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Zaradi
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8/21/2012 10:39:01 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
So lately I've been preparing to take my driving test to get my liscense, and my parents and I have been trying to figure out what car we should get. The only problem is I'm not much of a gear head and have no clue on how to distinguish a good car from a bad car. I assume there's at least ONE person on here who can tell a good car from a bad car, so I wish to enlist their help. I have a list of choices or suggestions from my parents that I plan on looking up and doing my homework on, but if anyone has knowledge or experience with these cars, let me know how you like them:

Subaru Imprega
Mazda 3i
Ford Focus SE SFE
Nissan Sentra
Cevrolet Cruze Eco
Toyota Corolla
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8/21/2012 10:39:53 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/21/2012 10:39:01 PM, Zaradi wrote:
So lately I've been preparing to take my driving test to get my liscense, and my parents and I have been trying to figure out what car we should get. The only problem is I'm not much of a gear head and have no clue on how to distinguish a good car from a bad car. I assume there's at least ONE person on here who can tell a good car from a bad car, so I wish to enlist their help. I have a list of choices or suggestions from my parents that I plan on looking up and doing my homework on, but if anyone has knowledge or experience with these cars, let me know how you like them:

Subaru Imprega
Mazda 3i
Ford Focus SE SFE
Nissan Sentra
Cevrolet Cruze Eco
Toyota Corolla

DONT GET A COROLLA, I vote Mazda 3 or the Ford Focus
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8/21/2012 10:53:42 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I have no idea what your budget is or how much you're prepared to pay yearly to maintain the car. These are important pieces of information.

However, I can give you some general advice:

-Buy a common car: You don't want to have mechanics importing your parts because they're rare. Common cars = common parts.
-Buy a fuel efficient car: Obvious.
-Buy a compact car: They're easier to find parking spots for (make sure you learn how to reverse parallel park ffs)
-Buy a car with roadworthy and shiz already done: It's more expensive but cars you buy advertised with "a few problems" are usually money pits.
-Get someone in real life who knows cars to go with you when you buy it.
-Get the right insurance: Presumably your parents have car insurance. Get with their provider and get them to guarantee you.

Don't buy a new car, even if you can afford it...
Because you're a new driver and you're almost certainly going to have an accident.
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8/21/2012 10:55:02 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I've never driven any of the cars you've listed so I can comment on them.
Mazda's have a good reputation as reliable broom brooms though; my 1983 Mazda 323 (which I smashed trying to drift) was a great car. They don't drift though.
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8/21/2012 10:56:26 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/21/2012 10:53:42 PM, tvellalott wrote:
I have no idea what your budget is or how much you're prepared to pay yearly to maintain the car. These are important pieces of information.

However, I can give you some general advice:

-Buy a common car: You don't want to have mechanics importing your parts because they're rare. Common cars = common parts.
-Buy a fuel efficient car: Obvious.
-Buy a compact car: They're easier to find parking spots for (make sure you learn how to reverse parallel park ffs)
-Buy a car with roadworthy and shiz already done: It's more expensive but cars you buy advertised with "a few problems" are usually money pits.
-Get someone in real life who knows cars to go with you when you buy it.
-Get the right insurance: Presumably your parents have car insurance. Get with their provider and get them to guarantee you.

Don't buy a new car, even if you can afford it...
Because you're a new driver and you're almost certainly going to have an accident.

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8/21/2012 11:29:22 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/21/2012 10:53:42 PM, tvellalott wrote:
I have no idea what your budget is or how much you're prepared to pay yearly to maintain the car. These are important pieces of information.

However, I can give you some general advice:

-Buy a common car: You don't want to have mechanics importing your parts because they're rare. Common cars = common parts.
Makes sense.
-Buy a fuel efficient car: Obvious.
Well even I figured that one.
-Buy a compact car: They're easier to find parking spots for (make sure you learn how to reverse parallel park ffs)
Parallel parking is the worst. All I have to practice that with right now is my dad's truck, and it's the biggest pain in the a.ss ever.
-Buy a car with roadworthy and shiz already done: It's more expensive but cars you buy advertised with "a few problems" are usually money pits.
-Get someone in real life who knows cars to go with you when you buy it.
-Get the right insurance: Presumably your parents have car insurance. Get with their provider and get them to guarantee you.

