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Old 05-12-2004, 05:41 PM   #1
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need someone who knows more than me...

hey im 15 and looking to get a car sometime soon. my uncle has a 2001 nissan altima he bought for his mom but shes dead so they dont need the car anymore. i was also looking at new nissan sentras and new mazda 3's, so my price range is around 12-16,000. comments on these three cars? other ideas? i'd like a new car mainly for the warranty.
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Old 05-12-2004, 05:49 PM   #2
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hey im 15 and looking to get a car sometime soon. my uncle has a 2001 nissan altima he bought for his mom but shes dead so they dont need the car anymore. i was also looking at new nissan sentras and new mazda 3's, so my price range is around 12-16,000. comments on these three cars? other ideas? i'd like a new car mainly for the warranty.
Probly for the sportiest out of THOSE three... I would go with the Mazda 3.... good looks... looks reliable... probly powerful... so there ya go....
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Old 05-12-2004, 05:54 PM   #3
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Ok If I was u i would get:
Mazda 3 4-Door S
AT or MT
Hp? Cant tell... the 2.0L has 148 the S is a 2.3L... so I dont know...
If those are your only choices than this is what I would get....
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Old 05-12-2004, 08:58 PM   #4
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man, if i were you, id rather get a used car as my first car. Id start out with an integra or protege or prelude. There should actually be no need for a warranty as you can get them fairly cheap and they are very reliable (My parents have never bought a warranty in their lifetimes, and they buy nothing but honda or toyota). Heck, even that altima is a good choice.
Also with a used car, you dont have to worry about depreciation when you want to sell the new car.

Now all of the above is assuming you are a new driver w/o much experience, which at 15, you should be. If not, then the mazda 3 is an excellent choice.
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Old 05-12-2004, 09:04 PM   #5
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Cool wow

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man, if i were you, id rather get a used car as my first car. Id start out with an integra or protege or prelude. There should actually be no need for a warranty as you can get them fairly cheap and they are very reliable (My parents have never bought a warranty in their lifetimes, and they buy nothing but honda or toyota). Heck, even that altima is a good choice.
Also with a used car, you dont have to worry about depreciation when you want to sell the new car.

Now all of the above is assuming you are a new driver w/o much experience, which at 15, you should be. If not, then the mazda 3 is an excellent choice.

That is awesome amount you have saved for a first car. I too agree on geting a used car first. I started with a Mazda mx3 when i was 16 yesrs old (which sucked) but i had some fun times.. because it was hard to keep running, i bought a 1996 cavalier off my aunt for really cheap whe i turned 17. I'll slowly work my way to a new car. Start with something older. PLUS if you get a brand new one, you have alot of insurance/ more than on a used one. Good Luck!!! when i turn 18 im hoping to get a newer sports car.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:07 PM   #6
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Yeah go with something that you can get parts for, cheap to insure and doesnt depiciate like a sive holds water, you learn alot about driving in the first years, your almost certsain to write a car off in the first 5 years even if its your fault or not. Nobodies perfect. Get something that old and dull to run around in and may be think about building a car with the rest of the money you have saved up, then you will be able to have some for the dull trips to school and work and one for the weekend. also means you might be able to aford to insure something a little sportier if it is limited mileage.



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That is awesome amount you have saved for a first car. I too agree on geting a used car first. I started with a Mazda mx3 when i was 16 yesrs old (which sucked) but i had some fun times.. because it was hard to keep running, i bought a 1996 cavalier off my aunt for really cheap whe i turned 17. I'll slowly work my way to a new car. Start with something older. PLUS if you get a brand new one, you have alot of insurance/ more than on a used one. Good Luck!!! when i turn 18 im hoping to get a newer sports car.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:48 PM   #7
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Bah I say go with the 3, it is a very nice car and is a pretty good deal
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My opinion:
JUST GET A USED STi/ OTHER IMPREZA
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get the 3... it is a Mazda = owned by Ford, but if that is all u can get...
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Old 05-13-2004, 02:22 AM   #9
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JUST GET A USED STi/ OTHER IMPREZA
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get the 3... it is a Mazda = owned by Ford, but if that is all u can get...

Mazda=ford dont mean mazda sucks, if thats wat you are implying. Mazda still makes damn good vehicles.
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Old 05-13-2004, 03:31 AM   #10
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yeah...

i would have to say from personal experience... don't get a new car, or even an expensive used car.

If i were you (which i am obviously not... god what i would do with 16k... *dreams*) i would go with a late 90's dsm or a civic. They are reliable cars and good looking too at a reasonable price. And with the money you save, if you decide not to get rid of it when you are a little older and more experienced, there are plenty of ways to upgrade.

trust me, if you get a new car as your first car, you will either wreck it or be pissed off every time someone dings it at school... it's not worth the headache or the money. Save your money, get a better car or upgrade once you have gotten some experience. If you get a new car, you will know what i mean after the first 2 weeks of driving it...
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Old 05-13-2004, 10:41 AM   #11
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my advice is for you to give me all that cash, then kick yourself in the head and convince yourself you had been mugged by the gas station.
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Mazda=ford dont mean mazda sucks, if thats wat you are implying. Mazda still makes damn good vehicles.


totally agree RX8 is a brillant car, only wish i could afford one.
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Mazda=ford dont mean mazda sucks, if thats wat you are implying. Mazda still makes damn good vehicles.
That is simply my opinion, but I most certainly like the RX7....
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Old 05-13-2004, 10:50 PM   #14
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That is simply my opinion, but I most certainly like the RX7....


there very diffrent cars with diffrent price tags, by a long long margin!
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Old 05-14-2004, 03:59 AM   #15
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I agree with what most others are saying, I'd recomend a used car. Depreciation will be practically non-existant, you will be able to afford a slightly more powerfull car (if that matters to you) and insurance wont be as much of an issue (depending on what you value it at!)
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