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Unread 08-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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I'm 15, nearing 16, I have my temps. I have about 1200$ of my own, And my dad Will pitch in some too. My spending limit is 2000$. I want a car, not a truck, 1 door not 2, gets pretty good gas mileage (about 30mpg or so) I need it to have heat and AC, and the cooler the better. I don't want a so called
"granny car". I either want a chevy or a pontiac. I'll probably get a late 90s model or early 2000's
Here are my main choices
Grand Am
Grand Prix
Sunfire
Cavalier
Those are the main things I'm seeing on craigslist for about this price, You can recommend other cars too, But only pontiac and chevy. I suppose other brands would be ok, maybe a ford or a dodge, But I don't want any import or anything. Chevy or pontiac would be best. 2000$ is my MAX, it would be nice if I could get it for 1500$
So what do you think? Whats the most stylish, confortable, best gas milage car for 2 grand or less thats a chevy or pontiac?
And when do you think it would have too many miles?
If the person took decent care of it, would 150,000 miles be to much? I want it to last me at least a few years.

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So what do you think? Whats the most stylish, confortable, best gas milage car for 2 grand or less thats a chevy or pontiac?
You'll have to pick one or two stipulation and forget about it. In that price range you're not gonna be able to get all three. Gas mileage is probably the easiest, 25MPG combined is still good and opens up much more comfortable stuff.


You might also look into an ex police car. Those tend to be really cheap, they're maintained exceptionally so they usually have lots of life left in them. Some even get brand new transmissions installed before the department sells them off! They'll get 25MPG combined if you drive 'em right, too. They also have way more comfortable interiors than most of what you listed, and as a bonus they're ex cop cars. More cool factor. And nobody is going to cut you off in one.


Of what you listed a 3.8 Grand Prix would be the best choice.

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If it's been beat on as low as 50,000 miles may be the end of it's life. If it's been cared for you can expect it to live to ~300K, perhaps more.


Drive it, inspect the fluids, have a mechanic look at it. The odometer is not a "This car has X amount of time left to live" gauge.
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Pontiac Bonneville SSEi all the way for those criteria. I don't think he has to drop any stipulations.
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