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    Car shopping.

    Any car-saavy types have any advice regarding a good first car? I've been pointed numerous times towards the Civic as easy on repairs and gas, but I fear it may be too small for me. I'm 6' 2" and it's pretty cramped. It's also not very good on storage space, and I basically want the thing for running errands and weekend fun, not daily commuting.

    A couple others I've heard of are the Yaris (tiny but roomy) and the Ford Ranger (bigger as it's a truck, and fairly reliable).

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    Volkswagen Golf

    Cheap, reliable, I'm taller than you and started with it had no length problems.

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    subaru forester is good solid option (I'm 6'6" and fit well).
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    Depends on your budget and stuff. There are a lot of Darth Vader Helmets (Ka's) in my area (lotta students live round here), which possibly says they're cheap to run and buy.

    I've got a Mazda 3 which I find plenty roomy enough for us as a family, though it depends which year's version you get. It's the heir to the 323 they stopped making in 2003 I think, which I had before and was similarly roomy and economical. And ultra, ultra reliable.
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    Thanks for the tips so far. I'm poking around the classifieds to see what's for sale in the area.

    Money isn't really a huge issue, but it's a part-time car at best so I'm not going to go overboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feops View Post
    Car shopping.

    Any car-saavy types have any advice regarding a good first car? I've been pointed numerous times towards the Civic as easy on repairs and gas, but I fear it may be too small for me. I'm 6' 2" and it's pretty cramped. It's also not very good on storage space, and I basically want the thing for running errands and weekend fun, not daily commuting.

    A couple others I've heard of are the Yaris (tiny but roomy) and the Ford Ranger (bigger as it's a truck, and fairly reliable).
    I've heard a lot of stories about Civics and winter highway driving out to the cottage; the consensus from my friends is that it's an awesome vehicle as a young twenty something, but they wouldn't drive it if they were older and had little kids in the car, because nearly all of them have 360ed/720ed them across highway traffic in icy sections (they are all heavily into car knowledge and driving, and from their stories it's not reckless driving but rather small cars without back end weight). They all said they'd pick up a bigger vehicle with more back end weight if they were looking with families, but they also all said they'd buy another civic in the same situation because it's loads of fun!
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    I have a Civic and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm also 6' 0" with a large frame, and I'm comfortable in it. Lots of people love the Ford Focus too, it's a good car.

    For a first car I'd stay away from VWs because they're always in the shop, and it's expensive to fix them.
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    High-reliability (but possibly pricey):

    Toyotas - Corollas, Camrys
    Hondas - Civics, Accords
    Subarus - most any kind

    I do NOT recommend pony cars. They've usually been beat to death even if they show no external aging. I have a dead Mustang in my driveway if you need proof.

    I hear the Focus and the Prius are good bets too.
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    Get a Honda or Toyota. Whenever shit stops working (trust me, it will) it will be a lot cheaper in the long run. Probably try getting the older cars since they tend to run a bit bigger. I had a 1991 G20 Infiniti and the parts were like $300. Trust.

    Just go with a Civic. They are not small at all. Go to your local dealership and SIT in one. They are amazing.

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    I'd go with toyota. I have a P.O.S. 85 Celica I use for a gas saver, has 187,000 miles on it and still runs like a top (with a small leak )

    If you're worried about space, maybe consider the Toyota Avalon?
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