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Posted: 7/19/2008 8:08:18 AM EST
Well seeing I cant stand being in NYC a moment longer then I have to. I will be leaving next year. But the problem is trying to get a auto. Looking for a cheap reliable 4 banger. Nothing fancy, just transport to and from work. I am trying to factor how much money I will need for a car. Most liekly will purchase in new mexico. Rather then drive 2500 miles by car. And it needs to be relatively easy to fix. Not like damn german engineering . 4-6k range

Not looking for anything fancy or low milage just drives and can be maintained by myself.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:10:30 AM EST
Truck, Car or SUV?
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:11:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By Texaspyro21:
Truck, Car or SUV?
car gas is to high to afford a commuter suv or truck
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:11:26 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 8:12:05 AM EST by paul_the_welder]

Originally Posted By Thumper45:
Well seeing I cant stand being in NYC a moment longer then I have to. I will be leaving next year. But the problem is trying to get a auto. Looking for a cheap reliable 4 banger. Nothing fancy, just transport to and from work. I am trying to factor how much money I will need for a car. Most liekly will purchase in new mexico. Rather then drive 2500 miles by car. And it needs to be relatively easy to fix. Not like damn german engineering . 4-6k range

Not looking for anything fancy or low milage just drives and can be maintained by myself.



Definetly buy it in new mexico, rust factor in new york would be bad. I would suggest a mid to late 90's toyota or honda. I just picked up a 91 toyota celica with 115,000 miles on it for 2 grand. Runs excellent gets 30-34mpg. Look around ask if they have had the timing belt replaced lately as this will cause major engine problems if not serviced on time.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:13:20 AM EST
I've got a '92 Ford Escort. The ones from '91-'96 were pretty good. I like mine a lot. Good car, good hauler with the hatchback. 35MPG in the city. I paid $1200 for it, but you can do better than that. It passes the Autozone test really well too. Or you could always get some rice. Either or would probably be good.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:17:34 AM EST
Subaru if you can find one.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:19:12 AM EST
Yeah I am trying to get everything in order. I cant join border patrol yet, but I want to get everything else in line before I am told to show up at the academy. I meet all their standards and exceed them, just to young
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:26:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 8:27:29 AM EST by TerribleTom]
Fro 4-6K you should be able to buy choose from quite a few used vehicles.

Once you arrive in NM, rent a car for a week or so and spend some time looking for a private party vehicle. Pay for a month of CarFax. CarFax isn't as cool as they say it is, but it will let you know if the owner is being truthful about being the first or second owner. Try to find a single-owner vehicle with complete maintenance records. If the owner cared enough to keep records, you know they took good care of the car. Be patient. It might take a while to find the right deal.

Try to do some research beforehand. Look at vehicles in NYC. Go to used car lots and look under the hood. If you want something easy to fix, I presume you know how to work on cars. Most FWD cars don't have a lot of room under the hood. A RWD car or pickup is usually easier to work on than a FWD car. In general, the newer the vehicle the harder it will be to work on. With your budget, you should not have to do a lot of work on the vehicle anyways.

You can research prices and vehicles online, too. Edmunds.com is my personal favorite for researching models & prices.

Any of the Japanese makes will be reliable past 200K miles if well maintained. An '01 Nissan Sentra or a slightly older Honda Civic would probably do the job quite nicely. In the same <10YO age range I'd look at the Toyota Corolla and Mazda Protege, too. Subaru is nice but not exactly known for easy maintenance. You can probably get a much newer domestic vehicle and it may even be easier to work on.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:31:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By TerribleTom:
Fro 4-6K you should be able to buy choose from quite a few used vehicles.

Once you arrive in NM, rent a car for a week or so and spend some time looking for a private party vehicle. Pay for a month of CarFax. CarFax isn't as cool as they say it is, but it will let you know if the owner is being truthful about being the first or second owner. Try to find a single-owner vehicle with complete maintenance records. If the owner cared enough to keep records, you know they took good care of the car. Be patient. It might take a while to find the right deal.

Try to do some research beforehand. Look at vehicles in NYC. Go to used car lots and look under the hood. If you want something easy to fix, I presume you know how to work on cars. Most FWD cars don't have a lot of room under the hood. A RWD car or pickup is usually easier to work on than a FWD car. In general, the newer the vehicle the harder it will be to work on. With your budget, you should not have to do a lot of work on the vehicle anyways.

You can research prices and vehicles online, too. Edmunds.com is my personal favorite for researching models & prices.

Any of the Japanese makes will be reliable past 200K miles if well maintained. An '01 Nissan Sentra or a slightly older Honda Civic would probably do the job quite nicely. In the same <10YO age range I'd look at the Toyota Corolla and Mazda Protege, too. Subaru is nice but not exactly known for easy maintenance. You can probably get a much newer domestic vehicle and it may even be easier to work on.
I can do alot of the work that the vehicle will most likely need over the next few years. Just remembred all the horrors stories about trying to fix german cars.


I will be renting a car in new mexico to use while I look for a good deal. Been looking in ny just been looking at big old trucks
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:44:08 AM EST
I assume you'll be heading for the training center in Artesia. Nice facility, but most
choose not to reside there. Carlsbad to the south or Roswell to the north is preferred.

Shoot me an IM before you arrive, I'll look locally for a vehicle that might suit your
needs. Check out Craigslist, I've seen some good used well priced units listed.

Good news is that there's no state inspection or emissions, no need the sweat the minor details.

Good luck!
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:48:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:
I assume you'll be heading for the training center in Artesia. Nice facility, but most
choose not to reside there. Carlsbad to the south or Roswell to the north is preferred.

Shoot me an IM before you arrive, I'll look locally for a vehicle that might suit your
needs. Check out Craigslist, I've seen some good used well priced units listed.

Good news is that there's no state inspection or emissions, no need the sweat the minor details.

Good luck!
I wont be stationed in rosewell after I finish the academy But I figured buying a car in the area would be more advisable then renting a car to drive to texas.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 9:21:17 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 9:29:20 AM EST
My daily beater is a 93 honda accord. You cannot beat them for the price + how long they last. Mine has 380K on it, minor maintence. Doesn't get the BEST mileage, probably 22-23 in city 30-32 on highway since its an automatic. BUT they are cheap, and you see tons of them on the road, they are very reliable. 1990-1993 honda accord series.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 11:27:48 AM EST
Cheap 4 banger? Oh a car. I guess you didn't mean a crack ho after all.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 12:25:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
Cheap 4 banger? Oh a car. I guess you didn't mean a crack ho after all.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 12:39:02 PM EST
For the money i say $3-4000 you can get a nice nissan with 100K they are good cars..Expect to pay for a Honda or Toyota though..
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:05:06 PM EST
My ex-wife is a four finger banger.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 2:38:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By 18th-Airborne:
My ex-wife is a four finger banger.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 3:18:03 PM EST
Honda, or Toyota.

Do not buy a VW or any other european car for that matter. Maintennance and repair will kill you.
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