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Best Jalopy
« on: December 02, 2016, 12:40:23 pm »
Under $2000, 4 doors preferably. Reliability or easy maintenance a plus.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 12:40:53 pm »
This comes in wayyyy under budget. The scratches should buff out pretty well

http://provo.craigslist.org/cto/5898481011.html
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2016, 12:43:33 pm »
Cleanest Toyota or Honda you can find.  Model is kind of irrelevant.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 12:49:26 pm »
I would say an under 100k mile ,old man, can't drive any more Crown Vic. Year not really important.

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 12:51:26 pm »
Cleanest Toyota or Honda you can find.  Model is kind of irrelevant.

At $3000, sure; but any Honda less than $2000 is a basket case.

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2016, 12:57:58 pm »
Depending on what "minor work" means, this could be decent:

http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/3377184?ad_cid=11

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2016, 01:03:28 pm »
« Last Edit: December 02, 2016, 01:44:30 pm by Raza »
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2016, 01:13:10 pm »
Depending on what "minor work" means, this could be decent:

http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/3377184?ad_cid=11

2000 Civic LX (manual)

Needs a "muffler and tune up".

Honestly could be a good deal. Might go test drive it for fun.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2016, 01:15:35 pm »
Needs a "muffler and tune up".

Honestly could be a good deal. Might go test drive it for fun.

Do the timing belt, ASAP.


At $3000, sure; but any Honda less than $2000 is a basket case.

True. But there are a couple high-miles 2001 ish civics for sale.

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2016, 01:32:47 pm »
http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/3350549?ad_cid=13

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2016, 01:34:05 pm »
"Cheap" Honda/Toyota is generally not

I like the Crown Vic suggestion. Any abundant fleet car fits the bill.

As far as imports go I'd put a used Sentra or Versa in the mix. I think used Mitsubishis are pretty solid too. Also any import with a domestic rebadge (i.e. Pontiac Vibe)
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2016, 01:36:19 pm »
http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/3350549?ad_cid=13

'92 Celica GT, 153k miles. Not bad, but it's an auto.

The Civic looks nice, especially for the price, but get the Celica and swap the transmission for the remainder of your budget.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2016, 01:39:18 pm »
This Civic is probably a better deal.

http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/3377146?ad_cid=1
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2016, 01:39:23 pm »
"Cheap" Honda/Toyota is generally not

I like the Crown Vic suggestion. Any abundant fleet car fits the bill.



As far as imports go I'd put a used Sentra or Versa in the mix.

Whenever I go and look at a Nissan, I always pass because they generally are treated the shittiest of all the asian brands. Probably worse than mitsubishis. Plus the CVT's don't always work right.


I think used Mitsubishis are pretty solid too.

Nope. Only solid is car is the pre 2006 Lancer. Those cars are fairly rugged, they don't do well with rust, but they're OK. Stay away from the eclipse.



Also any import with a domestic rebadge (i.e. Pontiac Vibe)

You do realize I buy these like clockwork with bad engines all the time, right? The Vibe is worth a pretty penny when running right. If it's cheap, it's probably broken.

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2016, 01:42:17 pm »
2005 Focus Manual - it's a facelift car so it's got the Mazda MZR/Duratec 2.0L

https://provo.craigslist.org/cto/5900148000.html

00' Prelude. Give him $2000.

https://provo.craigslist.org/cto/5900726685.html

01' Civic LX. AC condenser is an easy fix, and a new one is like $80.

https://provo.craigslist.org/cto/5873403094.html


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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2016, 01:43:14 pm »
"Cheap" Honda/Toyota is generally not

I like the Crown Vic suggestion. Any abundant fleet car fits the bill.

As far as imports go I'd put a used Sentra or Versa in the mix. I think used Mitsubishis are pretty solid too. Also any import with a domestic rebadge (i.e. Pontiac Vibe)

Crown Vics are literally peanuts to keep running. It's ridiculous.

Lots of things will go wrong, but very few will actually stop it.

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2016, 01:45:41 pm »
2005 Focus Manual - it's a facelift car so it's got the Mazda MZR/Duratec 2.0L

https://provo.craigslist.org/cto/5900148000.html

00' Prelude. Give him $2000.

https://provo.craigslist.org/cto/5900726685.html

01' Civic LX. AC condenser is an easy fix, and a new one is like $80.

https://provo.craigslist.org/cto/5873403094.html

I dig that Prelude.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2016, 01:51:45 pm »
The Civic that 2o6 posted or a Crown Vic.

I've been down this road (in college, cheap cars), and it didn't work out practically or economically.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2016, 02:15:53 pm »
And then I've been driving a car I paid $2500 for for three years now.

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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2016, 02:39:01 pm »
Texted the guy with the Civic 2o6 posted. Almost backed out because I realized I'd be way low in cash. Low balled him at $1200 and he just said he really needs to sell it and would take it. Hmm...
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2016, 02:54:36 pm »
LOL
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2016, 02:56:07 pm »
$2k could buy you a running '85 RX7 GSL-SE...

Not mine, of course.

And it's also not a jalopy. :nono:
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2016, 03:10:43 pm »
Insurance on the Civic is $50/month. Twice as much as my bike.  :nutty:
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« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2016, 03:11:43 pm »
Has twice the wheels. :huh:
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2016, 03:15:20 pm »
Civic, duh. With a manual. Or E36 M3.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2016, 03:21:08 pm »
Crown Vics suck though.  Engine sounds coarse, V8 but not very fast, very thirsty for gas, for a car that big the backseat actually doesn't have much room, horrible in the winter where it snows, and the backseats don't fold down making Home Depot runs harder.  Bad crash test results too.   

My Dad had one which I drove quite a bit and I thought it was a cool cop car but after a few years I realized it was a very crappy car that cops had to put up with.   

If its just a car to drive not very often its cool.  But as a daily driver jalopy I'd much rather get something else. 
 


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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2016, 03:36:12 pm »
+1, Panthers are shit.
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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2016, 04:06:25 pm »
Crown Vics suck though.  Engine sounds coarse, V8 but not very fast, very thirsty for gas, for a car that big the backseat actually doesn't have much room, horrible in the winter where it snows, and the backseats don't fold down making Home Depot runs harder.  Bad crash test results too.   

My Dad had one which I drove quite a bit and I thought it was a cool cop car but after a few years I realized it was a very crappy car that cops had to put up with.   

If its just a car to drive not very often its cool.  But as a daily driver jalopy I'd much rather get something else. 
 



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Re: Best Jalopy
« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2016, 05:52:58 pm »
The Civic that 2o6 posted or a Crown Vic.

I've been down this road (in college, cheap cars), and it didn't work out practically or economically.
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« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2016, 05:55:18 pm »
Imma let you in on my #1 Rule when buying Beaters! I never buy cars with after market radios! It's worked out well for me for years! The last four ('95 Tracer, '94 Corolla, '00 Malibu (daughter) and now my '98 Corolla) I purchased still had Factory radios and all ran for years with no serious issues!  :rockon:

Interesting. I like your thinking.
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