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Old 05-29-2000, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question help: my gf is in market for 3-4k car..suggestions

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My gf is in the market for a 3-4k used car to buy. Not a sports car, not stick shift..not truck/SUV..just something like a neon,corolla, something like that. Any sugestions? I was looking Corolla mostly, but wonder how the earlier neons are? Or any other ideas.
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Old 05-29-2000, 05:55 PM   #2
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I say go with a corrola or Blah a civic (NO RICE) J/K both of those will last forever with no problems or what about a 93-94 Auto Impreza.

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Old 05-29-2000, 06:16 PM   #3
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Boy it is tuff to get something for nuttin but I have a friend that got a 94 sentra for 3k.
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Old 05-29-2000, 06:18 PM   #4
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damn....3k for 94 sentra....nice deal...I saw a 90 Corolla with 72k miles on it for like 3200 or 2400..i forget which one...probably going to call for that one tomorrow or wednesday..since I have to take care of all this for her..she knows nothing about cars...except my scooby..hehe....
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Old 05-29-2000, 06:20 PM   #5
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My last car was a 94 Sentra. Sensible, bulletproof, cheap and not TOO dull. He**, I got 120,000 miles out of the original tires. My $.02.
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Old 05-29-2000, 06:23 PM   #6
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I'd go with the 80s Nissan. IMO Nissan doesn't get the same respect as Honda and Toyota of building reliable cars...which means similar results for you as a much lower price.
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Old 05-29-2000, 06:24 PM   #7
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90-91 Eclipse/Talon
91-93 Escort (still a decent car no matter what people say)

The Civic is an ok car, but I don't like the styling before 92. It'll be hard to find a 92 for that price without high miles.

Any CRX, preferrably a late-model SI.

Stay away from earlier models of these cars as they have reliability problems: Grand Am, Grand Prix, Integra, Cavalier/Sunbird/Skyhawk, Tempo/Topaz.

You can find some first generation 300ZX's for decent prices now. If you find one with low miles, seriously consider it. RX-7's were kind of cool 10 years ago, but all the 10-year-old ones I see on the road now seem to have the same rust problem as the 80's Subarus.

MR2 was always a fast and reliable car, as was the 240SX and Supra.

You can look for an early Impreza, but I've never seen one on the road. Not that they had reliability issues, but they're just rare. Try to stay away from the 1.8 if you do go that way. Look for a 2.2.
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Old 05-29-2000, 06:26 PM   #8
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Get her a Mazda GTX.. It has a turbo, all wheel drive and it ready to rally. It would be safe in winter and great all around performer. Easy to get for $3k.. With a few $'s you could make it into a GT-R a Group N rally car.

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Old 05-29-2000, 06:43 PM   #9
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With an older car you can bank on having to get some mechanical work done at one point or another. If the goal is to keep cost of ownership low, going with something more exotic like an older sports car or 323GTX would prob not be the way to go. Parts for those will be expensive. The CRX was a good suggestion. Fun to drive, reliable, good parts availability and fair part pricing.

Those 323GTX are really cool (Would love to have one myself), but do have some known mechanical issues that can be expensive to fix.

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Old 05-29-2000, 06:55 PM   #10
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He's talking about a car for his girlfriend. Not necessarily the quickest/coolest/easiest-to-mod car for 3-4k.

Like I said, look to Nissan...you should be able to get a loaded older Maxima for a good price and they're very reliable cars IMO.
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Old 05-29-2000, 06:56 PM   #11
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I agree, the 323GTX is a bit too sketchy of a car to suggest -- I'd tend to avoid 323s in general. Late model Civic CRX Si's didn't come with automatics, but a base CRX would go for that price and come with an auto.

A 1988-1991 Civic DX (I highly suggesting getting at least a DX) would be my first suggestion. Those are my favorite Civic body style, before the bulky, hopelessly under-tired base-trim 92+ models. I had one and it was a great car. Once again, the Si didn't come with an automatic. More functional than a CRX.

Sentra wouldn't be bad, or an NX1600 if she likes the look and wants something a bit sportier. I don't think the NX2000 had an auto option, but I'm not sure. The Mazda MX-3 Precidia was another car of that type.

Corolla is fine. Really really bland, but fine

Older Escorts, from my experience, tend to suffer from a lot of electrical problems. The 323 would be a better choice than that.

There are a lot of other cars, but these stick out to me.

[edit] Oh, that's right, an older Maxima (SE preferably) -- not a bad choice at all, and definitely nicer feeling inside than a newer Sentra.

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Old 05-29-2000, 08:00 PM   #12
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there is nothing wrong with a 93' impreza. mine is a 93' 1.8L auto, was moms car, thats why its mine, but its still a scoob. for an every day driver, a 1.8 or 2.2 makes a great motor. mine has 108,000 miles, and still runs great, all the way to 6,000 rpm's. if you are not lookling for a "sporty" car, go with an early impreza, nothing wrong with them at all.

