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Reliable secondhand small autos?

Asked by John

I want a secondhand medium/small auto car for under $10,000. I am interested in the Holden Cruze, it’s about the right size and I can get a 2011/2012 Series II for around $9000. Should I get the 1.8-litre, 1.4-litre turbo, or the diesel? I have read about the transmission failing and that is a concern to me now. Also, would you recommend some other car for the price?

Answered by CarsGuide

30 Jun 2017 Graham Smith

Unless you are buying a manual I would rule the Cruze out, the automatic is trouble in that model and not worth the risk. If you do but a Cruze I would choose the 1.8-litre engine. Others to think of are the Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, or Mitsubishi Lancer.

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