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    1. Member Spike00513's Avatar
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      05-15-2019 05:36 AM #1
      ~$3k or less at the moment

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      Yell some car names for me to buy!

      Jeep? Crown Victoria? Miata?

      What would you do...



      So far, I have merely set the budget parameters within OfferUp and Craigslist, which limited it down to around 400 cars to choose from in that area.
      Though it might be worth traveling farther out to find something good. However, this poses additional risk. Such as if a seller flakes, is dishonest, etc.

      Should the choice be a 4x4 SUV/truck for occasional off-roading?
      You Tell Me...

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      05-15-2019 06:16 AM #2
      Toyota Tercel. Around here $3k will get you two or them.


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      05-15-2019 07:10 AM #4
      I was in this exact situation a year ago and bought a Craigslist Golf, mostly because I wanted something simple/efficient and it looked like it was well maintained most of its life.



      It's also alright at occasional offroading.

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      05-15-2019 07:27 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      I was in this exact situation a year ago and bought a Craigslist Golf, mostly because I wanted something simple/efficient and it looked like it was well maintained most of its life.


      It's also alright at occasional offroading.
      I would vote MKIV variant with a 1.8T for around $2500 leaving $1000 for deferred maintenance. They are cheap to maintain and when maintained don't do too bad.

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      05-15-2019 09:45 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by 2 doors View Post
      Toyota Tercel. Around here $3k will get you two or them.
      I dunno about that crash safety though

      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      I was in this exact situation a year ago and bought a Craigslist Golf, mostly because I wanted something simple/efficient and it looked like it was well maintained most of its life.



      It's also alright at occasional offroading.
      There's a couple of em.
      One was a GTI but appeared to be 2.0L 8V ("2.slow") bolted to 5-speed manual trans; IDK why the thing was badged GTI and not just Golf. I always thought Golf meant turbo (such as 1.8T)
      2.0L might be somewhat reliable and efficient but with low power

      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      If you just need transportation, 2006+ Impala, or older LeSabre/Park Avenue. Any W body with the 3800, just make sure the transmission doesn't slip.

      Almost any Toyota Yaris will do. Seriously, they might be the most reliable car ever made, FAR cheaper than a Honda Fit.

      Gen 1.5 Focus (2006+)

      MK5 Jetta if you are feeling fancy, check for timing chain noise.

      Structurally sound Mazda 3.

      Older Camry/Accord will cost a bit more than a domestic, but is a viable option.




      MK4 Golf, really? Did you lose your clown nose? Heed my advice OP
      I heard Honda Fits can be bought cheaper with salvage title such as through a car auction, but IDK how to get into that type of stuff (ie CoPart, etc.) - supposedly requires a costly license
      Last edited by Spike00513; 05-15-2019 at 09:49 AM.

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      05-15-2019 09:47 AM #7
      This is what Buicks are made for

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      05-15-2019 10:06 AM #9
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889182892.html


      That's my YOLO pick. If you can do work, that would be a fun ride.

      How about something totally different?
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sg...889170064.html


      Comes with Manuel!

      How about a sweet golden age Honda?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...889146560.html


      How about a clean E39?


      Or, how about a reliable Toyota?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889071425.html


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      05-15-2019 10:14 AM #10
      You could possibly find a decent RAV4 under 3k, bonuses would be AWD and the potential for Manuel.

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      05-15-2019 04:34 PM #11
      Why has nobody mentioned the Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor?



      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889182892.html


      That's my YOLO pick. If you can do work, that would be a fun ride.
      Like wrench? Yeah. But who even wants to anymore?
      I heard those old Benz SL's are pieces of ****

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      How about something totally different?
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sg...889170064.html


      Comes with Manuel!
      Hell yeah. Manual AND the reliable M112 V6 3.2L that comes in the Benz E320.
      Speaking of it, I really wanna know if the Crossfire manual can bolt into a regular E320, to convert it to manual.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      How about a sweet golden age Honda?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...889146560.html
      Don't get me wrong, I'd love the positives of a Honda. Fuel economy, reliable, cheap maintenance, all that.
      Except I hear Japanese cars are weak tin cans (physically) that don't compare to German cars regarding crash protection. And we all know how people drive in the US, especially certain states.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      How about a clean E39?
      I thought about it actually. Might help learn good driving skill habits due to the bottom hinge pedal, assuming it's manual.
      I heard E39's (and most or all BMW's) are reliability nightmares but idk how true that is.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      Or, how about a reliable Toyota?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889071425.html


      You're welcome.

      Chris
      No argument there. These do seem reliable.

      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      You could possibly find a decent RAV4 under 3k, bonuses would be AWD and the potential for Manuel.
      I'm really liking that.
      But isn't the catch that it could be a collision death-trap?
      Last edited by Spike00513; 05-15-2019 at 04:37 PM.

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      05-31-2019 04:41 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      How about a sweet golden age Honda?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...889146560.html
      You know, it was actually 21 years ago last night or tonight, I think, that I test drove one of those. Same year too, and it was carbureted! I had driven a '92 Sentra XE 5spd the night before, and came back to Carmax to buy. The salesman also had this for me to look at: An '89 Accord coupe with a manual. A class up from the Sentra, 10K more miles, for the same price. I wanted to like the Accord more, but whereas the Sentra felt tight and like new, the Accord felt like it was coming apart. The clutch was a mile off the floor; I had to work it a few times in neutral to get a feel for it, and avoid killing the engine. I pulled over to let my dad drive it, and as I was about to stop I couldn't remember for the life of me if I was in third gear or if I had (as was my bad habit at the time) put it in neutral to coast to a stop. I wiggled the shifter, and it flopped around just like my mom's '90 Accord LX sedan's manual shifter did in neutral. I stopped on the shoulder, and... ker-plunk. The engine died. The car was in third gear, and the shifter felt like it was in neutral.

      We went back to Carmax, where I bought the Sentra. My dad gave me his E30 for a trade-in (223K miles, steering rack gushing fluid, no water in the heater core which is what prompted this endeavor). There was zero new-to-me car excitement at the time, but the Sentra grew on me, and is one of the best cars I've owned. I'd still like to see a C/D comparison test of econoboxes from the early 90s; I'll bet the Sentra won.

      In a post-CSB token effort to help the OP, I'll just say to look for early 90s Sentras.
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      Here we can all drive like Colin McRae in his prime, earn $25k a month and bang super models. We can also text and drive.
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      05-17-2019 12:29 PM #13
      At that price, I'd want a look at the head gaskets first, but certainly something I'd consider with that budget.
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      05-15-2019 07:15 AM #14
      If you just need transportation, 2006+ Impala, or older LeSabre/Park Avenue. Any W body with the 3800, just make sure the transmission doesn't slip.

      Almost any Toyota Yaris will do. Seriously, they might be the most reliable car ever made, FAR cheaper than a Honda Fit.

      Gen 1.5 Focus (2006+)

      MK5 Jetta if you are feeling fancy, check for timing chain noise.

      Structurally sound Mazda 3.

      Older Camry/Accord will cost a bit more than a domestic, but is a viable option.




      MK4 Golf, really? Did you lose your clown nose? Heed my advice OP
      Typical forum guy with busted third-hand cars.
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      I like this guy, I like this guy a lot.
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      88c900t wins again, you really ****ing crush it at listing a ton of cheap options
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      05-15-2019 07:30 AM #15
      Toyota Corolla with a manual transmission would be my choice at that price point.
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