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    Thread: Goodbye Roadmaster, hello... what? (help)

    1. Geriatric Member Chapel's Avatar
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      09-26-2012 11:01 AM #1



      So, the Roadmaster goes to it's new home today in New York and I've reached a stalemate in determining what kind of car to get.

      I've got $3000 and can go up to $3500 if it's really good
      I'm considering the following cars

      1996-1998 Volvo 850/V70s
      1996-2003 Nissan Maximas (Gen 4 and 5)
      1994-1997 Honda Accords (preferably wagons)
      Subaru Legacy Wagons

      Here are my concerns with each:
      Volvo 850/V70 - Could be a potential money pit. I'm not familar with these cars in terms of repairs, though they seem simple enough. The one I'm looking at is mechanically sound


      here's the list of mechanical work recently done: headgasket, decked and cleaned head, timing belt, tensioners, rollers, water pump, radiator, alternator, full PCV kit, Bosch wires, OEM cap/rotor, new plugs. From Missouri. V70 tail lights, HIDs, Cross drilled and slotted rotors with new pads all around. 125k miles
      Being fixed up right now by a known person in the Volvo community and for sale at the top of my price range ($3500). Paint is oxidizing (single stage) and would require a significant amount of buffing by a real pro to return. The bumper is also a bit banged up, but this is common for the 850R. The fact that it's not BROKEN is more amazing.

      Nissan Maxima - NOT A WAGON... I really would like a wagon. VQ35DE motor can consume oil, VQ30DEK Gen5s seem to be plagued with sensor issues, Gen4s seem stout.
      Here's one I'm looking at:
      2002 Maxima SE 6speed


      180k miles. Interior looks pretty thrashed:

      Shifter bezel is... not attached.
      steering wheel looks pretty worn

      Rear seats look pretty stained or dirty.
      Not interested in an automatic

      Honda Accord - I really want a wagon. I do NOT want an automatic and will not buy one with an automatic. That makes it difficult to find. Another issue is rust. We all know Hondas of this vintage rust BAD on the rear fenders. I won't touch a rusty car making this even MORE difficult to find one. What sucks is I had found one and the bastard never got back to me with his number and eventually sold it after dropping the price from $3000 to $1900 and the thing was ****ing immaculate.

      Subaru Legacy - Hits nearly all the right boxes except one: reliability. Most Legacys I'm looking at are of the 'leaky headgasket' generation (EJ25D and EJ251). Also, most of them of the older generation are beat to ****.

      Any other suggestions?
      the 855R seems like it might be the best choice for me despite being expensive.

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      09-26-2012 11:26 AM #2
      and unlike Vad, I intend to buy something

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      09-26-2012 11:39 AM #3
      '95-'99 Legacy wagon Brighton or L with the EJ22

      or like I was saying to Lee last night... "a 5-speed Previa sounds like something Jared would buy"
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      09-26-2012 11:42 AM #4
      I'd go volvo but find one with a recently replaced rear main seal. I am sure there are quite a few, look for oil under the car.

      also oil cooler lines are prone to leakage.

      then do stage zero to refresh the old parts, swap to a 18T, reflash, enjoy.
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      09-26-2012 11:49 AM #5
      Just buy the Volvo and live with the cosmetic issues.

      That car has had most of the biggies addressed. I'd like to see the AC condenser replaced and at a minimum, pay him to flush the transmission before you pick it up.

      You may also be well served to replace the wheels with a set of 16's for winter up there. Those wheels are notorious for bending easily.

    6. 09-26-2012 11:50 AM #6
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      Phew!!! Thank goodness it's a VW troll thread. If it were a Hyundai troll thread the bukkake faced fanboys would be frothing at the mouth

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      09-26-2012 11:53 AM #7
      Volvo would be my first choice. Seems to have most of the stage zero stuff done already and will be tons of fun with a few simple upgrades.


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      09-26-2012 11:55 AM #9
      The early Outback wagons with a 5 speed also had the EJ22. I think through 1998.

      That Accord wagon looks nice, but you can see the beginnings of rust through on the rear fender lips. You'll even see it occasionally on cars out here in rust-free Seattle.

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      09-26-2012 12:27 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by josh_did_what View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      The early Outback wagons with a 5 speed also had the EJ22. I think through 1998.

      That Accord wagon looks nice, but you can see the beginnings of rust through on the rear fender lips. You'll even see it occasionally on cars out here in rust-free