Best Reliable Used Car for $2000 ??

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  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

    fab5freddy

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    I am looking to buy a used car and am looking
    to spend Max $ 2000.

    What are some of the best reliable brands and makes
    that i can get for $ 2000 ?

    thanks !
     
  2. maestro55 macrumors 68030

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    Reliable and $2000 do not often go hand in hand. I am sure if you shop around you can get a car though. Look at Kia's from 2001 or 2002. It might get you where you are going for a few years. But don't count on much for a $2000 car.
     
  3. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

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    Honda Accord. My mom's old '92 still runs with no problem. She doesn't use it but we take it for a spin every three months or so to keep the parts 'fresh.'

    They sell pretty cheap too if you look before 2002
     
  4. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I have an '07 KIA, and love it dearly, but I would not go back to pre-Hyundai days. Asking for trouble.

    Yep, the 90's were made better than today's, IMO.

    As long as it passes safety/emissions, and has had a timing belt change lately, you're good to go.
     
  5. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    I had a '95 Buick Skylark that I bought for $2000 out of high school. It still runs actually.
    You are probably better off buying from a private seller (more bang for the buck), but make sure that it hasn't been in any accidents. Thats all the help I can give.
     
  6. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    A bike.

    Buy a used accord with service records. That's basically the only option for reliable. A camry is another option, but they're usually a little more pricey. Spend the $50 and get a pre purchase inspection.
     
  7. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    THanks for the replies.
    I am looking at Hondas and Toyotas now.
     
  8. mscriv macrumors 601

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    In my experience, the big three for reliability in a used car are Honda, Toyota, and Nissan. I've had both an Accord and a Maxima last me well over 225,000 miles. In fact they would probably still be running, but I wrecked one and a hail storm took out the other. As mentioned already your best bet is to try and find a private seller. Craigslist, Autotrader, and your local paper are all good places to look. I hope you find what you need.
     

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