drwex (drwex) wrote,

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Vroom... clunk

My mechanic has informed me that my current car (Subaru Forester) needs north of $3k in repairs. I don't think the car is worth investing that much more into, given that there are likely other things set to fail. I've taken it from 0 to over 125k miles and I've gotten my money's worth. If I'm going to replace the car, I'd like to get some advice and pointers.

I'm interested in getting significantly better mileage if I can, but I'm not sure I want to go the hybrid route. I know VW has some high-quality, high-mileage advanced diesel models. I don't know what other options I have besides these two for a high-mileage car. I might go with Subaru as I like their vehicles, but the mileage tends to suck. But...

I'm unconvinced I want another new car. The economics of new aren't hugely favorable to me and I'm not sure I want to take on the financial nut of a big auto loan. But the best mileage and cleanest engines are going to be on the newer models.

Finally, I'm fond of hatchbacks. It's not a deciding factor for me, but the ability to haul boxes and/or small pieces of furniture is a big plus.

Thoughts and suggestions welcome.
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