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Dec 19, 1999 (10:05 pm)
That seems like the most miles I've seen on a Honda. I like to spend my free time (you can tell by this that I have no life) roaming junkyards looking at odometers and searching for obscure Japanese cars. (Found a '77 200-SX last week...the styling on those is pure Japanese horror movie) I haven't seen any Civics yet over 300K. I saw a couple 80's Accords recently with 300-plus. I know maintenance is expensive on those, what with valve adjustments and timing belt and whatnot. Changing the timing belt at the dealer is about $250, times eight, he could have easily spent $2000 on rubber belts in 500K.
Jan 24, 2000 (9:47 pm)
I'm not a courier, but I have to add this:
I really like the SR20DE engine in my NX2000 (also found in the 200sx SE-R, G20, etc.) It's very lightly stressed, because it comes turbocharged in Japan, and has a TIMING CHAIN!
Bulletproof, unlike a belt.
#11 of 18 Honda Quality
Mar 02, 2000 (5:15 am)
I'm not a courier, but I do deliver when I have time (deliver pizza's that is). I drive a 1990 Honda Accord with 190k. Its fun (read fast enough), gets great mileage, almost never gets noticed by cops (2 warnings, no tickets), has plenty of room, etc. I love the car, and I could go on and on about it for a long time...(my friends even named it, but thats a whole other story...)
Anyway, its a great car (from my experience) and I recommend it to anyone delivering pizza's.....actualy, I recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable, fun, and relatively easy to work on car.
#12 of 18 bout time i found other couriers!
Mar 09, 2000 (8:22 pm)
hey, im an independent courier out of Columbia,SC.Ive got a 97 Nissan king cab 4cyl,5speed....I got it in July with 20k and now (March) its got 111k!!! it still runs good, a/c went out...needs allignment, tires , shocks and the engine light has been on since i got it...but its still goin
im looking at a 94 aspire...ive heard good things about them like 40mpg,,,runs forever...to a courier thats a dream come true.....anyone know anything about them? thaks
Apr 22, 2000 (2:04 am)
The aspire is supposed to be a decent car. The courier work I did was almost all in my 1995 Metro. A 1995 Metro can be purchased for $2000-$3000. There is a 1995 automatic in Dallas for $2500 and a 1995 standard in Dallas for $2195. OF course mine would be for sale if I could get enough for it, and I still owe close to $3K. The Metros are great, I would prefer them to the Aspires just because the Aspires are built by Kia and they are falling into hard times, just went bankrupt and got bought by Hyundai. The Geo Metros from 1995 on are built at CAMI in Canada and are great cars. There are a couple for sale on Excite Classifieds and hundreds for sale in Yahoo!. If you can put up with manual steering, a weak fan, a dome light with the power of a single match, and no power, the Metro is a fine choice. Get an LSi with the four-cylinder and either transmission. The automatic is bulletproof and easy to drive but only gets 30-34mpg. The stick is a good stick and gets 39-44mpg but is tedious, and the clutch in the Metro feels cheap, although they don't seem to fail too often.
Jun 25, 2000 (9:50 pm)
Have a l998 swift, would like to know if the geo metro parts will fit? Things like headlight ass. air con. fans etc., it seems like I don't know where to go on the net to find suzuki parts? Is the dealer the only place?
#15 of 18 carlady
Jun 26, 2000 (8:18 pm)
In addition to the help you get here, covington1, be sure to check out our Aftermarket & Accessories conference!
Jul 01, 2000 (11:10 pm)
See my post at topic #96!
Occupant1, you seem like a guru (tip my hat to you), please help: what exactly do you couriers do? Excuse my ignorance but it's just because the excitement: you seem to be doing a lot of driving (which I love) and must be getting paid for it! Come September I will be in Florida with no definite job plans and willing to try something new. How do you get hired in the field, how do you look jobs up? I hope I'm not too intrusive, just curious...
Jul 14, 2000 (5:23 pm)
The way I have done it is to be an independent contractor. That way, you do deliveries for the company but are not employed by the company. You pay taxes by keeping track of your income and your mileage, just like you were in business for yourself, which, legally, you are. Each mile you drive is worth a deduction, if you drive enough miles, you pay no taxes because your expenses exceed your income. So if the deduction for the year is 32 cents a mile and you drove 80,000 miles, your deduction amount is $25,600. If you made $25,600 you pay no taxes. Anything over that (and you will make more than that) and that is all you have to pay taxes on. It can get more involved, but that's as simple as it has been for me.
The trick is to drive a car needing little or no maintenance. My Geo Metro cost me $3000 to buy and I spent all of $800 on repairs. Gas costs, insurance, etc, and all accounted for, my actual expenses were only about $7,600 on 49,000 miles driven. I also drove other cars like a Tempo, a Tercel, and a Dynasty, and kept track of those miles as well. I made about $36,000, and only had to pay taxes on about $10K of it.
Just try and find a company that keep you on the road, and not sitting around in the office waiting on a delivery. Dynamex is national, ought to be in Florida, too.
#18 of 18 new courier car
Oct 23, 2000 (3:33 am)
I purchased a 1995 Ford Aspire to continue doing courier work now that I have moved back to Texas.
This car has a tiny advantage over my Metro thanks to a standard transmission. I have been averaging 35mpg and got 39mpg on the last tank after some minor maintenance. It also feels larger inside, and I removed the back seat just like I did with the Metro. The hatchback has a larger opening and the doors also seem larger. The Aspire is taller than the Metro so this is probably why it feels so much larger.
I have been told there are medical deliveries available to drivers in the evenings and I can't wait to take advantage of the extra commissions!