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Unread 02-08-2010, 07:20 PM   #21
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Personally, I think the whole "chick car" thing is way overblown. I wouldn't mind driving around in one.
EDIT: One thing my dad brought up was crash safety. How would a miata compare to a civic of a similar year?

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Unread 02-08-2010, 07:35 PM   #22
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I beg to differ. My old Grand Prix GTP, and my mom's Grand Prix GT, are both great cars. We've owned the GT for probably 5 years and i'll tell you how much we've put into it:
Tires twice.
Gas.
Oil/filters
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...thats all i remember. The thing is trusty...thats why i recommended the pontiac.

I hate to be that guy, but dude your Toyota has given you so many problems..living proof japanese cars aren't always what they crack up to be.
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I've had my GT for a year and I've beaten the poor bastard and he still loves me as long as I change its oil every 3000.
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Personally, I think the whole "chick car" thing is way overblown. I wouldn't mind driving around in one.
EDIT: One thing my dad brought up was crash safety. How would a miata compare to a civic of a similar year?
Not well. A Miata would crumble fairly pathetically, correct me if i'm wrong.

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I've had my GT for a year and I've beaten the poor bastard and he still loves me as long as I change its oil every 3000.
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Personally I would buy a Corsa (06 or 07).

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The Turbo's in 90's Volvo's are some of the most common problems a mechanic at any foreign shop see's today. I know a few. Cars were great, turbo's crapped out.

Japanese cars may not be thebomb.com, especially mine, but mostly due to neglecting owners. The previous owner of my car had to change the oil every 8k miles with all the sludge in there.

But we all seem to agree. Honda, Toyota, Miata, or a Pontiac Grand Am/Prix. All make pretty great first cars that will be good on gas and relatively cheap to maintain.

And everyone has preferences, but we all have to remember that a car/engine without a caring owner will always be a lemon.
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I'm guessing the grand prix has better crash safety than the miata? Is it expensive to insure? Lastly, how many miles is acceptable on a GP when buying one?

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I'm guessing the grand prix has better crash safety than the miata? Is it expensive to insure? Lastly, how many miles is acceptable on a GP when buying one?
Definitely better crash safety. Probably pretty similar to insure, because GPs are classified as a family car more than a sports car, but also more expensive. I'd say thats a close one.

Depends on the year. I'd be comfortable buying a 97+ (the redesign year) Grand Prix with the 3800 and 200k miles. If you look hard enough you can find them on craigslist for under $2500.
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Definitely better crash safety. Probably pretty similar to insure, because GPs are classified as a family car more than a sports car, but also more expensive. I'd say thats a close one.

Depends on the year. I'd be comfortable buying a 97+ (the redesign year) Grand Prix with the 3800 and 200k miles. If you look hard enough you can find them on craigslist for under $2500.
Wow, 200k miles. And I've heard a lot about inspecting used cars before buying, but I've never really seen a list of things to check. Is there a link somewhere that outlines stuff to look for?
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http://autos.msn.com/advice/articles/aischecklist.aspx

My Explorer I bought yesterday has 222k miles on it and has minor transmission slipping when I shift into gear but that's it.
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