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Question No. 1 (Found on Yahoo! Answers):  What kind of car to get.?

My mom is looking for a new car. she would like a honda. not a van though. maybe a sienna.. i don't know, what do you recommend. i am not that good with the names of cars. she DOES NOT want a HUGE car, like a hummer... and we have a dog, so something that does not get stained easily on the inside...

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

There are quite a number of high reliability vehicles to choose from, including:

The Toyota Yaris Hatchback, with a 2010 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average of a perfect 4.00 over a 3-year data history,
The V6 Toyota 4Runner (a midsize SUV), with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 10-year data history,
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 (a small SUV), with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.88 over a 10-year data history,
The Toyota Corolla, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.81 over a 10-year data history,
The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.81 over a 10-year data history,
The Honda Civic sedan, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.75 over a 10-year data history,
The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.69 over a 10-year data history,
The Honda CR-V (a small SUV), with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over a 10-year data history.

The Toyota Sienna minivan has a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of only 3.00, but it is the best of the minivans.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/2009AutoGPAs.pdf (A PDF file)

The website http://www.autooninfo.net has quite a number of auto quality pages dealing with reliability, durability, engineering excellence, reputation, etc. and offers most of the pages as PDF files that may be downloaded to your computer or USB drive for anytime, anywhere access.

Asker's Rating: *****

Wow thanks! i will use what you said- which was a lot- thanks for the links to that auto place online by the way. it really helped me. since my mom will probably be giving that car to me!

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Question No. 2 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): Would you buy a new car model that is being discontinued?

I was planning to buy a new 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. While talking to the sales person at the dealership, she mentioned to me that there wiil be no new 2011 models of the Cobalt. The car is being discontinued. Is it unwise to buy a car that will no longer be manufactured? Does it greatly reduce the trade -in value down the road?

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

I may purchase a model that is being discontinued; however, I would not purchase the Chevrolet Cobalt.

The 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of the Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan is 1.19 (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00) over a 5-year data history. In other words, in a letter grade, the Cobalt Sedan's reliability earns a D, for frequency of reported serious problems.

For comparison, here are overall 2010 Auto Reliability GPAs for several brands, in descending order:

Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A)
Acura: 3.38 (a B)
Subaru: 2.61 (a low B)
Hyundai: 2.54 (a low B)
Mazda: 2.28 (a C)
Ford: 2.17 (a C)
Volkswagen: 1.58 (a low C)
Saturn: 1.49 (a high D)
Chevrolet: 1.37 (a D)
Chrysler: 1.04 (a D)
Dodge: 0.97 (a D).

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2010.aspx

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Thank you for you excellent answer. I especially appreciate you taking the time to list Auto Reliability GPAs. I am grateful to everyone who answered. I think that I will not buy the new Cobalt. I just learned that Chevy is also discontinuing their current model of the Aveo in 2011 .

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Question No. 3 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): What's a good SUV/Van for $20,000?

I'm thinking about a new Car/SUV/Van that seats 6 or 7 and is in the $20k neighborhood. Tall order I know. So far I'm looking at the Mazda 5 and the Dodge Journey. Any thoughts on these vehicles or any suggestions for others?

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

Your budget is rather limited for a 6- or 7-seat vehicle. Here are three, in descending order of 2010 Auto Reliability GPA (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00):

The Mazda5, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 1.63 (a low C) over a 4-year data history,
The Kia Sedona, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 0.08 (an F) over a 7-year data history,
The Dodge Journey, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 0.00 (an F) over a 1-year data history.

For comparison, here are overall 2010 Car Reliability GPAs for several brands, in descending order:

Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A)
Subaru: 2.61 (a low B)
Mazda: 2.28 (a C)
Ford: 2.17 (a C)
Kia: 1.97 (a C)
Volkswagen: 1.58 (a low C)
Chevrolet: 1.37 (a D)
Chrysler: 1.04 (a D)
Dodge: 0.97 (a D).

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2010.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

Great answer. Thank you.

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Question No. 4 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): What kind of car should we buy?

