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#64 of 131 thinking about buying 2003 sentra gxe....invoice?
Jul 07, 2003 (3:47 pm)
we are shopping for a new car.
saw couple of 2003 leftovers but their prices seems out of whack.
here is the spec:
2003 Nissan Sentra GXE with pwr locks, rear defroster, auto, intermittent wipers, 1.8L engine, floor mats, air, and micro filter.
he listed MSRP as $16,290 and invoice as $14,969.
i think the invoice price is higher than it should be.
do you think i can get the car for $14,500?
Jul 07, 2003 (6:48 pm)
I purchased a 2002 GXE with the Synergy package, lots of good stuff, look it up, with the 5 speed for $13,000. I love the car, super quiet and gets great mileage. If I had to do it over again I would do it over again.
Jul 08, 2003 (5:04 am)
Check out this dealer:
They sell Nissans at no-haggle prices near DC, so you can get an idea what they cost. Those prices include freight.
They have one for $12,110, probably a stripped one though. Most cost $14-15k or so.
Jul 08, 2003 (9:16 am)
carsdirect.com is a good way to go too. They partner with dealers everywhere in the country.
#68 of 131 Old, $2000 cars
Jul 09, 2003 (7:52 am)
People at my school drive old cars like fieros, '85 accords, and '90 nissan sentras. What are some good cheap, reliable, and old cars to consider (if i were to buy the car myself)?
#69 of 131 Good First (old) car
Jul 09, 2003 (8:18 am)
I would look for a used Miata. Not much out there is more fun for the money. They get good fuel economy, are reliable, and it is hard to really get in over your head in one. Also, there are unnumerable ways to customize it if you like that sort of thing.
Jul 09, 2003 (9:07 am)
a Miata for $2000 now - are the cheapest ones down to that price, that aren't totally junked out?
You could get an early 90s Subaru Legacy with the 2.2 for $2000 these days. They are pretty reliable and many have AWD.
You could get a 90-91 Integra for that price too, or thereabouts. Very reliable cars (if you find one that wasn't modded or raced)
Jul 09, 2003 (9:20 am)
Just get service records, in any car with 80k miles or more that is critical.
I bought a '93 Miata 3 years ago for $7800. It's still worth $6000 or more, because it only has 42k miles (26k when I bought it).
Cons? It's tiny. No good if you're over 6 foot. Insurance may be high for a teen male. Blind spots with the top up. Small gas tank, little cargo room.
Pros? Very reliable. It's now 11 years old and I've spent exactly $10.72 in repairs (on a clutch clave cylinder rebuild kit). Fun as anything. Cheap to run, about 27mpg.
So get an insurance quote, if it's good they are cheap to run and maintain. Miata.net has an excellent garage section if you like to do things yourself.
#72 of 131 Depends on what your priorities are
Jul 10, 2003 (12:36 pm)
Low payments? Good mileage? Safety? 0-60? Gs? All-around fun? Reliability? Insurance? Environment?
You almost never get all of it. Make a list and number it. Post it, and we'll give you some great choices.
It's pretty hard to go wrong with older Mustangs and Civics. There is are quite a few mods and quite a few of vehicles available. Personally, I'd avoid turbos for insurance and maintenance issues.
Jul 10, 2003 (12:39 pm)
Caveat: I'd avoid Mustangs because car insurance costs a fortune for that age group.
Stick with a fun, economical car, not too powerful.