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    1. Member Spike00513's Avatar
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      05-15-2019 05:36 AM #1
      ~$3k or less at the moment

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      What Sayeth Ye?
      Yell some car names for me to buy!

      Jeep? Crown Victoria? Miata?

      What would you do...



      So far, I have merely set the budget parameters within OfferUp and Craigslist, which limited it down to around 400 cars to choose from in that area.
      Though it might be worth traveling farther out to find something good. However, this poses additional risk. Such as if a seller flakes, is dishonest, etc.

      Should the choice be a 4x4 SUV/truck for occasional off-roading?
      You Tell Me...

      Thank you

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      05-15-2019 06:16 AM #2
      Toyota Tercel. Around here $3k will get you two or them.


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      05-15-2019 07:10 AM #4
      I was in this exact situation a year ago and bought a Craigslist Golf, mostly because I wanted something simple/efficient and it looked like it was well maintained most of its life.



      It's also alright at occasional offroading.

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      05-15-2019 07:15 AM #5
      If you just need transportation, 2006+ Impala, or older LeSabre/Park Avenue. Any W body with the 3800, just make sure the transmission doesn't slip.

      Almost any Toyota Yaris will do. Seriously, they might be the most reliable car ever made, FAR cheaper than a Honda Fit.

      Gen 1.5 Focus (2006+)

      MK5 Jetta if you are feeling fancy, check for timing chain noise.

      Structurally sound Mazda 3.

      Older Camry/Accord will cost a bit more than a domestic, but is a viable option.




      MK4 Golf, really? Did you lose your clown nose? Heed my advice OP
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      05-15-2019 07:27 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      I was in this exact situation a year ago and bought a Craigslist Golf, mostly because I wanted something simple/efficient and it looked like it was well maintained most of its life.


      It's also alright at occasional offroading.
      I would vote MKIV variant with a 1.8T for around $2500 leaving $1000 for deferred maintenance. They are cheap to maintain and when maintained don't do too bad.

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      05-15-2019 07:30 AM #7
      Toyota Corolla with a manual transmission would be my choice at that price point.
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      05-15-2019 09:45 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by 2 doors View Post
      Toyota Tercel. Around here $3k will get you two or them.
      I dunno about that crash safety though

      Quote Originally Posted by r_fostoria View Post
      I was in this exact situation a year ago and bought a Craigslist Golf, mostly because I wanted something simple/efficient and it looked like it was well maintained most of its life.



      It's also alright at occasional offroading.
      There's a couple of em.
      One was a GTI but appeared to be 2.0L 8V ("2.slow") bolted to 5-speed manual trans; IDK why the thing was badged GTI and not just Golf. I always thought Golf meant turbo (such as 1.8T)
      2.0L might be somewhat reliable and efficient but with low power

      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      If you just need transportation, 2006+ Impala, or older LeSabre/Park Avenue. Any W body with the 3800, just make sure the transmission doesn't slip.

      Almost any Toyota Yaris will do. Seriously, they might be the most reliable car ever made, FAR cheaper than a Honda Fit.

      Gen 1.5 Focus (2006+)

      MK5 Jetta if you are feeling fancy, check for timing chain noise.

      Structurally sound Mazda 3.

      Older Camry/Accord will cost a bit more than a domestic, but is a viable option.




      MK4 Golf, really? Did you lose your clown nose? Heed my advice OP
      I heard Honda Fits can be bought cheaper with salvage title such as through a car auction, but IDK how to get into that type of stuff (ie CoPart, etc.) - supposedly requires a costly license
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      05-15-2019 09:47 AM #10
      This is what Buicks are made for

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      05-15-2019 10:06 AM #12
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889182892.html


      That's my YOLO pick. If you can do work, that would be a fun ride.

      How about something totally different?
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sg...889170064.html


      Comes with Manuel!

      How about a sweet golden age Honda?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...889146560.html


      How about a clean E39?


      Or, how about a reliable Toyota?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889071425.html


      You're welcome.

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      05-15-2019 10:14 AM #13
      You could possibly find a decent RAV4 under 3k, bonuses would be AWD and the potential for Manuel.

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      05-15-2019 04:34 PM #14
      Why has nobody mentioned the Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor?



      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889182892.html


      That's my YOLO pick. If you can do work, that would be a fun ride.
      Like wrench? Yeah. But who even wants to anymore?
      I heard those old Benz SL's are pieces of ****

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      How about something totally different?
      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sg...889170064.html


      Comes with Manuel!
      Hell yeah. Manual AND the reliable M112 V6 3.2L that comes in the Benz E320.
      Speaking of it, I really wanna know if the Crossfire manual can bolt into a regular E320, to convert it to manual.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      How about a sweet golden age Honda?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lg...889146560.html
      Don't get me wrong, I'd love the positives of a Honda. Fuel economy, reliable, cheap maintenance, all that.
      Except I hear Japanese cars are weak tin cans (physically) that don't compare to German cars regarding crash protection. And we all know how people drive in the US, especially certain states.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      How about a clean E39?
      I thought about it actually. Might help learn good driving skill habits due to the bottom hinge pedal, assuming it's manual.
      I heard E39's (and most or all BMW's) are reliability nightmares but idk how true that is.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      Or, how about a reliable Toyota?

      https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...889071425.html


      You're welcome.

      Chris
      No argument there. These do seem reliable.

      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      You could possibly find a decent RAV4 under 3k, bonuses would be AWD and the potential for Manuel.
      I'm really liking that.
      But isn't the catch that it could be a collision death-trap?
      Last edited by Spike00513; 05-15-2019 at 04:37 PM.

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      05-15-2019 04:43 PM #15
      Miata Is Always The Question. Wait..

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      05-15-2019 04:45 PM #16
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      05-15-2019 05:02 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by ghost03 View Post
      Miata Is Always The Question. Wait..
      Yes

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      05-15-2019 09:43 PM #18
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      05-16-2019 07:24 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Spike00513 View Post
      Except I hear Japanese cars are weak tin cans (physically) that don't compare to German cars regarding crash protection.
      This is a good laugh.
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      05-16-2019 07:32 AM #20
      if i was shopping for something in that price range, i would buy the lowest mileage, rust-free vehicle i could find, regardless of what it was (but avoiding known unreliable models like old Range Rovers, Jaguars, etc)

      which like others have mentioned would probably mean an old Buick.

      also, if you only have a few grand to spend on transportation, i'm not sure taking it off-roading and increasing the risk of breaking stuff is a great idea....

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      At that price, I'd want a look at the head gaskets first, but certainly something I'd consider with that budget.
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      05-17-2019 01:36 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Spike00513 View Post

      I'm really liking that.
      But isn't the catch that it could be a collision death-trap?
      As far as safety standards go, Rav4's have been just fine with no glaring issues that I can recall.

      Yes, they're smaller and lighter than a larger and heavier vehicle. Size and mass play a big part in which car wins during an accident. If that's a major concern of yours, just get a Tahoe or something full size and deal with the low MPGs.

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      05-17-2019 01:49 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by ghost03 View Post
      Miata Is Always The Question. Wait..


      The buck stops here

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      05-17-2019 01:53 PM #25
      You said you needed immediate transport. Have you bought anything yet?

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