About four years ago I was on hear asking for help picking out my first car. I ended up going with a 2011 Mazda sport hatchback and end up pretty satisfied. No repairs in the four years and 60K miles I’ve driven it.
A few weeks ago a drunk driver hit it in the middle of the night and totaled it though (no one was injured–she was in a Jeep Liberty).
So now I’ve got $9k coming from the insurance company and need to pick a new used car out. I’d buy new except my fiance will be doing student teaching in the fall and so we’ll be on one income for a bit.
A local Subaru dealership has some 2006 Foresters/Outbacks with pretty good service records–timing belts and head gaskets replaced, regular maintenance, etc.–and I’d like to get something with a little more utility now that we just bought a house and will be making runs to home depot/buying furniture, and so on.
Any reason not to go with an old Subaru? I’ve heard people rave about theirs lasting for 200,000 miles with regular work but have also seen stories filled with headaches over money spent on leaks, transmissions problems, etc. over that last 70k miles. Still, for $7-8K at around 100k miles, it seems like a good value.
What should I do?