A Brutaful Smile wrote:my car called it quits too. it was temporarily revived but that only lasted a few days. so i am also in the market for a new car. a honda is not on my list of affordability tho.
I actually just (less than 2 months ago) got a 2000 Honda Civic after the car I'd been driving since I was 16 (a Pontiac Grand Am) gave out. I got mine for a steal... $5500. Take a look at Edmunds' "True Cost To Own" information for the cars you're looking at. While getting a Ford Focus might've been a lot cheaper at the outset, it would surely cost me a lot more in maintenance, repairs, and gas along the way. Paying attention to resale value might also be a good move.