Hello all, this is my first post here.
I need to get my 19year old daughter a “new” used car. Her current 2005 Subaru Impreza is at 180k and is destined to be her 16 year old brother’s first ride.
It is a stick shift and if possible, we want to continue buying stick shifts for our kids. (Easy anti-theft, extra driving cred among peers, also requires more attention to driving and commitment to learning about the car, imho).
The horrific accident videos in Fort Worth last week have me obsessed about safety. (I know, I know, why wasn’t it the #1 priority before…well, stupid me, but anyway, that’s all that’s in my head right now.) I was looking at another subcompact, maybe a Kia Soul or Mazda 3, they’re both sticks. But I’m worried and I know statistically I should worry about everything else other than a monster crash like last week. I guess it’s just human nature. Can’t get the videos out of my head. The SUVs and pickups I saw seemed to do much better in the aftermath; the sedans were what I saw in tiny crushed pieces.
I’m sorry to be so nervous. I have a bit of trauma left over from a crash of my own and that’s not helping me.
Long-winded way of saying: what’s my best bet for a safe and reliable stick shift that has some heft around the gear stick?
Our budget was $5k cash but now I’m ready to take out a car loan for twice that or even more to get something safe.
Thanks for any and all advice.