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    09-19-2011, 06:34 AM
  #11
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Well my first car is a 1990-something mazda familia hatchback, dront wheel drive and it has served me well so far even with its tiny power of 1300cc.

My mum said to me when we were looking for a car for me to steer away from utes/trucks (whatever you wanna call them) because they have no weight in the back and will then be harder to gain control of should you make a mistake or something happens.

Front wheel drive would always be my first choice of car for now (I'm 16, still on first car) if I got into my mums 2003 xr6 ford Falcon and lost control a little bit or say hydroplaned over a puddle that would be the end of it, that thing is a tank and a rear wheel drive one at that. (I do drive it, just very carefully)

-I also found out the hard way that front wheel drive is easier than rear, because I race ministocks and even though my ministock has the engine of a little wee 1200cc datsun, if you lose it going around a corner you best know how to drift cause if you don't your stuffed.. Whereas front wheel drive, point it the way you wanna go and you go that way generally.

In my experience, the cars without turbo's etc, and with little engines are pretty fuel efficient, but it does depend on how you drive it too.. For example, my mate has a very large car that would be good on gas if he drove it properly... But he is the sort of driver that is constantly on and off the accelerator and the brake wherever you go, even on the main highway when there's no other traffic (If I ever get pregnant and go over my due date, I'm going for a drive with him ) and his driving means that his car is like a sieve, the petrol just doesn't last.
     
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    09-19-2011, 02:10 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
In my experience, the cars without turbo's etc, and with little engines are pretty fuel efficient, but it does depend on how you drive it too.. For example, my mate has a very large car that would be good on gas if he drove it properly... But he is the sort of driver that is constantly on and off the accelerator and the brake wherever you go, even on the main highway when there's no other traffic (If I ever get pregnant and go over my due date, I'm going for a drive with him ) and his driving means that his car is like a sieve, the petrol just doesn't last.
You make an excellent point. Fuel efficiency depends greatly on the way you drive, good point to bring up!

Velvets- I agree with you about small trucks being lightweight. Not a good snow vehicle or first car. Usually they're built to get jobs done, but don't have the body frame build to be any more weight than a smaller car, and if you throw a bigger engine into the mix- for example, Ford Rangers(also Chevy S10's), as they were already mentioned in this convo, then you've got a very front heavy vehicle, and it makes it easy to lose control of it because the back end is nearly a feather.

Another suggestion- if you want a vehicle that is safe, dependable, and has some space. Look at getting an Oldsmobile Silhouette. It's a minivan, but my first car was one. The weight of the vehicle was distributed throughout it, and it handled this past winter with about 6 feet of drifted snow, and icy roads and highways 30 miles from town just fine. And, if I made any large purchases(tv's, Christmas trees, etc.) I could transport them myself rather than bother with asking someone else and using their time.

It's also a good idea to keep in mind, whatever car you have as a first car, may be the car you have when you move out. So if interior space is going to be a problem by then, you might want to put into consideration as well, on the chance.
     
    09-19-2011, 02:21 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Every time we take a trip to the mountains, my mom's car (1998 Subaru Legacy) was the top choice. It handled the snow and ice very well. If I ever get a car (I'm not in a spot where I need a car...truck works better for me, and my life style) it will be a Subaru!
And, there is no car that does good on ice (if you have an issue with ice on the roads). Knobby tires and 4WD won't help you if your on ice. We were driving my best friends 1985 Silverado 4wd and it was pretty humorous just how quickly we went off the road going 5 miles an hour.
Small trucks are amazing. My current vehicle is a 1992 S10 (just a little smaller than a Ford Ranger), and I've yet to have an issue with it (other than somebody stealing my catalytic coverter...screeeew them lol). It did really good with snow, but, it's all based on how well the driver understands how to drive in the snow. My brother had a little stick shift Ranger, and it was pretty dang nice!
     
    09-19-2011, 02:48 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Avoid the VW like the plague, terrible reliability ratings, and super expensive parts, Chevies tend to be very cheaply made pieces of junk, do your homework look at edmunds used car reviews and online reliability ratings. You'll find front wheel drive, fords, toyotas and honda's at the top of the list year after year.
     
