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#4785377 - 06/12/18 11:12 PM What car $5000, durability for long drives
dohnuts Offline


Registered: 07/19/13
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Loc: Colorado
Might be in the market for a commuter. I have a bit of a commute and donít want to make car payments just to put miles on it.

So, if you have suggestions for an economical car, mid size or smaller but would like a good highway ride. Ideally would like 25+ on the highway, which will be most of the driving.

I know the usual suspects, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord. $5000 is upper bound. Lower is better of course.

As far as ownership, would like readily available parts for oil changes and maintenance. Simple maintenance so I can teach my kids the basics of car ownership as well.

So, the floor is yours. Suggestions?
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#4785384 - 06/12/18 11:22 PM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
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2003 and newer VW MK4 2.0 5 spd. Common and cheap, basic solid axle/Macpherson strut and bulletproof miserly engine. Easy to learn how to drive manual on.

Even $5000 CAD will get you a nice one.


Edited by maxdustington (06/12/18 11:22 PM)
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#4785390 - 06/12/18 11:39 PM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
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Buick somethingorother. You can find one with low mileage for a pittance.
Cheap enough you could spend the extra$$ on maintenance and tires.
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#4785407 - 06/13/18 12:15 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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I've never understood the idea of having another car to save miles on the nicer car.

I put as many miles on my Sonata as I can. That's why I bought it.

But if you want a simple, boring, reliable, cheap car, get a 97-01 Camry. Might be able to find a really nice granny one. Or a Lexus ES300 or ES330, same bones as a Camry, just nicer.
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#4785408 - 06/13/18 12:18 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: Lolvoguy]
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Originally Posted By: Lolvoguy
Buick somethingorother. You can find one with low mileage for a pittance.
Cheap enough you could spend the extra$$ on maintenance and tires.

People on here claim you can wring 25+ mpg from them, but I do not believe them. Certainly not the older ones.
I might be difficult to find a low mileage example that has already had the LIM gaskets done. That would be the BITOG dream right there.
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#4785410 - 06/13/18 12:20 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: Nick1994]
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
I've never understood the idea of having another car to save miles on the nicer car.

Because you live in Arizona where it doesn't snow.
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#4785413 - 06/13/18 12:30 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
dohnuts Offline


Registered: 07/19/13
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Loc: Colorado
Thanks for the replies. Taking notes.

And for what itís worth Iím not taking miles off a nicer car. Current car might be totaled out and donít want to finance a more expensive car. Thatís not to say I would mind having a daily and a fun nice car, just not doing that right now.

If my current car isnít totaled Iím sticking with it. Really like it! Does pretty much every thing I need. Just have an opportunity to save some money and keep perspective on a depreciating asset.
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#4785414 - 06/13/18 12:34 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: maxdustington]
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Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
I've never understood the idea of having another car to save miles on the nicer car.

Because you live in Arizona where it doesn't snow.
I don't think they salt the roads much in Colorado.
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#4785415 - 06/13/18 12:37 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
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Registered: 05/14/12
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Subaru Outback. Especially in your locale; great in the snow, decent on gas in the dry months, ready for any sane adventure you set off on during any season. Look 2003-2006 for best bargains in your price range.

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#4785416 - 06/13/18 12:39 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7479
Loc: S California
If you make the search for a car a project and really work at it there are good deals out there but you have to find them. And you might have to travel to somewhere where the weather does not eat cars. Have cash ready and don't buy without a good mechanic's (one that's paid a fair price) opinion. All this is a job just like any other job.

I found an 06 xB that was a good deal after 6 months of searching and getting disappointed again and again. The one I found had all the service records and was the cheapest price, too. Amazing. The previous owner moved up to an Odyssey.

I also found an 02 4Runner with 10K miles parked in a garage that I turned to a friend. He cleaned it up, changed fluids, new tires and some other little stuff and it runs like new.

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#4785418 - 06/13/18 12:41 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: maxdustington]
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6151
Loc: USA
The Camry and Accord are both great choices.

The Echo is also a good car, very economical and simple, and has lots of space inside (within a few cubic feet of the Camry of the time, in fact) The Scion xA is also good, basically an Echo wagon, with the same virtues. Don't forget about the Matrix/Vibe, too.

There's also the Suzuki Aerio (available as both a sedan as well as the Aerio SX wagon), and later the Suzuki SX4 (in both sedan and wagon form). You may be able to get a Kizashi in your price range and possibly be still under warranty (they left the US after 2013, but they are still honoring their 7-year/100k warranties)

Originally Posted By: maxdustington
2003 and newer VW MK4 2.0 5 spd. Common and cheap, basic solid axle/Macpherson strut and bulletproof miserly engine. Easy to learn how to drive manual on.

Even $5000 CAD will get you a nice one.


The Mk4 Golf/Jetta is one of the worst cars ever made hide

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#4785425 - 06/13/18 02:09 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
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Registered: 06/02/14
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Loc: Ca.
Maxima is my go to 5K ride.

Always discs all round and ward best engine forever - and a timing CHAIN.

Stay away from the belt driven cars unless you know for certain you aren't sitting on a 100K old belt ready to pop.

All the german stuff but the benzes Ive owned goes to the [censored] electronics wise after 15 years sensors, lifts, you name it.

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#4785444 - 06/13/18 03:42 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: Nick1994]
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Loc: Virginia
Amen Nick1994.

Drive em' if ya got em' LOL
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#4785464 - 06/13/18 05:07 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts]
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Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1713
Loc: Alberta
For $2500 and under, the Ford Taurus up to 2007. Bought one last year with 50,000 miles.

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#4785484 - 06/13/18 05:49 AM Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: Snagglefoot]
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Registered: 08/18/04
Posts: 3258
Loc: Raleigh ,NC CSA
Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
For $2500 and under, the Ford Taurus up to 2007. Bought one last year with 50,000 miles.


Agree I had one and drove the wheels off of it. Sold it at 183,000 miles to a woman who still drives it daily.
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