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Found my new/used car for the wifey...Thanks guys!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by stallion85, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. stallion85

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    hey ya'll,

    I am in the market to buy my wife a used car to get her back in forth to school and cart the kids around. I am looking for something in the 3,500 to 4,000 range. So far I ahve found a few possibles but was wondering what advice some of you who have gone through this might have to add. I have looked at autotrader.com and in the local paper. I have also been pre approved for a loan through WellsFargo Military branch. We have till September when she starts school so we are not in a big hurry.

    Please post up suggestions and tips :rolleyes:
     
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    I suggest a 96 or 97 Sentra. And make sure they have all maintinence records. One owner old people are the best at that. The Sentra lasts great if it's well taken care of and the 96 sentras sell for under $2k with 100k miles or less. Can't beat that with a stick. And the other good ones are Buicks. They lose value like wet toilet paper and hold up just fine too. My dad has had his $8k buick for 7 years and no problems. He got it with 20k miles on it.
     
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    get her a 4runner. Decent gas mileage, plenty of room for kids and groceries, reliable etc. Oughta be able to get a late 80s one in your price range. I'm not a big fan of cars for wives anymore after the front end of my wifes Escort got CRUSHED by a truck. I'll take something with a real frame that I can put a real bumper on to keep her safe. I went with an explorer, cause thats what she wanted... but if I had the budget you do and it was up to me, I woulda gone with the toy.

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    I've been very happy with our Oldsmobile Alero. Had the comman problems, LIM gasket, Wheel hub sensor, gas gauge sending unit, but nothing major. You can get the Alero in either a 2 door or a 4 door, and many different packages levels. I have the GLS coupe (2-door, top of the line, all leather).[​IMG]
     
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    I always liked putting my wife and kids in big safe cars. Pontiac Bonnevills, Buick Le Sabers, Regals, Oldsmobiles, ECT Are good cars. Usually ownd by older people who took care of them. Got all the whistles and bells. U can pick up a good well kept low mileage one 4 to 6 years old for 3-4 K if U look around. 3.8 L engine is the only one to get. Good power, Good MPG, Very reliable. Pass on the smaller V6s
    Better than picking up some ricer with over 100K that has been beat.
     
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    Good advice guys, I did find a 4runner in our price range but the add ad said needs some attention :doah:

    Also the old folgy cars are a good idea, I hate to say it but i would like to stay away from an American made car since there are few around that are worth a crap :crazy:
     
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    I feel the other way. I won't own a import for the same reson you don't want a American made car.
     
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    Don't think so . My wife had one when I met her .

    I bought for it , a used motor when the original died out of warranty , couldn't go new they cost as much as teh cars worth . And the used engine smoked around corners WTF ???

    I had to recharge the a/c when a hose at firewall was suddenly loose .

    Had to replace idler pulley twice , dealer only item .

    Had a new starter installed , replaced cables myself , and it still had a gremlin where it sometimes wouldn't start at all .

    Wouldn't pass emissions last year we had it , that cost me 300 bucks for some yahoo to finger it out .



    I was glad to get rid of that .

    Do not buy a Nissan , we were brainwashed into those cars , they are no better than ours , buy ours , American designed and made and by a company BASED here so most of the money stays here :D

    Bought my wife an Impala , we haven't done nothing but change filters and fluids in 2 years !!!!!!
     
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    What do you guys think about early Ninety's Caddi's??

    Usually old folk drive them and take good care of them.

    I just have to convince the wife to get one :wink1:
     
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    Caddi's are nice riding cars. I'm a big fan of the late 90's Buick Riviera. Very sexy car.[​IMG]
     
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    I found two sweet looking 92 Caddi's with owners who's homes look really nice (Probably old rich people :) ). They are V8's and 120-150K mile range. Why would they be so cheap??

    2700-3500!!

    Almost have the wife convinced :rolleyes:
     
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    i have 2 saturns, one with 247000 and another with 75000. i have been happy with them both. have you thought about an xj cherokee?
     
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    I think you answered yur own question.

    Thats a lotta miles for an older caddy. Yull be replacing a lot of bolt on stuff. Alts , water pump ECT ECT
     
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    Ford Crown Vic. Reliable, rock solid cars that dont crumple in fender benders. They get fairly decent fuel economy for their size, too. Lots to be had in your price range, at least they sure are plentiful arround here.
     
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    I had a 2000 Saturn when I was in Alaska and really like the car. I will check into them also :D

    I am glad I can be picky since I have about 2 months left to get one.


    Don't want the wifey driving my 05' CTD Quad Cab to school everyday ;)
     
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    I'm selling a nice '86 K5 well within your price range :D Only asking $2000 and it has a newer crate 350, 700R4.
     
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    Im stickin with my 4 runner recommendation... them toys are hella reliable. Not unheard of at all for the 22r series of motors to run well over 200,000 miles. They may not put out a lot of HP, but they get good mileage and are hella reliable if you take care of them. Plus, if you take your rig to a shop to get tuned up or whatever, you only have to pay the 4 cyl rate. ;)

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    I'd recommend buying from old people, too, but that can be tricky. Some old people drive them all over the planet and never change the oil, others drive it 3 miles a month and then change the oil. Both are likely to have very clean interior and exteriors.

    Early 90's Caddy's can be great. My dad has a 92 and 93 right now, loves them both and can't sell one.
    I saw a 93 and a 95 Sedan DeVille go for $300 and $5000 at an auction a couple weeks ago. I'd have bid on the 93 if we didn't already have too many cars...

    I'd recommend a Pontiac, we have a Montana minivan right now, and had a 150K mile '89 Grand Prix, but I don't know about Buicks. I've had good and bad experience with them.

    I'd avoid Nissan's also. I had a low mileage sentra that was quarkier than a gay lumberjack.

    Mid 90's Dodge sedans are getting cheap, too. We had a '94 Dodge Intrepid as the family car for a couple years, and it's now my train station car. I'd get another one, we bought it at about 100K for $2400, and it's still kicking arse and taking names 30 or 40 k later. Although, the drivers seat just broke and sits crooked now, my wife broke a taillight lens the day after we got it, it's been hit a couple times at the train station, the kids have spilled you name it all over the interior, the AC has leaked from day one, it's started gulping gas since I started driving it (can we say leadfoot?)... But these things can be avoided easily :D

    Saturns might be a possibility, too. They're looking dirt cheap lately, and should be good on gas. I'd personally avoid it like the other guys because I'd rather have the wife and kids surrounded by more impact-absorbing material.

    [hijack]
    Hey Paul (Z3PR), did you do the manifold gasket yourself or have it done? I got quoted $600 to have it done on our minivan, I'm still debating whether I want to try and hit it myself or not. It doesn't need it yet, but I figure hit it before she calls me from the side of the road with spun bearings from a crankcase full of antifreeze...
    [/hijack]
     

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