Hey Scotty, I am trying to help my brother find a replacement car to his 1998 Cavalier that he has owned since 2005. The 98 Cavalier has approximately 350,000 kms/ 220,000 miles and things are…

Random_Dave

Hey Scotty, I am trying to help my brother find a replacement car to his 1998 Cavalier that he has owned since 2005. The 98 Cavalier has approximately 350,000 kms/ 220,000 miles and things are finally falling apart. He needs something reliable (he doesn't have any mechanical ability or understanding), an automatic (doesn't want to learn manual), and is considering new (as he has no concept of how to negotiate or patience to do so). Your don't seem to be a fan of the CVT transmissions (which all Toyota Corollas come with now). You said mentioned that Honda, Nissan, have weak automatic transmissions. You mentioned poor build quality/ "endless money pits" for Volkswagen, Nissan, Fiat, Chrysler, GM. You also said in several videos you don't think the Fords (unless truck,) Hyundai or Kia's are worth it.

If buying brand new what kind of an everyday commuter car would you recommend (if an automatic). He is also open to the idea of hybrid or electric (which you don't seem to be a fan of either).

If he was going to buy a used car with automatic transmission that could "last forever" what year(s) and model would you recommend?

I look forward to your advice.

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Random_Dave
Random_Dave

To clarify "last forever" I would consider 250,000 miles or more and Scotty's Celica has that with an auto. I forgot about making sure it was built in Japan, scotty had mentioned that a few times

Jebrim
Jebrim

Tell him to buy a car at least 4 or 5 years old you will save literally 40% of the sticker price. Only buy Toyota or Honda. If you want soemthing tjst going to last the longest with least repairs and maintenance possible as well as having an abudenance of parts everywhere and cheaper insurance get a Toyota Camry 4 cylinder. They're built like tanks every taxi on the street is either Prius or Camry. Honda is reputed for effieicnt and faster engines but make proprietary tranamisaons so they're ranked the second best.

Try to look for a 2015-2016 trade in/private sale Camry with like 30-40k miles. Those should go for like 13500-15000$ used

Techsus
Techsus

Automatic transmissions don't last forever. Upwards of 50% of our Q&A is problems w/ automatic transmissions. Rarely problems w/ manual transmissions. The Magic Bullet is 1/ Made in Japan 2/ Manual transmission 3/ Toyota. Scotty says he learned to drive a stick in "five minutes." Get a pre-2015 Corolla, no CVT. And must-see: https://www.beavertoyotacumming.com/million-mile-toyota-corolla-cumming-ga/