Hubby wants to go more expensive even if it breaks us (like a Nissan Pathfinder) because the kids are only getting bigger. His idea is that we will have it for ten years. We have had our Nissan Altima for 10 years and I HATE having such an old piece of crap. I would rather go with a cheaper vehicle (like a kia sorento) and replace in 5-6 years. I would really rather have a Jeep compass which isn't too bad on price either. What is a better move more expensive and last longer or cheaper and replace faster? He tells me that he sees bran new Kia's on the side of the highway all of the time. Are these made very poorly?

Additional Details

This Jeep Liberty Sport 2007 has only 12K miles and is only $15K. What do you think?

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

I would go with quality, even if I had to buy it used.

Here is a list some SUVs, together with their 2010 Auto Reliability GPAs:

The V6 Toyota 4Runner (midsize SUV): a perfect 4.00 over a 10-year data history,
The V6 Toyota Highlander (midsize SUV): 3.94 over a 9-year data history,
The Honda Pilot (midsize SUV): 3.94 over a 7-year data history,
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 (small SUV): 3.88 over a 10-year data history,
The Honda CR-V (small SUV): 3.63 over a 10-year data history,
...
The Nissan Pathfinder: 2.23 (a C) over a 7-year data history,
...
The Jeep Liberty: 1.38 (a D) over an 8-year data history,
The Jeep Compass: 1.25 (a D) over a 2-year data history (very low for such a recent data history),
...
The Kia Sorento: 0.94 (a D) over a 6-year data history.

For comparison, here are overall 2010 Auto Reliability GPAs for several brands, in descending order:

Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A)
Subaru: 2.61 (a low B)
Ford: 2.17 (a C)
Volkswagen: 1.58 (a low C)
Saturn: 1.49 (a high D)
Chevrolet: 1.37 (a D)
GMC: 1.25 (a D)
Jeep: 1.08 (a D)
Chrysler: 1.04 (a D)
Dodge: 0.97 (a D).

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ToyotaAgeEquivalents.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

Very helpful. Thanks!

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Question No. 5 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): Which car is better to buy ? Merc or toyota or BMW ?

Hi guys, I am looking to buy a good second hand car . I have done some reserch and I'm down to 3 major choices . I like the mercedez, like the 500 sel or 450 slc, but I also like the toyota ( also known as Lexus) soarer or an old BMW from 1986 500i i think ? I want to put the car on gas too.< /br> Thanks for any advice, Cheers.

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

If by better you mean reliable (that is, relative infrequency of reported serious problems), the Lexus wins. Here are the 2010 overall Auto Reliability GPAs (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00) of the three lines:

Lexus: 3.30 (a solid B)
Mercedes-Benz: 1.66 (a rather low C)
BMW: 1.64 (another rather low C).

And for comparison, here are the 2010 overall Auto Reliability GPAs of two additional lines:

Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A).

And if you purchase something from the 1980s, it may be best to select a Toyota.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/SharesOfHighMileageVehicles.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ToyotaAgeEquivalents.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/CAAAwards.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReputationInstitutes2007Top200.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

Thanks for the info, great answer !

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Question No. 6 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): Recommend a car for a college student?

I'm looking to buy a car that looks fairly nice and will impress or at least be respected by an average college student, but for as little money as possible. What do you guys think?

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Some suggestions:

The Toyota Yaris Hatchback, with a 2010 Auto Reliability Grade Point Average of a perfect 4.00 (on the usual scale of 0.00 to 4.00) over a 3-year data history
The Honda Fit (a hatchback), with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 3-year data history
Toyota's Scion xD, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 2-year data history
The Toyota Corolla, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.81 over a 10-year data history
The Honda Civic Sedan, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.75 over a 10-year data history
The Toyota Prius, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 9-year data history
The V6 Toyota Camry Solara, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 4-year data history
The Honda S2000, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 over a 4-year data history
The 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 (a small sport-utility vehicle), with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.88 over a 10-year data history
The 4-cylinder Honda Accord, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.81 over a 10-year data history
The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.69 over a 10-year data history
The Honda CR-V, with a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.63 over a 10-year data history

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx

For auto quality information generally:

http://www.autooninfo.net

This free website also offers nearly all of its web pages as PDF files for easy downloading to your computer or USB flash drive for quick reference, accessibility anywhere, sharing, emailing, and printing.

