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Old 12-24-2010, 12:22 AM  
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I've narrowed this down to 3 vehicles (though I reserve the right to add more as I find them). All prices are their asking price... not what I would pay.

2002 Ford Focus SVT w/ 72k miles - $5500
2002 VW Jetta Wagon w/ 98k miles - $6300
1993 BMX 740i w/ 50k miles - $4000

The Focus is the only one that is a stick shift but the other two are damn nice, fit the budget, and I would not mind driving any of them.

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Doing my research but any first hand knowledge on these cars would be a huge help.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:56 AM   #16
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I had an 04 Jetta. It was fine until it hit 85,000 miles. At that point, I had all sorts of problems; much of it being electrical. Also some stupid stuff like the water pump going bad, and the such. Over the course of a year I probably spent $1500 on fixing it. It culminated with the tranny going out.

My dad had an 86 Audi 5000 when we were growing up. He had similar electrical problems.

I do not recommend German, unless you're buying new.

Really, if I were you, I'd be looking at Japanese vehicles. Especially since you're looking at vehicles near 90k miles.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:26 AM   #17
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Keep shopping around. There are more cars out there.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:29 AM   #18
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Keep shopping around. There are more cars out there.
I have to agree with this. The three you picked, all have a very stong potential to be money pits.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:31 AM   #19
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:31 AM   #20
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The BMW's are built like a brick shithouse, but they cost a ton of money to maintain. Something to keep in mind.
Read this. Read it again. And once more for good measure.

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Old 12-24-2010, 08:35 AM   #21
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I've had a 2001 Jetta in the family fleet, and it nickled and dimed me. I kept wanting to like it, but there was a slow drip, drip, drip out of my wallet. I replaced it with a much newer Focus and haven't had a problem with it yet.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:38 AM   #22
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I have to agree with this. The three you picked, all have a very stong potential to be money pits.


His car choices are all over the place. I mean all three cars are so different.

The good news is that he isn't super picky and should be able to find something just not the cars shown.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:41 AM   #23
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lol...I once asked a guy at the quickie lube place about a Firebird that I only drove maybe 1500 miles a year, he said I should change it every 3 months no matter I many miles I drive. So that meant I should change the oil when I parked it for the winter in November, and then change it again in March with 0 miles on it...uhhhh, no.
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:49 AM   #24
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I've narrowed this down to 3 vehicles (though I reserve the right to add more as I find them). All prices are their asking price... not what I would pay.

2002 Ford Focus SVT w/ 72k miles - $5500
2002 VW Jetta Wagon w/ 98k miles - $6300
1993 BMX 740i w/ 50k miles - $4000

The Focus is the only one that is a stick shift but the other two are damn nice, fit the budget, and I would not mind driving any of them.

Jetta Wagon


BMW


Ford (no image attached... stock pic only)


Doing my research but any first hand knowledge on these cars would be a huge help.
Which one can you buy cash?
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:58 AM   #25
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I have to agree with this. The three you picked, all have a very stong potential to be money pits.
That Focus will run forever, stay away from that BMW its not worth it even if it were free.
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:05 AM   #26
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lol...I once asked a guy at the quickie lube place about a Firebird that I only drove maybe 1500 miles a year, he said I should change it every 3 months no matter I many miles I drive. So that meant I should change the oil when I parked it for the winter in November, and then change it again in March with 0 miles on it...uhhhh, no.
Crooks man. I agree with changing it once a year no matter what, but every 3 months no matter what? Screw that non-sense.
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:06 AM   #27
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:19 AM   #28
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have a mechanic look over any car you chose but maintaince records are a key to longevity of any car. The oil should be change depending on type of driving anywhere from 3,000 to 7,500 miles.
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:30 AM   #29
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That Focus will run forever, stay away from that BMW its not worth it even if it were free.
THIS for sure THIS. **** that bmw. trust me on this....
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:52 AM   #30
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I would start over on your search. Based on the range of vehicles you described, it doesn't sound like you have a plan. Its not a good idea to make a major purchase without first forming a plan. (Don't confuse researching with planning.)

Any of those cars might work out fine, but you need to figure out your needs first.

dude... I've done nothing but look at cars over the past few weeks.

all 3 fit my needs and all 3 I can buy in cash.

TBH, these are my criteria

1. reliable
2. not boring

everything else is up for grabs. what I mean by not boring is that I will not buy a ford taurus or a 1991 Chevy Celebrity no matter how well it's been taken care of how detailed their record keeping was.
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