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    Thread: You have $7k to drop into a family hauler that gets good mileage and has low operating cost. What do you buy?

    1. Geriatric Member Turbio!'s Avatar
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      05-04-2012 11:19 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by das internet View Post
      1. Yes but was it worth losing the mattress? i.e. can you sleep in it?
      2. 32 mpg with the AC on in mixed driving is GOOD.
      Nah, if I need to sleep in the car, my 4Runner is where it's at.

      And no, that 32-33 is highway, not mixed. And for godsake not on hills, it swills gas like a funny car on Vail Pass.
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      05-04-2012 11:21 AM #27


      Now go get your shinebox

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      05-04-2012 11:30 AM #28
      Honestly for a family hauler it really is hard to beat a Camry. Great MPG's, plenty of room and storage and you can't kill them. For me I would go a different Rt.




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    4. 05-04-2012 11:32 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      Just to throw out an idea....first-gen Pontiac Vibe. It's not amazingly efficient (~32-33mpg with manual) and nor is it a great drive (no worse than an Impala, though), but it's supernaturally reliable, spacious for four and luggage, capable of carrying a carseat with room to spare.

      I keep trying to justify buying something else for my daily driving, but my '03 has 77,500 miles on it and has required absolutely nothing but standard wear items, gas, and 5000 miles oil changes for its entire operational life. For around town, it's great.
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      I have a first gen Matrix with just over 70k. Only thing I have replaced were oil, brake pads and the ECM*recalled for poss. of cracking*.
      I have yet to see less than 30mpg average, even with our speed limits on the highway 75/80mph.
      Hauls more than one would expect and easy to clean out if you use it for a home depot run.

      Quote Originally Posted by das internet View Post
      1. Yes but was it worth losing the mattress? i.e. can you sleep in it?
      2. 32 mpg with the AC on in mixed driving is GOOD.
      Yes you can sleep in it depending on size. The rears fold flat and the passenger front seat also folds flat.
      I have used it as a camping vehicle a few times.
      Last edited by Air-over-water; 05-04-2012 at 11:35 AM.

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      05-04-2012 11:34 AM #30
      PM zaYG, he may be interested in selling you his 9-5

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      05-04-2012 11:35 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by Mosbius Designs View Post
      PM zaYG, he may be interested in selling you his 9-5


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      05-04-2012 11:38 AM #32
      I just bought a one-owner 2001 Maxima SE (leather, BOSE and Auto A/C) and only 69k miles for $6,300.

      Dealer serviced since day 1... garaged.

      Some pics when I picked her up:







      Last edited by XM_Rocks; 05-04-2012 at 11:41 AM.

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      05-04-2012 12:05 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by XM_Rocks View Post
      I just bought a one-owner 2001 Maxima SE (leather, BOSE and Auto A/C) and only 69k miles for $6,300.

      Dealer serviced since day 1... garaged.

      Some pics when I picked her up:




      Nice pick up. What is auto AC, climate control?

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      05-04-2012 12:10 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by XM_Rocks View Post
      I just bought a one-owner 2001 Maxima SE (leather, BOSE and Auto A/C) and only 69k miles for $6,300.

      Dealer serviced since day 1... garaged.
      Ooohhh. I had a huge crush on these cars when they came out. Nice find

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      05-04-2012 12:17 PM #35
      Those maxes were very nice. Mileage is mid twenties though.

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      05-04-2012 12:23 PM #36
      I bought my 04 Accord Coupe v6 6mt for a little over 8k. But it had HFP mods and fresh timing belt and black on black. You can pick up the sedan much cheaper.

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      05-04-2012 12:30 PM #37
      Volvo V90.

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      05-04-2012 01:58 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by 01tj View Post
      Nice pick up. What is auto AC, climate control?
      Yep... climate control.

      Don't know why I called it auto a/c.

      This is my second cash car one owner purchase from Craigslist in the past few years.

      The first was a 1996 Cherokee Sport 4X4 w/ 98k miles.

      Looked for 2 months... then saw the deal 20 mins after it posted. When I got there the guy had received 20+ calls.

      Jumped on it and purchased for $3,400. 17 months later sold it in 4 days for $5,400. I just changed the oil twice and drove for 7k miles.

      Funny thing both owners of the Jeep and Maxima lived about 15 blocks away in ritzy Highland Park.

      The Jeep:


    14. 05-04-2012 02:28 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by AdrockMK2 View Post
      The best Honda Accord $7k can buy.

      i'd prefer the camry though

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      05-04-2012 02:28 PM #40
      High mileage TDI with a manual and a new timing belt.

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      05-04-2012 03:11 PM #41
      Since when can any MK4 body car sit 4-5 adults in comfort?

      There is no real legroom in the Golf and Jetta of this era.

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      05-04-2012 03:22 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by 200HP4dr View Post
      You know, I would, but I've always been disappointed by real-world Accord fuel economy. And I don't know that they offer more than an equally priced Camry.
      They're nicer to drive than any of their contemporaries. My grandfather has a '99 Accord LX Manual that now has 150k and has had ZERO repairs outside of normal brake and timing belt maintenance. He doesn't take exceptional care of his cars, but it looks and drives exactly like new, and gets about 35 mpg on the highway. Honestly it's one of my favorite cars I've ever driven for daily driving. Good steering feel, great manual and clutch, good handling, quiet, and tight as a drum.

      My parents have a Maxima SE of the same generation and I actually prefer the way the steering and handling of the Honda.
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      05-04-2012 03:24 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by XM_Rocks View Post
      Since when can any MK4 body car sit 4-5 adults in comfort?

      There is no real legroom in the Golf and Jetta of this era.
      Agreed, just retired our 2000 Jetta GLS back seat is tight especially if the front seats are occupied by people over 5'7.


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      05-04-2012 04:33 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Woodski View Post
      Volvo V90.
      Really? I remember Volvo forums warning people off from buying these. Really short timing belt intervals and lots of electronics to fail. I don't think the mileage is that great, either.
      Sold: 86 240 DL 4MT+OD, 00 Protege ES, 87 325e, 93 S-10, 91 CRX Si, 99 Neon ACR, 90 Accord Coupe.

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      05-04-2012 05:01 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by jesiman View Post
      I bought my 04 Accord Coupe v6 6mt for a little over 8k. But it had HFP mods and fresh timing belt and black on black. You can pick up the sedan much cheaper.
      the V6 6speed MT sedans i'm seeing in my area are 8k - 10k, but they're in the 100k miles range
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      Wow, it amazes me that we have children in here that can't read a couple paragraphs. No wonder America's doing so well in education! Can't take the time to read, but sure can find the time to post. Self indulgence at it's finest.

      TL;DR should be banned and changed to ID;CR or I'm dumb, can't read.

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      05-04-2012 06:13 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by two.twoliter View Post
      Really? I remember Volvo forums warning people off from buying these. Really short timing belt intervals and lots of electronics to fail. I don't think the mileage is that great, either.
      The timing belt interval was only 40,000mi on the earliest 960s, but went up to 80 I think with the later revisions (wider belt). However, they do have a LOT of electronics to maintain, and the rear shocks are expensive to replace when they go. Anyway, I wouldn't recommend one to the OP either. The 940s were great, but the newest ones are 17 years old now, and you'll never break 30mpg unless you set the cruise at 55 in Kansas.
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    23. 05-04-2012 06:17 PM #49
      Yaris 3dr/Fit

      There is a suprising amount of room in these cars.

      They are cheap to operate. Cheap tires, gas, insurance, everything.

      Nothing goes wrong. Buy a subcompact and you will learn to fit. After awhile, full size cars will seem waaaay too big to be attractive.

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