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


2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, Mobil 1 10w-30, Fram Ultra
2011 Toyota Sienna LE V6, Mobil 1 0w-20 Syn, Fram Ultra
Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785384
06/12/18 11:22 PM
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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.

Last edited by maxdustington; 06/12/18 11:22 PM.

03 Jetta AWP/09A 205k kms
Edge 0W40 + Mann 719/30
Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785390
06/12/18 11:39 PM
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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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Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785407
06/13/18 12:15 AM
06/13/18 12:15 AM
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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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2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: Lolvoguy] #4785408
06/13/18 12:18 AM
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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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Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: Nick1994] #4785410
06/13/18 12:20 AM
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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.


03 Jetta AWP/09A 205k kms
Edge 0W40 + Mann 719/30
Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785413
06/13/18 12:30 AM
06/13/18 12:30 AM
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Colorado
dohnuts Offline OP
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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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Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: maxdustington] #4785414
06/13/18 12:34 AM
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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.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 85k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785415
06/13/18 12:37 AM
06/13/18 12:37 AM
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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.

Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785416
06/13/18 12:39 AM
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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.

Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: maxdustington] #4785418
06/13/18 12:41 AM
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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

Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785425
06/13/18 02:09 AM
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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.

UD


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

Drive em' if ya got em' LOL


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Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: dohnuts] #4785464
06/13/18 05:07 AM
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For $2500 and under, the Ford Taurus up to 2007. Bought one last year with 50,000 miles.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: What car $5000, durability for long drives [Re: Snagglefoot] #4785484
06/13/18 05:49 AM
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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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2016 Ford Edge 2.0
2002 Taurus Vulcan SOLD
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