Asker's Rating: *****

lots of information, thanks

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Question No. 7 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): What is a nice first car to buy?

I really wanted to get an Audi TT for around 3.5k but the insurance was around 8-9,000 what is just too much :(

So i am wondering what would be a decent car to get as my first one that looks nice and is not stupidly expensive to insure.

My budget would be around 0-3,000 (maybe more if the car is very nice, such as the Audi TT)

And also just wondering
I really do want to get the audi TT, i would save up for it and everything (not 8k though for the insurance... that is just to much) but was wondering when the insurance would ever drop... would it take years? :[

Additional Details

£3000 not $3000, so around $4500

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

The Audi TT is one of the cutest cars on the market, no doubt. However, it has an Auto Reliability Grade Point Average of 1.67 (on the usual 0.00 to 4.00 scale), so it may be expensive to maintain. And generally, vehicles by Volkswagen AG are on the lower end of reliability, with higher frequencies of serious problems reported by Consumer Reports subscribers.

Some suggestions are:

One of the Honda Civics
The Honda Fit hatchback
The Toyota Yaris, sedan or hatchback
The Toyota Corolla
Toyota's Scion xD.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfManufacturers-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/UsedCarsToAvoidDetailed.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

Thankyou :]
think i'm going to go for a 2001 TOYOTA YARIS 1.0

Thankyou very much.

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Question No. 8 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): What Car Should I get?

looking at a 350z, honda s2000, mitsubishi evo 8, subaru wrx, toyota celica, mazda rx-8, acura rsx? or any ideas

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

I would always go for quality.

Here are the Auto Reliability GPAs (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00) of each:

The Acura RSX: A 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.44 over a 3-year Consumer Reports data history,
The Toyota Celica: A 2009 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.42 over a 6-year data history,
The Subaru Impreza WRX, STi: A 2009 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.00 over a 6-year data history,
The Honda S2000: A 2009 Auto Reliability GPA of 2.79 over a 8-year data history,
The Nissan 350Z: A 2009 Auto Reliability GPA of 2.61 over a 5-year data history,
The Subaru Impreza WRX: A 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 2.31 over a 6-year data history,
The Mazda RX-8: A 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 0.00 over a 2-year data history.

There is no Auto Reliability GPA for the Mitsubishi Evo 8; however, the overall 2010 Auto Reliability GPA for the Mitsubishi line is 2.73.

So, I would limit my choices to the RSX and the Celica, and would choose the Celica, as it has an excellent longer term reliability.

Also, there are two Celicas among the Top 25 of AutoOnInfo.net's High Mileage Roster, a 1983 Celica ST with 571,913 on 2006-09-23 and a 1978 Celica GT with 553,264 on 2003-01-23.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/2009AutoGPAs.pdf
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/HighMileageRoster.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

Great thank you

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Question No. 9 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): Should i buy this car?

it's a 2005 toyota rav4. 66,000 miles (a little bit over the 12,000miles/year mark, but i think that's okay)

i took it for a test drive for about 10 minutes and it seemed fine. i'm a new driver and i felt very safe and comfortable. i like the fact that it's higher than a car, yet still easy to park.

they're asking $14,500, but will go down to $13,500. that price includes all new tires, an oil change, and new brakes.

thanks for your help :)

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In part the price depends where you are located.

In more rural areas, you may have to pay $1,500 to $4,000 more than in a metropolitan area for the same vehicle, as used Toyotas on non-metropolitan dealer lots disappear quickly, as Toyota's reputation for quality has become quite pervasive. By this standard, the 2005 Toyota RAV4 at $13,500 may be rather a steal, provided that it has been properly maintained.

The 66,000 miles is inconsequential (assuming proper maintainance and no abuse); Toyota vehicles are known for both reliability and durability.

The 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of the 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 is 3.88 over a 10-year data history. In other words, in a letter grade, the 4-cylinder RAV4's reliability earns an A, for infrequency of reported serious problems.

