$1500-2000 plus insurance and maintenance buys a lot of paintless dent removal. Personally i don't think a 2010 Mazda 3 is so nice that it warrants a sacrificial beater. Just my opinion.
Against my advice, a coworker recently bought a certified used 2009 A4 with less than 25,000 miles. She lives in Manhattan and commutes on some of the worst roads in NJ (I-280, RT 1&9, etc). She had a beat up RAV 4 which I told her to keep as the commuter car, but she insisted that she wanted something nice.
It has been less than a month and her rear bumper is trashed with license plate marks and different color paint, scuff marks from her bumper bully, a large dent in the driver's door, 2 wheels that became bent due to a pothole along with 2 flat tires, and last night someone stole the trim pieces to her foglights.
She now wishes she had kept the 10 year old RAV 4 instead of the new $400/mo payment for a car that won't last 2 years at this rate.
You guys underestimate the missus. She's my autocross co-driver, and we use her car. She's commuted in the autocross car that has 650 lb front springs and scrapes over speed bumps, has no A/C or power steering, and is covered with stickers. A beater CRX might be considered an upgrade over that.
The car probably won't get stolen out of the driveway. We live on a quiet dead-end street, no worries there.
I see saving money on the payments of the newer car and then having a fun commuter/race car for cheap.
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.
And if I was worried, I'd make Claff drive it; I have more life insurance on him than I have on me
As for worries about getting stuck in the winter, that's what the 4 Runner is for (well besides towing the Miata)
Last edited by Kate in MD; 08-14-2012 at 10:04 PM.
I would rather take my chance in a CRX that I AM driving and have control of than with a train operator who may or may not have had enough sleep, may or may not remember to keep the doors closed while the train is moving, and may or may not remember to stop for the red signal. Oh, and don't forget about the system computers going down so that the HQ can't tell where the trains are. All common occurrences here in DC.
Not sure if we took or ignored the majority opinion here but regardless we went ahead and got the car over the weekend. Initial impressions are pretty good. Despite the aggressive suspension the ride isn't punishing, and the Ebay header/exhaust combo actually sounds pretty good. We have some work to do to re-attach some random trim pieces, and I'd love to find a non-ratty drivers seat, and there's some other things here and there that should be attended to, but overall it should be a serviceable car for the purpose we'll be using it.
Hmmmm. That looks pretty good! If you dont mind my asking, what was the final price?
I'd probably yank the sticker, clean up the engine bay, fix the trim you mentioned, go through the brakes, change fluids and just drive the hell out of it!
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Sticker's already gone. Working on removing the purple tint which is a PITA.
I offered the seller $1600 expecting him to balk but he too that offer. Makes me think I could have got away with less but what a hundred bucks at that point?
Tomorrow I pick up the big book of service records/receipts from the two previous owners, which date back to 1990. Once I go through that I'll have a better idea of what really needs to be done sooner rather than later.
My plate's kinda sorta full with gearing up for our trip to Nationals in a week or so, not sure if I'll be able to devote much time to the CRX till after we come back. Once I get it legal and everything I'm sure we can find a time and place to take each other's cars around the block.