Quote, originally posted by star_deceiver Â»For spending $30,000 minimum for the base, I can think of much better vehicles I'd rather own for that price!If you want another vehicle like the Vibe you're going to have to downsize or try your luck with a Jeep Patriot/Compass... at least if you want to keep the price under $20K... Where did you get the $30,000 number?I think you can still buy a 1.8L 2wd Matrix with AT and Power Package for less than $20,000. That said, time marches on and more and more alternatives arrive all the time. Even at $20,000 I am not sure I am a buyer of a current Matrix. In Jan. 2003 I got my 2003 Vibe 1.8L AT & Power package MSRP $18,690 for $13,701 plus tax, $14,718 out the door. In Jan. 2009 my 2009 1.8L Vibe AT & Power package MSRP $19,480 was 12,189 plus tax, $13,314 out the door. Both deals were no haggle - all courtesy of advertised dealer discounts , GM rebates and my GM Card rebates. It is amazing that the 2009 MSRP was actually less than the 2003 considering antilock disk brakes, stability control, traction control and 6 airbags were standard on the 2009. If not for the fires Sale price on the 2009 I probably would still be driving my 2003. I sold the 2003 with 33,000 miles privately for $9,500 so trading up 6 years cost me less than $4,000. [The 2009 also came with a free Garmin GPS that I returned to Target for $160 so that reduced my net cost even more.]My son (3rd child arriving any day) just bought a 2012 Honda Pilot AWD with heated leather seats, sunroof etc. for about $33,500 plus tax. I am not in to paying $30,000 plus for a car and don't need all of that stuff but that Pilot is a lot of car for the money. My 2009 Vibe has only 14,500 miles after 3 years, and we have a SWB 2007 T&C with about the same miles for longer trips. I turn 69 in a week. These two may last me the rest of my life.
2009 Vibe 1.8L Carbon Gray AT Power Pkg 1/12/092003 Vibe 1.8L Neptune AT Mono Power Pkg 1/27/03 [sold 2/2/09]2007 T&C SWB 7/31/07 "Broke people stay broke by living like they're rich. Rich people stay rich by living like they're broke."