Every time that I see one of those I think of this guy:These just keep getting cheaper.
I tried that. She is my stepdaughter and I have only had a limited time to influence her. The reasons why she won't be buying her own would probably violate the no politics and religion rules, or at least devolve into a pissy mess. If she were with me since birth she would have been fixing something off my driveway since she was 12. OTOH, in order to qualify for a car she did raise her average a fairly astounding amount.Tell her to buy her own.
Funny you are ripping the Chrysler autos. FWD one have been shit since they added o/d a hundred years ago, but I think they are still considerably better than Honda. I saw that Hondamatic posted the other day and wondered if it were the same trans as in my older girl's Civic. On the bright side Civics have timing chains saving that debacle, though I guess the tensioner will go out and cause the same damage.I've become a pretty good mechanic, to the point of making a living doing it, by having to start out with non-running, shitbox cars, and making them better. I've only ever bought 1 car that already ran. So it's hard for me to be sympathetic to someone who wants to be picky about the car someone else is buying for them.
In the end, if you have to foot the bill for buying it and fixing it, you should seek out one that will be dependable, because a pile of shit with a transmission that will fail before 100k miles will not be easy on your wallet.
I didn't recommend the liberty because it's cute, I recommended it because it will get her through college safely and reliably. The nitro, although ugly is also ok, because it is the same as the liberty. The robustness comes from having a truck based, rear wheel drive transmission, even if it is an automatic, they are much better than any of chrysler's front wheel drive automatics, which historically suck, and are now.getting better thanks to Fiat, although those have a shitload of gears, leading me to think there is no way they'll last past 200k miles.