For comparison, here are overall 2010 Auto Reliability GPAs for several brands, in descending order:

Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A)
Acura: 3.38 (a B)
Subaru: 2.61 (a low B)
Hyundai: 2.54 (a low B)
Mazda: 2.28 (a C)
Ford: 2.17 (a C)
Volkswagen: 1.58 (a low C)
Chevrolet: 1.37 (a D)
Chrysler: 1.04 (a D)
Dodge: 0.97 (a D).

If you are satisfied with the condition of the vehicle, I would pay the $13,500.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ToyotaAgeEquivalents.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/SharesOfHighMileageVehicles.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

Thanks for all the great information :)

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Question No. 10 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): Mileage on a car. How much is too much?

I'm currently looking for a new car and I need to know how much mileage is too much? I dont want to gt into a car that breaks down the next week. What do you think?

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If you purchase a Toyota Motor Corp. vehicle (Lexus, Toyota, or Scion), I would stay under 350,000 miles.
If you purchase a Honda Motor Co. vehicle (Acura or Honda), I would stay under 250,000 miles.
If you purchase a General Motors vehicle (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab, or Saturn), I would stay under 60,000 miles.

One word of caution - whatever vehicle you consider, make sure that it has been properly maintained.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ToyotaAgeEquivalents.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/HighMileageRoster.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/CAAAwards.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

thanks that helped me tons!

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Question No. 11 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): How many miles is "too many" to purchase a vehicle?

We're looking for a dependable spare car. We will be paying cash and financing is NOT an option becuase I don't want payments. I was looking in the 4,000- 4,500 dollar range and want a 4 door sedan. What kind of car should i look for in my price range and should I stay under a certain mileage? I want this to be a car that will last and it will be driven less than 10K per year.

Additional Details

What should I look for in a good car? My husband can barely change oil so he will be no help...lol!

I live near Atlanta and I'm not looking for a "big hooptie on 26's"

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

If you purchase a Toyota Motor Corp. vehicle (Lexus, Toyota, or Scion), I would stay under 350,000 miles.
If you purchase a Honda Motor Co. vehicle (Acura or Honda), I would stay under 250,000 miles.
If you purchase a General Motors vehicle (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab, or Saturn), I would stay under 60,000 miles.

One word of caution - whatever vehicle you consider, make sure that it has been properly maintained.

Some good prospects are:

A 2002 or earlier Toyota Echo (the Echo has a 2009 Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00) over a 6-year history),
A 2002 or earlier Toyota Corolla (the Corolla has a 2010 Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 3.81 over a 10-year history),
A 2000 or earlier 4-cylinder Toyota Camry (the 4-cylinder Camry has a 2010 Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 3.69 over a 10-year history),
A 1999 or earlier 4-cylinder Honda Accord (the 4-cylinder Accord has a 2010 Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 3.81 over a 10-year history),)
A 1999 or earlier Honda Civic Sedan (the Civic Sedan has a 2010 Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 3.75 over a 10-year history),
A 1999 Honda CR-V (the CR-V has a 2010 Car Reliability GPA of a perfect 3.63 over a 10-year history).

If you live outside a major metropolitan area, you may have to pay $1,500 to $4,000 more for the same Toyota or Honda, as their reputation for quality is now widespread.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/2009AutoGPAs.pdf (requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader)
http://www.autooninfo.net/ToyotaAgeEquivalents.aspx

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:) awesome answer it helped a lot thanks

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Question No. 12 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S lifespan?

I'm looking to buy a 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S that has 165k miles. It's a manual, and in pretty good shape. I know that 165k miles is a lot but I've heard of Toyota's lasting for a lot longer than that. Its never been in a major accident, just a few dings and scratches and the engine looks, sounds, and in general runs really smooth. How much longer can i expect it to run reasonably well?

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If it is properly maintained, and has been properly maintained, I think that it should run well for another 200,000 or more miles, for several reasons.

AutoOnnfo.net estimates that a typical Toyota Motor vehicle at 19 years of age will be about as troublesome as a typical General Motors vehicle at 3 years of age.

There are two Celicas among the Top 25 of AutoOnInfo.net's High Mileage Roster - a 1983 Celica ST with 571,913 miles on 2006-09-23 and a 1978 Celica GT with 553,264 miles on 2003-01-23.

