Reliability/Longevity with a touch of joy?
Hey everyone! I've been looking for a car around the 20-30k range, 2017 or newer, with 30k or less miles. I'm coming off of a non-stop-fix Mini Cooper S, so reliability is key. I really don't like the look of the "typical" sedan, like the Impreza, Fusion, MKZ etc. I'm leaning towards AWD because we're backwoods in Northern NJ, but FWD isn't end of the world.
In the lower price range, I've found both the new Mazda 3 AWD, and 2017-18 Subaru WRX. The new Kia K5 FWD has a look I really love, but I can't see getting that over an AWD Mazda 3 at a similar price.
In the upper price range, I've found the 2018-2020 Kia Stinger GT-Line (AWD), 2017-18 Lexus IS 300-350 (AWD), and 2017 Lexus RC 300.
I'm really looking to keep this car for as long as possible, without dumping tons of money into repairs later in its life. I've taken care of minor repairs and maintenance on previous cars, but major repairs is my concern. I chose those cars both for their looks, and reliability based off Consumer Reports and other sites ranking. I may be going at this wrong, valuing YeaMileage over just mileage, so I'd love to be taught how I may be going at this wrong. I'm also open to other cars I may have missed!
submitted by thunderclasp
Is This a Deal?!
Team, I need your help and thoughts! Just received this from a dealer. Obviously taxes and other charges aren’t included, but this seems to be within a reasonable range, just not sure...
From Dealer: Here is the invoice for a unit I have in stock. Matches the exact description of your #1 preference. 2021 Machine gray, black leather, Grand Touring Reserve, I just pulled the keys and it is here. This, having the correct vehicle in stock, is often half the battle!
In terms of pricing, invoice is $35,772, I get Co-op $924 + Dealer Holdback $353 upon registering the unit as sold. So to net it out, you would be at a sales price of $34,495. At that number, Mazda offers 0.9 for 60 months… if you choose not to finance with Mazda, they give me another 1k in “dealer engagement”, allowing me to offer you an additional 1k in savings. Frankly, at this deal, I recommend a 2021. The difference between it and a 2020 is $500 net.
submitted by Darken_Rahl_1337