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post #31 of 43
^Thanks. Don't much care about the looks, so not a big concern there. I'll go check it out if it's still around this weekend.
post #32 of 43
What range are you thinking of when you say cheap, because that means very different things to different people.
post #33 of 43
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Any thoughts on something super cheap (think sub-$2k) that would be reliable, preferably a wagon, and available in manual transmission? Good gas mileage would be nice but is not a requirement...reliability and cheap/easy to fix is of much greater concern.

Would mainly be used for shuttling the dog around, going to get groceries, etc. Anything an S2000 is not practical for.

I haven't been around a CRX for a while, but would a dog fit in that? The CRX HF get's 50 MPG on the highway. Eat that, Prius!
post #34 of 43
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I haven't been around a CRX for a while, but would a dog fit in that? The CRX HF get's 50 MPG on the highway. Eat that, Prius!

They were cool cars, but don't think they've been made since the early 90s, and can't remember the last time I saw an unmolested example in my area. Would prefer something newer, safer, and bigger...not as worried about MPG.

Actually have access to a late 90s Explorer that needs a transmission but is otherwise in good shape. Not sure what a replacement would cost.
post #35 of 43
Mitsubishi Galant
post #36 of 43
For some reason I am kinda wanting a pickup truck now. A smallish one, like a Ranger or a Tacoma or something. Problem is it won't be great in the snow. Anyway, from a reliability standpoint, is this a good idea? Any recommendations in this area? Edit - also found a '98 VW Passat wagon for $2k. 130k miles, owner says timing belt was done at 110k. I believe this model year would have been the 1.8T engine. Looks nice, but I'm wary of buying VW of this vintage. Thoughts?
post #37 of 43
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For some reason I am kinda wanting a pickup truck now. A smallish one, like a Ranger or a Tacoma or something. Problem is it won't be great in the snow.

Anyway, from a reliability standpoint, is this a good idea? Any recommendations in this area?

Edit - also found a '98 VW Passat wagon for $2k. 130k miles, owner says timing belt was done at 110k. I believe this model year would have been the 1.8T engine. Looks nice, but I'm wary of buying VW of this vintage. Thoughts?

I had a 1990 Ford Ranger all throughout high school and college and the thing was a beast. Never had a single problem with it. It definitely did suck in the snow like you said, even with snow tires and weighing down the bed. Even so, I loved that truck.
post #38 of 43
If youre going to get a small pickup, dont get a tacoma. IMO they dont justify the huge price hike over a ranger or nissan hardbody. They are arguably better in some ways, but certainly not THAT much better. RE: protege5: cool, fun to drive. very boring motor in them that can starve itself of oil during high gforce+high rpm activities. liek most mazdas of that era, they rust (particularly around the quarters and strut towers) how about a first gen focus?
post #39 of 43
Acura Integra DC2.

Nice interior, Honda quality and maintenance affordability, affordable and fantastic performance.
post #40 of 43
This thread is 7 months old, why even bother offering an opinion?
post #41 of 43
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OP here... I never got a car. I just share my sister's 2010 RAV4.
post #42 of 43
nissan
post #43 of 43
I had an old Subaru wagon, and it was super reliable. The engine and mechanicals would keep on going. Strong boxer engine.
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