Don't buy a new car, even if you can afford it...
Because you're a new driver and you're almost certainly going to have an accident.

The plan my dad and I had is that I would take his truck for my first year of driving (to get all the wrecks that I'll probably have out of me), while my dad drives the car we get. After that year, once I get some experience under my belt, then I would give my dad the truck back and I would get my car.

But a lot of this advise makes sense. Thanks!
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8/21/2012 11:35:55 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Learning to drive in a bigger car is great and really helped me. Once you get used to the angles of it, you'll be fine.

Also, there is a knack to reverse parallel parking that some people simply don't get, but practise makes perfect.

Nothing more satisfying than a beautiful, first-time in the spot (that's not having to go out and come back in a bunch of times) parallel park as far as I'm concerned.
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8/22/2012 10:57:12 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/21/2012 11:35:55 PM, tvellalott wrote:
Learning to drive in a bigger car is great and really helped me. Once you get used to the angles of it, you'll be fine.

Also, there is a knack to reverse parallel parking that some people simply don't get, but practise makes perfect.


-Drive parallel to (beside) the car you want to park behind, about a foot away.
-When you look out your back passenger window on the right, you should see their left tail light in the little triangle http://www.m5board.com...
-Turn your wheel one and a half times to the right and reverse until you see your bumper slightly over the curb in the right sideview mirror.
-Turn your wheel all the way to the left and continue to reverse.

Hope that helps...

Nothing more satisfying than a beautiful, first-time in the spot (that's not having to go out and come back in a bunch of times) parallel park as far as I'm concerned.
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8/22/2012 11:17:35 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Get a Delorean off Ebay.
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8/22/2012 11:19:27 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/22/2012 11:17:35 AM, bossyburrito wrote:
Get a Delorean off Ebay.
Best. Care. EVER.

I wasn't aware of this website:http://delorean.com...
Apparently it sells (YOU GUESSED IT!)Deloreans and parts for Deloreans.
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8/22/2012 5:11:35 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/21/2012 10:39:01 PM, Zaradi wrote:
So lately I've been preparing to take my driving test to get my liscense, and my parents and I have been trying to figure out what car we should get. The only problem is I'm not much of a gear head and have no clue on how to distinguish a good car from a bad car. I assume there's at least ONE person on here who can tell a good car from a bad car, so I wish to enlist their help. I have a list of choices or suggestions from my parents that I plan on looking up and doing my homework on, but if anyone has knowledge or experience with these cars, let me know how you like them:

Subaru Imprega
Mazda 3i
Ford Focus SE SFE
Nissan Sentra
Cevrolet Cruze Eco
Toyota Corolla

Just make sure its cheap and a used car. YOU DO NOT WANT A BRAND NEW CAR.
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8/22/2012 7:55:01 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/21/2012 10:39:01 PM, Zaradi wrote:
So lately I've been preparing to take my driving test to get my liscense, and my parents and I have been trying to figure out what car we should get. The only problem is I'm not much of a gear head and have no clue on how to distinguish a good car from a bad car. I assume there's at least ONE person on here who can tell a good car from a bad car, so I wish to enlist their help. I have a list of choices or suggestions from my parents that I plan on looking up and doing my homework on, but if anyone has knowledge or experience with these cars, let me know how you like them:

Subaru Imprega
Mazda 3i
Ford Focus SE SFE
Nissan Sentra
Cevrolet Cruze Eco
Toyota Corolla

Wow, new? You'd be happy with any of those, just not forever.

Best on that list are the Mazda 3i and Subaru Imprega, imo. But, I'm not a gearhead, either.
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8/22/2012 10:22:34 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/22/2012 9:06:08 PM, Ren wrote:
Lol, Impreza.

That's a 'z'!?!?

Sorry, my dad wrote the list since I'm definitely not a gear head, and he is. And his hand-writing is...

-shudder-

Let's just say I could write neater with a pencil clenched in-between my teeth.
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8/22/2012 10:33:41 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 8/22/2012 10:22:34 PM, Zaradi wrote:
At 8/22/2012 9:06:08 PM, Ren wrote:
Lol, Impreza.

That's a 'z'!?!?

Sorry, my dad wrote the list since I'm definitely not a gear head, and he is. And his hand-writing is...

-shudder-

Let's just say I could write neater with a pencil clenched in-between my teeth.
I wish I could sig that.
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Get caught in ticking traps
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