I am looking to buy a runabout car (not to be confused with "beater"), to replace a 1999 Dodge minivan and gain in reliability and gas mileage. There is a 2006 Vibe offered locally by a private seller: one owner, garaged, with records. It looks like a very practical and bulletproof "gas-and-go" vehicle with Toyota drivetrain, powered by 1ZZ-FE engine. Timing chain, external water pump driven by serpentine belt, 120K spark plug replacement interval. The AWD is primitive compared to Subaru but comes with a sturdy double-wishbone rear suspension unlike torsion beam found on FWD Matrix/Corolla. It has rear drum brakes, but so does the current minivan. Any thoughts?
Edited by avk, 04 December 2013 - 04:19 PM.