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Old 12-07-2014, 04:39 PM
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Last-gen Buick LeSabre (2000-2005). You won't be going anywhere in style, but that 3800 V6 should be pretty solid (and easy to work on). You could probably snag one with less than 100K miles for your budget with a little looking.
This is the best choice. It tends to be a senior citizen's last ride so there are many with low miles and low abuse.
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:42 PM
 
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Avoid the GM 3.8L Series 2. Just about everyone I know with those engines develops the leaking intake manifold problem on them.

2004 Ford Taurus/Sable w/24V Duratec
2006 Ford Fusion 3.0L V6 are good and the Ford Five Hundred w/6sp auto are pretty good, but I have heard those years have some throttle body issues
2004-2008 Grand Prix

v6 Impala, Malibu, and G6 would fall into that price range too.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:00 PM
 
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For that price, I would look at the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable or Pontiac Grand Prix.
I like the look of the 05 and newer Ford Freestyle (awd), but beware of the potentially expensive expense of the Ford Fivehundred/Freestyle transmission problem.
I would also highly recommend a 98+ Ford Escort (our 99 was super reliable) although it would likely be much cheaper than 6k, even if you found one with very low miles.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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You want something reliable and roomy? I'd go with a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis and equip it with some bridgestone blizzak's for winter driving. Both are very solid American sedans that have been known to go 200k+ miles with no issues so long as you keep up with basic maintenance. Its also very cheap to maintain. The only hit you'll take is at the pump as these cars are not known for being very fuel efficient.

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Old 12-08-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Avoid the GM 3.8L Series 2. Just about everyone I know with those engines develops the leaking intake manifold problem on them.
A bottle of the liquid copper stop leak has kept my 2000 LeSabre's intake manifold leak at bay for 3-4 years now. I have 275,000 miles on that car now. Instead of a >$700 repair, I poured about 10 bucks in the radiator. Just my own anecdote.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:57 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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You want something reliable and roomy? I'd go with a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis and equip it with some bridgestone blizzak's for winter driving. Both are very solid American sedans that have been known to go 200k+ miles with no issues so long as you keep up with basic maintenance. Its also very cheap to maintain. The only hit you'll take is at the pump as these cars are not known for being very fuel efficient.
Right. I am pretty sure most of the "newer" ones have traction control as an option and probably all but standard up north.

As for MPGs, oh well, not everyone can sweat low 20s average in return for the work those cars can do. Odds are that a civilian Panther car has 2.73 rear gears and will do quite nicely on gas.
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