The Car Geek:’s Top 10 Wallet-Friendly Wheels

The Car Geek

Monday, August 06, 2007’s Top 10 Wallet-Friendly Wheels

With so many things to buy these days, and you’re a great spender, sure you’ll be running out of money! And if it’s necessary to buy a new car, what would you do?

If that problem has been troubling you for quite a long time, don’t fret. has a timely solution… Consumers searching for wallet-friendly wheels don't need to sacrifice safety, reliability and cabin comfort, according to You can have the best late-model used for as low as $10,000!

2005 Ford Focus - Expect to pay around $10,500 for an entry-level ZX4 sedan with ABS, side airbags, a stick shift and 40,000 miles. Automatic transmissions add around $650. The ST can cost upward of $13,000.

2003 Ford Taurus - With ABS and side airbags, a Taurus sedan with 60,000 miles should cost between $8,000 and $12,000. Similarly equipped wagons range from $10,500 to $12,000. Pay additional $400 for the Duratec V-6.

2003 Mazda Protege - With antilock brakes, side airbags and 60,000 miles, the no-frills DX trim should cost around $8,500 with a stick shift. The LX and ES models have more features and run between $9,500 and $10,500. Add around $600 if you want an automatic. The turbocharged Mazdaspeed Protege commands close to $15,000.

2003 Mercury Sable - With antilock brakes, side airbags and 60,000 miles, prices range from $9,000 to $11,500 for the Sable sedan; wagons should sell for $10,000 to $13,000. The uplevel Sable LS includes the Duratec V-6, which is unavailable in the base GS. An LS sedan light on luxury options can be had for around $10,000.

2002 Buick LeSabre - With 70,000 miles, a LeSabre Custom runs around $9,000. A well-appointed LeSabre Limited should cost about $12,000.

2002 Chevrolet Impala - Expect to pay around $9,000 for a base Impala with 70,000 miles, antilock brakes and the driver's side airbag. A fully loaded LS is about $11,500.

2002 Ford Windstar - A base Windstar LX with 70,000 miles and side airbags should cost around $7,500. That's a steal, considering the standard ABS, air conditioning and power accessories. Better-equipped SE and SEL models run past $10,000, and a loaded Limited can cost upward of $15,000.

2002 Honda Accord - A base DX sedan with 70,000 miles, a manual transmission, ABS and side airbags should run just under $10,000; better-equipped LX and EX models will cost between $11,500 and $13,000. Cars with an automatic go for an extra $700 or so, and the V-6 can add $850 to $1,500. Pay at least $12,000 for an Accord coupe.

2002 Honda Civic - With 70,000 miles, a basic DX sedan or coupe with side airbags, ABS and a stick shift should cost around $10,000. Better-equipped LX and EX models range from $11,000 to $12,000. Add about $550 for an automatic.

2002 Oldsmobile Aurora - With 70,000 miles, well-equipped V-6 models can be had for under $11,000. If you want the V-8 and a full host of luxury features, expect to pay $13,000 or more.