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Old 10-24-2018, 11:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Well, the same friend needs another car again.

As a quick update, I sold her Mazda, My Jeep Liberty, and my wife's Pontiac Grand Prix many years ago.

This friend was given a 1999 Lexus EX300, but today it was rear-ended and pushed under a truck. It was showing signs of transmission wear and she described the final shift as "hard".

She follows people too close in traffic and uses the pedals as on/off switches. Even when nobody is on the road, she'll alternate between heavy acceleration and backing completely off the throttle, often causing a downshift and then an upshift.

So she's hard on transmissions.

Assuming she has $4,000 to work with, what car would you recommend? A manual would hold up better, right? I'd be concerned about syncros and clutch though as she is an aggressive shifter. You think a Prius drivetrain would hold up to constant on/off acceleration?
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