It looks like I am going to be in the market for a new car pretty soon (maybe VERY soon, depending on what news the mechanic has for me today). I’ve had my eye on a group of models and I’d love to hear about people’s experiences with them because it will help me decide which one to go with.
The Mini Cooper, with the CVT transmission. Love the idea and look of this car, but I’ve not taken a test drive yet. Mostly I’m concerned about repair costs – the car itself is reasonably priced, but am I going to be very, very sorry the first time it needs to be fixed?
The Mazda 3-series 5-door. Snazzy little vehicle, has gotten good reviews. But why does it cost $4,000 more than its 4-door cousin?
Another Subaru Impreza. I’ve got the 1993 model now, been very happy with it. Are the new ones just as good?
The Honda Element. Not very attractive, but certainly functional. Anyone out there got one? Love it? Hate it? Worth the money?
The PT Cruiser base model. I had a Dodge Charger once upon a time that turned out to be a piece of junk, so I’m a bit scared of going with Chrysler again. Anyone got any opinions on that?
Also, I’m considering using my credit union’s car-buying service. Good idea, or no?