car shopping(new member)
Went to the city and looked at and drove several compact cars. The hyundai elantra, the Ford Focus, looked at the Dodge Dart. We really liked both the Elantra and the Focus. We live about 8 km out of town and we burn an ungodly amount of fuel with our grand caravan and our 7.4 L GMC crewcab.(particularly the latter) We think the fuel savings that one of these cars would bring would make their payment. Looking at cars just above base models to keep payments low. Both my wife and I have owned manual trannys but now prefer automatics. For myself, I am 6'7 and find it difficult to operate the clutch in a smaller car, especially if I need the seat up a bit because someone is sitting behind me. We drove the focus with the auto and it drove and shifted fine. Yet it worries me that its fairly new technology and I see there are numerous concerns about its reliability. If I knew for sure that the manual would give me many more troublefree miles then I think I would go this route. I like that the Elantra has a longer warranty and a bit more room for rear seat passengers. Ford is offering a winter tire package in our area which we really like too, tires,rims, and tire pressure monitors for free.