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Old 09-08-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default What would you suggest for a Daily Driver under $6,000?

I am looking for input and recommendations for a daily driver for my girlfriend. Just to be CLEAR about what I am looking for I have listed requirements that are NOT flexible.

This way I won't have to deal with those guys who suggest a Lexus IS300 when the budget is SUB $6,000.00 because SOMEONE with the odds of getting struck by lightening MIGHT possibly find one somewhere in the country with 175,000 miles on it for $6,300.00...
I will be a dick if someone plain as day ignores everything I said in the post and posts something like I just did above for a suggestion.

The requirements:

Budget: UNDER $5,500! I don't want to here "but but for only $500 more you could get this" or "You should just do this" or "You should just trade it in on this"... The truck will be sold, and the money we get from selling it will all go to a private sale vehicle. Nothing will be financed and the budget may be less depending on how much we get for the truck. $5,500 is the max if everything goes well so think $4,000-$5,000 ish.

Fuel efficiency: It does not have to get 40 mpg, gas mileage is a concern but as long as it isn't getting less than 20 mpg when driven by a grandma it should be fine.

Transmission: Automatic is ideal but a good car with a manual will not be ignored.

Reliability: This is KEY. She wants something she does not have to worry about dumping money into. "Can be reliable if" is not acceptable. She needs something plug and play. Something with NO track record for pricey things that go boom. This needs to be the same in higher mileage too. NOTHING GERMAN! No acceptions.

AWD/FWD/RWD: AWD if preffered but I do not know how well Legacy and Impreza drivelines hold up over time. FWD is the next best option, RWD is a no-no she can't drive that well.

Climate: Pennsylvania, winters get kinda yucky.

Doors: 4 doors, no coupes and NO WAGONS.

Performance/Fun Factor: This is not a priority, but if she can have some of it while also having the rest of the needs that must be met so be it.

Availability: The car must be a fairly easy find.

No domestics


Power windows and locks would be nice...


I think that is about it.

I have thought of the obvious such as Accord, Civic, Corolla... Camry is iffy because in that price range it puts you into the years where they had oil sludge issues.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:47 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:49 PM   #4
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I have thought of the obvious such as Accord, Civic, Corolla... Camry is iffy because in that price range it puts you into the years where they had oil sludge issues.
Imo thats her best bet.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:49 PM   #5
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edit: Sorry man. Just realized you said no coupes. My mistake.

Hey have you seen the new Ken Block video yet?
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:49 PM   #6
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:49 PM   #7
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uh oh. now hes going to be a plain dick.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:50 PM   #8
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This is easy.



AWD - Check
Auto - Check (if you really want it)
Decent Gas Mileage - Check
Performance / Fun - Check
Availability - In PA? You betcha.
Reliability - Phase 1 EJ25. As long as the head gasket recall has been performed, you're fine. If not, it's free at your local Subaru dealership.

You can pick up a LIMITED (leather, sunroof, heated seats, etc) For ~$5,000, sometimes less.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:50 PM   #9
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uh oh. now hes going to be a plain dick.
Spotted dick?
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:50 PM   #10
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I'd say Impreza rs, but they're too expensive. A Protege5 would hit every requirement.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:52 PM   #11
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Take your pick:

AWD? Any subaru with the 2.2L that isn't rusted to hell.

Psuedo-luxury FWD? Infiniti I30

Gas sipper? Mid-90's honda civic.

All are readlily available in your price range and should meet your specifications. All should be dead reliable. Just remember that no $4-5K used car is going to be plug and play *perfect*...ever.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:54 PM   #12
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Wait.....







Why is nobody asking for pics of the girlfriend? Jeez! Get with the program OT!
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:54 PM   #13
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I am looking for input and recommendations for a daily driver for my girlfriend. Just to be CLEAR about what I am looking for I have listed requirements that are NOT flexible.

This way I won't have to deal with those guys who suggest a Lexus IS300 when the budget is SUB $6,000.00 because SOMEONE with the odds of getting struck by lightening MIGHT possibly find one somewhere in the country with 175,000 miles on it for $6,300.00...
I will be a dick if someone plain as day ignores everything I said in the post and posts something like I just did above for a suggestion.

The requirements:

Budget: UNDER $5,500!

