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Equus_girl 09-20-2011 04:48 PM

Ugh! Car Troubles. Rant!
My mom and I have a 1997 Chrysler Cirrus. It is a nice car and fun to drive. I just got my license a couple weeks ago and it has been so much easier to be able to drive myself to work instead of relying on my family.

However last Monday the car died at the post office. It would turn over but not fire. It has similar problems when going through puddles. It just dies out and will start again in about 15 minutes. However this time there were no puddles and it did not start. We towed it to my bosses' place and left it there. 4 days later we were going to put it on a flat bed to tow it. I had tried starting it several times over the past days and nothing happened. However that day we were going to tow it, it started up fine.

I drove it home. Against my better judgement, with my family's encouragement I drove it to work and town. Today it died again. This time at the library! Now we have to tow the stupid thing and that will be expensive!

This time I'm putting my foot down. Even if it DOES start again I am NOT driving it ANYMORE!!!! It make me nervous to drive and I think my uncle thinks I'm nuts to drive it. So I'm listening to him from now on! We are going to get a used car that will be reliable.

There is no used taking the car it to get fixed. My aunts that had it before have taken it in and it made no difference. I've heard bad things about a lot of Chryslers. One person took the car multiple times to the mechanic and replaced everything imaginable and the car still broke down all the time.

So we are looking! I've been looking at some Hyundais, Pontiac Sunfire's, Toyotas, etc. Any great suggestions for cars? We want something on the smaller side, good on gas and RELIABLE!!!

Sorry for the rant! I'm a little frustated as I can't really afford this, but oh well, thats life I guess! I think we will try to sell the Chrysler for parts and get some money out of it.

lubylol 09-20-2011 06:28 PM

Wow that sure does suck. My family was never into chryslers, always hondas :)

You should get a honda civic any year, they have great gas mileage. My sister has a 93 and it is still going strong :)

AQHA13 09-20-2011 07:08 PM

I second the honda suggestion from Lubylol. My first and current car is a 1991 Honda Prelude. It has about 130,000 miles on it and recently started misfiring so I took it to the mechanics. He fixed and replaced several other parts that were original to the car(it is 20yrs old!) and said it looked like a wonderful car. He expected that I would probably get about 260,000 miles out of it. His son had the exact same model and got a little more than that out of his. Overall, it has been very reliable and seems to get just over 30 miles/ gallon.

TaMMa89 09-21-2011 12:59 PM

I'm sorry. It's never fun to be left on road, I have some experience.

I've heard that Nissans (we've one) and Toyotas have been ranked pretty high. I'm not sure if you've Ladas there but some older Ladas from some 1990's are pretty strong cars what I've gotten.

Bearkiller 09-21-2011 06:48 PM

Sheesh, you can get a tune up for alot less than a new car. Something tells me for 100 bucks and an afternoon you could get this car running fine. Probably something in the ignition system(no not where your key goes).

VelvetsAB 09-21-2011 07:18 PM

Toyota Corolla or Yaris.

Even though used ones might be expensive, they hold their resale value much better then a Chevy or Ford.

Honda's are also really good cars.

jinxremoving 09-21-2011 07:24 PM

Another vote for Toyota Corollas. I have a ten year old Corolla and it runs just as good as the day it was bought. The mileage is spot on and the horsepower is still there... hell, even the AC works! Only repairs I ever needed were due to me hitting potholes. I have a friend with another Toyota Corolla with almost 250,000 km on it... original engine, still chugging along. :)

Toyota openly claims that something like 80% of their cars are still on the road after 20 years.... I'd believe it.

VelvetsAB 09-21-2011 07:28 PM

My mom had a Camry with over 300,000 on it before she gave it to my brother when he came back From Afghanistan. He still drives it.

I just want to say though, with an older car, you have to make sure any repair you put into it is going to be worth it. At some point, it does just become a pit, and its better to go on to another.

A small fix ($100-200) is definitely a good option to take, as it will prolong the car. Putting in $500 plus...well, you could get another car for that.

Saskia 09-22-2011 11:05 AM

You should get a Toyota. They are generally pretty reliable, but importantly, cheaper to fix than a Honda, and many other car brands. I have a 2003 Toyota Echo at the moment and I love it. So cheap to run, reliable and easy.

I actually had a similar problem with a VW Golf to what you had. The mechanic had no idea what was wrong with it, we took it to a VW mechanic and it was the seal on one of the cylinders, so it would only start on one cylinder. Mechanics are not all the same quality and if they don't know cars like yours then they are just going to be making educated guesses. If a local mechanic can't solve it take it to the brand shop, it costs much more but generally they fix it first time.

lubylol 09-22-2011 11:21 AM

Oh and I also agree with the Toyota Camrys or whatever. Teh commercials are very convincing when it had them with the whole family. Good luck on finding a new car :)

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