Cars – which one to choose

So if I do get the job up in MA I was thinking that a 2.5 hour commute on public transit would only be cute for about 3 or 4 months. So I figured it out, I could sock enough away to get a decent used car in about 4 months.

So I’ve been looking at cars. I had wanted a 2004 Nissan Maxima but doing some research I discovered that 2004 was the first year they started making the Maxima here in the U.S. I also saw that complaints about transmission problems crop up starting in 2004.

So I decided to expand the search a bit. I started looking at Toyota Camry’s. They’re kind of pricey even used but just about every manufacturer has now stopped using timing belts, and Toyota is no exception.

However I’m not averse to say a 2003 Nissan Maxima, and if I could find one with the six speed manual transmission, worries solved, even after 2003. Standard transmissions are actually a fair bit simpler than automatics. Essentially you have your gear set and a synchro set – this allows you to easily switch gears by rotating the entire gearset at the same speed. It’s quite clever.

Then over the course of say 12 months I could sock enough away to buy a new Toyota Prius C. I definitely want something that gets a minimum of 30MPG highway, preferably 40MPG. And while I had once toyed with a Smart car – it’s not practical for my needs. Traveling in it would be painful.

But it’s not even just travel, a trip to the grocery store means only one person in the Smart, not bloody likely.

So not to put the cart before the horse but it does help to do ones research.

2 thoughts on “Cars – which one to choose

  1. A 2.5 hour public transit commute won’t be cute but a car commute will be cute? Would the car commute be that much faster?

    1. Believe it or not it’s only 40 miles away. By car it’s 56 to 68 minutes. It’s because you have to change to two commuter rail lines. Like I said, I’ll do it for 3 or 4 months. Then it’s a car. I know the car will be MORE expensive overall but my convenience counts here.

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