Nov 30, 1919, 12:00 AM
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For a long time the VW Sedan was about all that was available at the low end in the Mexican auto market. While it still is, to my knowledge, the absolute cheapest thing available, most of the other manufacturers are offering something that is better at only slightly higher prices. Nissan has a stripped down Tsuru, General Motors the Chevy Pop, and both of these have shown their reliability over several years under Mexican conditions. Newer entries are a little Ford based on the Korean Kia, I believe, and the Dodge Atos.<p>One good test of reliability would be to look at these as rental cars after they have, say, 50-60 Km on them. The various rental companies use various units and combinations for their cheapest rentals, and in Mexico they leave them in service for as long as possible. Although the treatment the car receive varies from rental to rental, over the long haul among a fleet of vehicles there will be general equalization of use. I would think that one could profitably spend an afternoon in a major Mexican airport talking to rental agency personnel to get some sense of durability, etc.<p>I own a 2001 Chevy Pickup (the truck version of the Chevy), and although it is the upgraded model, I can say from experience with it but also with rentals of the Pop and Sedan that the Chevy is a lot more comfortable, roomy, and handles much better that the VW Sedan. Face it, despite the romance of the VW Beetle, it is antiquated technically, noisy, uncomfortable, and does not handle well at highway speeds.<p>Good luck with your car purchase.