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Posted: 10/2/2005 6:44:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 7:08:48 PM EDT by ColonelKlink]
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:47:24 PM EDT
I wuold think any of the Hondas would be great. I'd put my money on a used Honda before ANY Dodge/Chrysler.

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:47:33 PM EDT
Any of those Hondas over the Dodge anyday.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:47:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 6:50:33 PM EDT by VooDoo3dfx]
Toyota Celica.

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:47:59 PM EDT
I like Honda's but I'd think you would do good to consider the Toyota Corolla also. pretty comparable to the Civic and just as reliable. Forget the Neon.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:48:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
I wuold think any of the Hondas would be great.



+1

Accords and Civics, when properly maintained, are on average some of the most reliable reaonably-priced cars (along with the Toyota Camry and Corolla).

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:52:02 PM EDT
The trick is, with the Hondas, particularly the Civic, they are inexpensive to start out with. Often times they are bought by people who are, well, cheap. They don't care about their cars and don't maintain them.

If you're not in a serious pinch, take your time, and look around. I'm sure there are some cherry used Hondas in great condition that are within your price range simply due to depriciation.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:54:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:55:33 PM EDT
My daughter has a neon. Avoid them like the plauge.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:56:04 PM EDT
Hondas, Volvos, Subarus
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:08:20 PM EDT
2 years ago I picked up a 2001 Saturn SC2 with 24k miles on it for $8,600 (base price). I added some stuff on and plus tax and stuff it came to $11000.

I love this car.

Call around to Saturn dealerships...they automatically lower the asking price of used cars on the lot based on how long they've been there...the other ones that were the same model and year but more miles were STARTING at about $11k...so I lucked out something serious.

Anyway...Saturn builds a great car, and the SC/SL cars that still use the Saturn engine are real good, Satrun had a real strong block on those engines, last forever.

It can get very close to 40MPG on the highway. With my driving habits it's about 28-30MPG highway.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:14:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:15:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:46:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ColonelKlink:
I am looking in the under $10,000 used 4-banger category...

00'ish VW GTI



Don't forget the TDI. My '02 Golf gets low 40s for mileage around town, and 50 on the highway. But with any VW, I'd make sure they have maintenance records.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:52:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DanishM1Garand:
My daughter has a neon. Avoid them like the plauge.



Rides like a broken skateboard, does it?
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:57:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:58:52 PM EDT
I have a civic, but I lust after Preludes.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:59:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:00:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 8:01:26 PM EDT by twonami]
another car to consider is a GEO Prizm, basically a rebadged Toyota Corolla but can be gotten for much cheaper cause of it's brand
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:02:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ColonelKlink:
I am looking in the under $10,000 used 4-banger category.



I want something decent, preferably 1995+ year, with decent paint and excellent mechanical condition. I have been considering the following cars, and was wondering if there were any others I should consider:

95-00'ish Honda Accord Yes
95-00'ish Honda Civic Yes
95-00'ish Honda Prelude Yes
99-02'ish Dodge Neon R/T No
00'ish VW GTI NO
Toyota Camry YES!
Toyota Carolla YES

I was also wondering what kinda interest rate you can expect on a used car loan?






That was easy. I would go for the Camry. For 10k you should be able to find a decent '99 or '00.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:02:28 PM EDT
Hyundai?

I would avoid civic and corolla. look at the slightly larger and reasonably comfortable accord or camry.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:04:14 PM EDT
Toyota Camry or Honda Accord get LEs if available little better performance-wise.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:06:26 PM EDT
Scion Xa or Xb. Made by Toyota and get 38 mpg
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:10:13 PM EDT
How about a "good" condition 1992 3000GT for $2200? Red, runs great, needs some cosmetic touch ups.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:29:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 8:30:24 PM EDT by Hoplite]
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:29:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ColonelKlink:
What about mitsubishi anyone got any experience with them? Are they as reliable as the other japanese cars?




In general, mitsubishi is not quite as reliable as Honda, Toyota and Mazda (and their luxury divisions, obviously).

