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    Ridin hard n dirty Array Mr.Sushi ya ha's Avatar
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    Advise on a car??

    Having never really been a car guy, Mostly trucks or bikes. I am looking at getting a commuter that fits in parking lots. I drive a F350 supercab dually.

    Budget is $3k dont care about color, type, but just want a smallish car with airbags and air cond. And auto but I can drive standard but would prefer auto. And must have less than 200000.

    Looking at Hondas, Accords, Civics

    VW Golf

    Toyota Rav4, Corrola.

    Been told to stay away from domestic,

    Just wondering what are the good reliable cars. I notice BMW's all seem to have a list of repairs done to them.

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    Self-proclaimed VIP Array digirat's Avatar
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    take a saturday morning and check out adesa auction in richmond... an incredible amount of cars get sold for stupid cheap

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    as much as i'm a fan of vw's, if you want something that's fuel efficient, reliable and inexspensive to buy, operate and repair get a late 1990's or possibly early 2000's honda civic.
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    Second on high mileage not always being bad. Most cars will require some significant repairs after about 175 to 200k so lots of people sell at that point. For example, friends of ours got a 1994 tercel just like ours. Theirs had about 165k on it and they had to spend 1000 getting the injectors fixed, and now it burns a significant amount of oil (valve stem seals, known problem on those cars). Our tercel bought at 266k has had no major repairs necessary in 3 years (just thermostat, a fan motor, and routine maintenance), still gets over 40mpg on the highway, and starts at -25.

    At that cheap range, it's worth a lot to have the big repairs already done. Those cars should last at least over 300 or 350k, and realistically youll probably have a different one by that point.
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    Craigslist Vancouver.....set it at $3000 and browse. Must be a 100 000 cars for sale.


    You can be cooler than Pacer boy with this car.

    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rd...199932142.html

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    My 98 civic has 290000-ish and still runs great. Ive NEVER had any major repairs done to it (just the normal stuff...brakes, t-belt etc) Cant go wrong with a 88-00 honda. Even my old '85 was amazing traded her in for the civic at 375000km

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    You can often get Toyota Tercels with low mileage for cheap. They are very reliable and fuel efficient.

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    get a civic, cheap and reliable and lots of parts available
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    +1 for Kia,

    I have a 2002 Kia Sportage as my daily driver, good on gas, it has 230,000 kms and its kicking strong as if it was brand new.

    Mileage is nothing, I'd rather buy a 2002 Kia for $3000 than a 1995 Civic for that price.
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    Everyone here knows I'm a BMW guy, and BMW is my usual weapon of choice. BUT, on the Japanese side, I'm a bit of a Nissan man. So my wildcard choice for you is a Sentra. Dull, boring, cheap, reliable as hell, and plenty available.

    Barring that, get a Civic. Can't go wrong.

    VW? I've owned over a dozen VW's in my life, and was a VW tech for a few years. Absolute trash, just stay away. Water leaks, oil leaks, buzzy rattly interiors, annoying door dingers, shitty wheel bearings.....the list goes on. Crap cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXRKK6 View Post
    You can often get Toyota Tercels with low mileage for cheap. They are very reliable and fuel efficient.
    Get 1995+ to avoid the valve stem problem, or its successor, the Echo (even more fuel efficient than the newer Yaris)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pee Wee View Post
    Craigslist Vancouver.....set it at $3000 and browse. Must be a 100 000 cars for sale.


    You can be cooler than Pacer boy with this car.

    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rd...199932142.html
    1976 304 V8, Automatic
    yeah economical commuter that one.....
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    Peewee and Kevin from Bayside should get together and start a bike shop called, Fuck you and the bike you rode in on.

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    Ford Focus...... you could get a 2004 around that price.... made by Mazda for Ford..... cheap to run and to fix when needed.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Zug View Post
    Peewee and Kevin from Bayside should get together and start a bike shop called, Fuck you and the bike you rode in on.

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    I bought a 2003 Toyota Echo sedan, 5 speed with a/c and auto locks for about that price range. 165,000 kms.

    I use it when I'm just running to the store or going to work. It costs me $800 less to own/drive per month than my F150 did.

    If it's anything like the couple Corolla's I've owned, it will last for another 200,000kms without breaking a sweat.
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