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post #11 of 21 Old 05-09-2019, 09:03 PM
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Now there's a name I hadn't heard in many years..........Simca. Like Citroen.
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Citroen...that's very common in Europe, my sister has one..... (it can be barely called a car in my opinion)

do they sell it here in the US? never seen it before.

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I'm 56. I bought a base model 2018 Versa because I wanted a reliable vehicle with low cost.

I drove across the country 3 times in 2017, before I got my Versa. My 1987 Subaru GL died on my way from Oregon to New Jersey. Okay, can't blame Subaru for that because the car was 30 years old. I had to rent a car from Ogden UT to NJ. The good thing was that I was stuck in Ogden, which is a nice place to be stuck in. Bad thing was the trip cost me about $1500 more than I planned on AND I had no vehicle of my own after that.

Then I had another Subaru, 2002 Outback, die on me just after I got back to Oregon. I thought Subaru was a good brand, but found out the 2002 Outback was designed to last 100k miles before needing new head gaskets, and that's exactly what happened, and the body rust made it not worth saving. No more Subarus for me. At least it got me back to Oregon, but not good enough for me to buy another Subaru.

Reliability is very important to me right now, and historically Nissan delivers. A relatively uncomplicated car is great. I don't care whether it looks impressive or not, so that permits a Versa :^) Good gas mileage. I'll spend my money on other things and enjoy my low-cost Versa. Happy to have a vehicle I can count on, and peace of mind.
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16 SV Note: It's our 'Town Car'. Easy to park, get around in traffic, haul junk, good on gas, cheap to insure. We have taken a couple of 2 or 3 hour trips in it but as people have mentioned it is a bit noisy at hwy speeds and gets blown about by the wind some.

at 53,000 miles have changed oil, one set of tires and that's it. With the original purchase price and the daily driving cost it really is an inexpensive vehicle to own.
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Bad thing was the trip cost me about $1500 more than I planned on AND I had no vehicle of my own after that.
At that price you could fly to NJ and still have some money left.
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At that price you could fly to NJ and still have some money left.
Yes, but everything I owned was in my Subaru wagon. I had already given away or thrown out almost everything I owned. I wasn't about to throw away the rest of it. This was the 1/10th of my things that were most valuable to me. So I rented a car to keep my things. Plus I don't know where I could have dumped my last few remaining possessions.

Plus, driving across the country is something I dream of, even if I have done it a few times before. It never gets old. It's a passion :^)

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Seems maybe this site is dominated by people cutting costs. There's definitely value in that and I bought my Versa for the low cost of initial purchase and low cost of maintenance, and reliability. But that's not the only thing that's important to me. If people snicker at things I paid for that they wouldn't have, oh well. It doesn't mean you're smarter than I am. This is getting old.
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It DOES get old but if you quit worrying about cost cutting this planet will swallow you whole in minutes.

Rule #2 is that there is NO good car company any longer, the modern computer controlled car showed the world that a car could go 300K+ miles if basic enough to not be brought down by the frills options on it. The OEMs figured out pretty quick that that lowers car sales whoppingly and then began to design all things to bring the cars down much faster under the guise of 'better' tech and lighter weights for mileage.

Now we are in a world of cars that end up in junkyards over the early fail of plastic motor parts and some end up there simply due to nuisance breakage, or things left unfixed until owner gets tired enough of them to get rid of the car even though it still runs. The plastic parts issue alone will make sure it is much harder to keep long life collector cars when the plastic parts disappear to keep the cars from ever running.

The more you pay for a car now the more of that you will be getting.

It all boils down to what you think your own personal output or work is worth to YOU. If not so much then buy the more expensive car which nowadays practically guarantees you more grief.

I for one having worked on enough varied brands learned to NEVER EVER 'trust' a car in and of itself, rather, I put the trust in my knowing that what I personally have put into that vehicle is what would carry me across the country, NOT the company that made the car. That means being 100% up on everything affecting the long term running of it, there is a judgement made on virtually every part in it. They ALL have flaws, it is up to YOU to determine if those are going to bring you down. That better be after you have pursued working on the flaws to bring them up to par. if not you already know what will likely bring you down.
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Well, thanks guys. It's good to know that some actual "car guys" feel that the Versa is a good deal. I got my license in 1962, took care my cars for twenty years, or so, then decided that a botched brake job would kill me faster than my EDM machine. I turned the maintenance over to the dealer that sold the car. It's worked out fairly well, for me. Come to think of it, the last time I touched an engine it had a carburetor.
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It seems to me the ideal car is one without the extra stuff on it to break. Power window motors, locks and switches, radio touch screens that pivot out and up, power hatch and trunk releases, transmissions with way too much extra complexity for the sake of one more mpg city, turbochargers that get so hot that oil cooks inside them and it turns into ash and coke...and so on. All that stuff is more likely to break and it's expensive to fix. A base Versa with a 5 speed stick fits that bill. I bet those will last longer than the ones with the CVT. I just wish Nissan made it possible for them to have cruise control.

A basic car with nothing extra will cost less to buy and won't be retired until those aforementioned plastic parts begin to go. Ford and GM already have trouble with plastic intake manifolds going bad, how in the hell did they figure that would be better?

I swear a late 60s VW Beetle with the safer double swing arm rear axle and a 12 volt battery is the ideal car. Albert Klein drive his Beetle 1.63 million miles before he retired it to a museum.

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