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Old 09-09-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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another fun little suv is the jeep YJ and TJ as long as you get the hardtop they are a blast in summer crusing with the top off and will go anywhere in winter with proper tires
Whats the price of that one in the photo?$3000?
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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The Honda CRV or a Civic.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: 'Murica
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Whats the price of that one in the photo?$3000?
LOL, I doubt it. Wranglers hold their value incredibly well, so one on the market for $3,000 is going to be beat to death.

And yes, I do suspect that was the point that you were getting at
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:25 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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$3,000 budget for a vehicle--what would you get?
I love my manual transmission Honda Civic hatchbacks. I've done many awesome long road trips in the 1992-95 style ones. For $3K, I'd be tempted to buy a 2002 Honda Civic Si hatchback. For me, it's about the reliability AND... how it handles on a twisting country road.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Shelby County
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Jeep 4.0 Grand Cherokee. Pretty much indestructable, and like old Toyota 4Runners, probably outlast us all (though Toyotas may rust into the grouond sooner than the Jeeps...).

Great community support, tens of thousands of enthusiasts to help with them, huge aftermarket and part availability everywhere.
I will second his suggestion. I would go with the 90's Jeep Cherokee with the 4.0L. Parts are cheap and they are easy to repair. The 4.0L has plenty of power and it can tow pretty well.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:40 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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What do you think?
Ford escape (http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/ctd/1943649392.html - broken link)
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: United States
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The CRV (in my humble less popular opinion) is the best of your list, however, finding one under 3 grand that's not wrecked would be near impossible. We've had 2 of them and in ten years never even one trip to the mechanic. No joke.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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That Escape is certainly worth a look. It may have been for sale for some time as there are no leaves on the trees in the pics. Good luck!
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I definitely think Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner/Mazda Tribute is your best bet. They don't hold their resale value well, so you can find nice examples for $3000.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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You should include Suzuki in your search. Try going to cars.com and do a search for your area based upon your price range and type of vehicle.
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