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Old 05-29-2000, 08:25 PM   #13
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If you want something that lasts, get a Toyota or a Honda, the bodies go for ****, but the engine will out last anything else on the market. I still have my 87 Toyota Corolla, just hit 290,000, still running strong.
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Old 05-29-2000, 09:26 PM   #14
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I'd go for a 90 something sentra, civic, or the corrola (sp). Those are all good cars and u should be able to get lots o miles out of them. If you want man, i have a book on used cars, its a bit older (98) but it has some good info. If u want it give me a call or email. Laterz
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Old 05-30-2000, 09:23 AM   #15
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thanks for the suggestions guys....keep in mind..i did mention "Not a sports car".....I think somehow it got lost...
my gf is a first time drive who lives in Chinatown in NYC and is gonna be commuting everyday for at least an hour....I don't want her getting any sports car at all with power...she'll kill herself....but some of the posts were funny..."get turbo this..or that fast car"...hehe...i see where everyone's minds are...
still looking, mostly looking for a Corolla...I like those cars..and they are usually always reliable.
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Old 05-30-2000, 09:35 AM   #16
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Hey I thought this was a Subaru board? Look for an early model Impreza ('93-'95) they are very reliable, and it would be familiar to work on. My wife has a '95 with over 115,000 miles on, and it's a 1.8L FWD! Plus your old RS parts will fit on it!
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Old 05-30-2000, 09:39 AM   #17
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You can't go wrong with an older Subie.

I just bought a 95 OBS for just under $6K.

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Old 05-30-2000, 09:48 AM   #18
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Nissans are very reliable. My wife has a 91 Sentra with 258,000 miles and still runs strong (I drive it to work).

Just a thought.
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Old 05-30-2000, 10:03 AM   #19
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95 OBS?! I thought the first OBS was in 96? Are you sure it's an OBS? Oh well.... did you know that the first Outback were Impreza Outbacks? Kewl huh? So basically the OBS line pretty much started Subaru's come back to the car mfg world.

OK back to the topic. Being that she's in Chinatown, it would be best she drives a beater. It's prolly a theft galore. How about an old Legacy? Old Imprezas are kewl too. The look very much like the current Imprezas. Just the other day I was going home, I spotted this white Impreza and I thought it was an RS. But it was an old L Impreza with wings. So cute.
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Old 05-30-2000, 10:27 AM   #20
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Nissan Sentra, late 80's, have timing chains, high quality engines, "gets you there for less gas fare", simple to maintain...I ought to know. Before I got rid of my Sentra, it had 190,000 miles on it. Now my best friend owns it and has added an additional 20,000. The car still has pickup, even on 5th gear. It's a Sentra Sports Coupe XE.

Nissan/Datsun doesn't get enough credit for their bullet proof longevity.
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Old 05-30-2000, 10:52 AM   #21
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thanks for the links Larry..i'll check them out...and thanks for the suggestions..and if anyone knows of any cars in the NY area...lemme know..
i ran the idea to the gf about an older impreza...she's not going for it...she just sees my car and thinks every impreza is a sports car..and with her car ignorance..it's hard to get her to listen to my point...i'll keep trying though...
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Old 05-30-2000, 01:44 PM   #22
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Well if you want a reliable, cheap car you cant go wrong with older honda's ..for just plain old comuting an older civic/accord..or if you want to add a little fun, a crx!! (like many people have said)

also, older subaru wagons were very reliable (we had an 86 GL)
 
Old 05-30-2000, 02:11 PM   #23
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Personally I would suggest a '93 or '94 Geo Prism. It's actually a Toyota Corolla in GM guise so although it peppy, handles well, easy to drive, and has "bulletproof" reliability, you get it at a used GM price. It's also a relatively good looking car, with similar interior/exterior (read "jellybean") to most late model '90s cars. Plus since there's like a billion Corollas and Prisms on the road, repairs are relatively cheap and insurance it very good. On top of all that, it has a pretty good crash rating and I'm almost positive that '93 was the first Corolla/Prism to get airbags. My uncle has a '93 Corolla, auto, and it's pretty comfortable and peppy.

And BTW, I don't see any problem with asking a non-subaru question in the i-club. When a member has a problem we should all help out in whatever small way we can, even if the problem doesn't have anything to do with Subarus...
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Old 05-30-2000, 03:07 PM   #24
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Sammy's got a good idea. Prizms are basically Corolla's for a little less. Great reliable car. Slightly cheaper would be a Tercel. A buddy of mine got a '94 Tercel for $4500, w/32,000 miles on it in mint condition. Runs great.
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Old 05-30-2000, 03:14 PM   #25
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My best suggestion for a 3-4k car would be an 85-88 Toyota Cressida. I put 300,000 on my '85 and really enjoyed the car....leather, air, power windows/locks, sunroof....and a very strong inline 6 motor.
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