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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: Quattro Pete] #5205534 09/05/19 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Originally Posted by Skippy722
Get something kinda cool/obscure. Like a Volvo wagon or something

A new Volvo might be cool. A $1,000 Volvo? Hmm...

I'd have to agree.
An older (early 00's) model could be had for cheap and the turbo models would be very cool.

Downside is reliability. But with the amount of info on the net I'm sure you could keep it going for a while on a minimum budget.
Just depends on how much time your willing to keep it functional.


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: oilpsi2high] #5205536 09/05/19 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by oilpsi2high
is the Matrix a stick?

Unfortunately, no.


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: oilpsi2high] #5205544 09/05/19 05:01 PM
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If you have hills and snow only get a crown vic with a limited-slip differential. This is from my personal experience.

Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: irad] #5205549 09/05/19 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by irad
If you have hills and snow only get a crown vic with a limited-slip differential. This is from my personal experience.
New enough for traction control and studded snow tires ain't bad either. My MGM actually does pretty well with GY Assurance Tripletreds. My vote is Cavalier, all the way, the older & less rusty, the better-they seem almost impossible to kill in the TBI years.


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: oilpsi2high] #5205552 09/05/19 05:11 PM
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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: oilpsi2high] #5205560 09/05/19 05:15 PM
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A $1000 car in NY that actually runs and drives relatively safe and effectively?

Maybe as long as it comes with more than 6 months worth of state inspection left on it. Otherwise that $1K car is going to cost you $2K to get it to possibly pass inspection.

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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: bullwinkle] #5205569 09/05/19 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by bullwinkle
Originally Posted by irad
If you have hills and snow only get a crown vic with a limited-slip differential. This is from my personal experience.
New enough for traction control and studded snow tires ain't bad either. My MGM actually does pretty well with GY Assurance Tripletreds. My vote is Cavalier, all the way, the older & less rusty, the better-they seem almost impossible to kill in the TBI years.

This. I'm a huge fan of the Cavalier. Have a decent amount of experience with them to know they're more reliable than the best of the best Japanese cars.


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: Silverado12] #5205571 09/05/19 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Silverado12
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Originally Posted by irad
If you have hills and snow only get a crown vic with a limited-slip differential. This is from my personal experience.
New enough for traction control and studded snow tires ain't bad either. My MGM actually does pretty well with GY Assurance Tripletreds. My vote is Cavalier, all the way, the older & less rusty, the better-they seem almost impossible to kill in the TBI years.

This. I'm a huge fan of the Cavalier. Have a decent amount of experience with them to know they're more reliable than the best of the best Japanese cars.


Z24 if I can find one that isn't rusted out!


Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: Quattro Pete] #5205572 09/05/19 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Since this is BITOG, Crown Vic, of course.


^^This.

End thread :^)


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: aquariuscsm] #5205589 09/05/19 05:47 PM
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Chevy Astro/GMC Safari. You can DD it. Seats in, take the family. Seats out, haul plywood. Tow a boat/motorcycle/utility trailer. Has a sturdy V6 that can't be killed. Best of all, you can live in it down by the river!!!!

Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: oilpsi2high] #5205594 09/05/19 05:51 PM
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Older Honda Accord, Camry, Corolla, Civic. Any GM with the 3.8. Ford Taurus (if you really hate yourself). 3.5 Ford Ranger 5spd stick. Jeep Liberty 3.8. Nissan Maxima (if you can find one without the floor rotted out). Nissan Altima.


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: oilpsi2high] #5205613 09/05/19 06:13 PM
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For a grand, I'd forget neato appeal and look for condition.
A really boring old Buick or Taurus owned from new by some now departed older person or someone forced to give up the keys is probably a good bet in something cheap.
You can find half-decent old Subies, Toys and Hondas for under two grand, but that would take some looking.
Not much out there for one big buck that runs and drives and is likely to continue doing so for a year without a lot of shade tree therapy, although if that's part of the plan then your horizons are almost limitless and include some Benzes and BMWs.
The thing is that most parts for these old crocks are cheap without regard to the badge on them, so if you're willing to put in some sweat equity, you really do have a lot of choices.
At my current age, this no longer appeals, although it once did, so I drive an '18 Accord Hybrid and Wifie has the '17 Forster.


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: oilpsi2high] #5205616 09/05/19 06:18 PM
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So do you want foibles and traffic to your blog or do you want something actually reliable so you can just brag about how smart you are and how it didn't need anything?

When "Top Gear" drove across America for $1000, they didn't get a Corolla. They got a cadillac fleetwood, a camaro, and a dodge ram. Because it was funnier.

obligatory link to a car that, even with a few parts to pass inspection, was well under $1000. Same deal, same color.

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Yes, but you need to make sure the frame isn't trashed up there.

You will get more for your money from an Explorer or Blazer than a pickup. I paid $250 for my Explorer...I did put $1500 or so in it getting it back into shape, but if it had been a Ranger I wouldn't have gotten it for $250, probably more like $1K. It has been very reliable after fixing the immediate issues, and the 4WD works great.


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Re: $ 1,000 Vehicle Challenge [Re: eljefino] #5205627 09/05/19 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by eljefino
So do you want foibles and traffic to your blog or do you want something actually reliable so you can just brag about how smart you are and how it didn't need anything?

When "Top Gear" drove across America for $1000, they didn't get a Corolla. They got a cadillac fleetwood, a camaro, and a dodge ram. Because it was funnier.

obligatory link to a car that, even with a few parts to pass inspection, was well under $1000. Same deal, same color.


Both. More traffic would be nice, but my goal is to tie finance into every post.

I want to show how you can be frugal driving something that's perceived as a "junker."

Once I have a year's worth of data, I'll compare it to the cost of a new car over the same timeframe.

I just do it for fun - I was big into LiveJournal back in the day. I think I made $ .06 (six cents) off of advertising so far.


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