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Old 11-26-2009, 01:12 AM   #1
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Beater Suggestions 2-4k

Hi,

My friend knows NOTHING about cars, and wants to buy his first one. He doesn't have much to spend, but wants to get a reliable beater for 2-4k, and asked me to help him out.

I repeat, this guy knows NOTHING about cars, so I don't want to get something that needs repairing a lot. He needs something that will go on the highway a lot. Ideally, it will need minimal repairs, (except wear items, like oil, and brakes)

And he's going to drive it till it dies. He's the kind of guy that just wants to add gas and go. Don't care about the car one bit.

Any suggestions? I was thinking 90-93 Accord.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:25 AM   #2
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90-93 accord is good. Generally, older Hondas and Toyotas are good. Fairly reliable with low maintenance cost.
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as much as i hate corolla, it seems like a suitable car for you frd
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:37 AM   #4
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If he doesn't care about the car ONE BIT, then he's better off taking public transit.

No matter if it's a civic or a bmw, cars are only reliable if they're looked after.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:29 AM   #5
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Toyota Corolla
Toyota Celica (There's on for sale in the Buy & Sell forums for $1600)
Toyota Cressida
Honda Civic
Honda Accord
Acura Integra (DA2)
Nissan Sentra
Nissan 240sx (Saiko has one for sale within the asking price - FS Thread)
Mazda 323

Just throwing some ideas out there.

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Old 11-26-2009, 03:34 AM   #6
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Mazda 323 always seemed like a good choice for this kinda car. Anyone have any experiences with it?
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:19 AM   #7
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did you look in the RS classifieds? there are many candidates there... for example:

http://www.revscene.net/forums/fs-19...c-t597350.html
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Old 11-26-2009, 07:13 AM   #8
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EG or corolla
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Old 11-26-2009, 07:18 AM   #9
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90-93 accord is good. Generally, older Hondas and Toyotas are good. Fairly reliable with low maintenance cost.
X2 any older Toyota or Honda and hes good to go. He needs to do maintance/have it done, if he wants it to run forever though!
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I've got a 97 civic 4 dr auto 190k $3500
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EG would be great for its scalability.... If he drive around for long enough and decide to get a better car and build a track/drag car you have the basis covered with a EG.
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i'd say like an older civic or a corolla would do him good.
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Toyota Camry. Seriously my mom's friend, who is a new immigrant to Canada bought her 94 Camry 4 years ago for $4000. So far i think she has done like 5 oil changes and get the rotors machined. The damn thing still runs like a charm. And it has 180,000+ KM on it! (she knows absolutely nothing about cars, the only thing she knows is to put gas in it when the light on the dash turns on)
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:28 AM   #14
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I agree with about 95% of the suggestions.

Most of them only require the minimum when it comes to maintenance. Make sure he does them if he wants to drive it to the ground.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:32 AM   #15
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~93 style toyota camry

ultra reliable car, cheap to maintain, cheap on gas, cheap on insurance,

I just got one two weeks ago for $1500 and it already save me $240 insurance. On top of that, I no longer need to do oil change every 5K, no need to fill up with 94, no need to worry about road salt ruining my primary car, and no need to buy a set of 17 inch 4 season or snow tires.

Oh, I also get 2 more seat, two more door, 5 times cargo space, and a roof......................

I save approx $80 a month when I drive my beater camry.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:54 AM   #16
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You buy the one on here?
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:01 AM   #17
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not here.

Rule of thumb

anything selling on RS almost always ask for above reasonable market price.
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:05 AM   #18
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lol stock ae86 for 3k
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:28 AM   #19
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Going to be selling my 1990 740 GLE volvo soon.

Only has 140k on it! Clean ride and is reliable as hell. Built like tank and will only stop working if the engine blows up.

Engine is good too.
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Thanks for all the suggestion guys.

He's probably going to get me to be in charge of it's maintenance, so I don't want something I gotta fix all the time!

I will look into all the links and cars you guys suggested.
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I thought they only sold Volvos to people from the Gulf Islands...and home knitted seaters, cords and Birkenstocks were mandatory...preferred employment...Librarian or Teachers. Just "cause Jack Bauer's Dad voices the commercials, doesn't automatically make them cool.
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~93 style toyota camry

ultra reliable car, cheap to maintain, cheap on gas, cheap on insurance,

I just got one two weeks ago for $1500 and it already save me $240 insurance. On top of that, I no longer need to do oil change every 5K, no need to fill up with 94, no need to worry about road salt ruining my primary car, and no need to buy a set of 17 inch 4 season or snow tires.

Oh, I also get 2 more seat, two more door, 5 times cargo space, and a roof......................

I save approx $80 a month when I drive my beater camry.
compared to what car?
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:41 PM   #23
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toyota corolla or toyota tercel?
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