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Old 11-19-2005, 11:38 PM   #1
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whats a good inexpensive car?

I'm saving up to buy a used car this spring. Basically what I am looking for a newer (2000-2005) car with under 50,000 miles that has good mechnical dependability, for under like $8000. I'm not really looking to get something for looks or thats fast, just something that will run good and give me few if any problems.

Quality ratings tell me to go with a 2003 Chevy Cavalier. It had great mechanical ratings and I can get one with like 40,000 miles for $7000 to $8000. But I have also been looking at Dodge Neons and Hyundias, but mechanically they didn't score too well. I have also thought about getting a better Japanese car like a Mitsubishi Lancer or a Mazda Protege, which I will pay about the same with like 60,000 to 70,000 miles.

I have also looked into Kias because they are real cheap, but I have had alot of people tell me they are crap, but some tell me they are great.

Any recommendations?

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Old 11-20-2005, 12:51 AM   #2
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how about like a nissan sentra or maybe like an 00-01 integra. Also i am sure a civic will fall into your category
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Old 11-20-2005, 01:53 AM   #3
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I'd say an Integra, Prelide, or RSX...but those are just my opinions
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Old 11-20-2005, 02:06 AM   #4
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Negative on all of the above mentioned cars. I did a search on cars.com and all of those in my price range were either too old or had too many miles, or both. Thanks though.
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Old 11-20-2005, 02:26 AM   #5
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I bought a Dodge Colt for $150 last weekend.....it's going to be our battering ram...(sinister laugh....) now we just need a helmet and a fire extinguisher LOL ...LOL.....

No seriously check out Audi (A4's), Porsche 944 Turbo, and Hondas maybe....

They may not be newer, but performance wise they can take a beating...
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Old 11-20-2005, 02:29 AM   #6
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I bought a Dodge Colt for $150 last weekend.....it's going to be our battering ram...(sinister laugh....) now we just need a helmet and a fire extinguisher LOL ...LOL.....

Can't wait for those...

How about a Tiburon? Not very fast, but they look fast...Just not sure on their price
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Old 11-20-2005, 03:28 AM   #7
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ford taurus, ford escort, pontiac grand am or a honda
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Old 11-20-2005, 04:13 AM   #8
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A porsche 944 turbo is an awesome car, but its not in the 2000 and up year range he wants. If you're considering a lancer, my parents have an 03 and its a pretty nice car...if you don't care about performance. looks nice though, I think.
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Old 11-20-2005, 06:09 AM   #9
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Quality reports told you to go with a Cavalier? Wtf quality reports are you reading? J-body.org's?
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Old 11-20-2005, 09:38 AM   #10
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just get a toyota of some sort just by the make alone should give it a million miles and they are good on gas. They ar not for speed and they are not very good with looks, but they are safe and reliable.
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:15 PM   #11
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Toyotas seem to be pretty solid. I'ver heard that the Cavaliers aren't the most dependable. Also, the dealers are practically giving away 04-05 Grand Ams. With a little searching and bargaining, I bet you could get a pretty nice one for 8-9K.
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:58 PM   #12
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If you want the most reliable car, Toyota.
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Old 11-20-2005, 10:04 PM   #13
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Quality reports told you to go with a Cavalier? Wtf quality reports are you reading? J-body.org's?
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Basically every other cavalier except the 03 got horrible ratings, but the 03 did really well.

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Old 11-21-2005, 06:03 AM   #14
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I know your not gonna like the sound of it, but I enjoy driving my Astro van. Good old 4.3 can take a beating thats for sure. My first on 86, made it to a little over 220k miles till she was buring more oil than she was gas... (I still have the pics of that beast). And my newer one (95) Has a decent amount of power, just dont expect too much out of a van. But there is plenty of room inside the thing for whatever you make want. Either a butt-load of speakers, or people. IMO, they are nice, reliable, and cheap veichles. On a full tank of gas (20 gallons) I can normally get about 450 miles out of it. But, everyone will give you hell for driving a soccer mom van... But thats when a custom bumper sticker is born...

"I Did Your Soccer Mom"

Anywho thats just my
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:18 PM   #15
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Ford focus is really good too.
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