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    Car options

    I'm thinking of buying a new car in the next few months and I'm torn. I'm either going to go with a sport compact such as the 2010 Mazdaspeed3/Suburau WRX or buy a small fuel effecient car. For the econobox i'm considering 3 options, The 2010 Golf TDI (diesel), 2010 Toyota Prius, or a Honda Fit. Here is what I've come up with so far.

    The Golf TDI should get at least 40mpg on the highway, where I do most of my driving. It will have a nice interior, good resale, 10K mile oil changes, and a lot more power than the other 2 cars. Even though I've owned a 2006 VW GTI and had 0 problems, reliability with VW/Diesel always seems to come up. On top of this it sounds like it's vital to have a good local VW dealership. I don't think DM has that with Lithia. Expected Price around $23K. There is also a $1,500 tax advantage to this purchase.

    2010 Prius-Should get 45mpg in both city/highway driving. Interior has improved, reliability with Prius has been excellent in the past, not very exciting. Great resale. Don't know if I want to be lumped in with other Prius owners. Around $23K

    Honda Fit-Should average around 35 mpg. Interior won't be as nice as the other 2 but solid, reliability won't be an issue, great resale, fun to drive, tons of room for it's size. About $17K

    What I'm finding is that no matter how I run the numbers, the only car that makes sense is the Fit. There is no way that I keep the car more than 50K miles so I'll use that as an example and I'll assume gas will be $4/gallon

    Golf
    50,000 miles
    1,250 gallons used
    $5,000 fuel cost


    Prius
    50,000 miles
    1,111 gallons used
    $4,444 fuel cost


    Fit
    50,000 miles
    1,428 gallons used
    $5,712 fuel cost



    So to save $1,300 in fuel I would have to spend $6,000 more on a car. Some of that I could make back when it was time to sell the car but I still don't think it would be close.


    Am I missing something? Should I just say f't and get a Mazdaspeed 3 that requires premium fuel and gets 23mpg but has 265 horsepower fior the same price?

    MSP3
    50,000 miles
    2173 gallons used
    $9,565 fuel cost
    (assume 4.40 gallon for premium)








    No need to preach to me about buying used. I've bought 20+ cars, I know the advantages/disadvantages. Financing and 0% deals don't matter to me and I won't have a trade in at the time. Also the Honda Insight doesn't interest me.



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    Re: Car options

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    There is no way that I keep the car more than 50K miles
    Unless you are leasing the vehicle, I don't understand this.



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    Re: Car options

    I'd go with the Mazda definitely, if only because I'd feel stupid driving a Prius or a Fit. Why not just a standard 3 though? The mazdaspeed thing is cool and all but if you're looking at Prius' and Fits it wouldn't be much different, but it wouldn't look as ridiculous.


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    Re: Car options

    Isnt' VW offering free maintenance for 36k miles on their vehicles (it might just be '08s)? That would get you through about 3/4 of the time you own it.

    Personally, I would get the VW, but that's mostly becuase I think it would be the most fun to drive of the 3.


    Last edited by JD720; 05-28-2009 at 08:54 AM. Reason: Spelling

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    Re: Car options

    The prius is hands down the Fugliest car I have ever set my eyes on.

    I'd go with the Golf as I'm betting the resale is by far the best of the three you mention which will make up for some of the other cost you brought up.



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    Re: Car options

    Have you sat in a Fit? I was looking at those the other day when I was at the dealer. The interior is smooth and comfortable and very roomy. They have a funny way of cramming alot of room into what looks like a small car on the outside.

    Im not sold on the Prius. They are creepy quiet and just plain weird. Dont know anything about the Golf, but Im sure its quality.


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    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    Unless you are leasing the vehicle, I don't understand this.
    I'm just going on my history of driving cars for the last 22 years. I have a tendency to get rid of them after 2-3 years. I know this isn't smart in most cases and I sometimes buy used.



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    Re: Car options

    Look into the Mini Cooper S, $22,600 price tage 34 highway and free maintenance for the first 100,000 miles (I think?) right now. A Beemer product with zero cost other than gas after purchase.


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    Re: Car options

    Quote Originally Posted by JD720 View Post
    Isnt' VW offering free maintenance for 36k miles on their vehicles (it might just be '08s)? That would get you through about 3/4 of the time you own it.

    Personally, I would get the VW, but that's mostly becuase I think it would be the most fun to drive of the 3.
    Yes they are but remember that it now has a 10K mile oil change so that pretty much only covers two services.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Have you sat in a Fit? I was looking at those the other day when I was at the dealer. The interior is smooth and comfortable.
    Yes and I drove one recently but it was the older design. Two of my family members drive them and they love them but they are coming from domestics so take that with a grain of salt.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Yes and I drove one recently but it was the older design. Two of my family members drive them and they love them but they are coming from domestics so take that with a grain of salt.

    I should test drive on for ***** and giggles. Do they control nice?



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    Re: Car options

    Ford Fusion Hybrid. Great reviews and will be larger and safer in an accident.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Ford Fusion Hybrid. Great reviews and will be larger and safer in an accident.
    It's even harder to justify a $30K hybrid that will be lucky to get 40mpg in real life driving and will most likely have lousy resale value. I've heard it's very nice but for $30K I start seeing a lot more attractive alternatives.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    It's even harder to justify a $30K hybrid that will be lucky to get 40mpg in real life driving and will most likely have lousy resale value. I've heard it's very nice but for $30K I start seeing a lot more attractive alternatives.
    Maybe, but he brings up a valid point. I've been on two accident calls with other hybrids and it's not pretty.



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    Re: Car options

    I'd pick the MS3 if it were my money. The VW TDI is a winner too, and the only one of the econoboxes I'd consider. A nice torquey diesel with similar MPGs makes people in Prius' look silly.



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