Student Survival GuideStudent Survival GuideUniversity of Toronto
January 30, 2012 11:42 AM | By Mark Toljagic for MSN Autos
Best used cars for students for $5,000 or less

Since eating a diet of Ramen noodles to support weekly pub crawls is a student’s idea of budgeting, here are 10 reliable rides to get you through school on a shoestring



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The campus life portrayed in such scholarly films as Animal House and Old School is a tad unfamiliar to many Canadian college students — and we're not talking about the toga parties. While up to 90 per cent of American students spend their freshman year in campus residence, most Canuck learners are well-traveled commuters, usually living off campus or at home while pursuing higher education.

For many of them, a cheap and reliable used car becomes an attractive alternative to riding two or three buses to reach a distant, often suburban, campus. We've scoured the second-hand market to uncover 10 models that are inexpensive to operate and insure, and which promise to whisk tomorrow's leaders to class reliably and safely. We've set a macaroni-and-cheese budget of $5,000 so, sadly, there are no mid-engine Italian roadsters in this bunch.

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Mar 15, 2012 9:40PM
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Optra was one of the worst cars built in 2005/2006!  Even die-hard GM fans admit that they are total junk!  Horrible suggestion!
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