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Old 01-11-2010, 08:55 AM
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So the time has come that I need to source a vehicle for my daughter and I am looking for opinions.

My ex-life errr ex-wife (lover of all things Jeep) thinks a 1995 Cherokee will fit the bill. I on the other hand am thinking import auto.....so there's the rub. Budget is sub 5K

Thoughts? Experiences? Pitfalls?
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I would say her opinion should come first, I've seen many a fair young maiden abuse the vehicle her parents forced her in to having. Furthermore, if you want to get a vehicle that will have any sort of resale value at all, also do some research on vehicles with cheap and readily available replacement panels. Heeps are very popular among high school aged kids, but by the time kids get to college they've mostly wrecked those and are driving some sort of beater. Imports are generally more reliable and they usually get better mileage, domestics are cheaper so you can expect to get better bang for your buck with the initial purchase. I would have to say based on the criteria of reliability, availability and safety, you can't go wrong with most of the 4Runners that are selling for around $5k. And for the love of all things Toyota, get her one with a handshaker to distract her from texting while driving.
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When faced with a similar decision, I started with Corollas and Mazda 626s but was really unimpressed especially with an auto tranny. What I settled on was a '99 Saab 9-3. With Saabs uncertain future, most people will steer clear of them but the resale value already sucks so you can pick up a nice car for not much money. Plus there aren't many cars out there with front and side airbags for under 5k$.
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raffle vehicle for 2010 is a cherokee
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And for the love of all things Toyota, get her one with a handshaker to distract her from texting while driving.
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When faced with a similar decision, I started with Corollas and Mazda 626s but was really unimpressed especially with an auto tranny. What I settled on was a '99 Saab 9-3. With Saabs uncertain future, most people will steer clear of them but the resale value already sucks so you can pick up a nice car for not much money. Plus there aren't many cars out there with front and side airbags for under 5k$.
Had not thought of Saab........I will check that out!

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I will second the Saab idea. My third car, (college time) was a saab 900s, the non turbo model. It had its issues, such as a clogged injector, and rust behind the right rear door. The things I loved about it were it still got around 26mpg driving up campus hills all the time, it handled wonderfully, good in snow due to its weight, and it saved my life when I was hit on the drivers side around 25 mph from a drunk driver. Car was totalled however I bought it back from the insurance company, parted out the still running engine, lots of body parts, heated seats, ect and made my money back both from the insurance company and from my initial purchase. Besides, with saab going away, your daughter will have the coolness factor! Good luck
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hard to beat a jetta tdi for milage and safety (side air curtains etc). The type 4 are 5-6k depending on milage.
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Hondas tend to be super reliable and for 5k you could find a really nice one.

I got the opportunity to drive a 200 cherokee sport and was really unimpressed with the quality....
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Consider insurance as well. Cherokee insurance would probably be higher than a car, especially if the Cherokee is 4wd.

What about an older Subaru? Not that cool for a teen, I guess....
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If she goes out of state for college, you could buy her any old car, slap a bunch of skiing stickers on the back, couple that with the colo plate and she'll be cool. Old subaru or not.
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