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Old 12-24-2010, 01:22 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.

Jetta Wagon


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


Doing my research but any first hand knowledge on these cars would be a huge help.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:15 PM   #46
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Many many cars would beg to differ, if you're going to throw around "car aficionado" I would hope you know what you're talking about...

G35, TL type S, TSX, Altima SE-R, s2000, 350z, mazdaspeed 3 & 6, G8 gt, and a shit ton more would like to have a word with you sir.
A bit out of the price range being bandied about, however.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:17 PM   #47
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Not trying to add more to your list but if it's not a Camry or Accord, I haven't owned it. If you want a car that's minimal maintenance (the BMW will not be), will last you to 250+ thousand miles (the Ford will not), and has been nothing but absolutely 10000% reliable to me, I'd go w/ either of those two.

As for your list if you're really stuck on it, I'd go w/ the Jetta. VW makes good cars and you can get them serviced at most places. I think Beemers require specific stores that do that. If the VW needs specific places also to get serviced, I suggest getting off the list and looking into what I said.
I just got out of an Accord and had a CRX in my younger years. If a good deal presents itself I'm not gonna turn it down because it's a Honda but I'd like to try something different.

Craigslist had about eleventybillion different Accords & Civics. Nothing that was an outstanding deal like the one I had that was totaled tho.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:17 PM   #48
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As for your list if you're really stuck on it, I'd go w/ the Jetta. VW makes good cars and you can get them serviced at most places. I think Beemers require specific stores that do that. If the VW needs specific places also to get serviced, I suggest getting off the list and looking into what I said.
VWs of that generation are notorious for their epic level of shittiness, read the first page:

http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/je...r-reviews.html
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:22 PM   #49
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A bit out of the price range being bandied about, however.
Of course, but fun doesn't come anywhere close to equaling shit. You just have to know what to look for, fun range for this $$ would be civic si, prelude, integra, mk2 MR2, 240, 300zx. Given all of these may require a lengthy search but they can be found, especially in Kansas.

Just don't like terms like aficionado being thrown around with an obvious lack of knowledge coming directly behind it. Unless fun to him starts at 300whp or something.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:24 PM   #50
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Drive to Denver and buy this one, one owner 120K stick with leather. Won't find anything nicer and faster than that for $6k. Should run to 200k with minimal maintenance. They also hold their value like you wouldn't believe I just sold a 2000 that I bought book for 7200 three years ago for 5900 after putting 30k on it.

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That's the car I should have bought 4 years ago instead of my Gay-lant. Fail on my part.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:27 PM   #51
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Of course, but fun doesn't come anywhere close to equaling shit. You just have to know what to look for, fun range for this $$ would be civic si, prelude, integra, mk2 MR2, 240, 300zx. Given all of these may require a lengthy search but they can be found, especially in Kansas.

Just don't like terms like aficionado being thrown around with an obvious lack of knowledge coming directly behind it. Unless fun to him starts at 300whp or something.
You are in my head man. I've been looking at everything not honda you just mentioned along with a couple of Supras and 3000GT.

The 3KGTs though have all been massive disappointments.

Looking at a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT. Any notions on those?

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:28 PM   #52
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That's the car I should have bought 4 years ago instead of my Gay-lant. Fail on my part.
My buddy had a mitsubishi galant. biggest piece of shit I ever rode in.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:30 PM   #53
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I just got out of an Accord and had a CRX in my younger years. If a good deal presents itself I'm not gonna turn it down because it's a Honda but I'd like to try something different.

Craigslist had about eleventybillion different Accords & Civics. Nothing that was an outstanding deal like the one I had that was totaled tho.
Well I can tell me you my father has been a Camry owner for almost 30 years. He's only had 3 of them. He gave one to me when I was first in college and I sold it (yes sold it although not for much haha) when it had 262k on it. Just some food for thought. He gave my bro his older one (the one after mine) and he still has it w/ 170k on it and it runs perfectly. Few minor malfunctions like a window motor needing replaced but nothing else unexpected.

I wouldn't do Craigslist either. The automobile people know this is economy is killing their business. You can bargain HARD. I got my latest car (an Accord) for significant discount after a 30 minute conversation w/ the guy. People on cragslist are negotiable for sure but that site just seems so damn sketchy to me. I'd rather go to a reputable dealer. That's just me though.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:31 PM   #54
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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.
I always note the expiration date on the quart bottle and make sure I change it before then. Oh, wait...
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Well I can tell me you my father has been a Camry owner for almost 30 years. He's only had 3 of them. He gave one to me when I was first in college and I sold it (yes sold it although not for much haha) when it had 262k on it. Just some food for thought. He gave my bro his older one (the one after mine) and he still has it w/ 170k on it and it runs perfectly. Few minor malfunctions like a window motor needing replaced but nothing else unexpected.

I wouldn't do Craigslist either. The automobile people know this is economy is killing their business. You can bargain HARD. I got my latest car (an Accord) for significant discount after a 30 minute conversation w/ the guy. People on cragslist are negotiable for sure but that site just seems so damn sketchy to me. I'd rather go to a reputable dealer. That's just me though.
At least to me, Camry's are the epitome of boring. Supras and Celicas though are not.
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My buddy had a mitsubishi galant. biggest piece of shit I ever rode in.
Mine has been nothing but ****ing garbage. Some of that is my own doing; most of it is not. I just stopped caring about the ****ing thing.
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At least to me, Camry's are the epitome of boring. Supras and Celicas though are not.
Right on man. Just a suggestion based off the cars you listed b/c while Camry's are "boring" so are the rest of the cars you listed so I figured that's what you were in the market for.

You're good w/ those choices either. I will never own anything that doesnt' have a Japanese name to it. I'm gonna go for a Maxima soon but my Honda's almost paid off so I'm gonna sit back and enjoy not having a car payment for a while. It's a good feeling
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I saw a G6 that was in the price range. Nice as cars as they are, I'm not sure I would trust a "modern" GM vehicle, especially that of a line that is now defunct.

I sincerely appreciate the input tho. It all helps.
GM isn't necessarily smart about what lines they kill. They brought out some kick-ass Oldsmobile designs that led sales for them right before they killed it. My G6 ran really well. GM sucked ass in the 70s. Now, IMO, they're all about the same quality in price range. A Pontiac might be the best value. I'm sure their price took a dive when they went defunt. So relative to other cars, you may get more car per dollar.

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