new car for wife- Elantra, Civic, Forte, Cruz or ?

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  1. Frnkd213

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    I am finally seriously looking into getting my wife a new car, or slightly used newer car.
    she currently drives a 1999 Corolla,whose door handles have broken off and had to be replaced, white paint chipping (seems its a defect as I see a lot of these white corollas with chipped white paint)

    Any opinions on these: Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Chevy Cruz or Ford Fiesta or focus

    Like the look of the '12 Elantra and Focus.

    She wants a Mini but I hesitate for fear of it being a money pit, never really was into European cars though the Focus is based on the ford European car.

    I usually do a lot of research before major purchases and so this is just part of the process. So if anyone has any experience positive or negative would appreciate it.

    thanks:biggrin1:
     
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    Ford Fiesta is excellent, in the UK at least - if build quality and ride/handling are as good with the US version, I'd go for it. Focus ain't bad here either, but the same applies.

    Not a fan of the Cruze - kinda cheapo. I'd go for a BMW 1 series or Audi A1/A3 over the Cruze.

    Mini's are excellent, fun and retain their value well. Not seen as a money pit here, since they're well built these days.

    Guess it's a choice of which she most fancies, and which is acceptably practical (Mini's boot/trunk is kinda tiny)?

    PS: Mazda 3 is also good.
     
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    You must be on the same budget I'm on! Those were the same cars I was looking at this year when I bought a car. I ended up buying the '11 Elantra and I have to say I love it. It drives beautifully, great mileage, all the features I wanted and very economical. I got a great warranty and roadside service/free oil changes for the next 8 years. And again, I really enjoy driving it - smooth, quick and responsive.

    I've only had the car for about 6 months, but I really love it.

    Edit: My previous car was a Ford Focus. I kicked it when they finally towed that POS away! But it was a 2003. Maybe they are better now.
     
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    Sounds like a fair exchange to me
     
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    Elantra looks nice - I think we get it as the i40 over here.
    Bigger than a Fiesta, lol.
     
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    I really appreciate all of your input. I like the Elantra and the Ford myself. But am interested in performance, reliability, and "cool" factor. both cars of which I like, my wife could care less but the resale is important and that is the "coolness" part of it that may be a factor.

    But as always am open to any information available in partricular through people who own or know of these cars that are not part of the companies these cars are part of.

    BTW I do have a Civic but its the SI Mugen and it is not like the reg Civic. Too much power for her and cost is a factor. But the civic im looking at would be the 4door sedan LX model.
     
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    My other half just learned how to drive in the last year and we bought a used Honda Accord and he is really happy with it.
    I don't know where you live but someone clued me in on where to buy the best used cars in Honolulu.... the rental car companies! They get new cars every year and they are well maintained and have low milage.
     
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    Thanks. Thats where we bought her last car- the corolla. However my last three cars were all brand new. Consequently, I think this next one may go that route. I do love her after all, though she is alway willing to go the used route, she deserves it.

    I leased a 07 Accord, 5sp it was great but when my son left for the military I took over his car(actually my car that I was paying for) the lease ended and sold my 05 Odyssey. Now driving around in this little hot rod civic and my poor wife in the reliable corolla.
     
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    I've owned three Honda's, two Accords and one CRV.

    Never had any problems with any of them and they seem to hold their value well.

    I'm currently driving a rental Civic due to being in an accident and although it's a nice car I don't like it. It's just too small for me or I'm too tall for it.

    Don't know mych about the other cars you have listed but the Elantra in my opinion is not a bad choice from what little I've read about them.
     
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    Oh man... Not in the mainland.
    People that rent rental cars BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THEM. And then the rental car companies don't perform the maintenance on them and the engines and transmissions crap out before their time.

    My Bonneville was a "Lease return". Later we found out that it was an airport rental car.
    4 Engines later....and constant problems and breakdowns I will NEVER buy another used rental car.
    The amount of band-aids that the rental car company put on my car was just absolutely unbelievable. Duct tape was involved.

    The new Ford Focus is supposed to be decent. The Fusion even better.
    Fusion would handle better in snow I would imagine since it's a mid-size sedan.
    It's the replacement for the long running Taurus and theyre actually quite sharp cars.
     
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    New Taurus (SHO) and Fusion are both cool. Tbh - Focus might be better in the white stuff, since it's fwd!
    Lady I know has a BMW 1-Series (rwd) and couldnt get it out the drive when it snowed, lol.
     
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    Fusion is FWD or available in AWD. I wouldn't recommend the SHO.

    The only thing I don't like about Ford is that they don't have a good part retention policy for end of life products, or products older than 5 years.
     
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    Is the new Focus better built, btw? - cos when they first moved the EuroFocus over there (2001?) the build from Detroit wasn't all that. :/

    Actually - if she does want cool factor. MINI or a new Range Rover Evoque would fit the bill. ;)
     
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    I know that the European Focus has way more power than the one in the states.

    Not sure on the build quality of the one here. I know Ford has really been hammering suppliers (As well as their own organization) to focus on quality. I have heard that they get Excellent gas mileage, and they aren't all that bad to drive. Not like the old Escorts of the 80s that had frequent cracked heads and lackluster balls.

    Supposedly theyre much better econo boxes than in previous years. Too new yet to find all the bugs that come with real life mileage. You can test only to a certain point on the prooving grounds, but time and mileage are the true test.

    They also now have the Fiat 500 in the states.
     
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    Fiat 500 is cute. Prolly slightly unpredictable like all Fiats, tho.
    I'd have the Fiesta or MINI. :)
     
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    I ve had hondas too, currently a civic si but the cost is a big factor. And in general Hondas tend to cost a lot more even when considering resale value.
    thanks

    Not looking into car rental resale. The corolla she has is a work horse and though she like it, paint chipping, door handles breaking, all cosmetic as mechanically it runs great. Will most likely donate it to a foundation rather than trade.


    I wouldn't mind the mini maybe the 4 door but the cost of maintanence conscerns me. My cousin who had a MB and sister with a Lexus paid no less than a couple hundred dollars each time for general maintanence, oil change, filters etc. Friend with a Volvo same thing. I don't know how many people I know with Bimmers regret it because of maintanence cost. such is the price I guess of luxury or cars, in particular European cars.

    Saw the Fiat at a car show, cute as heck like a small bug, but like the mini I would be concerned with room and maintanence and the fiat is too new for me to consider.

    I did look at VWs as the dealership who sells Hyundai and Hondas also sell Nissan and VW. Hmmm. Don't want to widen the choices too much though.

    thanks all for your comments very helpful.
     
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    What about a Smart?
     
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    Yeh, 500 and MINI are both tiny. MINIs are fairly cheap to run here tho, due to high resale value, and an all-in servicing package called tlc which costs about £300 for 5 yrs servicing.

    I prolly would go for the Elantra after reading your replies - altho the Cruze is selling well State-side (even tho it's not brilliant, lol).
     
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    I always thought a cruz was a boys car. Ive had a civic. Handled well. But, the civic is being remade i think...this year or next? So if you were to buy one, id say hold off till the new design came out.

    heard good things about the mazda 3, never liked the design tho (exterior).
     
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    This is the 2012 Civic over here (I guess yours will get a redesigned sedan rear tho?).

    Mazda 3 is ace. Robust, fun to drive, great handling, but not the best fuel economy (think 35mpg, less for an auto). We've had a 2005 model for 3 yrs, it's great but the current version is even better (altho avoid the Speed3 - it has bad torquesteer).
     
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