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#2009 of 3640 A local car dealer ... opinions on this?
May 04, 2010 (3:10 am)
OK, so I went and looked at some cars on a local car dealer's lot. The cars have a Free Carfax Vehicle History Report and a clean title guarantee. 3 month or 3,000 miles warranty, or they have extended warranty service plans.
There are two cars there, that I feel are pretty good deals, but have some hesitations.
1. 2002 Saturn SL1, 28,000 miles: $5,900 - it's in excellent condition, outside and in. I haven't test drove it yet ... might today. Blue book for that is: $5,100.
I researched it a bit online, saw that they had problems with that year ... leaking oil, and even when repaired, the seal doesn't hold. Uses lots of oil also. Do you guys know anything about that?
2. 2001 Nissan Altima, 62,000 miles: $6,400 - also in excellent condition. Blue book: $6,800.
It's under BB value ... so that's a good thing BUT, I read that the engines can catch on fire, or at least some of them ... and trouble with the intake manifold gasket ... also valve cover gasket.
So .. that's down the road from me. I might test them today and ask a few questions of the dealer.
Any thoughts on those two? Sure hope you guys don't get tired of me... LOL .. I'm really scared that I'll get stuck with a lemon, and I just can't afford to.
#2011 of 3640 Re: Another one [diana_elaine]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
May 04, 2010 (3:21 am)
No car at all..it's a pure scam.
They get the pictures from some other ad on the internet.. You can submit an ad to your local paper on-line. Plus, almost all local papers are hooked up with Cars.com for their ads. That doesn't make it legitimate. Chances are this is some kid in Nigeria...
As mentioned above, if someone really had a $10K car that they just wanted to get rid of fast, they'd walk into a Nissan dealer and walk out with a check in 30 minutes.. They wouldn't take out an ad to sell it for $2800.
In the car business, you can make a good deal, but you aren't going to steal a car for 1/2 its value.
#2012 of 3640 Re: A local car dealer ... opinions on this? [diana_elaine]
May 04, 2010 (6:04 am)
It is good that you are doing your research.
I have also been scared off the Altima not long ago, so I know what you are referring to. It is probably best just to forget that car.
And, yes, it looks like the SL has head gasket issues. Also something I would not want to mess with if I were you.
It sounds like you are looking for any decent mid-sized car.
I suggest a Mazda6i (4-cyl model). There are some reports of timing chain failure on the '03s, but I don't see the same complaints on the '04+ years.
You may also want to look for an '03+ Elantra. Those seem to have good reliability, too, and are cheap cheap to buy.
#2013 of 3640 Re: A local car dealer ... opinions on this? [qbrozen]
May 04, 2010 (6:13 am)
I second that, about an '03-'06 Elantra. They're smaller than something like an Accord, but a little more roomy than something like a Focus or a Civic; should be able to find one in good shape for a reasonable price.
#2014 of 3640 Re: A local car dealer ... opinions on this? [thegraduate]
May 04, 2010 (8:49 am)
Unfortunately, the word has gotten out about how good the Gen 3 Elantras are, and their prices are going up steadily. The value of my 2004 GT has actually increased over the past year. It might be possible to find a good sample under $6k, but it will likely have lots of miles and no ABS. I finally gave up on my search for a reasonably priced used car like an Elantra and went the lease route, $179/mo for 39 mos. a 2010 Sentra 2.0S. Payments are about the same if I bought a $6k car, paid all the taxes and fees, and financed it over 4 years. And no worries about unexpected expenses.
#2015 of 3640 Re: A local car dealer ... opinions on this? [backy]
May 04, 2010 (9:50 am)
backy: that's exactly what I wanted to do in the beginning ... lease a car. But my income is too low they said, I'm on SSI and get a bit from husband for alimony. I'm bummed.
May 05, 2010 (4:11 am)
UGH! Tested several cars yesterday ... nothing good. Those 4 cyl. have no power! LOL, I'm too use to my Chrysler Concorde and it's powerful engine.
Haven't tried the Elantra yet ... still looking for one nearby me. I'm also looking to see if I can find a Honda Accord in my price range ... probably not without high miles, but I can try. And speaking of that, how high is TOO high, on the mileage on an Accord? In other words, if I find one within my price range, but it has over 100,000 .... is it worth still considering?
Sometimes I feel I want to overall my car and keep it. But alas, he's 15 years old, and who knows how much longer he'll run?
So .... I keep on truckin.
#2017 of 3640 Re: Still looking [diana_elaine]
May 05, 2010 (5:05 am)
I drive a '96 Accord 4-cylinder 52 miles round-trip to work each day. It now has 210k miles. I've spent around $300/year on repair; usually one component simply gets old and starts to have a problem. The only time I was left stranded by it was when I noticed my radiator had a tiny hairline-crack and miniscule leak, so I had it replaced; the dealer didn't properly clamp a hose and all my coolant ran out on I-59 in Birmingham. In July. During afternoon rush-hour. It was a rough afternoon!
Overall though, I'd trust the car to take me to the beach. The A/C still blows cold, I use the cruise control daily, and have a rear power-door lock that doesn't work. Beyond that, the car doesn't even have a rattle, and brings right at 30 MPG if I keep my highway speed at 70 or under.
Does that mean everyone has had such good luck with high-mileage Accords? No, but it seems that the older the Accord, the more reliable they tended to be. I have a 2006 Accord with 60k miles on it, but still love my old '96 as the daily driver; I got it in 2002 with 120k miels on it and developed a "connection" with it. I'll drive it until the wheels fall off, but that this point, I could be driving it for awhile!
#2018 of 3640 Re: Still looking [thegraduate]
May 05, 2010 (11:10 am)
Thanks graduate: I'm surprised at how well the Accords hold up!
I just called a local dealer, and he was headed to the auction today ... said there would be Accords and Civics there, said he was buying as many as he could. Told me to call him this evening, and he'd let me know what he got.
Can you tell me what you think of the Civic? I know it's smaller than the Accord, but does it hold up as well, and does it hold it's value?
I have found a few in my area just above what my credit union will allow me, and it's driving me crazy, but I'll just keep looking around. Would you advise buying older than 2000 now?
Thanks ever so much .. and whoever else wants to join in, all the help I can get, is needed.