I need to buy a car! I haven't owned a car since I was in high school (I'm turning 23 soon), but I need to get one now. I know fuck all about cars, so I'm hoping some car fanatics on TL will be able to help me out by recommending some good cars. Here are the parameters I'm working under:
<ul><li>Cost is not specifically an issue, but I'd rather minimize the cost rather than going for the "coolest" car I can afford. I have ~$10000 I'm willing to put down as a down payment. I could go higher, but I'd rather not.
<li>I'm looking for a car, not a truck or SUV
<li>Although I'm not specifically opposed to the extended rear (like in Subaru station wagons or whatever), I'm definitely leaning towards a standard car back.
<li>4 wheel drive is a plus since I live in an area which can get snow/ice + (depending where I go, although not for work) can be hilly.
<li>Seats 5 (2 in the front, bench in the back)
<li>4 door, none of that "push the front seat forward then climb over it into the back" crap
<li>Any non-crazy color is fine
<li>Need adequate headroom--I'm quite tall
<li>Hybrid not necessary (and may be a negative, I don't know shit about hybrids -.-)
<li>Automatic (this is pretty much a given since I live in the USA though)
<li>Expensive sound system not necessary, just some standard shit
<li>Video player and stuff a negative, as I don't see much use for that and it's basically wasted money!
That's really all I can think of right now! New or used is not a big issue to me. If I do buy a used one, I'll be buying it from a reputable dealer with some kind of guarantee for some time, not some craigslist scammer fuck. I probably lean towards new though!