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Cheap and low maintenance car that isn't a P.O.S?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by BlacKidLA, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. jenlain

    jenlain Senior member

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    It is typical to budget roughly 8% of your income toward transportation. I will assume you have done this and give some advice for a car (if you havent' done this, you will be just another one of the losers in this country who can't manage their finances).

    Worry less about horsepower and more about fun. A few cars I suggest for $15k:

    1. Honda s2000 (recommend '02-03 model years)
    2. Honda Prelude (recommend type SH)
    3. Mustang GT
    4. BMW M3 (you can get a decent E36 in this price range)
    5. Porsche Boxter (a higher mileage gen 1 should be in your price range)

    the germans will be expensive to service, so have them checked out and plan to use an independent mechanic instead of the dealer.

    If you need something with 4 doors, consider an e46 325i. Great handling car and fairly bulletproof drivetrain.
     
  2. GreenFrog

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    Don't agree with that statement. The e46 325i. It's most likely that the OP is going to get an automatic, and the e46 automatics are notorious for the reverse gear pooping out.
     
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  3. BlacKidLA

    BlacKidLA Senior member

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    2006 325i. 75,000 miles, $16,000.

    Purchase?
     
  4. jenlain

    jenlain Senior member

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    Do your research on this one. 2006 was the transition year to the e90 body style for the 325 and there were some reports of premature engine failure that did not show up in the e46. Suggest you identify the car you are interested in, test drive it, then get on some message board for that brand to learn what you can before shelling out the cash.
     
  5. P-K-L

    P-K-L Senior member

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    Buy a Mercedes Benz W140.
     
  6. Spats

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    Laugh your way past Kraut money pits and pocket the difference. Blaze your own trails. This car is cool because you drive it. End of story.
     
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    has anyone bought out a lease from someone using a service like lease busters? haven't looked into this at all but seems like an effective method to get a car for a short-ish period of time, taking advantage of somebody else changing their mind/having to move. works well for city driving because there are often tight mileage restrictions.
     
  8. Dashaansafin

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    Yes. It has a BMW badge on it. Of course you should get it. All creative producers drive a BMW.
     
  9. impolyt_one

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    what is this, 1943? Who talks like this anymore?


    Given the way those things work, you'd save only a bit on the purchase price and end up paying multiples for it in the long run - people treat leases like shit for a reason. Also, the used car market has changed dramatically and so money factors and residuals are quite different now - people are asking insane amounts for their used cars since cash for clunkers, while fewer people can go out and get a new car with the tiny down and huge monthly payment they were used to doing. OP is kinda dumb for expecting to want a $15K 300hp used car that will last him 5 years, that is an attitude from 10 years ago when the dollar was worth a lot more; people ask $15K for a 2006 Civic nowadays.
     
  10. Spats

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    Well, at least you've inadvertently given him some useful advice: a 2006 Civic will last him. The 15k asking price is certainly negotiable. And, staying away from a lease and the snakes who sell them is good advice. But you didn't actually name a year make and model. Of course I dismissed the "300hp" as no more important to getting rolling in life than the color of the prospective ride.
     
  11. impolyt_one

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    A 2006 Civic for $15K is horrible IMO, why would I want to pay 75% of a cars new sticker price when it only has less 50% of it's life left? That is why used car prices are out on control these days. 'Negotiable' doesn't mean you're gonna walk in there and walk away with it for half the asking price, either.

    My suggestion? Guy seems to want a 'nice' car that is sporty, and doesn't have a lot of money (though $15K isn't beater territory) - I'd get a revised used 330Ci coupe with a manual, with however many options come on any given example/buyer can afford. Not too far off from the performance envelope of a used E36 M3, and about 7 years newer.
     
  12. FLMountainMan

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    So true.



    [commonsense]This is why people end up broke and whining about how the world screwed them over. Spending $15,000 that you don't have to purchase an "asset" that will depreciate by the day. $15,000, Which is probably one-third to one-half of your annual income at this point. Especially a cheap 300 HP car with shitty gas mileage :laugh: Better get one with a large backseat, there's a chance you'll be sleeping in it. Seriously, I make pretty good money and I still wouldn't buy a $15,000 car unless I could pay cash for it.[/commonsense]

    As others have said, get a used BMW. Or if you live/work in a decent neighborhood, a nice Wrangler - highest sex appeal (at least among white girls) for the lowest $.
     
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  13. Spats

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    Jeep = tool.
     
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    Quoted for irony. The only things I know about you are that you're overweight and unpopular (at least on here). Not sure you why you're picking e-fights.
     
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    Overweight? No, and who cares anyway. Popular/unpopular? On the internet, again, who cares? Thread was on cars. I know something about them. Have seen mostly horseshit advice in this thread on the simple topic of decent transport for a first time car buyer. You are another recommending one of the worst vehicles made and sold to mullets in search of "an image." Quibble on, I've said my piece.
     
  16. whiteslashasian

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    That buick isn't exactly a shining example of quality modern engineering and refinement either...

    OP should buy something reasonably sporty and practical. Acura TSX?

    Another option is to get something like a Corolla for every day driving and then pick up a 240sx and drop an SR20det or small block v8 in there as a project car.

    Honestly though, if I were in OP's position. I'd suck it up and buy a POS for CHEAP and save cash until you know what you want to do post living at home with the parents. Maybe in 2 years a car with 300+ horses won't be at the top of your "must have" list.
     
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  17. BlacKidLA

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    Topic title changed for reasons.
     
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    Honda S2000 all day long. You're in LA and you can get away with a convertible most of the year. No need to spend much on upgrades and they have Honda reliability.
     
  20. impolyt_one

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    2006 Civic = people are asking $15K for the ones you would want to buy. You can't expect a car with 85K miles on the clock when you buy it to last you 5 years, that is going to be asking a lot of the car towards the end. You need to stick with the lower mileage, higher optioned economy cars if you want a car that's not gonna annoy the hell out of you in 5 years. They don't make them like they used to.

    S2000 suggestion is dumb, you are forgetting OP's age and income. He will end up spending $3K a year to insure it - 22 year old male in LA, RWD 2-seat convertible with a unusually high proportion of accident claims (snap oversteer has killed many a good lightweight Japanese sports car - wonder why you hardly ever see many of those RX7's that people like anymore?) - That means he'll double his car payment with insurance. Add in at least a couple sets of tires, maybe a new vert top at some point, and then basic wear and tear, gas, parking - a used S2000 for a 22 year old would be a $40-50K experience - not really smart for a guy who said he's gonna make like $25K a year or something, and live with his parents in order to save up to move out with like $150(?) discretionary income leftover per month.
     

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