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      09-12-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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Best beater car for $3000 or under?

Looking for a beater car for DD/commute to work and winter. I'm looking for something good on gas, not sure what to get. Just needs to be reliable and GOOD on gas. I was thinking maybe Honda, or Toyota? I'll prob put snow tires on it for the winter but that is it. Something cheap and i don't have to care about if someone dings it or a bird shits on it. I saw some 96 Camrys I don't even want V6, 4 banger is even better as i commute 50 miles a day round trip for work and home not including gym, store, etc. LOL

Anyone got anything for sale??? Suggestions?

Was also looking at old Subaru RS liked the AWD factor.
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      09-12-2011, 10:06 PM   #2
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      09-12-2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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I'd recommend a Honda, have a '97 Accord and love it just to beat around in the winter, leaving at the airport, or other times I don't wanna leave the BMW.
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      09-12-2011, 10:49 PM   #4
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i would love to get an e30 but i need somethin very reliable... yea i wanna just garage my e92 and drive it if i have to. Prob will get a 4 door since i own a e92 now. Hmmm
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I see all the Hondas have 130+ miles does that matter??? I would assume that the timing belt would have to be changed.... how long till i have to change it again???
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      09-12-2011, 11:01 PM   #7
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Subie is reliable as long as it's not boosted. An old 2.5RS is a good choice.
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I would love an e30 most of the member know how badly I want one problem is I will start to mod it... And I would only get an 325is which means more money.... Hmm can I put reg in an e30?
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I would love an e30 most of the member know how badly I want one problem is I will start to mod it... And I would only get an 325is which means more money.... Hmm can I put reg in an e30?
No.

Why only a 325is?
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You most likely want to get a Japaneses car, toyota carrola,camry, nissan altima/sentra honda civic or accord, dont get anthing older than 2001 and make sure it has good service history, and the previous owner kept up with the maintenance, then you don't have to worry about buying a car in the 100k range, also try and get a 4cyl...in the past i had a 94toyota corola it lasted up to 358,682 mile because it had an immaculate service history, and was easy at the pump 30-45 $ of 87 oct to fill up for the whole week ,more depending on how u drive...it woulda lasted longer but when i was younger i acted like a dickhead and used it as my humpty joy ride vehicle and didnt care much for it and hit a whole bunch of things with it lol ...but it served me good, cuz it preserved my other cars from getting the daily abuse
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I have a beater car and It has 250k miles on it. I BEAT THE SHIT out of that car since I was 16 up until last year and it NEVER broke down on me in the course of 6 years. That car is amazing and I still enjoy driving it!
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I have had a 1G DSM..5 speed Eagle Talon..N/A more than 10 yrs..very easy to work on..and still running great at 166K n i get 28MPG
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I have a beater car and It has 250k miles on it. I BEAT THE SHIT out of that car since I was 16 up until last year and it NEVER broke down on me in the course of 6 years. That car is amazing and I still enjoy driving it!
what car? year? model? you change the timing belt? i saw a toyota tercel with like 150K 5 speed. for like 2G looked clean tho
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You most likely want to get a Japaneses car, toyota carrola,camry, nissan altima/sentra honda civic or accord, dont get anthing older than 2001 and make sure it has good service history, and the previous owner kept up with the maintenance, then you don't have to worry about buying a car in the 100k range, also try and get a 4cyl...in the past i had a 94toyota corola it lasted up to 358,682 mile because it had an immaculate service history, and was easy at the pump 30-45 $ of 87 oct to fill up for the whole week ,more depending on how u drive...it woulda lasted longer but when i was younger i acted like a dickhead and used it as my humpty joy ride vehicle and didnt care much for it and hit a whole bunch of things with it lol ...but it served me good, cuz it preserved my other cars from getting the daily abuse
yea i'd love to get an e30 but i just want somethin i don't need to spend money on. Just oil changes and put in gas... everything i see is older than 2001 tho... i mean for the miles they are low for the year i found a toyota tercel with a 5 speed for like cheap but i dk. i'm gonna keep looking. I'll throw in a cd player with ipod connect and snow tires for the winter.
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Well kept 90+ Japanese is the best way to go. But becareful where you park, meaning.. There are jackasses out there that will take it.
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      09-13-2011, 07:40 AM   #19
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Jeep is prob really good in the snow but is it good on gas? i want at least 30 mpg. I'm prob gonna get a Corolla, Camry, Civic boring but reliable... i guess buying a old car with like 120K i need to get service history.
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Subaru, all wheel drive good on gas and got mine for 3000. Its a 97 with 150000 but she is solid. I HATE it. But it will do as my beater and great for winter driving.
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