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Old 08-13-2008, 09:07 AM
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Best 6-10k dollar car?

I am currently saving to buy a car cash. I am looking to purchase the best 6-10k car I can buy. I have only had cars no newer that 1990, so I'm not sure what the newer cars are like. Anyone had a car that they was good enough to be recommended to another? I am looking for a sedan or coupe, no trucks. Thanks
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Try a full-size GM sedan with the 3800 V6 engine. It's a very durable drivetrain and can rack up high miles without much expense. Examples are Pontiac Bonneville, Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue, Oldsmobile 88 and 98. This drivetrain was an available option on most mid-size sedans as well.
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Honda Accord. Boring but reliable, comfortable, and gets better than 30 mpg.
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I sure like my VW TDI, but they are at a premium right now (price-wise), and some have complained about VW's service. I have always serviced mine myself, and will take it to TDI-specific mechanics when the TB is due. You should be able to find a nice one for around $10K if you look carefully. Maintenance history showing correct oil use and TB changes are a must.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:28 AM
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i sure like my vw tdi, but they are at a premium right now (price-wise), and some have complained about vw's service. I have always serviced mine myself, and will take it to tdi-specific mechanics when the tb is due. You should be able to find a nice one for around $10k if you look carefully. Maintenance history showing correct oil use and tb changes are a must.
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Honda Accord. Boring but reliable, comfortable, and gets better than 30 mpg.
Yes, that would definitley have to be a newer one though. My brother has a 92' wich is pretty good, but his 96' is a real piece of junk.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:34 AM
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People around here seem to love their W124's. Would a 6k dollar or so 300e be a good prospect for another 7 years of daily driving?
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Need more info - sedan, coupe, sporty, boring, reliable as hell, mpg, luxury, basic, etc.

What do you want?
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:37 AM
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Try a full-size GM sedan with the 3800 V6 engine. It's a very durable drivetrain and can rack up high miles without much expense. Examples are Pontiac Bonneville, Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue, Oldsmobile 88 and 98. This drivetrain was an available option on most mid-size sedans as well.
I can certainly second that. My '03 Buick Park Avenue with the N/A 3.8 has been fantastic, and gets incredible mileage for a car its size: 21.5 or so during my 80% city driving, and about 32 (! yes, really) on the highway. Runs on regular.

They're tremendously undervalued. Mine was a $35K car when new; I bought it w/ 45,000 miles for about $14K, and the NADA site has it for $12K retail now. You might be able to find a 2002 for your $10,000 budget.
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I can certainly second that. My '03 Buick Park Avenue with the N/A 3.8 has been fantastic, and gets incredible mileage for a car its size: 21.5 or so during my 80% city driving, and about 32 (! yes, really) on the highway. Runs on regular.

They're tremendously undervalued. Mine was a $35K car when new; I bought it w/ 45,000 miles for about $14K, and the NADA site has it for $12K retail now. You might be able to find a 2002 for your $10,000 budget.
I don't have recent experience with Buicks, but what you say rings true to me. I recommended the Honda Accord, but I have to admit that they come at a premium price because Japanese cars have such a good reputation. I am still happy that I got the wife a 1998 Accord. I'm thinking that her transportation is one less thing to worry about for the next few years.

Another option would be a Subaru Impreza with a good suspension modification kit. Very reliable and much, much more fun than a Honda. The downside of Subaru is relatively poor fuel economy for a car that size.
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I am currently saving to buy a car cash. I am looking to purchase the best 6-10k car I can buy. I have only had cars no newer that 1990, so I'm not sure what the newer cars are like. Anyone had a car that they was good enough to be recommended to another? I am looking for a sedan or coupe, no trucks. Thanks
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Need more info - sedan, coupe, sporty, boring, reliable as hell, mpg, luxury, basic, etc.

What do you want?
Well I like a good sedan. I was thinking Lincoln LS v8. I don't need a necessarily powerful car, but since I don't want to finance a vehicle, It will take me about 2 years or so to save the money to buy cash. I can't make up my freakin mind if I wanna dump about 4k into the 420sel yet, or just dump the car. I just want a nice car that looks good, that isnt too terribly hard to maintain myself.
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94-95 W124 or 98-99 W140.
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94-95 W124 or 98-99 W140.
I was thinking W140 S500, but those things scare me. Have you owned one?
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