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Need a new car - suggestions?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by jmattbassplaya, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I'm in need of a new car as I recently did some automotive acrobatics with my old one...

    I used to drive an '03 Ford Explorer Sport XLT. I loved that truck for a number of reasons. For one, it was simple. There wasn't much to it besides the bare necessities, and I liked that. It was comfy, roomy, and it had plenty of space for gear. And perhaps most importantly of all, it drove well and felt solid unlike most modern SUVs, which feel more like cars to me. The only thing I disliked about it was how quickly it went through gas.

    I'm basically interested in any suggestions you guys have as I'm not too familiar with what's currently on the market. I'm also not too picky in what sort of things it needs to have, but here are a few must haves:
    - needs to have room to carry gear (bass, two 4x10 or 2x12 cabs, and an amp head)
    - needs to get good gas mileage (hopefully 20+ city, 28+ highway) (i travel from memphis to knoxville a lot)
    - needs to be reliable
    - needs to be sub $17,000 (i'm planning to buy used and would prefer to spend as little as possible)
    - these are almost standards these days, but it needs AC and a CD player...
    - needs a ***** magnet :bag::ninja::ninja::bag: or at a minimum i don't want it to repel women :p

    I'm not too picky about body style, but a hatchback, wagon, or smaller SUV would be preferable.

  2. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    You'd be surprised by a Scion hatchback. I get my upright bass, amp, guitar, small guitar amp, and passenger into my xA. It's cozy, but I don't want to pour $$$$ of gas into a big car every day just to support my once-a-month gig.
  3. Mazda 3 hatchback. So much room, plus great gas mileage, looks great and they are reliable.

  4. tjnkoo


    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    Volkswagen Bus, haha. Mine is a 1976 and it does everything you said. Maybe 25 highway? For something nearly 40 years old and brick shaped that's pretty darn good. And its as bare as you can get. Besides that it makes you look cool, haha.
  5. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
  6. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs Commercial User

    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    It's gonna cost you a bit more but I bought a 2012 Subaru Impreza Sport. It can hold all that gear and I'm getting 30.6MPG combined after the first 4,000 miles. Problem is that kind of mileage is new to the 2012 model so used is out. Worth looking into if it snows at all where you live. AWD baby!
  7. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Chevy HHR... can get all that and more in mine. Is a modern twist on a 49 Chevy Suburban. 29 MPG average for me, 31 highway. Can pick them up on the used market around $12-13k without much mileage.
  8. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    ...all these Japanese cars! You drove a Ford and liked it; get a Ford Focus hatchback. It meets all of your requirements easily, and they're reliable. Or, you could find an older Ford Taurus wagon; they're big and comfy...but that's probably a bit too old for what you're looking for. But still, check out the Focus!
  9. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    The Focus is a Mazda, but I would look into these cars. The hatchback/ wagon version. They're nice.
  10. Small truck with a camper shell...

    Anything with a hatch... But your looking for suggestions. a focus wagon... Lots of fleets used them and you can get 2 with the scratch you want to spend.

    You can spend significantly less and get a reliable good looking vehicle.

    I love my 99 s10 blazer ... I'd have a wagon or minivan of some sort otherwise.
  11. We just got a 2012 Honda CRV and love it, but looked at several used ones first. Found 5 that were all $15k-16k. Very reliable, great gas mileage and carries all of my gear (full stack, amp, bass) as well as an 11yr old, a dog and some luggage.
  12. Tat2dHeart

    Tat2dHeart Only two strings away from an attitude problem.

    I love my Chevy Trailblazer. I've been driving one since 2002 and am on my second. It has room to haul people, room to haul gear, and the mpg hit your window. Never had any significant problems with it.
  13. Rickengeezer


    Feb 25, 2005
    Central Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Steve Clayton Accessories
    I love my 2004 Honda Odyssey rock n' roll minivan. Last row of seats fold into floor, middle two seats come out and back in seconds, making it very versatile. We got our 4-piece band: drums, guitar, bass, PA, saxes and musicians too, into it for a spring break tour down in South Texas. It was tight and the rig was pretty stripped down, but we did it. Plus, I can put on a DVD to entertain the drummer on those long road trips.

    Gas mileage is around 22mpg; plus it is a real magnet for all those soccer moms.....
  14. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Honda makes a nice SUV.
    We have an '06 Element. It can haul all your gear, great MPG and has a killer audio system. In your price range too.
  15. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    You liked the Ford. The Focus wagon would be a good choice. I have an Escort that I paid 500$ for five years ago, and its has a little over 250 k on it, with no sign of dying. It gets 32/33mpg. When it dies, I think the Focus would be a good replacement.
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    In Colorado, the answer is universal: Subaru.
  17. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Im looking for a new car myself, a used CRV is at the top of my list.
  18. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Thanks for the suggestions so far guys! The Mazda 3 and Focus hatchback have been on my radar, and since they're getting good praise I'll definitely make a trip out to a few dealers to check them out :)
  19. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Report back with your findings... those two and the Impreza 5-door are on the short list to replace the HHR sometime next year. By then I'll be about 140k miles and will want to offload when it still has some value on the used marked.
  20. Martin89


    Nov 8, 2010
    Glendale, AZ
    Unofficial Endorser: Ibanez, D'Addario, Zoom
    A guitar player I know has the Mazda 3 wagon and it is is an awesome car and very good for gear. If I didn't have my s10 blazer, I would probably look for something like that.

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