what car do you recommend

  • redrocker

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    Sep 03, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    what ( 2 ) door car available the USA would you recommend to buy for (UNDER) $25,000 icon_question.gif
  • rnch

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    Sep 03, 2010 2:33 AM GMT
    the nissan altima 2 door coupe is a sweet looking ride, well within your price range. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 03, 2010 10:14 AM GMT
    kia 2 door koupe icon_smile.gif great car.
  • turbid2wenty

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    Sep 03, 2010 10:20 AM GMT
    I'd really suggest you consider something used. Let someone else pay for the inevitable, immediate depreciation. You'll probably be able to avoid being upside down in a loan from the get-go.

    Now, that said, the rest is pretty subjective. Any of the Honda vehicles will be pretty reliable...
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    Sep 03, 2010 12:31 PM GMT
    These are very good on gas.

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    Sep 03, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    Jeep Wrangler, baby icon_biggrin.gif

    I live. I ride. I am. Jeep.

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    Sep 03, 2010 1:36 PM GMT
    Hyundai Genesis coupe; fairly rare, fun to drive and well equipped. Ive seen good deals on them (like 4k off).

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    Sep 03, 2010 1:49 PM GMT
    I just picked up a 2010 Volkswagen GTI for around $22,000 with 0% financing. For the money, I couldn't find anything even close to the performance and "luxury" fit and finish on the inside. It also has great features like bi-xenon adaptive headlights and bluetooth calling/audio streaming. The closest car I could find was a Mazdaspeed 3, but it's a 5-door hatch, feels like a rental car on the inside and looks like it has a big goofy grin from the front.

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    Sep 03, 2010 1:55 PM GMT
    Ford Fiesta 2011!

    http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Ford_Fiesta/

    Done!
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    Sep 03, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    meninlove said These are very good on gas.

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    I thought Doug usually drives?
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    Sep 03, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    omg..ART THAT'S HILARIOUS!
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    Sep 03, 2010 2:17 PM GMT
    halltd saidI just picked up a 2010 Volkswagen GTI for around $22,000 with 0% financing. For the money, I couldn't find anything even close to the performance and "luxury" fit and finish on the inside. It also has great features like bi-xenon adaptive headlights and bluetooth calling/audio streaming. The closest car I could find was a Mazdaspeed 3, but it's a 5-door hatch, feels like a rental car on the inside and looks like it has a big goofy grin from the front.

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    Absolutely the best money can buy for that price range. No doubt whatsoever. Its been on Car and Driver's 10 best list for the past several years.... none of the other cars mentioned here have than honor
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 03, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    One thing I noticed when recently in Europe is that almost everybody drives a small car. Rarely, if ever, do you see an SUV anywhere. One of the coolest ones I saw was a little car called TOYOTA IQ. Not sure if they are coming here, but they are so cute.

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    Sep 03, 2010 2:30 PM GMT


    Go for the Golf without a doubt, I can't believe theyre that cheap at $22K

    Get the DSG gearbox with launch control.....
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    Sep 03, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
    I have a Mini Cooper S and it's awesome! I love it. I notice on the Mini US website that a Cooper S is $23,000; the Cooper would be less than that.
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    Sep 03, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    Does VW sell the Eos or Scirocco in the US? Pretty much Golf technology yet better looking...

    Scirocco

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    Eos

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    Sep 03, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    halltd saidI just picked up a 2010 Volkswagen GTI for around $22,000 with 0% financing. For the money, I couldn't find anything even close to the performance and "luxury" fit and finish on the inside.

    I've had 6 VWs, going back to 1966, and all were good. They included 2 Rabbits (aka Golf), and a Jetta GLI, when they were basically a Rabbit with a conventional trunk instead of a hatch. I believe the GTI is a good car.

    The small Fords aren't bad, with a total redo of the Focus for 2011, and the new US Fiesta coming out. Slightly bigger is the Fusion, which with discounts and not too heavily optioned can come in under $25K. I don't think you can get the hybrid version for that, though. Their build quality and resale value have greatly improved in recent years, and Consumer Reports rates Fords highly.

    I'm not sure about anything Toyota anymore. Nissan is solid, and Hyundai & Kia also good. As for Honda, we've had friends and family experience some problems lately, even with the Accord.

    We know of two 2008 Accords that had repeated instrument panel failures, where all the displays and lights went dark. My partner's sister's 2008 Accord wore out its brakes at 23,000 miles, and she's now part of a class action lawsuit to recover the repair costs.

    A lovely car inside, all leather, and I drive it myself often when I take her to the airport for frequent trips. But it hasn't been the trouble-free experience one expects of a Honda. Our little 2008 Ford Focus is way more reliable, never once having had anything go wrong and requiring work in 2-1/2 years and 20,000 miles of original ownership.
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    Sep 03, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidOne thing I noticed when recently in Europe is that almost everybody drives a small car. Rarely, if ever, do you see an SUV anywhere. One of the coolest ones I saw was a little car called TOYOTA IQ. Not sure if they are coming here, but they are so cute.

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    They're going to sell it here, but badged as a Scion.
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    Sep 03, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    I'll go against the crowd just for fun.

    If you're willing to consider a pre-owned 2-door, for under $25,000 you can find around a year 2000 Corvette Coupe or Convertible.
  • mustangman06

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    Sep 03, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    Ford Mustang V6 is under $25000.00 and a whole lot of fun
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidI'll go against the crowd just for fun.

    If you're willing to consider a pre-owned 2-door, for under $25,000 you can find around a year 2000 Corvette Coupe or Convertible.

    I'd get an estimate on the insurance premium first. And that car gets poor gas mileage, and has high maintenance costs, also prone to needing repairs. Tires are very expensive to replace, it's really a money pit. Seats one passenger and has almost no luggage capacity. A fun car if you can afford it, but as a daily drive... icon_question.gif
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    Andreas73 saidDoes VW sell the Eos or Scirocco in the US? Pretty much Golf technology yet better looking...


    Eos, yes. Scirocco, no - at least not at the moment.

    The reason I got my GTI for so cheap is because it is a manual (I don't like to drive autos) and does not have the Autobahn package (which is basically leather). Plus, the 2011's are already in, so they want to get rid of the 2010s. I'm also a really good negotiator with cars because I know what the car really cost the dealer and all the tricks they try to play.

    You can get a Golf for cheaper than a GTI, but they're not as fun to drive.
  • rnch

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    Sep 03, 2010 3:51 PM GMT

    it appears that the current generation of mexico-assembled jettas suffer from hit-or-miss quaility control. (the german assembled jettas seem to be better cars.)

    after about 40,000 miles the mexican built models seem to either self destruct with various electrical system gremlins or slowly dissolve in your driveway.

    i still love the current generation jetta; have had a couple for week long rental cars. their upscale interior is almost as luxurious as an Audi, great perfromance with their slick DSG transmission. the handling is much much athletic than any pacific rim comparable model.

    but, the reliability issue has me concerned.

    i've spoken with many 2006-up jetta owners. a minority of them have had NO problems, love their jettas. the majority of the owners i have taked with cuss out the day they bought the car due to various electrical gremlins, engine unreliability, interior parts failing and other assorted niggling complaints.

    IF i bought a jetta (and I still may take the plunge!) i would enjoy it for about 50K and then sell it quickly.
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    Sep 03, 2010 3:59 PM GMT
    I'd go with the GTI.

    Btw, that Scirocco looks sweet. I'd definitely want to look into one when they come up for sale in the U.S.
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    Sep 03, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    Check out Scion...good value for the money.