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October 15th, 2012, 1:18 am

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So I am a recent graduate and have been driving my parent's car to commute to work (60 miles a day). last week It might have finally given up the ghost and I need to find a new car fairly quickly. I'm not much of a car buff, so I figured there might some people here on Core77 that can give advice. Any car recommendations for a designer on a budget? Due to the commute listed above the MPG is a factor to consider.

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October 15th, 2012, 3:14 am

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October 15th, 2012, 7:10 am

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If you're looking at new cars, I would say Ford Fiesta (or Focus if you want something bigger). Ford is killing it with design right now, the Fiesta is a global platform- very good little car. I would also look at Kia, Peter Schreyer has done a great job bringing their design around, although the Forte (their cheapest model) is kind of underwhelming.

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October 15th, 2012, 7:27 am

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From his website, I'm assuming Phoenix, AZ. Go Sun Devils!

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October 15th, 2012, 7:49 am

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It really depends on your budget. If sub $15K you could consider used Fiat 500, Mini, Honda Civic, even VW Golf or Bug TDI (turbo diesel).
Definitely try a local search on http://www.craigslist.com, or http://www.autotrader.com.
http://www.Cargurus.com has a useful Great, Fair, or Poor deal view.
Depending on your tolerance for car's age, mileage, and reliability - Mini's, Honda's, VW's, and Ford Focus SVT's can be found in the $5K range.

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October 15th, 2012, 9:45 am

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Yeah I'm from the Phoenix, AZ area. I've had a few people recommend Ford, Honda and Kia. I don't want to have to deal with a bunch of repairs in the first few years, but I think buying used would help save a lot of money. What do you guys think the sweet spot for miles on the odometer is? I'm currently looking at the $7-$13K range.

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October 15th, 2012, 11:53 am

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http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/3339990392.html

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October 15th, 2012, 12:11 pm

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Try to find a dealer that works in low-mileage "program" cars (former rentals or off-lease). You'll get a car at about 15-20K and if you get a Kia or Hyundai there's tons of warranty left over.

I'd second Kia/Hyundai for sure.
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October 15th, 2012, 2:13 pm

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Mr-914 wrote: If reliability is your priority, don't fight the urge to get a Toyota.
Don't do it, don't do it.....that Camry will suck out your soul and every reason to live - you'll go numb and forget you're in a car. :P
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October 15th, 2012, 2:13 pm

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Fight the urge for boring, reliable and good gas mileage. You are doing a lot of driving, so might as well enjoy it, rather than wanting to kill yourself for driving an appliance. You are young, you can afford to make a wildly unpractical choice. Save the practical for when you are old and the wife makes you buy the Toyota Minivan.

For $10 in AZ you can probably get any kind of great classic, rust free.

http://bringatrailer.com/

For example, how about this for $15K? Sure beats a Toyota :)

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October 15th, 2012, 3:39 pm

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I'm trying to work with this guy to do a video using his car.

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October 15th, 2012, 4:33 pm

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In that budget, and with that long of a commute, I'd recommend a used Civic.... always fight the urge to get a Toyota... ;-)

You might be able to pick up a used VW Golf...

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October 15th, 2012, 4:39 pm

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Boom. Used Golf for 8G's.
http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.js ... listType=1

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October 16th, 2012, 5:19 am

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Whatever happened to feeling young, lately?
You guys seriously sound like my mum.

(In fact I tried to persuade her into a new KIA, as I am fed up with the small niggles of her Golf, lol.)

To come back to topic, I'll second Richard on this. The '02 might be a little too extreme, given the proximity to desert head. You'd seriously want a working AC in Arizona. Thus my recomendation would be the E34 E39 five series cars. Everything a Camry isn't.

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October 16th, 2012, 5:48 am

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No 5er in Phoenix, whatever...:

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail/ph ... national#9

Sorry don't know how to deeplink from my phone...
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