My car believed in the Mayan Apocalypse. RIP "Lips" Eclipse
Today, after having had $800 worth of parts and labor poured into her over the last six weeks, my 17 year old car died again. I think it's time to look at buying a new used car. I'm looking at getting another two door coupe (2x2 seating with a hatchback, preferably) manual transmission (5 speed, six including reverse to be pedantic) four cylinder. No larger than a 2.5L for the same reason as the four cylinder, fuel economy. Kicker is? I'm looking at a $5k price cap. So yeah, a roughly ten year old car is in my foreseeable future.
The cars I'm considering are another Mitsubishi Eclipse or a Dodge Stratus. Due to horrific experiences, I'd rather avoid Hondas, Fords and Chevys. Does anyone have any suggestions of cars that may fit the bill? I'd rather have knowledgeable opinions before I hit the car lots.