Re: Used Civic or new Fit?
- From: jason@xxxxxxxxxx (Jason)
- Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 08:35:27 -0700
In article <CGt%f.455$Kh5.85@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Kent Finnell"
"nblomgren" <nblom@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 21:59:52 -0700, SoCalMike
My 2002 Saturn was a casualty in the Tennessee tornadoes last Friday.
I'm looking for something reliable, inexpensive, and fuel-efficient,
with manual transmission, under $15,000.
scion xA or xB. bulletproof engine, little to no maintenance reqired,
since it has self adjusting valves, and a timing chain instead of belt.
no more $600 timing belt replacements every 90-110k miles!
The xA is a nice looking car. Reminds me a little of the Mini Cooper.
It's running a close second if I do decide to buy new.
Saturn seems to have given up on fuel-efficiency and most of the other
things that once made it a sensible choice.
So now I'm ready for a Honda. I had planned on getting a used Civic,
but the local dealership will be getting the new Fit in soon.
I haven't bought new in decades because of the initial depreciation.
But it would be nice to have something under warranty. And since the
Fit's been out for a while already, there's no beta testing to do :)
But the Civic has a good track record for holding its value, and has a
more conventional appearance.
i dunno if the fit is any more "normal" looking than any other short,
high-roofed 4 door hatch.
sadly, they offered a 4-door "wagovan" from 88-91(ish?) that was a high
roofed 4 door, and it didnt sell. too ahead of their time?
Whatever I buy, I'm planning to keep it for many years.
Since I'm new to Honda, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
im considering a fit as well. also going to look at the toyota yaris
hatch, the scions, and possibly the nissan versa when it comes out.
only thing is, i can guarantee the fit will sell for MSRP+, especially
with gas prices going back up. and it also won a 7-way car and driver
havent looked at the engine specs, but if it still uses a belt and needs
valve adjustments, i may pass.
ive never had a car with power windows/locks and/or keyless entry, and i
think thatd be neat. and a factory sunroof would be nice too. yes- a
"loaded" economy car. theyre popular in europe.
Gas prices are already going up here. We might be seeing a lot more of
these tiny cars soon.
My other option is to get something _very_ cheap that'll last about a
year until the Fit hybrid comes out :)
The Fit Hybrid is at least 2 years away, if then. The "2007" Fit is coming
out of sequence for Honda's model cycle. The next major change is 2 years
away, instead of 5.
Does Honda still make the really small Hybrid called the Insight? That
would be a good option for anyone that wants a small hybrid car. I would
prefer the hybrid Civic since it has more room and more power. I once had
a friend that owned an Insight. She said that it did not have enough power
and when she went up a grade--she would push the pedal to the metal and
the car would only go about 50 mph (on grades).
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