I have thought of the obvious such as Accord, Civic, Corolla... Camry is iffy because in that price range it puts you into the years where they had oil sludge issues.

For such a stickler, you sure cant make up your mind dumbass. Is your budget $6K, or $5.5K?
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:54 PM   #14
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:57 PM   #15
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This is a tough one, it's such a toss up between a Miata or a Marauder.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:59 PM   #16
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starting a thread and coming off as a dick isn't too smart. better have the flamesuit ready.

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Old 09-08-2009, 02:01 PM   #17
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:03 PM   #18
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Wait.....







Why is nobody asking for pics of the girlfriend? Jeez! Get with the program OT!
if he can only afford a $6000 dollar car then she isnt with him for the money. and hes kind of a dick so that cant be why shes with him. i am forced to conclude that she is desperate because shes ugly and cant get a better man.




and we hate the uggos.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:03 PM   #19
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Dude, I got it. Check out this link. It's a little more than you want to spend but I think you will go for it. You can thank me later.

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false
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All are readlily available in your price range and should meet your specifications. All should be dead reliable. Just remember that no $4-5K used car is going to be plug and play *perfect*...ever.
A protege5 could be *perfect*. Pick up an unabused one with 60-90k for $5k, replace all motor mounts as a matter of course (and possibly struts, if needed, kyb's all around for $200), and drive it into the ground. They're on par with Civics in every way, but handle better, look better, drive better, and don't command the Toyota/Honda premium.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:09 PM   #23
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Has anyone said McLaren F1 yet?

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I am looking for input and recommendations for a daily driver for my girlfriend. Just to be CLEAR about what I am looking for I have listed requirements that are NOT flexible.



This way I won't have to deal with those guys who suggest a Lexus IS300 when the budget is SUB $6,000.00 because SOMEONE with the odds of getting struck by lightening MIGHT possibly find one somewhere in the country with 175,000 miles on it for $6,300.00...

I will be a dick if someone plain as day ignores everything I said in the post and posts something like I just did above for a suggestion.



The requirements:



Budget: UNDER $5,500! I don't want to here "but but for only $500 more you could get this" or "You should just do this" or "You should just trade it in on this"... The truck will be sold, and the money we get from selling it will all go to a private sale vehicle. Nothing will be financed and the budget may be less depending on how much we get for the truck. $5,500 is the max if everything goes well so think $4,000-$5,000 ish.



Fuel efficiency: It does not have to get 40 mpg, gas mileage is a concern but as long as it isn't getting less than 20 mpg when driven by a grandma it should be fine.



Transmission: Automatic is ideal but a good car with a manual will not be ignored.



Reliability: This is KEY. She wants something she does not have to worry about dumping money into. "Can be reliable if" is not acceptable. She needs something plug and play. Something with NO track record for pricey things that go boom. This needs to be the same in higher mileage too. NOTHING GERMAN! No acceptions.



AWD/FWD/RWD: AWD if preffered but I do not know how well Legacy and Impreza drivelines hold up over time. FWD is the next best option, RWD is a no-no she can't drive that well.



Climate: Pennsylvania, winters get kinda yucky.



Doors: 4 doors, no coupes and NO WAGONS.



Performance/Fun Factor: This is not a priority, but if she can have some of it while also having the rest of the needs that must be met so be it.



Availability: The car must be a fairly easy find.



No domestics





Power windows and locks would be nice...



I think that is about it.



I have thought of the obvious such as Accord, Civic, Corolla... Camry is iffy because in that price range it puts you into the years where they had oil sludge issues.

Posterity you ****ing n00bs.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:09 PM   #24
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A protege5 could be *perfect*. Pick up an unabused one with 60-90k for $5k, replace all motor mounts as a matter of course (and possibly struts, if needed, kyb's all around for $200), and drive it into the ground. They're on par with Civics in every way, but handle better, look better, drive better, and don't command the Toyota/Honda premium.
See what I meant?

Yeah those aren't huge jobs but like I said...no one can expect to pick up a car in this price range and just drive it into the ground for 50-100K without at least a couple of decent sized repairs/maintenance items here and there.
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Old 09-08-2009, 02:18 PM   #25
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Buy a 95 Talon TSI AWD like I did. Then, replace EVERYTHING on the ****ing car! Then you're good to go.



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