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#1 of 772 Searching For My First Car
Oct 31, 2003 (2:05 pm)
Hi, car fanatics!!!! I am looking for your exprtise in picking fine automobiles. My price range is about eight thousand dollars. I like cars that look good, that are spacious, have excellent interiors, and are reliable. Please help me come up with choices. I prefer imports over American cars. Help me choose between old cars from the seventies or eighties or newer cars from the nineties.
#2 of 772 reply partyboy
Oct 31, 2003 (2:21 pm)
suggest a '93 BMW 5 series, should fit the bill
#3 of 772 Oh Dear...
Oct 31, 2003 (5:59 pm)
"I like cars that look good, that are spacious, have excellent interiors...."
Whoo-Hoo! 1993 Audi 100 quattro
"...and are reliable."
Dang. So close.
Dude, if it really is your "first car", maybe you should look for a pair of sensible shoes first... "excellent interiors" pretty much narrows it down to some nasties like anything German above VW and things like Jaguars. The Germans have longevity, but reliability is a different story... maybe something special and Japanese, such as a Supra or ....
I've got it! Howze about a nice early-to-mid nineties Acura? Dunno which one, I'm not really up on these, but they tend to be a lot cheaper than Lexus, they are reliable, and I think they're don up nicely.
[for the more frugal-minded: http://www.msu.edu/~steine13/auto.html ]
#4 of 772 Searching For My First Car by Partyboye1 ..
Nov 01, 2003 (3:40 am)
..... Let me just delete 3 off your long list, I will let the others fill in the blanks ..
Other than these three, the world is your Oyster .....
Nov 01, 2003 (6:14 am)
I think he said "reliable"
A ten year old BMW ?
#6 of 772 I would add Mercedes
Nov 01, 2003 (5:49 pm)
Lexus, Acura, Mercedes. Shoot for the lowest mileage you can find, mostly high-way miles, if possible (I'd stay well under 120,000). Only buy if it has a complete service record. Make sure timing belt and water pump have been replaced when called for. Battery, tires, shocks, springs, bushings, control arms, oil leaks? Leave ~$3000 in your bank account for repairs over the next 18 months or so.
#7 of 772 No Hyundai's?
Nov 01, 2003 (10:03 pm)
Terry, why no Hyundai's?
Since they lose resale fast, wouldn't that mean
you could get them at better than reasonable prices?
#8 of 772 Themanx ..
Nov 01, 2003 (10:22 pm)
....... Of course the horrible resale value comes into play .. but add that with the reliability of a plastic chainsaw and you have two losers ...
#9 of 772 Get an Altima
Nov 02, 2003 (4:25 am)
I think a Nissan Altima would be a good choice. Our 1994 Altima has been a great car, and our son still loves to drive it. I think Nissans depreciate faster than Toyotas and Hondas, so you may be able to get a good Altima for $8K.
Keep it for several years and save up enough money so you can pay cash for your next car.