Car Market Browsing

I’m now in the market for a car. Joy.

Currently, I’m looking for the following cars (not listed in any particular order):

  1. 1997-2004 Honda CR-V
  2. 1997-2004 Toyota Camry
  3. 1997-2002 Toyota Corolla
  4. 2002-2004 Ford Focus (ZX3, ZX5 hatchbacks preferred, but sedan OK)

These are all based on the rankings of Consumer Reports.

In case people are wondering about my criteria, here’s a list, with rankings on a scale of 1-5, 5 high, 1 low:

  • Fuel economy: 3
    I’m willing to sacrifice here as long as the car is reasonably reliable; the used-car market is such that I may not have much choice on fuel economy.
  • Price: 5
    I absolutely must fit within my maximum budget for this.
  • Reliability: 4
  • Safety: 4
    Driver’s side airbags minimum; passenger-side airbags preferred
  • Manufacturers: Honda/Toyota preferred
  • Mileage: < = 60,000 miles preferred; max 65,000 miles

We did some shopping around Olympia on Sunday and nearly found a good Ford Focus wagon, but the car had 91,000 miles on it, which made my dad and I a little nervous. Yes, there are still very reliable cars with that many miles, but we’re a cautious bunch.

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