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    Danielle I agree I had a Barina and I had problems every month for the year I had it never again!!


    sorry to jump this thread but thought since I'm askin pretty much similar question soneone could help

    I'm looking to spend ip to 9000 on a smallish car ( like the ones you've mentioned) obviously want a new ish one what would you recommend and how old?

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    I have a 2007 Yaris which I got brand new. Love it- but unfortunately it will be time to upgrade soon when we eventually fall preg. I would love a corolla but husband wants a big fancy car (we only have one car).

    We have now driven the Yaris 130000kms, in all sorts of conditions, sealed roads and unsealed. It regularly drives long distances and has 'lived' and travelled through 4 different states. I have not had one single issue with it. It is so cheap to run- and the back seats fold flat so we literally have moved house with it lol... We packed it full of flat packs and you would be amazed what it fits- husband calls it the Tardis.

    We only had a two door- which I wouldn't do again. It was just single me when I bought it! I also got black which I would never do again!

    Based on my experience with my amazing Yaris (which I bought for 16000 and has a market value of about 9000- not bad I think!) I would definitely like a corolla in the future. Don't think I can go past a Toyota!

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    I have a diesel i 30. For the most part its a good car and very economical to drive.
    Although after my recent experience i would recommend everyone steers clear of Hyundai. My gearbox died just after the car had its 60,000km service. Hyundai refused to put a new gearbox in even though it was still under warranty. Their excuse being that it is too hard to source new parts.
    So i went 5 weeks without my car while they sent my gearbox off to Melbourne to be rebuilt. I got my car back and while the car was drive-able the gearbox was still stuffed. By this stage i was dealing with a different Hyundai dealer, they took the car in, had a look, deemed the gearbox stuffed, got me a new one within 2 weeks and put it in within a day.
    I've had other issues with my car where the service staff have refused to aknowlege there is anything wrong let alone fix the issue. Where as my previous car was a brand new Holden with a million warranty issues. Holden staff were always good about it. They were happy to take the car without it being booked in, would fix it then and there, swing me freebies for the inconvinence, etc..

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    Our hire car was the Hyundai i30 but to buy I would stick with Toyota. Smaller car would be Corolla, medium would be Camry, 4wd would be a hilux, and if I ever move to a place where I can do family daycare it would be a Kluger.

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    With the Mazda 3 u could expect to get the base model (neo) in a 2006-8 model at the top end of ur price range.

    The boot is huge!!! I can put a bmx bike,scooter and an esky in and still have space.
    And I can put my arm into the glove box and it goes up to my shoulder!!! It goes forever!!

    Drives like a dream, is sporty in looks. Has a great stereo & I just love it to bits.


    I did look at the Holden cruise, I had my heart set on one, until I sat in it... Everything just felt so "wrong" the angle of the windscreen, the way the dash looked... Wasn't my cup of tea at all.

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    I would suggest a Toyota Corolla. Toyota has a great finance deal at the moment 2.9% or 3.9%??? and you could ask about fixed price servicing which is around $220 a service for a period of time.

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    I do agree it's hard to go past a Toyota - I've had 3 of them, all Corollas! I guess that's why I'm considering other makes, just for something a little different.

    Test drove a Suzuki Swift today - quite nice to drive, but I have to say it's just not roomy enough for a mum with a baby.

    Off to test drive a Honda Jazz shortly, quite excited actually

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    I have a 2010 Suzuki Swift RE4 & i am in love! I have two kids, one in a capsule & one in a maxirider and there is still room for someone in the back, i also have a strider plus that fits perfectly in the boot. I love my car to bits, its a dream to drive, the technology is awesome, its economical & easy to park!

    Good luck!


 

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