Macrumors I need your expert Car advice!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by waloshin, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    Canadian Dollars

    A) 2003 DODGE SX 2.0 $5,950.00

    Alarm, AM/FM Stereo, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, Anti-Lock Brakes, Anti-Theft, CD Player, Cassette, Driver Air Bag, Fog Lights, Intermittent Wipers, Keyless Entry, Power Mirrors, Power Steering, Power Windows, Rear Defroster, Side Impact Air Bag, Power Locks, Spoiler, Sunroof, Cruise Control

    107,000 km 2.0L 5 speed

    B) 2000 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA $6,000.00

    250,000 kms, $6000, Pre-owned, FWD, Air conditioning, Alloy wheels, AM/FM stereo, Anti-lock brakes, CD player, Cruise control, Driver air bag, Hubcaps, Intermittent wipers, Power brakes, Power locks, Power mirrors, Power steering, Power windows, Rear defroster, Great Shape, Great mileage! New turbo and clutch (Receipts available from repairs) Dark Blue, Diesel, standard transmission

    C) 2001 Hyundai Elentra Base $3700 OBO

    150,000KM 5 speed. No air conditioning.

    D) 2005 Chevy Aveo 5 $6000

    5 speed 55,000 km
     
  2. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    Pretty vague title. You might get more help if you include "car" in there somewhere.

    I think the Jetta is probably the nicest car of the bunch but it seems slightly expensive for a 9 year old car. (just guessing, I haven't exactly priced these)
     
  3. VPrime macrumors 68000

    VPrime

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    Get the jetta, 250,000k is not that much for a VW. They are fairly reliable.

    But, don't pay 6 grand for one. You can get them for about 4500 canadian.
     
  4. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    TDI diesel, clutch replaced, and new turbo with receipts.
     
  5. The Californian macrumors 68040

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  6. sysiphus macrumors 6502a

    sysiphus

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    The Jetta is the nicest one of the bunch, no question...but it'll also cost you the most to keep running. Late 90s-early 2000s VW electrical systems sucked. Take it from a guy whose friend redid the entire electrical system in her New Beetle Turbo (gas). With that said, another friend has a 2000ish Beetle TDI, and loves it to bits. But even still, the Hyundai is sure to cost less to keep running. I'd ignore the Dodge--it was crap when new, it's still crap. The Chevy is a Korean-built subcompact with the build quality you'd expect from a car that cost less than $10K new. Still, it's likely to be reliable, cheap to run/maintain, and perfectly servicable transportation. Make sure you can afford to keep the VW, but if it checks out mechanically, it seems like the no-brainer of the group. It'll easily go another 200,000 KM for you.
     
  7. killswitch1698 macrumors regular

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    Don't post the same thread 2 times...its not nice.:mad:
     
  8. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    I dont remember posting it twice i just changed the thread title. Added Car!
     
  9. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    If the Volkswagen TDI has not had its timming belt changes I am guessing an extra $ 1000 - $ 2000 in repairs to get it done.
     
  10. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    It shoudnt be that much.. maybe 1000 max, and that depends where you take it.

    don't go to a stealership ;)

    If you are seriously considering a VW, join a VW board so you can search/ask more specific questions.
    www.vwvortex.com seems to be the one a lot of people I know go to.
     
  11. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    Just for fun!

    2003 $ 6000 108,000 km
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    2000 buick century $ 6000 138,000 km
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  12. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    I wouldn't drive a Buick if you gave one to me.

    And yes, I am speaking from experience. I was given a Buick as a rental car by an insurance company after an accident, and after a couple days of driving it around, I went back to Enterprise and got something else. I've seen cargo ships with a tighter turning radius.
     
  13. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Three cars, all with 2L engines. Do you really need such a big motor?

    You can get much better fuel economy if you consider a smaller engine.
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    2 L is not big at all LOL

    my small 90' celica has a 2.2 and i get 30mpg......
     
  15. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    In all seriousness!

    A) 2003 Dodge Neon SXT 108,000 km

    B) 2005 Chevy Aveo 5 LS 55,000 km.

    C) 2004 CHEVROLET OPTRA 5 134,000 km.

    All three $6,000 Canadian.
     
  16. sysiphus macrumors 6502a

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    The thing is that in the American car market, 2L is hardly "big." My 2001 Toyota Corolla came with a 1.8L, and that car was very much on the low end of what was available. There are cars with small-displacement engines available in the US, but they're the rarity, not the rule. With that said, you're absolutely right--there's really no need for a big engine.
     
  17. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a 3.4 liter Alero, its a V6. I agree, there's no real need...but it does go vroom. Our Honda Odyssey has a 2.2 liter 4-cylinder and I can still make it go plenty fast. You just have to prod it along a bit. I also speed more often in our '06 Accord with a 2.4 liter four-cylinder because its so smooth. I know when I've hit 60 in my Alero because I can hear it, but I can be up to 50 in a 30 mph zone without even knowing it in the Accord.
     
  18. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    None.

    Used neons are not worth 6000!

    Are you looking at dealerships for these cars? If so I would suggest local classifieds (check out www.kijiji.com and www.craigslist.com) as well as the autotrader.
     
  19. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Get the Jetta. Volkswagen cars are moe reliable than the rest.
     

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