I’m getting a little sick of my '01 Corolla, for various reasons. It’ll probably need about $1500 to make it another year, thanks to a mystery oil leak and a bad catalytic converter. The interior plastic is starting to go. It’s smelly. Etc.
So rather than spend the money to fix it, I’m thinking about buying (and financing) a new car for the first time in my life, at 30 years old. I guess I’m a big boy now. I’ll probably wait until after Christmas, when dealers are looking to unload inventory and rates are hopefully a bit better.
Anyway, just from idle browsing, I’m liking the xD. Normally I’d consider something like another Corolla or a Civic, but the new ones don’t really jibe with my tendency to be a tightwad, and the market for used ones is pretty tight right now. And the xD looks a lot better in fit and finish than anything else in the price range.
So, does anybody have one? How do you like 'em? My commute is 10 miles with a couple of hair-raising freeway merges, which my 1.8L Corolla handles just fine. Should I expect the same from the xD?
Finally, is that no-haggle pricing thing a bunch of BS, or do they mean it? I suppose I can always haggle on the trade in, if they’re desperate enough.