Mitsubishi has been VERY close to bankruptcy several times in the last few years - and were bailed out at the last minute by banks/investors.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:30:52 PM EDT
Read the sig to see what I don't recommend.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:42:57 PM EDT
Scion tC, nice sporty lil car made by toyota


i just bought one, waiting on the dealer to install all the options
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:48:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Guntoting_Spartan:
Scion tC, nice sporty lil car made by toyota
www.kpbj.com/images/automotive/2005ScionTC1708_LG.jpg

i just bought one, waiting on the dealer to install all the options



God damn, a sparty with some sense. This is a great suggestion. The Scions are a great deal. Toyota without the expensive badge. A year or 2 year old Scion will last you year and will cost $10k or less depending on the model.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 9:09:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Guntoting_Spartan:
Scion tC, nice sporty lil car made by toyota
www.kpbj.com/images/automotive/2005ScionTC1708_LG.jpg

i just bought one, waiting on the dealer to install all the options



I have a friend who bought a TC and HATES it!!
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 9:14:11 PM EDT
im sure you can say that for damn near any car.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 9:17:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 9:17:36 PM EDT by shop_rat45]

Originally Posted By Guntoting_Spartan:
im sure you can say that for damn near any car.



At least it's not an XA or an XB.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 10:18:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 10:28:10 PM EDT
Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Acura Legend, Lexus ES300, Pontiac Bonneville SSR.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 10:33:53 PM EDT
I bought a used Accord, and my sister has a newer used Camry. Both are great cars. The only problem I've had is a broken ignition switch. Otherwise it runs like a top.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 9:18:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 9:18:59 AM EDT by Hoplite]
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 9:40:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 9:43:03 AM EDT by mayday]
Just go to Ebaymotors and see the mileage on some Hondas! There are quite a few with well over 100,000 miles and still going strong. heck there's some with 228,000 miles and I'm willing to bet are still pulling strong. I sold my Prelude with 187,000 and it was ROCK solid.

Ebay Preludes

Link Posted: 10/3/2005 9:40:49 AM EDT
Saturns have excellent engines and can be found rather cheaply. My dad got 37mpg in his 96 auto sc1.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 10:03:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/4/2005 5:56:08 AM EDT by pathfinder74]

Originally Posted By ColonelKlink:
I am looking in the under $10,000 used 4-banger category.
95-00'ish Honda Civic

I was also wondering what kinda interest rate you can expect on a used car loan?



Go with whatever has the bets gas milage. Almost a no brainer given the price at the pumps. Odds are it'll end up being the Civic.

If you have amechanic that can look the vehicle over for you prior to making the purchase to mak sure you're not going to be replacing anything in less than a year it might serve you well.

You're interest rate is based on your credit rating. If you don't have much in terms of a credit record or worse if you're a deadbeat you can expect to pay a high rate. If not you should have little to no issues with an intrest rate. You might be better to try getting a personal loan through you bank than going through the loan guy at the dealer. It'll give you a little better negotiating power when you walkin with a check for $10k and say that's what you have and that's all you're paying. Otherwise they drag you around trying to make you pay for more than you planned on paying.

ETA: Can you throw an update in the title when you get to the deciding point. I'd like to know what you end up getting but I don't want to have to keep reading all the side disucssions without knowing if there's actually news of your purchase. Thanks.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:29:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shop_rat45:

Originally Posted By Guntoting_Spartan:
Scion tC, nice sporty lil car made by toyota
www.kpbj.com/images/automotive/2005ScionTC1708_LG.jpg

i just bought one, waiting on the dealer to install all the options



I have a friend who bought a TC and HATES it!!



Really? Why?

Curious.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:52:16 PM EDT
Find someone that is a manager or mantenance man at a large apartment complex(they usually get to know every one there and all their personal buseness) weather they want to or not!!!!

There is allways an older person that just has to give up driving,and thier cars are allways serviced,and damn near pristine!!!

Best I can do!!!

Bob
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 8:28:45 PM EDT
Be careful you don't end up with a "flood car" from NO.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 8:53:12 PM EDT
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