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Its that time of my life, when Im looking to purchase my first new car (in a few months hopefully). Im looking to purchase a subcompact car, mainly for economic reasons. I have searched around, read various reviews, and narrowed the field down to two cars. The first is the Ford Focus ES, and the second is the Honda Civic LX.<br><br><br><br>
I know this may be a long shot, but if anyone here owns the 2002 or 2003 models of either car, or knows someone who does (or a another model in those lines), I would love to hear your input. Thanks everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i have a 97 civic lx...as little as i am fond of cars, my little guy treats me well and gets great gas mileage. that's all the help i can give you. and it looks good with lots of bumper stickers, heh.
 

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i have own a couple of hondas and would buy another.. mine were totaled by bad drivers, but no one was ever hurt in the hondas..<br><br><br><br>
they last forever one of mine had 250K miles when totaled..
 

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I love my Honda Civic LX in every possible way. If I ever had to drive another Ford, I would cry. Alot.<br><br>
Seriously, Honda's have an incredible reputation for being reliable. Ford's have a reputation for.... being cheaper than Hondas. I had a rental car for about a week that was a Ford Focus, and I complained about it non stop the whole week! The difference in driving it and my Honda were night and day.
 

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i'm all for VW <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
but i've heard pretty good things about the focus. my brother ended up with one. he liked the Echo that he got as a rental once and i guess the focus was cheaper but similar. if you want i can try to give him a call this week and see how he's liking it.<br><br><br><br>
i hate honda civics. why? because there are 8 billion of them in the GTA all suped up to be streetracers with really loud exhaust that wakes people up. they're always blasting the same music and tend to be really agressive drivers.<br><br>
but that's not a honda thing it's just a GTA thing (Toronto)
 

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Thanks for the great responses everyone. LadyFaile, I would love to hear what your brother has to say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I havent looked at the VWs, as the reviews I read all said that they were more expensive than the Hondas and the Fords.
 

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good gas mileage though<br><br>
we had an 88 VW Fox (Box as i called it, it was a shoebox on wheels)<br><br>
that little thing was a TANK
 

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we have honda water pumps at work. and they are ten years old. the motors still go strong ! its the frames that rust, heheh. the engines last longer then the body <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Well, I called both of the dealerships with some questions, and I think that sealed it. Ford is the only one of the two companies that currently has 0% financing. I cant pass up savings like that, especially not when I was so undecided between the two. So, a Ford Focus it is.
 

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I posted this over in Tame's car thread, too.<br><br><br><br>
I vote for the Honda. My family is partial to Hondas, and Honda Civics are the principal cars I've used. We had a four door Honda Civic hatchback for what seemed like my entire childhood, and it died shortly after I started learning to drive. The one we have now had been with us for about four years.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sure you know this, but do be careful who you buy a used car from. I'd never buy new, but my family has had some run-ins with less-than-scrupulous sellers.The car we have now was a trade-in at a local Ford dealership. The dealership assured us it was in perfect order for a '91 Honda Civic. A month after we bought it, a new engine had to be put in the car. My parents sent the dealership a letter stating that this had happened after they had told us that there was nothing at all wrong with the car, and if they wanted to leave us with a better impression, they might like to do that financially. There was no response. It seems that they didn't care that they had misled us.
 

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My bf drives a 2001 Ford Focus hatchback.. and he loves it. It gets great gas mileage, is VERY roomy inside considering he's 6'4".. and of course, you can't beat Ford's financing deals. Good luck to you.. my advice would be to check the Sunday paper for the "Flyer" cars that are much cheaper then most of the other cars on the lot.
 

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We have over 410,000 kms on our '92 VW diesel golf.<br><br>
The body is going to go before the engine will I'm sure.<br><br><br><br>
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I'm going to defend Fords here for a minute. I have a 94 Ford Tempo with 92,000 miles on it and it still runs great. Gets me where I need to go, always starts, etc. So what? You may say. Lots of cars make it to 92,000 miles with no problems. Yes, they may, but they are not owned by me. I am awful about getting the oil changed (last time I did it was about 2 years ago), I have never gotten a tune-up on this thing (I got it in 97)--pretty much I'm awful about preventative maintenance and so far, the only things I've had to fix were a worn serpentine belt, the tie rods (probably b/c I drove 300 miles with a seriously bad alignment), and the timing chain. The timing chain was expensive, but I figure all told, I've spent less than $2,000 on my car in the 6 years I've had it, and that includes getting oil changes, tire rotations, alignments (the pot holes here in Nebraska are deadly), and 4 new tires.
 

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Right now Im waiting to see if we will be able to get financing. We went through all the paperwork yesterday, and now we have to wait and see if Ford thinks our money is any good. My fi and I are going in on a joint purchase with the hopes that it will increase our chances of being accepted. Im keeping my fingers crossed.
 

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Well, thats that. They will only give us the credit if we can produce letters from our employers stating that we have been hired on a full time basis. Seeing as neither one of us has a firm contract<br><br><br><br>
Story of my life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 
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