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Old 05-17-2011, 09:26 AM   #1
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Greetings, denizens.

I'm currently the proud owner of a 1986 Ford F250. I. Love. That. Truck. Love it. Runs perfectly. Excluding current gas prices, it's a great vehicle for the area where I live, central Missouri.

However, my girlfriend got into Johns Hopkins for grad school and we're moving to Baltimore. And that truck is about impractical as it gets for an urban environment.

So I need a small car. 3-5 doors, easily parallel-parkable. Fuel efficient and ok in stop-and-go. I'm looking at both new & used. If you've got a moment, I'd love your opinion and why. I've brainstormed a list;

Honda Fit
Ford Fiesta or ZX-3
Kia Soul
Kia Forte
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Accent
Toyota Yaris
Mini Cooper (at my girlfriend's insistence. I shouldn't have told her I can actually fit inside one).

Anything that shouldn't be on that list? Anything that should?

Thanks for your time.




PS - Anybody in Maryland want to buy a used truck in August? $1500, firm.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:59 AM   #2
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Greetings, denizens.

I'm currently the proud owner of a 1986 Ford F250. I. Love. That. Truck. Love it. Runs perfectly. Excluding current gas prices, it's a great vehicle for the area where I live, central Missouri.

However, my girlfriend got into Johns Hopkins for grad school and we're moving to Baltimore. And that truck is about impractical as it gets for an urban environment.

So I need a small car. 3-5 doors, easily parallel-parkable. Fuel efficient and ok in stop-and-go. I'm looking at both new & used. If you've got a moment, I'd love your opinion and why. I've brainstormed a list;

Honda Fit
Ford Fiesta or ZX-3
Kia Soul
Kia Forte
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Accent
Toyota Yaris
Mini Cooper (at my girlfriend's insistence. I shouldn't have told her I can actually fit inside one).

Anything that shouldn't be on that list? Anything that should?

Thanks for your time.




PS - Anybody in Maryland want to buy a used truck in August? $1500, firm.
I'd add the Fiat 500 into the mix. It's like the Mini but significantly less expensive. I like the upscale interior of the 500. It's pretty roomy up front. It's a couple thousand less then a Mini but still had that nicer feel to it.

You list is pretty good. Really I think it comes down to personal preference. If the GF likes the Mini a 500 would be a compromise, I wouldn't mind.

My short list would be; Fit, Fiesta and 500.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:10 AM   #3
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‘Twere me, I’d buy the Ford or either Hyundai.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:22 AM   #5
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Kia has come a long way in the past few years also.
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I thought about the Fiat, but lack of dealer support/knowledgeable mechanics thwarts me.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:23 AM   #7
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:25 AM   #8
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:26 AM   #9
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I drove in Baltimore once. Those guys were nuts!!

I'd keep the truck.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:45 AM   #10
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:22 AM   #11
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:27 AM   #12
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Honda. I see alot of em around here.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:38 AM   #13
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can u give details on the truck you'll be selling? and where in md?
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:39 AM   #14
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im a retard....send some more details/pics of the f250 when u have a chance
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:42 AM   #15
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Friend of mine had a Yaris.. was a really nicely put together little car.. he had the manual and got really great mileage.. the back seat was surprisingly comfy and roomy for something so small. Seemed like a usable size...

I think the mini's are cute.. but good god they're expensive for such a tiny car... they look fun, but I could never justify the price...

The Fiesta looks like a nice car
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