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Chelica815 Dec 7, 7:48am - #345205 
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Recommend me a used car - 8-9K budget

Hello,

So me and my g/f are looking for a used car. So far we are interested in two things, a used VW Golf or a Celica GT (O yeah, you know what I recommended).

But yeah, don't everyone say the Celica, we are trying to find options.

What do you think we should be looking for with a budget of 8-9K. This is going to be her car and she will be paying monthly for it, so something that is easy to maintain, reliable, and looking good of course.

So yeah, advice on...

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spaztikid Dec 7, 8:17am - #345206 
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get a 2k3 civic with like 15000 miles on it
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Chelica815 Dec 7, 8:24am - #345207 
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Yea, I suggested that but she dislike the Civic.

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Zero Dec 7, 8:41am - #345208 

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how about an S14/S15? (1997 240SX)
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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:44am - #345209 

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i love the 97 240... im also a big 240 fan
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spaztikid Dec 7, 8:45am - #345210 
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good luck finding that for 9k...

what about a miata or z3
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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:45am - #345211 

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hey zero are you a girl or guy
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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:46am - #345212 

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you can find a 97-98 240 in great shape for under 10000 easy
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Zero Dec 7, 8:46am - #345213 

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Originally Posted by spaztikid
good luck finding that for 9k...

what about a miata or z3


yah the one i found around 25miles from my ZIP was for 13k.

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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:46am - #345214 

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i live in nc though
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Zero Dec 7, 8:47am - #345215 

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Im a guy.

What about an S13? they go cheaper, plus you might have enough money to fix it up nicely. thumbsup

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spaztikid Dec 7, 8:47am - #345216 
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there is greater demand for nissan in socal... lots of drifter wannabe's
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Zero Dec 7, 8:48am - #345217 

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around my area a 1992 S13 goes for $3000.

check the link out: (i know that its around my area, but this is just an example)


http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ca...&cardist=19

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Zero Dec 7, 8:49am - #345218 

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Originally Posted by spaztikid
there is greater demand for nissan in socal... lots of drifter wannabe's


for reals.

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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:49am - #345219 

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yeah i have a lot of drifter wannabes around here


hey zero sorry about that... that pic of the girl was making question... shes hott i would keep her
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Zero Dec 7, 8:51am - #345220 

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hmm... what about the 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage. over here, they range around $4000. not bad for a 2000 model thumbsup

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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:51am - #345221 

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i bought my 240 for 45000 it was a 96 and had rims and racing shocks
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Zero Dec 7, 8:52am - #345222 

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^^^do you mean 4,500? because 45,000 is too expensive.

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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:53am - #345223 

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This Car's Details
Price $5,000
Mileage 165,000
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Zero Dec 7, 8:53am - #345224 

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Yo Alex, any comments?

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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:54am - #345225 

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my bad 4500
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Zero Dec 7, 8:54am - #345226 

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Paseos are nice. thumbsup

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Zero Dec 7, 8:55am - #345227 

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There are some 6th Gen Celicas that go for less than $10,000 thumbsup

Maybe she'd like a convertible. thumbsup

or you can look for a Miata, like Josh suggested.

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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:56am - #345228 

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what about a jeep wrangler i love those jeeps
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Zero Dec 7, 8:57am - #345229 

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Hey Andrew, you are exactly one day and one year younger than me. thumbsup grin

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celiwhite Dec 7, 8:57am - #345230 
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what about rx7's? not sure how much they go now tho idunno
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spaztikid Dec 7, 8:57am - #345231 
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who wants a car with 165k miles...

thumbsdown

look for low mileage and owned by an old person and never wrecked... then you'll get a car in perfect mechanical shape because old people dont push their cars at all.
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gts_drew Dec 7, 8:58am - #345232 

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speaking of 6th gen my friend took his inner right headlight out and put a Intake there i find it kind of weird
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gts_drew Dec 7, 9:01am - #345233 

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thats cool... man that pic is bugging me of your girl... its big and i cant think of as a man but as relly hott girl.
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gts_drew Dec 7, 9:02am - #345234 

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i love rx-7 but you can only find them in bad shape... i at a good price
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gts_drew Dec 7, 9:03am - #345235 

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man its getting late im miss spelling like crazzzzzzzy
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spaztikid Dec 7, 9:04am - #345236 
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i still have 2 hours of hw to do thumbsdown
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gts_drew Dec 7, 9:06am - #345237 

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i dont have hw anymore i have a full time job and working on my car everything... it sucks and its great... im going to college next fall for auto/body work
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You can prolly find an FC RX-7 for less than 10gs, but i found an FD RX-7 for around $13,000 thumbsup

