Hard to answer without knowing your price range. Stick with the Imports such as the Honda Civic or Toyota Corlla and you can't go wrong. They cost a little more, but for a good reason.
Also stay away from high end imports like BMW or Mercedes for a first car. Even the older ones are expensive to fix. For a domestic, Ford Escorts are good. Especially the older models with the 1.9L 4 cylinder. Stay away from the 1.8L 4 cylinder models. I had a '94 Escort wagon with 240,000 miles on it. It was a great running little car until someone crashed into me! My Sister had a '92 Escort for 21 years. It was the only car she ever owned that she couldn't kill and it was still running on the original powertrain when she traded it in!! All her other cars were traded in via tow truck! If you like trucks, the Chevy S- 10 4 cylinder base models are very good. I bought my '03 from my job. It's a retired delivery truck and with 289,000 miles on it it runs like a champ! Stay away from the 4.3L V6 S-10s and Blazers. They are troublesome! The fuel injector assembly goes bad and it's not a cheap fix. As far as cars go, stay away from GMs 1997 and newer. They blow head gaskets, intake manifold gaskets, transmission failures, electrical problems that can't be fixed, etc., etc., etc. Stay away from any GM that has a Northstar V8! They all blow head gaskets and cost a ton ($3500++) to fix. Also stay away from Chrysler products. Extremely troublesome! HTH. -Jim
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