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Old 10-17-2005, 04:14 AM   #1
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Good first car

What is a good first car i might be able to get for under four grand? I have some knowledge about cars and am learning more. I am enrolled in a introduction to auto mechanics in my high school as well. I would like to have a v6 or v8, something with some power. Also a car that doesnt have to be too maintained. Any help would be apreciated.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:01 AM   #2
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:09 AM   #3
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What is a good first car i might be able to get for under four grand? I have some knowledge about cars and am learning more. I am enrolled in a introduction to auto mechanics in my high school as well. I would like to have a v6 or v8, something with some power. Also a car that doesnt have to be too maintained. Any help would be apreciated.

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Old 10-17-2005, 05:14 AM   #4
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A pontiac Bonneville u can prob find under 1k i am pretty sure it v6 and when my dad ha it it didn't have any probs. The bad thing is that thing is like a tank.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:17 AM   #5
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ohh my bad i miss read 1k instead of 4k. Well you can get the mustang but just so u know usually when u get your first car you don't have too much cash so V8 and V6 Gas wont be nice to the wallet. I would recomend like a 94 prelude if u like 2 door cars
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:30 PM   #6
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A Crown Vic would be a nice first car. Its got good power, but it's pretty heavy, which is good for a first car. We don't want you going too fast. You could probably get a good deal at a Police Auction, plus those have the Interceptor package. However, I would chose the Prelude. It's fairly quick and has Honda reliability.
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:55 PM   #7
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I would say either a 3rd gen Camaro (1982-1992) or a 1994-1996 caprice excop car w/5.7L. You can pick up 3rd gen Camaro's now dirt cheap with he 5.0's. The 5.7 Caprice are going to be around 4k but they got the LT1's , but most of them are going to have over 100k miles.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:28 PM   #8
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My choice would be something like a '91-'94 Nissan Sentra SE-R or it's successor, the '95-'98 200SX SE-R. They're fairly light (2400-2600lb depending on year/options), relatively fuel efficient if you're not redlining the damn thing at every stoplight, came with equipment that many cars in its class didn't have at the time (4-wheel disc brakes, LSD), and they're fairly quick and also handle quite well. Overall, they're very fun cars all-around and aside from the dorky-looking stock spoiler, they're fairly stealthy...

While I wouldn't condone not keeping with a car's maintainance, I did loan my '96 SE-R to my sister for nearly 2 years, and the words 'automovive maintainence' are quite alien to her, and to top it off, she's managed to get it involved in at least 3 collisions (the worst of which she slammed into a overturned tanker truck on a interstate...). Aside from a clutch that's all but gone, and the resulting cosmetic damage, the car has held up extremely well and still runs very strong.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:53 PM   #9
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I say go with a Honda CRX

Those are sweet, 2 seaters, and powerfull. I wanted to get one but couldn't find a nice one.

Besides...You won't have to drive people around.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:56 PM   #10
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I say go with a Honda CRX

Those are sweet, 2 seaters, and powerfull. I wanted to get one but couldn't find a nice one.

Besides...You won't have to drive people around.

That's another good suggestio, very fun little cars. Although powerful is definatley a relative term
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Old 10-17-2005, 07:21 PM   #11
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You can get a used accord with a v6 leather inside
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You can get a used accord with a v6 leather inside

Not for $4,000.

The V6 didnt come out until 96. HE can pick up a very nice 92-93 EX/SE w/ leather for that price though. MAybe even a 94-95 EX w/leather but with a lot of wear on it.
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Not for $4,000.

The V6 didnt come out until 96. HE can pick up a very nice 92-93 EX/SE w/ leather for that price though. MAybe even a 94-95 EX w/leather but with a lot of wear on it.
If a 96 4 cylinder goes for about 2,000.. why would a 98 v6 cost so much more?
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If a 96 4 cylinder goes for about 2,000.. why would a 98 v6 cost so much more?

Uh, what 96 I4 are you finding in any good shape costs only $2,000? MY 1990 LX I4 w/225k is worth $1,750 easily. A 92-93 EX I4 w/ 150k miles is worth $2,500-$3,000 easily.

The 96-97 V6's go for $5500-$6000 and up for a decent one.
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/search...0281&x=107&y=7

Even a 96 LX I4 will easily snag $4000.
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Old 10-17-2005, 08:40 PM   #15
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Not for $4,000.

The V6 didnt come out until 96. HE can pick up a very nice 92-93 EX/SE w/ leather for that price though. MAybe even a 94-95 EX w/leather but with a lot of wear on it.
The V6 first appeared in 1995.
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