Nissan Frontier, Mazda, Lincoln: Best Used Car Finds For October 19, 2012 Page 2

October 19, 2012

2006 Lincoln Zephyr used car

2006 Lincoln Zephyr used car

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Sedans: 2006 Lincoln Zephyr
85,519 miles; $9,995
College Park, Maryland 20742

If you're in the Washington, D.C., area and have time between ACC basketball games to hunt down a used sedan for your College Park collegian, this Lincoln Zephyr's a solid choice. Basically the same as the reliable, safe Ford Fusion of the same vintage, this Zephyr has the six-cylinder/automatic drivetrain, navigation, and a THX audio system, with 85,000 miles and a price of less than $10,000. Resale's lower since the Zephyr became the MKZ the following model year--but no one else has to know, right? (See more used Lincolns)

2006 Mazda 5 used car

2006 Mazda 5 used car

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Minivans: 2006 Mazda 5
76,419 miles; $10,976
College - Glen, Sacramento, California 95826

Our last deal for today shows up near College - Glen, part of greater Sacramento. Another Mazda, this one's the first-gen Mazda 5 minivan--and a rare manual-transmission model. It's definitely for smaller and younger families, but the Mazda 5 has good interior room, good safety equipment, and very good fuel economy of up to 27 miles per gallon highway. It's priced above our limit, but we think the manual transmission gives any interested shopper significant leverage with the dealer, so play a little hardball. There can't be many minivan buyers who can actually drive it off the lot, can there be?

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