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Old Feb 9, 2019, 06:57 PM
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Need help figuring out what to get - part time beater for less then $2500

Last year I sold off all my spare cars so that I could buy the evo. Now the evo has to go under the knife for 2-4 weeks and I need a spare car. No way I would DD my Bug for a month so I am now shopping for something dirt cheap to get me by and to keep as a spare vehicle. I am going to post a list of vehicles I had in mind. If any of you have experience with any of them, I would like to hear your thoughts! If anyone else has different model recommendations, throw them out there. My only real need is a 4 door so I can haul the kid around. No fun getting a car seat out of a 2 door. I said cheap so I am thinking under 3k, $2500 preferred.

vehicles in interest so far...

- Infinity fx35
- BMW 3 series (early 2000 model)
- Benz c230 (early to mid 2000s)
- Audi A4 (mid to late 2000s)
- Infinity G35 (early 2000s)

open to any other suggestions that you have had good luck with.
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At that price level, go w/a nice, simple Toyota Camry
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I bought a 2000 honda civic with 74,000 miles and I love it. I have 3 other "mint" cars that I don't want to get winter salt on so I drive the civic as my daily. Very happy with the civic. I am getting 27.5 combined MPG and the car is a breeze to work on.
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FX35 for $2500? Damn.
I would go TSX if you want the most car for the $2500, but at that price point you're going for the car that's in the best condition, period.
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At that price level, go w/a nice, simple Toyota Camry
And the probability is high you can at least sell the Camry for what you paid when you're done with it.
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Thanks for the input guys. I was trying to stay away from fwd but beggars cant be choosers at this point. So adding to the list we have...

- Camry
- Civic
- TSX maybe even TL?

I had two more thoughts

- Normal Lancer?
- Corolla
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240sx or miata. Both RWD and fun as hell to drive. Take it from someone who dailys a corolla.
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Pal - has to be 4 door! You want to sell the Corolla haha?

Here is a Lancer I found. Doesnt look bad. Plus it would give me the option to go wingless haha!

https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/...796123687.html
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That's not bad at all. I keep forgetting they have similar interior to us haha
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i love my 07 automatic corolla lmao. just crossed 250k last night
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The cars you listed on the OP will be money pit disasters at your price point. You need to find a well maintained high mileage civic or corolla.
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i love my 07 automatic corolla lmao. just crossed 250k last night
That is good to know they actually last! Any major issues in the time you have owned it?

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The cars you listed on the OP will be money pit disasters at your price point. You need to find a well maintained high mileage civic or corolla.
Ya I was talking to a few of my buddies and pretty much said the same thing as you. My rwd/decent power dream has pretty much gone out the window...

I still like the idea of a matching Lancer but just dont know if they are good vehicles or not. Seeing that the one I posted has 75k on it, I dont think thats too bad and should make it to 100k which would take me who knows how many years to hit.
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That is good to know they actually last! Any major issues in the time you have owned it?
the most reliable car i have ever owned. just keep up with basic maintenance of oil changes. i flush coolant and trans every 60k. there's nothing else to the car lol.
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The base lancers are perfectly reliable. They definitely aren't the best car in the segment in other categories for the price though.
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I just thought of another 4 door car that is cheap, fun, and RWD, but it's not that reliable. I want one though lmao.

2004 Mazda RX8

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/...808426308.html
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