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Wanted: Inexpensive car #5212922 09/15/19 02:53 AM
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Hi, I apologize in advance if this post Is against the rules. mods, Feel free to delete if it is. Thank you

I have spent the better part of the last month looking at craigslist and the local classifieds for an inexpensive car for my newly licensed 16-year-old nephew and it has been an absolute waste of time. I figured I would ask on the forum and see if anyone has a car that they are looking to sell or if they have a lead on something interesting. My criteria is basically a few thousand dollars tops and reasonably reliable. I am buying this as a gift for him So he can putt around town and maybe work on it enough that it gets him part of the way through college.

Thank you very much


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Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212925 09/15/19 03:39 AM
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Oh, I know! A crown vic.

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Well, you may have to look out of your area for an early 2000's Corolla(2003-09). Maybe you can find a good example that is also easy to fix but, it's very difficult to find any vehicle for a few thousand bucks. To me, anything that cheap is just cheap junk and already used up.

But, they're out there. You know, that creampuff(or cherry) that has low mileage for its age and well maintained, like having things replaced when broken and not left for the next owner to fix. However you must look hard & long and expand you viewing area while being willing to travel some.

You may even find a car that's so good you won't want to give it up! laugh


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Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212933 09/15/19 04:17 AM
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If you don’t know what to buy . Buy TOYOTA and Honda .

Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212939 09/15/19 04:28 AM
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Have you considered posting on Toyota or Honda boards, if anyone has an older car to sell? My 'belief' is, anyone who frequents on car boards will at least do basic maintenance on the car. I feel that is your best bet. I seriously considered the option when I could not find reasonably priced pre-owned Forester (but I wasn't looking for that cheap vehicle).

Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212955 09/15/19 05:30 AM
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I had a 2009 Nissan Sentra that I sold for $3500 last year. It had 170k on it, and ran like the day I bought it. The only repair it ever needed, was some minor ($40) welding on the exhaust at 100k, and the intake boot cracked at around 160k. Yes, it had the CVT which gave me no problems, and I changed the fluid every 30-40k.

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Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212956 09/15/19 05:32 AM
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You know what I come across that seem inexpensive and are relatively easy to work on? Panel vans. 1/2 -1ton that have been used as service vehicles for trades people. American V8 and automatic transmission with rear wheel drive. Easy to work on, accesible and inexpensive parts and many of these type vehicles have lower mileage than expected. Fuel mileage may be an issue. I chose one local to me as an example. Check your local listings.
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2306609389459898/


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Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212959 09/15/19 05:51 AM
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Like a few have said already...Honda or Toyota. The Corrola, Matrix, the Civic, Accord, Camry, CRV, Rav 4. Take a look at those.

And just make sure the timing belt has been replaced.

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I’ve got a Civic for sale. Depending on your definition of “a few” it might fit your criteria. It is a good car, PM me if interested.


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Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212971 09/15/19 06:54 AM
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Can you look beyond Toyota and Honda? A Mitsubishi Lancer or a Mazda3 with a stick aren't bad and don't have the resell of a Corolla or Civic.
https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/portland-2003-lancer/6974378208.html


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Originally Posted by skyactiv
Can you look beyond Toyota and Honda? A Mitsubishi Lancer or a Mazda3 with a stick aren't bad and don't have the resell of a Corolla or Civic.
https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/portland-2003-lancer/6974378208.html


That was to show one with 267K on her proving they are pretty reliable.


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Crown vic or grand marquis,cheap ,easy maintainence,and reliable.reasonable gas mileage.

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Re: Wanted: Inexpensive car [Re: FirstNissan] #5212996 09/15/19 07:24 AM
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Lots of options around here in the 1999-2010 age range. On Craigslist there's a 2002 Mustang with 181K on it listed for $3500, a 2008 Impala with 141K on it for $3800, a 2010 Escape with 172K on it for $3800 and a 2003 PT Cruiser with 107K on it for $2000. Any of them would be a good first car for a kid, and you don't have to shoehorn him into foreign junk.

If you really want to step it up, there's a 1973 Charger that looks pretty clean and straight for $8000. That one looks like an excellent candidate for a full on restoration. I would not recommend it for a kids first car though.

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