My trusty old 1987 Toyota Corolla finally died and now I face the dread of buying a car, which I’ve never really had to do. I’ve got about $2,500 to put down and a total budget of about $10,000. I guess I should go the used car route.
On the one hand, I want good fuel economy, reliability, safety, comfort (=leg room) inexpensive to maintain. On the other hand, my heart yearns for a PT Cruiser (I’ve never had a cool car in my life) as well as something that will give me enough room for comfort.
People have strongly recommended to me Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, but those are probably outside my price range, even second-hand. I know about a half dozen people with Mazda Proteges. Also recommended are Dodge Neon and Ford Focus. Also some recommendations for Subarus and recent model Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and Ford Tauruses.
What do the teeming millions say? Which year and model is going to meet my stringent parameters?