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Posted: 5/28/2001 4:03:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/28/2001 4:03:24 PM EST by SoCalGunner]
My old faithful 85 Chevy Cavalier pretty much just died. I'm still in college, so I'm going to need a good car that will last me for a while until I get all the loans and such paid off. Anyone have a list of good, rock-solid, cars/trucks that can be had for less than say...4k? I know its sorta low, but I'm looking for something that can be as ugly as hell but will work whenever I need it to. Something that has a good "heft" to it, a good sized vehicle that won't be crushed like a soda can. Thanks.
Link Posted: 5/28/2001 4:09:20 PM EST
Full size Chevy Blazer or PU truck, '73 to '87. If gas mileage is a concern, look for a 6.2 diesel, mine gets 18 mpg after 260,000 miles. Durable enough?
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 8:53:34 AM EST
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 8:59:37 AM EST
Man, if you had posted this two weeks ago you could have had a black '94 Saturn sedan for $3K. When I got my new Nissan (*cough* rice-burner) I turned it into the dealer for under $2K. Sorry =P Jewbron~
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 11:32:03 AM EST
Jewbroni, did you have to dump your car after you had that run-in with the drunk thug a few weeks ago? GunLvr
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 11:48:02 AM EST
Toyota pick-up. You don't need anything special: 4 spd. two-wheel drive. 1989 was a hot year. Still has a carb. No "spaghetti" all over the engine for air pollution control. You can actually work on it yourself -- except you won't need to. I have 146K on mine and it runs like the day it came off the production line. Oil comes out on the change cleaner than it went in.
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 1:22:46 PM EST
I also like Toyota trucks, they run forever with very little maintenance. However, you should try to find an extra-cab, because there is not much space behind the seat. If you are in the PRK, perhaps you should consider buying a bicycle or taking the bus. hehehe.
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 1:39:37 PM EST
Stay away from anything Jeep. They look nice, and run o.k., but repairs cost $$$ and are frequent. radioman
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 2:31:38 PM EST
What paspecops said, the 6.2L is way underrated. It doesn't make the power of a 5.9L Cummins or Powerstroke, but it was never meant to. Even in a 1-ton truck with gears for hauling, you'll still get at least 15-18mpg empty, and 12-15mpg with it loaded as full as you can get it. I think in 1986 you could get one from the factory with a Banks turbocharger and special gauge package - that's definitely the way to go. These drive like a mildly warmed-over EFI 350 and deliver twice the fuel mileage. If you don't want a diesel, my recommendation is an '87 or newer Chevy/GMC pickup with EFI 350. It's not likely to need repairs, and if it does troubleshooting is simple and parts are inexpensive.
Link Posted: 5/29/2001 2:44:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/29/2001 2:42:58 PM EST by Garryowen]
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