Car buyer meltdown :o

New Kimmy
Jun 10, 2018 34 Comments

Really need help here. I'm having a car buyer-meltdown! I'm in Bay area, have $30K to spend on new or old car. I drive about 17K miles/year. Never owned a SUV, always a Sedan. I am single right now. Now want some change! I wanted backup camera, moon/sunroof, navigation, Apple Carplay, Blind spot monitor as must haves. But all these automakers have made my life a decision hell with trims/upgrades for everything!

Test drove Honda CRV EX, Nissan Rogue SL, Toyota RAV4 Limited. Liked Honda's feel, Toyota's reliability/familiarity and Nissans bells & whistles! Didn't like their mileages much :(

Test drove Honda Accord, Nissan Altima & Toyota Camry...did not like Accord or Altima but Camry is ages behind in the interiors/tech side!

Friend said try out Hybrids. Can't do plugins. So thinking of testing out hybrid versions of Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata/Ioniq, Ford Fusion etc. But worried about hybrids not having enough power on highways and batteries conking out!

Could some of you please help me with what you ended up buying or should I buy!

Have you had any bad experiences with the CVT transmissions that Nissan, Honda, Hyundai all use?

Is the in-car navigation really useful? I wanted one for when I end up in areas with no cell coverage for Google maps.

Should I buy a used Mercedes C300 or Audi A4?

Thank y'all!

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TOP 34 Comments
  • Jet Df87h
    That’s enough for 3,750 Uber rides. Or 10 a day. So Uber?
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Aon Hewitt Skjgvg
    Don't buy, use fair.com
    Jun 10, 2018 3
    • New / Eng
      Lemon head

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google, Facebook
      Lemon headmore
      Have you used it? How are the rates?
      Jun 10, 2018
    • eBay Lmamf
      Unfair
      Jun 10, 2018
    • LinkedIn
      snarkyinc

      LinkedIn

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      snarkyincmore
      ☝️I don’t know why, but this response made me laugh 😂
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Best deal is a Subaru. Forester is amazing
    Jun 10, 2018 3
    • Jet Df87h
      Great AM radio. KSFO!
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Uber (Admin)
      Or the outback. Lots of safety tech.
      Jun 10, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Chauffeur
      Just tried a ZipCar Subaru Impreza Sport. Pretty nice. I didn’t even feel the speed at 80 mph. Drove a few miles on the I-5.
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Cytel sonicview
    Dude you are single, don’t buy cheap car. Utilize that 30K full and try to get used 50K car. Enjoy life :)
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Microsoft maverickk
    I'd buy a pre owned certified c300, 328i or A4 with <20k miles on it.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Buy a used Lexus IS for 8k and save the rest
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Apple Jobsless
    I had bought Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring with same budget. Looks better than Honda CRV and Toyota RAV4, more technology for the same price.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Lyft / Eng granzella
    I got a new Mazda 3 last year and I'm loving it. It has everything but in-car nav, which doesn't matter because Google lets you download offline maps.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Facebook public
    Sounds like you want a Mazda 3
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Shakila!
    Kia stinger?
    Jun 10, 2018 1
    • Atlassian tONb37
      Nice car. Wouldn't love the gas bill at 17k miles a year, but it could be worse.
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Microsoft JDwb49
    Subaru Forester is nice. The Adaptive cruise control is very good, but navigation might be bad.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Google Burnaaaa
    Drive 17k miles a year? Buy something efficient.
    Jun 10, 2018 1
    • Intel Pina
      Buy something with comfortable seats!
      Jun 10, 2018
  • Amazon KenobiBack
    Mazda cx5
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Oath pTsr77
    A4 for sure.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Adobe sobparrot
    Ford focus. Get a million miles per gallon, and it's tiny. It'll break down eventually but parts are cheap and you can buy ten or more of them used at your $30K price point.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • VersaMe lamba
    Get Mazda CX-5 grand touring, install a $400 stereo for AA/Carplay
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Aon Hewitt Skjgvg
    I don't need a car so haven't used it, but if I did this is the easy I would go. Basically all the benefits of having a car minus the disadvantages
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Google bupkis2
    Toyota matrix. Great midsized hatchback.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Benny Lava
    Just keep test driving and researching until you find something you love.
    Jun 10, 2018 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Go test drive the EV’s, internal combustion can’t touch the acceleration. You don’t have to charge at home. We live in an apartment in SF and have a Bolt. We charge at Whole Foods or wherever—charging stations are all over and it’s cheaper than gas.

    California requires a 10-year power-train warranty that covers the batteries, don’t worry about batteries.

    Many communities are starting to offer purchase incentives, in addition to the state and federal incentives.
    Jun 10, 2018 0