I read your earlier post, and frankly was thinking what I would tell my
Mom, if she were alive, about buying a car
Hondas are good. Many of the Japanese cars are good, but
the American cars have their places too. (Well, Ford is still
not on my honey list)
Automatic transmissions among the various manufacturers can vary a bit in
durability.. Most are good
but some manufacturers have had some versions that were dogs and others that
were great. No blanket condemnation.
I suggest that you go out and look, test drive, some cars on car lots.
Find some that appeal to you, sit well, drive comfortably. You need a car
that you can see out of, and feel comfortable and safe in driving.
When you have some reference points, then come back and ask about certain
models and brands. There should be people around who have experience with
almost anything you can find.
AND, you can get into a pretty darn good used car in the $5-10,000 range.
As you go lower in price, you may have to accept somewhat higher mileage,
older car, etc.
Some of the newer cars probably drive so much better than your old Chrysler
product did that you will be astonished.
I, personally, own or have owned
Volkswagen Passat....a nice car, but mine was 5 speed
Buick Regal ...........a wonderful car, had the occasional
Dodge van................the bigger one, no Cadillac, but no
Buick LeSabre.........wonderful road car, one or two
The Passat might have been the best car of the bunch, if you take everything
Good luck with your car hunting.