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Cheap Reliable Used Car not a Toyota/Honda

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by lemmywinks, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. lemmywinks

    lemmywinks Senior member

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    Because I like to be different from everyone else.
     
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    Nissan Sentra - underrated
    the old Infiniti G20 - underrated and reasonably nice for what you'll pay for it
     
  4. Superfluous Man

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    Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla.
     
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    Nissan Sentra - underrated
    the old Infiniti G20 - underrated and reasonably nice for what you'll pay for it


    +1. also from the g20 era, a 200SX. personal choice would be mazda protege5.
     
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    personal choice would be mazda protege5.

    I bought one of these when I got back to the country; in seven years there's been nothing but routine maintenance (oil changes, new tires about a year ago, etc.). I bought it super cheap off the lot at the end of the model year and negotiated in a seven-year warranty, which I never used.
     
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    Ford Crown Vic...not a fan myself, but an uncle of mine buys a used one every few years. They are usually used police cars. He never has any problems with them.
     
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    Because I like to be different from everyone else.

    Then you should get an unreliable honda or toyota.


    I can't think of anything that I would call interesting and also call reliable.
     
  9. Rambo

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    A newer model Ford Focus or Mustang wouldn't be a bad bet
     
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    Fiat Panda
     
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    That is no brainer: Volvo 240.
    1. reliable
    2. You'd be different for sure.
     
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    Volkswagen Golf 2.
    Mine was built in 1983 and is still runing without any problems.
     
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    This is where a the grand prix/malibu/impala/grand am/alero comes in. Plenty of room in those cars. the 3600 series v6 is bullet proof. you can easily find some with around 100k miles on them for $3000, or less. Most will be fully loaded with power everything, cushy seats, and quiet cabins. You will also get low 20's city/low 30's freeay mpg with those cars.

    I'll always endorse those cars to anyone.
     
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    +1 90s nissan/infiniti

    the sentra, 180sx, g20 are all reliable and there are tons of parts available for good prices as well as several very large forums with enough information to diagnose anything that could possibly go wrong with them.

    I'm partial to the 4th generation 95-99 nissan maxima. it was the first generation of the now legendary (if only because of ward's and ubiquity backed by marketing) VQ engine and the thing is bulletproof. I have a 98 that's been in my family since 98 and it still runs well at 200k, the interior is clean and all we've had to do was regular maintenance - oil, plugs, filters, just redid the shocks and got lowering springs, clutch, fluids, etc. Also, as long as you have a good shop or can do the work yourself, nothing short of totaling it is out of reach for fixing. This is the case with all of the above mentioned cars. Also, they're pretty quick and handle well even still.
     
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    VW Golf/Jetta TDI.
     
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    VW Golf/Jetta TDI.

    I would second a golf or jetta but with the 1.8t. I wouldn't suggest a vr6 unless its a manual as I have a hunch (from at least 3 that I know of) that the auto isnt't a strong enough transmission for the vr6. Also, VWs seem to be hit or miss on whether or not they're reliable. If you do get one, make sure to find an enthusiast who hasn't flogged it too much and who has put in all the regular maintenance and has a full service record otherwise it can get really expensive really fast.
     
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    1.8T's can have a crankcase ventilation problem that is inherent to the design. I had a 1.8T A4 that failed early, about 80K miles in, and they were pretty much set on putting a new crate motor in, at my expense. The company knows about it, so they comp the repairs if you prove you change your oil regularly (which I did) but the design is inherently flawed.
     
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    +1 90s nissan/infiniti

    the sentra, 180sx, g20 are all reliable and there are tons of parts available for good prices as well as several very large forums with enough information to diagnose anything that could possibly go wrong with them.

    I'm partial to the 4th generation 95-99 nissan maxima. it was the first generation of the now legendary (if only because of ward's and ubiquity backed by marketing) VQ engine and the thing is bulletproof. I have a 98 that's been in my family since 98 and it still runs well at 200k, the interior is clean and all we've had to do was regular maintenance - oil, plugs, filters, just redid the shocks and got lowering springs, clutch, fluids, etc. Also, as long as you have a good shop or can do the work yourself, nothing short of totaling it is out of reach for fixing. This is the case with all of the above mentioned cars. Also, they're pretty quick and handle well even still.


    I agree with this too, and had a 97 Maxima for awhile. Great car, considering its competition, and they were well priced when new as well. Anything with a VQ V6 will run forever, anything with the SR20 series will run forever. The big 3 Japanese makers were all making great stuff in the 1990's, but I feel Nissan was the underdog because they were putting out really great motors, had some RWD platforms that deserved more (which they came to understand finally with the renewed Infinitis) and their only weakness was bad paint, which wasn't crucial, as none of the Japanese cars had very good sheetmetal or paintwork back then.
     
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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.

    I see a late 90s Escort wagon in CL for <$1500 with fewer than 90k miles. Worth looking at?

    Subaru? Early 90s BMW? Anything by Volvo?

    Would mainly be used for shuttling the dog around, going to get groceries, etc. Anything an S2000 is not practical for.
     
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    2007 Subaru Impreza. There are probably a lot of leases on the lots, and it was a very good year for the model.

    VWs are cheap until repair fees are included. Supposedly they have a lot of mechanical issues and proprietary parts.
     

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