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Old 05-17-2011, 02:44 PM   #31
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Considering you'll be driving in city traffic, I'd suggest you not buy new. You'll save on both insurance and repair bills.
Folks park by braille in major cities, so don't even bother fixing it unless the doors don't close any more.
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:17 PM   #32
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Folks park by braille in major cities, so don't even bother fixing it unless the doors don't close any more.
parking on flat ground and leaving it in neutral minimizes damage.
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:35 PM   #33
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I thought about the Fiat, but lack of dealer support/knowledgeable mechanics thwarts me.
That will change soon enough. I'm sure any Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Dealer could order parts or even do most services. The car isn't new, just new to the US so it shouldn't have bugs to worry about with most first years.
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:46 PM   #34
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Don't buy a Volkswagen. They blow up and shit.
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:22 PM   #35
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My brother has an 05 focus, 5 speed, zx3. He loves it, good gas mileage, easy to park, and a nice little car. The only thing he has had an issue with is the fuel pump, it is going out, but the car has 105k on it.

I just got a Mazda 3 hatch, I was looking at the fiesta and Mazda 2 but the 3 is not too much more and a lot more car.

Your whole list looked good, go drive all if them. I am super glad I did.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:00 PM   #36
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I've had a Mini for 4 years in Boston. My winter car. Highly recommended! In better weather, rain and sleet, like right now, my commute is on the trusty R1200GS.
But in Baltimore?
I'd keep the F250; really, it'll be great in Baltimore! Folks won't mess with ya! They'll think you're from Missouri or somethin'. Just remember that road salt tends to rust-out the straps that hold the gas tank on (Really!). Check that out from time to time and you'll be fine with th' Ford for a couple years. Folks at the Hopkins will love it...
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:47 PM   #37
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FWIW, I am (probably) buying a Fiesta, but have started to look at the 2012 Focus as well. The Fiesta is a surprisingly solid little car. Quick enough for what it is and, dare I say, a bit fun to drive. Love the Ford Sync tech package as well.

The (new) Focus has much more space, a bit more power, and a bit more $$$.

The Yaris is a good little car. As others have said, lots of space, but I find it just plain boring to drive.

For the subcompact segment, Yaris and Fit have it pretty much locked up, but a recent review I read gave the edge to the Fiesta, despite the fact that it has less space.

I haven't driven the others, so I can't comment.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:08 PM   #38
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I have a Yaris sedan. Average mpg 38-40. Boring but excellent commuter car for my daily 66 mile round trip commute.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:58 PM   #39
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Don't buy a Volkswagen. They blow up and shit.
You mean like this?

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Old 05-17-2011, 11:20 PM   #40
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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?
The Forte and Elantra are not really in the same class as the others, with the Elantra being a huge step up. And if you include them you may as well bring in the Civic, Matrix, Versa, Sentra, Cruz, and Corolla, which BTW gets nearly as good mileage as it's smaller sister the Yaris.

I'd choose the Elantra on your list, but it shouldn't belong there. The Fit would win otherwise.
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:40 PM   #41
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I just bought a Mazda 2 and love it. It's not a speed demon but with a manual trans pretty zippy. It's got more room than you'd think looking at it. I'm a big guy(6' 300 lbs) and I fit fine along with the wife and daughter. 35 mpg around town and I expect to get around 40 fully loaded on the way to the beach next month.


I checked out a Mazda 2 at the auto show. Looks great. MUCH better ergonomics and dash than its Ford counterpart. If I were in the market for a new car, it would definitely be on my short list.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:11 AM   #42
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I like the Hyundai's now. I used to think they were POS and didn't offer that much, but when you consider there cheaper then what the Japanese have to offer and Domestic brands (which are now built in Mexico and Canada), the Hyundai is built in America and has a 10 year warranty. Im seeing people using these cars everyday for years with no problems, its the new Toyota...
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:45 AM   #43
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I checked out a Mazda 2 at the auto show. Looks great. MUCH better ergonomics and dash than its Ford counterpart. If I were in the market for a new car, it would definitely be on my short list.
For the sake of comparison shopping, at first glance the Fiesta has 20% more HP, better fuel economy, and a much better tech package (which is important to me as a commuter) all at the same price as the Mazda 2.

I would prefer a Mazda to a Ford, but those numbers cannot be ignored.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:46 AM   #44
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I just bought a VW Golf TDI. It'll probably be less reliable than a Yaris or Fit, but the driving experience is a lot nicer. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, it might be an option. Purely on price and practicality, there are better options (like the Fit), but enjoyment has to have some value, too.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:31 AM   #45
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Consider a Prius or the Honda Civic Hybrid. These are a little more expensive than some of the cars on your list, and the Prius is the better of the two, but if you get one of the more basic models, which really aren't all that "basic" in a comparative sense, you'll have a comfortable mid-sized car that gets better mileage than any of the cars on the list, and $4+ gas is likely to be a permanent component of life in the years ahead.
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