    09-19-2011, 04:02 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
avoid the VW like the plague, terrible reliability ratings, and super expensive parts, Chevies tend to be very cheaply made pieces of junk, do your homework look at edmunds used car reviews and online reliability ratings. You'll find front wheel drive, fords, toyotas and honda's at the top of the list year after year.
I agree with you on avoiding VW.

It's all a matter of preference. I've owned a Chevy, Ford, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler. So far, I've loved the Chevy, Ford and Oldsmobile, and hated the Chrysler.

Toyota's have a higher rate of fatality for rollover crashes, as well as they lack the ability to handle most impacts without crushing like tin foil. Also very easy to get their tires, axles, and brakes out of alignment.

Honda's are more unreliable than most companies today, many have engine failure or transmission issues by about 80,000 miles, as well as many needing to have their electronics constantly fixed/re-calibrated. They are also built on looks more than efficiency and reliability. And they are very expensive to fix because their parts are not what is used for most other cars on the market.
Compare the Honda Ridgeline to the Chevrolet Avalanche if you want a good example on all these things.

Also, if the OP really wants to look up ratings, I would HIGHLY suggest they use KBB(Kelley Blue Book) and Consumer Reports.
I would not recommend Edmund's as they are hugely biased, not as big a company as KBB and they don't put into consideration many vital details when it comes to buying(or selling) a car.
     
    09-19-2011, 05:21 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
Either way. I really like Toyotas. They don't die and their fuel economy is nothing to complain about.
Agreed! I also have a Toyota Corolla with 167,000km on it and it runs just as well as it did when it had 25,000! The fuel mileage is exactly what they said it would be back then, I get it up to 140km/hr on the highway without any trouble and it runs like a baby. I honestly can't believe how well Toyota's last. :)
     
    09-19-2011, 07:36 PM
  #17
Foal
Haha, I don't think I can even afford half the cars I'm thinking about now, I'm just dreaming for now.

My mom bought an '08 Nissan Pathfinder pretty recently, and even though she paid 20 grand for it, she wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm not sure if the mpg is as great as she thinks it is, but it beats the '97 Tahoe she had previously, with a broken fuel gauge, mind you. If she trusts the company, I'm sure she'll be okay with spending a little bit more than what we had planned.

And yes, I was worried about how reliable the VW was. Even though my dad's a mechanic, I'm sure he won't be thrilled about constantly repairing my car.

Is the 2005 Dodge Magnum any good? Or the Avenger?
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    09-19-2011, 07:47 PM
  #18
Foal
Also, my dad owns an S10. We bought it from a used car dealer, and it has numerous problems. The owner claims that they check the cars before they sell them, which clearly was not the case. When my mom bought her Pathfinder, the bumper was messed up from the previous owners and the windshield was chipped. The dealership repaired it completely before we picked it up. It might just be because of the warranty, but I guess it really depends how trustworthy the dealership is.
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    09-19-2011, 07:54 PM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by sweetxsour35    
Haha, I don't think I can even afford half the cars I'm thinking about now, I'm just dreaming for now.

My mom bought an '08 Nissan Pathfinder pretty recently, and even though she paid 20 grand for it, she wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm not sure if the mpg is as great as she thinks it is, but it beats the '97 Tahoe she had previously, with a broken fuel gauge, mind you. If she trusts the company, I'm sure she'll be okay with spending a little bit more than what we had planned.

And yes, I was worried about how reliable the VW was. Even though my dad's a mechanic, I'm sure he won't be thrilled about constantly repairing my car.

Is the 2005 Dodge Magnum any good? Or the Avenger?
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I'm not a huge Dodge fan, but from what I've heard the Avenger is better for an all around vehicle, and handles snow better(doesn't look half bad either- haha). I don't know much more than that, besides they do have power and aren't bad cars really.
I just prefer a Ford or Chevy.
     
    09-20-2011, 12:09 AM
  #20
Yearling
Velvet, very true. I've done it a time or two. Bags of floor dry do the trick.
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