Need car

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, May 16, 2009.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Hey, I have a big family and my parents are looking to buy me a cheap car that gets good mileage, is dependable, and has nothing too fancy. The only problem is, is I live in Minnesota, and in the winter, there are blizzards every year in the most problematic times, so if it is possible, all wheel drive/4 wheel drive would help a lot. It isn't entirely needed, but would help. Any recommendations? I was looking at cheapo early 90's civics/accords, but my father and brother are both 6'6 and I couldn't imagine them being too comfortable.

    Where is a good place to look for used cars?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    local newspaper is how i got mine

    id get a subaru or a truck personally

    however, i have made it through many hard winters with my car ( a celica) in Colorado and NY with no probs
     
  3. benflick macrumors 68020

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  4. Tower-Union macrumors 6502

    Tower-Union

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    I'd definetly say get a Subaru, quite reliable, and they ALL come with AWD. I hear your winters in Minnesota aren't that different from ours (Edmonton Alberta) and I have to tell you, a) you won't fit in a celica ;) and b) you won't survivie a winter in one.
     
  5. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

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    All Subarus after 1995 come with AWD. Pre-95 it was available but not standard. So use due diligence when looking at early-90s Subies.

    As to winter driving, a front wheel drive car with good winter tires will do just fine. Whatever you buy, make sure you get winter tires. AWD is no replacement for winters. A Civic, Accord, Corolla, or Camry is probably your best bet. All good, reliable, and fuel efficient cars that should go forever with basic maintanence. Chevrolet Cavalier/Pontiac Sunfire are also decent, especially if you can do some of the work yourself, since parts are very inexpensive.
     
  6. kellen macrumors 68020

    kellen

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    Could also get an older Jeep. Jeep Cherokees are cheap and I think look good. 1995 and up have airbags. Mileage near 20mpg and easy to work on, parts everywhere. I still have my 2000 and love it.

    Plus people are getting rid of SUV's. Could get a 1997 (new body style) and up for < $4,000.
     

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