Looking for a car for my brother in law in college. Currently has a chrysler cooncorde with head gasket problems. He plays the drums and needs something that will carry them around in. (Concorde worked for that.) He doesn't really check the fluids much and needs something reliable, cheap, and roomy. Since he spends hours persuing the cheapest gas good MPG is nice too. Automatic trans. My father-in-law hates fords. Could maybe bring him around with an escort/tracer wagon but if anything goes wrong it'll be my fault. Were late 90's Hyundai Elantra wagons any good? My sister's 01 Accent is quite nice but Hyundai improves a lot every year. (That is to say, nicely, their old stuff is junk... when was the transition?) Would do a bargain basement minivan... but dodge 2.4s blow gaskets and trannys. Ford 3.8s the same. GM stuff loses intake manifold gaskets on 3.4s. Might do an astro-van with the 4.3 but tradesmen are all over these, driving the price up. He'd actually like a van, I think, he's kind of goth. He really wants a hearse. Saturn wagons... I drive one. The resale is through the floor, especially on SOHCs. Transmissions are quality as are the motors... if one can keep them full of oil. The MPG is good. Midsize GM sedans with 3.8... Mother-in-law drives a lesabre and loves it. Resale prices are higher on these. Could probably get a 95 Bonneville for the same price as a 99 Saturn or Escort with much lower miles. See the dilemna? Ford and Chrysler midsize... yuk... But maybe a duractec taurus with recently rebuilt trans. Rural mail carriers have bought up all the GM A-body wagons (1996 and older) because they drive them from the passenger portion of the bench seat. Would get one if I could find a cherry one, but prefer something newer. Most foreign stuff (except hyundai) is overpriced used and probably poorly maintained. (JMO) Summary: Small wagon list: Escort/tracer, Elantra, Saturn midsize sedans: GM 3.8 vans: Astro Anything I'm forgetting? Shoot holes in my theories.