #35
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Honda civic, Honda accord, used Lexus is250, scion tc, any of those. I got a 09 scion tc for a commuter vehicle in 08. Still have it and it's literally never given me any problems. Just had to buy new tires gas and oil. It's been awesome.
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Old 03-17-2018, 01:39 PM   #36
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My dad put 450,000 miles on his last 2006 Toyota Camry and has 200,000 on his current 2014.


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Old 03-17-2018, 02:26 PM   #37
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ford focus hatch are pretty good little cars. they get around 35mpg and cheap used
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Old 03-17-2018, 03:51 PM   #38
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I had one. Great cars but higher sticker price, fuel cost and maintenance. Water and fuel pumps must be replaced around 100,000 miles. So it will end up costing you substantially more in the long run.
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:47 PM   #40
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The Toyota all day. They are tanks
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Possibly looking to buy a cheaper manual car to commute back and forth to work with great gas mileage. Wanting to keep my miles off my 05' Tacoma. Looking to stay well under $10k, and just curious what cars guys are driving to commute back and forth to work.

Currently looking at:

VW Jetta
Nissan Versa Base
Toyota Corolla
Ford Fusion and a few others.

If this has been asked please forgive me. I did the search, but nothing came up.
Getcha a Mazda 3. We have owned 4 of them. The first was actually a Protege (before that became the Mazda 3) and had it for 7 years and put about 175k on it. The next one was a 2006 which I bought used for a commuter car. My teenage boys that are truck lovers didn't even mind driving it to save some cash. The 2006 got killed by a deer. Replaced it with a 2007 which got killed by one of my boys. Replaced it with a 2008 and gave it to my daughter-in-law. By one used with under 75k miles for $6-$7k and you will be set.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:42 AM   #42
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Honda civic change the oil and make sure you have good tires I drive it everywhere and actually like it however I do miss my truck but the money saved is amazing I bought mine 2 years a go for 10,000 when I worked in Houston and drove back and forth to magnolia I bought a little honda civic coup for $2500 only messed up on me one time the thermostat went out had my girl friend pull me home and fixed the next day ( now she is my wife)
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:15 AM   #43
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I have had 5 Honda accords(LX) since 1996. I have only had 1 repair in 22 years. It was an ac line with a leak. Cost me a little over 200 bucks. I am planning on getting a 2018 with the new turbo engine as soon as they lower the interest .
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:22 AM   #44
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Ive lost faith in the fact that Toyota and Honda are superior vehicles.

If it was me, Iíd try to find a nice fusion, Cruze or dart. Not sure what darts are going for.

Buy American!
Iíve been working on cars for 15 years and every time an American car shows up in my stall it makes my head hurt. Poorly engineered, poorly built,and just not the same quality as a Toyota. And Iím pretty sure Toyota is more American than most American vehicles.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:26 AM   #45
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Bought a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 and put 250K miles on it, gave to oldest grand-daughter. She drove it for 2 years and added another 50K and then gave to her brother. Now has 350K and still going great.

I replaced it with a 2010 Toyota Corolla and it has 180K on it now, and is an even better commuter than the other one. I don't think you could beat a Corolla, Civic, or Versa.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:21 PM   #46
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2010 Kia Soul- 197k Miles, runs perfect.
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Old 03-18-2018, 10:47 PM   #47
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How many of you guys are 6'5ish? I have an '09 Mazda 6 for a daily driver and feel that's as small as I could go.
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