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Unread 08-15-2007, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default First Car $1000 - $3000 budget

Im lookin for a first car with $1000 - $3000 budget although i would like something inbetween.

I would like something big and wide, a sedan definantly and something that will last for a few years.

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Unread 08-17-2007, 09:03 PM   #2
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I was previously helped on a problem like this one.
Here's the link. http://carforum.net/showthread.php?t=1023
If you dont feel like reading all of it (it's a lot of good material), heres some snapshots.
A Honda Civic or Honda Accord with 120,000+, around '95-'99 would go for around that range I suppose. My first car is a '98 Honda Accord EX with 113,000 miles. I bought it for $4300. Hondas are also VERY common cars so repair costs would be less than a less common car.
Which brings me to our next gig: VW's. As I have been taught, VW's are VERY GOOD CARS. They are very mechanically sound and will last you a long time. However, they are prone to annoying electrical problems (apparently, not by experience). A VW Jetta would be a good choice if you're going for that category.
Volvo's are extremely reliable cars. I again know just what I've been told, so correct me if I'm wrong. There's a certain member of the forum who simply loves his Volvos, KSIMP88. I hope you encounter him on your journeys here. He is very amusing.
That's besides the point, however. Volvo sedans and wagons last FOREVER. When my granny gave hers up it was well into 300,000 miles. They look stupid but they work.
"Look for a Volvo.... 240DL, 740GL, or 940GLE. If your lucky, you may get one of those in the Turbo version. VERY safe cars, and they look shweet!

And they can go over 400,000mi no problem. "
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Turbo volvos tend to poop out a bit quicker than regulars. However, in the short run, I think you'll have more fun with it.
I know more but I'm too lazy to write it all down.
Hit me with some questions and I'll see what I have in store.

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Unread 08-18-2007, 09:41 PM   #3
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what about a grand am?

I was considering a 1999 Grand Am V6 with 160K miles or a Grand am with a V4 and 121k miles.

What do you think about that?

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Unread 08-19-2007, 05:32 PM   #4
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From what I've heard, Grand Am/Grand Prix cars are shop cars. One person I know had his in the shop more often than on the road. I also hear they drive like lead bricks.
160,000 miles is getting pretty high for those cars. 120,000 is better, but still well into its lifetime.

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Well personally I don't like grand am's but to each his own. I had to drive one for a few days while the dealership was doing the brakes on my truck. They are big on the outside and small on the inside. Also the car is quite heavy, and you can really feel the weight when you are driving it. I think it was a 2005 model v6 they gave me. It drove ok but it was nothing special. Just your average joe car in my opinion, pretty forgetable to drive. Because of the weight of the car I would probably avoid the 4 cylinder engine. The gas wasn't bad on it either.
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My mother bought a new grand am back in 1996. Its engine started overheating 2 weeks after she got it. They repaired it and then another week later it threw a rod. I know that one was a lemon. They gave her a new 1997 model which lasted longer but ended up with overheating issues again. Both of these cars had the 4 cylinder and I think that is the problem. I have a friend with a v6 grand am and it has not had any problems. I would stay away from high mile grand ams. If it is not a v6 model I would say look else where. The shop guy who fixed the second car said it was common.
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I have a grand am hehe, I Have a V6 98 grand am GT I like it, the only problems I see on the grand am forums are stupid people who think general maintenance is automatically done by the car. All the 99+ model Grand AM and Grand Prixs are heavy cars as someone said earlier the 98- are more realible and cheaper 160K on a grand am 99 is a waste of money, lower intake manifold gaskets get eaten and it begins to ride like ****. I love my car I recent got it(2 weeks ago) I got it for 2000 and it need 400$ in parts to be running and inspection. all alround you will like a older grand am and they are 15 second cars


A great Grand AM site is:http://www.gaownersclub.com/forum/index.php?s=

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