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Hi, I have a 2001 VW Jetta with 75,000 miles. It's a turbo "fully loaded", and a standard, which I love. Though, I love this car in nearly every way, I'm concerned that I'm not making the most economical decision to keep it. I'm trying to compare annual repair/maintanance costs to weigh out if I'm better off selling this car and replacing it with something like a Toyota Corolla. Since VW is known for being less reliable than some of the comparably priced Japanese cars such as Toyota, I want to make a smart decision. I am ill and live at the poverty line, so I don't have a lot of time or energy to waste on cars. Any thoughts? Thanks Adrian

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Adrian, I think you're already doing the right thing by weighing out the cost of repairs to the cost of a new vehicle. If you've been spending a lot on repairs for this vehicle and can afford to get out of it, Toyota is a reliable vehicle to be looking at. I would also say that Honda is another choice you can look at. Both of these vehicles have proven to be very reliable for the long haul and keep a better resale value as well. But what it really comes down to is what you can afford. Price out some replacement vehicles and see what works financially for you. Good Luck. Lori

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Adrian, Check out our expert's advice below. Compare the cost of maintenance versus a new car and see what will be thecheapest route for you. Don't forget to figure in the insurance on a new vehicle as well as the registration fees. This is will be a very personal decision for you and you will need to look at your financial situation very carefully. Decide what you are comfortable with paying each month and try not to stretch yourself to a larger payment than you'd like. Start checking out cars online to get some quotes to see what deals you can find. Try using our car configurator to compare different vehicles (like Honda, VW, and Toyota): http://www.askpatty.com/chrome.php Good luck in your search!

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