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yes, an MRS would be a great car. thumbsup

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yeah i like our mr-s wink thumbsup


yeah i have a full time job too... and i'm a full time student... and somehow i still find enough time to post thirteen thousand times a year rofl
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badceli Dec 7, 11:02am - #345242 
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Chelica815,
Give us a little more info on what shes looking for. My wife has been driving me nuts for a couple years now because she can't decide what car to get.
It has to be a 4 door hatchback, good gas mileage, low miles and look good. She is torn between the Protege5, RAV4, Chevy Aveo and Scion XA.
After driving the Scion, I begged her to get it. Very nice car. She said no because she don't like the gauges in the middle of the dash. rolleyes
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ExNihilo Dec 7, 3:07pm - #345243 
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^^

xAs are kinda cool, but he said they're limited to a budget of about 8-9k. They've been out for less than a year. Corolla? Mazda MX-3, or Protege?

You need to decide what size, type, etc, first I think (i.e. 4-door, compact, sub-compact, small SUV, etc).

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RevMonster Dec 7, 3:10pm - #345244 

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If she doesn't need a backseat, you CANNOT go wrong with a Miata. I drove the one I had like a bumper car and it still loved me right back. Got up to 81k miles without EVER having a repair made on it.

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badceli Dec 7, 3:52pm - #345245 
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Good point ExNihilo. I forgot about that. Figures the only guy on here that is older than I am would be the one to correct me.
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ragingpaseo Dec 7, 4:01pm - #345246 
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man, everybody just went crazy with these sport compacts. first thing, what kind of car is she looking for? 2 door coupe, hatchback, sedan, any preference???
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Chelica815 Dec 7, 8:32pm - #345247 
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Wow, thanks for the input guys. Was not able to jump online for much yesterday because of work till ass crack of night. And today I had a final so yeah.

But I spoke with the g/f some more and we cut down most of the cars.

She wants something that
*looks nice, has to pass her looks taste, haha
*good mpg
*low milage used car, anything around 40K
*not wanting to fix anything up in terms of rebuild motors and all of that crap. She said if she does fix it up she will prolly get rims, depending how janked the stock rims are. Only exterior mods basically. FUN FUN FUN, can do something cool with the g/f like checking out car parts.
*4 door or 2 door, does not matter but it cannot be all cramped up like an RX7. A 2 door like the Celi is fine because folkers can fit behind.
*around 10K
*car must be known to be reliable, not like a Ford Focus for example with those bs recalls.
*has to be an Auto

But yeah, her choices as of today are:
Toyota Celica 2000+ GT
VW Golf 99+
Acura Integra 97+

But what do you guys think about the VW Golf? She really seems interested in that car because it looks "cute" lol. How realiable is it? I do not know much about the VW especially the Golf, any inside?

Keep in mind that this is for a girl, if the car starts crapping out, you know how sad they'll get.

Reason why I am so amped about this is because her car right now is a CRV and there isn't mush that you can do to a CRV and I myself do not really like SUV or mini SUV. With some sort of a smaller car, I can actually purchase car stuff for her and I wouldn't mind driving it either.

Once again, I appreciate your help.

O yeah, if anyone knows of any good deals on a Celica GT Auto in the Bay Area, let me know.

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Chelica815 Dec 7, 8:36pm - #345248 
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O yeah, price/value/reliability is a huge issue because like stated, she will be paying it off, so it would suck for the car to keep breaking down. That is why I am concern about the Golf.

How are the Integras? Are they all pretty much the same? Any years to look for, any years to stay away from?

Also, there a crapload of Integras on Craigslist that states that they have a salvage title or they were once impounded and etc. what's up with those? Stay away or a good deal?

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Chelica815 Dec 7, 9:58pm - #345250 
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She used to like the 97 Prelude I believe, but she does not like the body style after closely examining one.

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Chaz Dec 7, 10:10pm - #345251 
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I would recomend against the golf. my friend has one and it has been in the shop quite a few times.

don't get me wrong, it wasn't anything major but the cost of repair is pretty high on VWs.

the GTi is pretty cool though thumbsup

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Chelica815 Dec 7, 10:15pm - #345252 
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That was what I needed Chaz, honest truth. We checked reviews and most people complain about the Engine and the MAFS

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SLVCELI Dec 8, 12:15am - #345254 
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2000 and up Mitsubishi Eclipse. That is what my girlfriend is looking for around that price range and that was the only car that suited her and the price. thumbsup

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