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#1 The Saltman

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

I'm looking into buy a beater for maximum $2500.

Im trying to keep the miles off of my car right now so I need something that wont blow up on me but will prob be old with lots of miles.

What would be my best bet? Honda? Nissan altima/maxima??

And where should I look?? Craigslist??

Any of you guys want to sell me your beaters? ;)

#2 The_Light_Brigade

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

I bought a 2000 Honda Civic to do basically the same thing. Granted I got it with 100,000 miles for 5 grand. It's the beigeiest, gutless, soulless, japaneseiest thing ever, but it's probably the best car i've ever owned.

Oh yeah and got it from one of those buy here pay here joints, def look on craigslist too.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:09 PM

get a '92 honda civic VX...

I got a friend who has one with over 700,000 miles on it...

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:10 PM

PM mush....he deals in high mileage Hondas.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

I got a 99 Mazda 626 v6 earlier this year as a backup. It's a nice little car and I paid $1900 for it with 150k. I just wouldn't buy the I-4 version, they are poo

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:19 PM

i have a 1990 toyota corolla i paid less than a grand for and have been driving it for 5 years and it only has 200k miles on it. i drive that thing through hell and back

anything early to mid 90s with low miles, toyota, nissan, honda, lexus, acura.....all of those make damn good beaters

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:23 PM

Thanks guys

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:23 PM

Toyota Yaris, hatchback 5 speed

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:34 PM

get a mid-late 90's Toyota Celica

most came with the almost bulletproof 1.8 liter 4 banger. Great on gas, super durable, easy to work on, and if you get the hatchback model you can haul a ton of poo.

Corolla's of that time period had the same drivetrain, but are less fun to drive.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

get a mid-late 90's Toyota Celica

most came with the almost bulletproof 1.8 liter 4 banger. Great on gas, super durable, easy to work on, and if you get the hatchback model you can haul a ton of poo.

Corolla's of that time period had the same drivetrain, but are less fun to drive.


those celicas have the same motor as my corolla, only with dual exhaust and an overhead cam

you can blast them full of sand and still drive them another 10k miles

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

Also would not hurt to look at Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable.

I bought one in college for 3,500 with 75K miles, drove it another 75K, and never put any $$$ into it, and sold it for 1,500.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

Like everybody said Honda/Nissan/Toyota are the best old cars.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:39 PM

Yeah, Honda/Toyota are your best bets. They hold their value because they're so reliable and durable.

I would try to avoid getting anything off rot lots though... I worked at a dealership and they sold those used lots their cars because either something was wrong with them to begin with, or they had too many miles for the to resell on the dealership lot aka no value. I'd look into a private seller OR try getting one at an auction.

#14 The Saltman

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

Now how many miles is too many if the car is well maintained?

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

I would say 200,000 is to much depending on what kind of car it is.I have a 2000 Honda Civic with 180,000 miles and it still runs good.


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