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Old 02-22-2004, 10:11 PM   #1
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Question Buying first car, need any help i can get

Well, I recently started looking at cars in the Tucson, Phoenix area of Arizona. I really dont know what to look for, I have around $5000-5500 to spend at the moment and I'm just looking for something sporty, and pretty much looks good. I see a lot of differences in some of these cars I have been looking at and it has become very, very hard for me to make up my mind.

Anyways, I have been looking at Eclipse, Older Lexus cars, and A LOT of Hondas, well really I hav been looking at EVERYTHING . Anyways is there any suggestion on to what I should look for in a price range? I just want something that will last me awhile without breaking down constantly, and something that LOOKS good. If anyone could give me any tips to what I should be looking at it would be greatly appreciated. I am willing to travel to buy a car if it is the right one.

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Old 02-22-2004, 11:57 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2004, 04:56 AM   #3
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go edmunds.com

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Well, I recently started looking at cars in the Tucson, Phoenix area of Arizona. I really dont know what to look for, I have around $5000-5500 to spend at the moment and I'm just looking for something sporty, and pretty much looks good. I see a lot of differences in some of these cars I have been looking at and it has become very, very hard for me to make up my mind.

Anyways, I have been looking at Eclipse, Older Lexus cars, and A LOT of Hondas, well really I hav been looking at EVERYTHING . Anyways is there any suggestion on to what I should look for in a price range? I just want something that will last me awhile without breaking down constantly, and something that LOOKS good. If anyone could give me any tips to what I should be looking at it would be greatly appreciated. I am willing to travel to buy a car if it is the right one.

Thanks!

I just bought a 95 Mit.Eclips 5spd. Bad move. I never had it looked at by a mechanic. It looked good and my son wanted it so I bought it. 2 transmissions later and bad brakes and electrical problems have made me a believer in spending $50 to $100 for a pre-buyer inspection. Worth EVERY penny. Don't believe anyone except an unbiased mechanic and a reputable one. Don't ever let the seller know how much you have to spend. Go to Edmunds.com and read the info on "How to buy a car" basically tells you the in's and out's of what to look for and look out for. ALWAYS know all the information on the car your looking at before you start to deal. Go to NADA and Kelly Blue book to get all the pricing info you need. ASK lots of questions and don't settle for less that what you want. Don't be in a hurry or impulsive.
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:31 AM   #4
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Hi

i think you should get a 1993 infiniti j30, pretty reliable. just think about ur needs and also the pricing.
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:48 AM   #5
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If you're into tuners, this is what I did (And help from some very good friends, I did almost none of the work, but trust me I paid). I found a wrecked 94 acura integra LS. All body damage, the engine and tranny were in good shape, with only around 70,000 miles(Pretty damn good for a 94) I bought it and let it sit in my driveway for awhile, it was cheap at 1000$. Anyways, at this point in time I was looking for a 92 and up civic hatchback shell, well after no luck, I found a BARELY running black acura integra rs, 1994 also for only 2500$. Nice coincidence. I drove the RS until the tranny finally started giving me trouble, and I shattered the clutch racing a civic(Quite embarassing). Anyways, I paid my good friend Ross to help me build my car. His dad owns a shop, where they had an engine puller and all the other goodies. I can't say I did much work on the car (practically NONE. I am pretty freaking dumb when it comes to cars) The bill for the engine and tranny swap was insane. 3,500$. I ended up Spending around 5,500 on my car. Although it is not the nicest car on the block. It still has the RS badges, and it has made me some money off of civic dx's :-). If you have the connections try and find scraps, build your own car :-).
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Old 03-01-2004, 02:21 PM   #6
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Pharcyde must think that he doesn't need to acknowledge the replies to his question because he already said "Thanks!" at the end of his one post. In that case, his "Thanks!" must also thank me for calling him dickless, pussy-faced, dick-riding, shit-eating beiatch!
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Old 03-05-2004, 04:56 PM   #7
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If youre into the cheaper import scene, Id go with the stereotypical choice:the Honda Civic. Theyre reliable as hell, great gas mileage, easy to work on because the motors so tiny. More importantly getting a hold of performance parts is REALLY easy for this car, and on average cheaper. Also, finding Honda mechanics to work on the problems you cant do on your on is really easy as well, no matter where you are in the country.
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Old 03-05-2004, 05:05 PM   #8
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67pony, who are you addressing? Is it Pharcyde
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Old 03-05-2004, 05:13 PM   #9
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Yeah Pharcyde, he is the the one that started the thread asking for advice, right?
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Old 03-05-2004, 05:30 PM   #10
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Yes, but it's also been a while since he did. I doubt he is looking at this anymore.
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Old 03-06-2004, 12:32 AM   #11
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Old 03-08-2004, 10:58 PM   #12
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[...] Don't believe anyone except an unbiased mechanic and a reputable one. Don't ever let the seller know how much you have to spend. Go to Edmunds.com and read the info on "How to buy a car" basically tells you the in's and out's of what to look for and look out for. ALWAYS know all the information on the car your looking at before you start to deal. Go to NADA and Kelly Blue book to get all the pricing info you need. ASK lots of questions and don't settle for less that what you want. Don't be in a hurry or impulsive.
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Pharcyde, do you mean you can find that kind of cars for less than $6000???
In Europe it wouldn't be possible unless it were in really bad conditions.
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Old 03-08-2004, 11:30 PM   #13
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You are right

Pharcyde, do you mean you can find that kind of cars for less than $6000???
In Europe it wouldn't be possible unless it were in really bad conditions.

Unfortunately Pharcyde has not been back since his first post...your question may be falling on deaf ears. Pharcyde--->
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Wouldn't that be, "ditto"...???
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