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|10-04-2012 11:33 PM|
|ShredLife||if you get in a real wreck with a neon you're gonna fuckin die.|
|10-04-2012 10:58 PM|
I'm trying to stay away from compacts, bigger cars are safer and I'll need the space.
Almost bought a 97 Maxima for $400 today with 120k. Guy on CL wanted it gone, it needed a crank position sensor. Called my mechanic friend and he told me to have it towed to his shop. The part was $130 on ebay when I checked, I only have $550 until my paycheck tomorrow, was going to have it towed there and buy the part/hope my bud would do me a solid on free or dirt cheap labor. But it wasn't meant to be and the guy had sold it 20 minutes before I got out of school to go over there.
If I can find something decent in need of repair, I'll just do that. The thing could have sold for two grand easy once I had it running. It was online for 1000 last week and he just finally got sick of it.
|10-04-2012 08:11 PM|
Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
Parts and insurance will be cheaper as well and readily available
I have a heavily modified SRT neon, it is the same motor as the 2.4 and 100k miles and it doesn't burn a drop of oil. Routine maintenance and only failure was a starter this spring. The 2.0 is also a super strong motor, easy to work on and great gas mileage.
Again just trying to find best bang for buck if this is what he is looking for.
|10-04-2012 04:51 PM|
Originally Posted by slyder View Post
Of course now I've opened up a ball of wax any everyone will tell me about their uncles ford escort that went 800,000 miles, but the stats don't lie. Toyota's last longer.
|10-04-2012 03:48 PM|
|slyder||I 2nd the neon. They are dirt cheap parts are readily available new and bone yard. Easy to work on and with snow tires on mine goes like a raped ape through snow.|
|10-04-2012 03:09 PM|
I bought this during high school in 1995.
Red '88 Tercel for $700. Needed new breaks and a distributor cap to pass inspection but my dad taught me how to change them myself. I was also anal about changing the oil regularly during it's life. Learned how to drive standard on this beater too. It had 120K on it when I purchased it and then I put 150K more in 5 years until one cylinder blew. When the second cylinder blew I sold it to scrap yard for $200.
My friends and I had some amazing times with that crap box.... Believe it or not, this car picked up chicks, perhaps a couple were fugly but that was because my buddy lost a bet. The rest were definitely not fugly.
|10-04-2012 02:40 PM|
Originally Posted by snowklinger View Post
My GF just bought her first vehicle. I fronted her the money. I told her to get a corolla/camry/celica or similar. She wanted a Subaru or a 4Runner. Ended up paying $5k for a really nice 4Runner in good shape, but with high mileage.
The truck has been great, but she had her first off road adventure (not on purpose) and now it needs $1000 worth of body work. Where does that money come from? She still hasn't paid off the truck to begin with...
For a first car START SMALL!!! In upstate NY you should be able to buy a 90's Camry with low mileage for a reasonable amount.
2000 Toyota Corolla LX-silver-auto powerdoors,windows,tilt&cruise-125K | Remsen | eBay Classifieds (Kijiji) | 21707113
|10-04-2012 01:19 PM|
|ShredLife||you will pay 2-4 times as much for parts for any European car that you would for Jap/US parts... jus sayin.|
|10-04-2012 01:18 PM|
honda civic or toyota corolla. great in snow. theres a corolla in my family we got for $500, and we've had it for like 15 years - my sister still drives it.
all the other choices will cost you money in repairs and shit. wife and I had a great '87 tercel that I used as a roofing vehicle till i killed it.
have 2 civics now 97 and 99, doing great, require very little attention.
honestly you can't afford anything else.
nissan sentra is not a bad choice either.
don't buy american, european, korean or mazda, or any suv or truck(there are exceptions to these but you can't afford any of them).
toyota, honda, nissan, period. stay with the base models and smallest vehicles.
|10-04-2012 01:04 PM|
Originally Posted by henry06x View Post
Also checked out a 1996 thunderbird down the street that a guy was asking a grand for. talked him down to 800, and it only had 62k. but the rust was bothering me, didn't know if it was going to pass inspection. also needed brakes and the ctl was on for some reason.
i agree with your advice 99.9%, mileage and reliability are a must. but with the 700 bucks i got right now, i wouldn't even find something to last me through the winter. i'm hoping a family member or friend tries to sell a car and offers it to me cheap, i'll take it in a heartbeat.
and to everyone telling me not to get a loan: i've had my job since last july and make just under 10 bucks an hour. working 12-15 hours a week (that's not hard, at all) i can pay back the loan in 1/3 the time so i avoid interest. if i pay back 300 a month, i still have money to save and spend. the reason my parents won't help is simply principle, they know as well as i do i can pay this off no sweat.
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and i do need a car for an internship i'm starting soon.
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i agree with your statement regarding a car with a community. troubleshooting advise can save me 1000's at the mechanic. and i might be able to do it myself.
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