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      small car that does it all, incredibly reliable too
      03-26-2020 03:53 PM #1
      Given the way the economy is sinking towards ground zero now, it's not a bad idea to ask this question. One source that I know of who shall remain anonymous says;

      -Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis
      -Toyota Camry
      -Ford Ranger
      -Honda Civic (honorable mention to the Corolla)
      -Toyota Highlander (if you absolutely need a SUV)

      No surprise to see 2 Toyotas + another one that gets honorable mention plus 2 Fords and 1 Honda here. At least I'm not going to tell anybody to go out and buy a Golf or even a Versa.

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      03-26-2020 04:01 PM #2
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    4. 03-26-2020 04:05 PM #3


      I bought a Yugo.

      It will soon be an Abarth.

      The scorpion finances my dreamtime.

      But seriously,
      econoboxes used to be so much better.

      /boomer rant

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    5. 03-26-2020 04:05 PM #4
      Buick Century 3800 v6

      Buick Lesabre 3800 v6

      scions seem to be pretty cheap.

      Market seems to be super cheap now saw a decent 2006 camry for 2,400 which is a bargain around here as these usually for at least 4,000

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      03-26-2020 04:13 PM #5
      The best maintained Honda or Toyota that you can afford.
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      03-26-2020 04:14 PM #6
      A van that you can park down by the river.
      Bought my old R32 back this year. IG @boomerang_r32

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      03-26-2020 04:14 PM #7
      I think this is going to vary by region, especially in rust belt locations. Out here in SoCal for instance, we can disregard concerns for rust (on CA cars),and focus purely on powertrain reliability.

      Also, since the subject of the matter is buying a car when broke, I assume total cost of ownership is less a concern than the purchasing cost and operating costs.

      I'd say a good option would be a second gen Prius, along with the others posted above. Yes, fuel is cheaper right now than a few months ago, but if you're broke, every bit helps.

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      03-26-2020 04:18 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Icantdrive65 View Post
      A van that you can park down by the river.
      I have this in my condo. Fitting.

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    10. 03-26-2020 04:20 PM #9
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      Buick Century 3800 v6

      Buick Lesabre 3800 v6

      scions seem to be pretty cheap.

      Market seems to be super cheap now saw a decent 2006 camry for 2,400 which is a bargain around here as these usually for at least 4,000
      I think an excellent and reliable dirt-cheap fast car would be the S/C Regal GS. Technically the lightest car to get the 3800 S/C and probably the most likely to have lived a soft life.
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      03-26-2020 04:23 PM #10
      I’d look for a Mazda 3 with a stick shift. Deals are out there, a friend of mine got a 2010 with 125k for $2500 and it was a 1 owner in great shape. Fun little car to drive and reliable as any Corolla or Civic.

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      03-26-2020 04:30 PM #11
      My question is "buy and do what?" Are you broke and need reliable transportation to get back and forth to a low paying job? Are you broke and want a cheap project car that you can enjoy on a budget? Much different scenarios. When I was broke, back in my youth, I got a free Pinto and put a $100 used engine in it and drove it/autocrossed it while working on fun project cars. Then I DIY's custom aircooled VWs and made money on each one (usually bought non-running for about $100). So for me, the "best" car would be (and was) the cheapest you can find and DIY maintenance on, while still finding it enjoyable to own. Brand really doesn't matter.
      "Like a fine Detroit wine, this vehicle has aged to budgetary perfection"

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      03-26-2020 04:47 PM #12
      If you had a Previa you'd be out of the rat race already and none of this "economy" would matter to you.
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      03-26-2020 05:11 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Shmi View Post
      If you had a Previa you'd be out of the rat race already and none of this "economy" would matter to you.


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      03-26-2020 05:16 PM #14
      If I'm broke, how am I buying anything? And why can't I just keep the cars I already own?

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      03-26-2020 05:25 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by 2 doors View Post
      If I'm broke, how am I buying anything? And why can't I just keep the cars I already own?
      Because a thread talking about how you're keeping your existing car(s) isn't very interesting.

      If I was to buy a car with the absolute focus on cost efficiency (purchase price, maintenance, insurance, fuel, and comfort/practicality to prevent the need to buy something else later) it would be a 2010+ Prius.
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      03-26-2020 05:25 PM #16
      MKZ Hybrid to do uber/doordash/instacart/etc.

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      03-26-2020 05:30 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by 2 doors View Post
      If I'm broke, how am I buying anything? And why can't I just keep the cars I already own?
      Not to mention, buying five additional vehicles would be very foolish.
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      You are in the land of rust and honey.

    19. 03-26-2020 05:32 PM #18
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      MKZ Hybrid to do uber/doordash/instacart/etc.
      Its gonna hurt your tips when they see you getting out of a Lincoln suave mobile

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      03-26-2020 05:42 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      So for me, the "best" car would be (and was) the cheapest you can find and DIY maintenance on, while still finding it enjoyable to own. Brand really doesn't matter.
      This is how I ended up in an Abarth. Really only meant to drive it for a year but it makes everything else seem so gosh darned expensive by comparison. Also it makes me smile.

      Quote Originally Posted by Biff Beltsander View Post
      Not to mention, buying five additional vehicles would be very foolish.
      Beat me to the punch. I read the title and thought to myself "Why is a broke person buying FIVE cars?"

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      03-26-2020 05:55 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Biff Beltsander View Post
      Not to mention, buying five additional vehicles would be very foolish.
      The premise isn't to buy 5, it's to pick one of the best 5.

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      03-26-2020 05:58 PM #21
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      03-26-2020 06:09 PM #22
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      03-26-2020 06:53 PM #23
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      03-26-2020 06:59 PM #24
      If you're broke but still need wheels, don't bother with Honda or Toyota.

      You want a decent vehicle with poor resale value. Think Nissan, Mitsubishi, and older Hyundai/Kia models.
      A dark horse would be previous gen Jetta with the 2.Slow or 2.5.

      Wasn't there a Suzuki Kiznarsh sedan that had good underpinnings?

      You can also try the back-door method with an old Pontiac Vibe - a Corolla at half the price.

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      03-26-2020 07:02 PM #25
      Jeep ZJ
      Jeep XJ
      Toyota Camry (1990's)
      Nissan Sentra (1990's)
      Old Toyota Truck

      (I've owned 4/5 of these while broke).

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