I’m looking for a car that will survive an 88 mile daily commute (round trip). I have $1K on hand to either purchase a car outright, or use as a down payment. I can’t afford anything over $5K (to keep the monthly payment affordable), and the job starts in two weeks. I’m from GM country and there seem to be a lot of 2000 - 2005 Pontiac Grand Ams around with between 80K and 110K miles. I know these cars were used heavily in rental fleets, which makes me think they hold up well. I’ve read other posts and agree that scouring the neighborhood for a well-maintained private sell by a senior citizen is likely the best way to find a cheap and reliable car, but given my budget and time constraints I’m not sure that’s an option. Any thoughts on the Grand Am? I hear they are bad in snow, which concerns me as I will be working/commuting in upstate NY.
Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks!