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Old 06-05-2008, 09:50 AM
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If you have to "invest" 5k or more to get a nice looking and running car, you are better off to pay that up front and get a much better car.

Now, if you only have $1900, and are doing the installment plan.... you still should discount the car sufficiently to deduct your efforts. Why should the seller get the advantage of your labor?
Jim, I was joking.

Seriously, even the $5-6K cars will require a significant investment over the years. All the higher purchase price buys you is a little time, because the car starts out in decent shape. You will still spend at least $1000 per year on the usual nits once you get everything sorted out initially (especially if you have some-one else doing the work). We all understand that buying one of these (and keeping it decent) is a significant financial commitment.

If the OP can get something decent with low miles for $2K, they will end up with a good $4000 driver after they take care of the stuff on the list. Then they will start spending about $1000 per year to keep up with all the stuff that breaks on any 25 year old car, just like the rest of us. IMHO, it's still a good deal compared to the new ones.

If someone only has $1900 to spend on a car, they need to be shopping for a decent used (but ugly) domestic sedan with relatively low repair costs. I would not recommend an old benz to anyone who was not always prepared to write a $2000 check for some unexpected repair, it will happen sooner or later.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:28 AM
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I say dont be skeered
the wifes 2004 Tauras requires $1000 in upkeep per year too
nothing on that list is anything but maintenice
except for the A/C
of course my A/C doesnt work either
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the wifes 2004 Tauras requires $1000 in upkeep per year too
About the only way to avoid that is to buy late model ($10-15,000) generic ricers and drive them with the minimum required maintenance until they start needing attention, then dump them and buy another one. Not much fun, but cheap.
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You guys are nailing it on the head. I plan on starting with the A/C, brakes, cv boot and go from there. I drove it a bit longer today, and I can see great potential in this car. The seats need to be rebuilt, the transmission shifts a little firm at low speeds and of course a lot of little but important things like turn signals. The search feature will become my friend and I hope you all don't mind an occasional question or two. I look forward to the learning.

Thanks to all and all opinions are taken in, but not all are digested.

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Old 06-05-2008, 11:23 PM
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If you are planning to pay to have someone work on these cars, you're better off with something 20 years newer.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:27 PM
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If you are planning to pay to have someone work on these cars, you're better off with something 20 years newer.
Yup. Nothing more expensive than a cheap benz. Esp if you pay someone to work on it.
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If you are planning to pay to have someone work on these cars, you're better off with something 20 years newer.
Assuming that you could find something 20 years newer that you could stand driving. Personally, I can't think of anything.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:45 PM
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Assuming that you could find something 20 years newer that you could stand driving. Personally, I can't think of anything.


LOL, I do enjoy hopping into the Chevy truck at times. At least the A/C will REALLY get you cold.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:47 PM
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LOL, I do enjoy hopping into the Chevy truck at times. At least the A/C will REALLY get you cold.
Trucks don't count, I can't stand plastic cars.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:57 PM
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Don't worry, I wouldn't be driving a Civic or Spectra either.
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