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Old 01-08-2019, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Clarence, NY
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A retired police car (just watch out for super high idling time), an old japanese car, or an 80s/90s Volvo Brick (if you can find them for 2 grand)
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Pawtucket, RI
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If I was looking for a car, I'd go down to So Cal and get this one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-Ford-Cr...frcectupt=true
That's a bit higher than the OP's budget (although it did sell for only $2,275 at auction in October).
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Elgin, IL
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~$2k can be a good deal for a Protege5 which is pretty reliable...if you buy it from outside the rust belt. One native to your area would be a Flintstone mobile by now.
Ya, I was looking at an older protege but it sold real quick.

Currently going to check out a chevy prizm (which is basically a toyota corolla). Older car but appears to be in good condition.
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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Crown Victoria's, or any fuel injected Honda Accord pre '93.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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well, I'm near chicago so... yep! Midwest rust belt comes with the territory.

So, what's holding you to that place? If you want to play the cheap/old car game, it's a lot easier to win in the West and South. Chicago area - good grief. Just about the last part of the country you could get me to live in. Awful weather, high taxes, tall corn, corrupt governments - little to like.



That's actually the only useful advice I can offer - the cheap cars in rust land are, unsurprisingly, rusty. And have a very limited remaining service life.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Saturn Ion
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Old Yesterday, 03:01 PM
 
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On a super tight budget for a second vehicle (we just sold our second car because it ended up having too many expensive issues). I've been looking on craigslist at accords and camrys (most with 150k miles give or take). Craigslist filter set for cars less than 3k, private seller (with the hope I could bargain something down to 2k or less).
I have a Ford that I paid 2500 and it has been the most reliable of all I drove. Just oil changes. Its bad on gas( around 18-20) but otherwise pretty decent.

For corolla and camry you are always paying 1000$ more than you pay for the regular brand.

One tip I could give is, look at the owner before buying the car.
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Old Yesterday, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Elgin, IL
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So, what's holding you to that place? If you want to play the cheap/old car game, it's a lot easier to win in the West and South. Chicago area - good grief. Just about the last part of the country you could get me to live in. Awful weather, high taxes, tall corn, corrupt governments - little to like.
I know. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for family, believe me!
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Old Today, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Central Mass
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For under $2000 I've recently bought:
A 280zx ($600). Washington car through Wisconsin. Ran like a top, but was a little rusty.
A 280zx 2+2 ($800). Oakland car I bought in Sacramento. Leaky manifold gasket which suckered someone into replacing for $350 to pass smog. Wish I didn't get rid of it.
A Volvo 940T sedan ($650). Central California car - Red with Black Leather! So hot in the summer! Did have a couple electrical gremlins I had to take care of though.
A Volvo 240 sedan ($1200). Ran great.
A 97 Miata ($1300). Runs great. I drove it to work today.
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Old Today, 09:28 AM
 
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For under $2000 I've recently bought:
A 280zx ($600). Washington car through Wisconsin. Ran like a top, but was a little rusty.
A 280zx 2+2 ($800). Oakland car I bought in Sacramento. Leaky manifold gasket which suckered someone into replacing for $350 to pass smog. Wish I didn't get rid of it.
A Volvo 940T sedan ($650). Central California car - Red with Black Leather! So hot in the summer! Did have a couple electrical gremlins I had to take care of though.
A Volvo 240 sedan ($1200). Ran great.
A 97 Miata ($1300). Runs great. I drove it to work today.
How many months/miles you drive each of those?

In the under $1500 range you can save some money, but the time, hassle, and comfort factors can outweigh the cost benefits. I don't see myself continuously buying cars in that price range...once or twice in a pinch, sure.

Different story if it's doubles as a hobby and you enjoy it.
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