As I mentioned a post ago, I am in the process of replacing my 1998 Mazda 626 car. I loved this car the day I purchased it and it has only recently been giving me difficulty. It is in reasonably good enough condition (the photo above is not my car---my car has a few dents and dings) with >130,000 miles on it, but I am mentally ready for something a little larger and envious of all those nice new technological things like Bluetooth and GPS which will take me years to figure out how to use. A working radio would also be a nice surprise since mine works only on and off these days. Although I am moving away from the endless number of infant and toddler chairs that keep getting put in the back seat, as you know my son is getting married in the distant future, if mother nature agrees there will be more little grandchildren then I must keep this in mind. So, I am keeping two of the 3 infant seats in storage! The third goes to the church store.
I do not want to spend more than 30K and much less if I can get away with it. I have always bought the truly lower end cars because of budget constraints---which I am sure I will get a nice nod from you-all, but this time I think I should reward myself with something a little nicer. I spend 16,800 K on the Mazda that many years ago! (Here she goes talking about MONEY again!)
I have researched the hybrids a little and a mechanic has told us they are a bear to fix if something goes wrong. Therefore total electric cars are out of the picture. I would like to buy American, but many Asian cars are really made to a great extent in America, so that broadens the picture. I do not care about looks, but I do care about safety, reliability and comfort and a good view from that blind spot window on both sides!
If any of my readers have a car they recently purchased or know about that they love...please tell me about it in your comments. I, in return, will give you all the free advice you want this year!