The 2009 Auto Reliability GPA of the Toyota Celica is 3.42 (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00) over a 6-year data history. In other words, in a letter grade, the Celica's reliability earns a high B, for infrequency of reported serious problems over the past decade.

For comparison, here are overall 2010 Auto Reliability GPAs for several brands, in descending order:

Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A)
Subaru: 2.61 (a low B)
Ford: 2.17 (a C)
Volkswagen: 1.58 (a low C)
Saturn: 1.49 (a high D)
Chevrolet: 1.37 (a D)
Audi: 1.29 (a D)
Chrysler: 1.04 (a D).

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ToyotaAgeEquivalents.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/HighMileageRoster.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2010.aspx

Asker's Rating: *****

Thorough and informative...unlike some other answers

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Question No. 13 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): A good car for 16-17 year old new driver?

Just curious what you think, I'm not going to be buying a car for at least 3 years, but right now my choice would be a Mini Cooper, Honda Civic or Accord coupe, Hyundai Genesis coupe, Volkswagon GTI, or Honda Insight. What are your favorite entry level cars (under about $20,000)?

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker

Here are the 2010 Car Reliability GPAs (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00) of the cars that you listed (and a couple of others), in descending order of GPA:

The Toyota Yaris Hatchback: 4.00 over a 3-year data history,
The Honda Fit (hatchback): 4.00 over a 3-year data history,
The 4-cylinder Honda Accord: 3.81 over a 10-year data history,
The Toyota Corolla: 3.81 over a 10-year data history,
The Honda Civic Sedan: 3.75 over a 10-year data history,
The Honda Insight: 3.75 over a 3-year data history,
The 4-cylinder Toyota Camry: 3.69 over a 10-year data history,
The Toyota Matrix (hatchback): 3.40 over a 7-year data history,
The V6 Hyundai Genesis sedan: 3.00 over a 1-year data history (a pretty short data history, giving very little upon which a decision may be made),
The Mini Cooper Hatchback: 1.00 (a D) over an 8-year data history,
The 4-cylinder Volkswagen GTI: 0.50 (a very low D) over a 5-year data history.

For comparison, here are overall 2010 Car Reliability GPAs for several brands, in descending order:

Honda: 3.67 (an A)
Toyota: 3.53 (a low A)
Subaru: 2.61 (a low B)
Ford: 2.17 (a C)
Volkswagen: 1.58 (a low C)
Chevrolet: 1.37 (a D)
Chrysler: 1.04 (a D).

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfLines-2010.aspx

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Question No. 14 (Found on Yahoo! Answers): My first car what kind should i get?

im female i want something cheap i dont want high payments something less than say 10,000 dollars. Which type of car would be best for my money, what car is good on gas mileage and will last me a long time. It doesnt have to be a new car just a decent type of car

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Here is a list of high-reliability, fuel-efficient, durable cars that may be purchased for $10,000 or less:

A 2005 or earlier Toyota Echo (the Echo has a 2009 Auto Reliability GPA of a perfect 4.00 (on the standard scale of 0.00 to 4.00) over a 6-year history),
A 2007 or 2008 Toyota Yaris (the Yaris, successor to the Echo, has a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 4.00 over a 2-year history),
A 2007 or earlier Toyota Corolla (the Corolla has a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.81 over a 10-year history),
A 2006 or earlier 4-cylinder Toyota Camry (the 4-cylinder Camry has a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.69 over a 10-year history),
A 2006 or earlier 4-cylinder Honda Accord (the 4-cylinder Accord has a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.81 over a 10-year history),
A 2006 or earlier Honda Civic Sedan (the Civic Sedan has a 2010 Auto Reliability GPA of 3.75 over a 10-year history.

One word of caution: When buying a used vehicle, always check to make sure that it has been properly maintained.

Sources:

http://www.autooninfo.net/ReliabilityGPAsOfAutos-2010.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/2009AutoGPAs.pdf
http://www.autooninfo.net/CAAAwards.aspx
http://www.autooninfo.net/ToyotaAgeEquivalents.aspx

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