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Old Yesterday, 12:25 PM
 
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Somebody said to me when I mentioned wanting to buy a $1500 to $2500 used car, "You would have to buy $6000 used car to be able to use it for 2-3 years. Anyone would know that." and said what could happen is it would get out of order soon and the repair bill would be like $3000, and I could get $250 out of it by scrapping it.

Here's an example showing that you can get a less than $2000 that drives virtually like a new car.
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Got a 2005 Saturn ION 3. No rust. No accidents. One owner. All service records. Runs and drives virtually like a new car. BUT does need a new drivers power window motor. $1650.00.
Anybody have any examples or arguments that it's ok to buy a cheap used car?
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Old Yesterday, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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No, just do what you want and don't worry about convincing others. It's a waste of time.
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Old Yesterday, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”



– Benjamin Franklin




There is a reason that the Saturn is no longer produced
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Old Yesterday, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”



– Benjamin Franklin




There is a reason that the Saturn is no longer produced
Beyond that GM is a massively mismanaged beast of a company that couldn't find their corporate butt with both hands and a flashlight?
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Old Yesterday, 12:48 PM
 
Location: in the soup
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No, just do what you want and don't worry about convincing others. It's a waste of time.
Yep, this.

Buy and drive what you want. Why bother convincing others?

I bought my wife a car for $2600 back in 2006. She drove it for five years, then I got her something better and took over that old car. Now it's been 13 years and I'm still driving it

So yeah, a cheap car can be reliable for a LONG time if you're willing to do some repairs. But most people aren't. And/or they use reliability as an excuse to spend lotsa money on a shiny toy with bells and whistles.

And that's their business. Nothing wrong with that if that's how you choose to spend your money. I'm just saying that it's not the necessity that a lot of people make it out to be.
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Old Yesterday, 01:39 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I wanted a beater to get me to the park & ride and back to commute by bus, and not leave one of my nice vehicles there all day. I bought a 1997 Ford Escort, with 140,000 miles for $950. I sold it for $500 6 years later with 174,000 miles on it, still running strong.


I don't think many people would expect that one to last so long, but with good maintenance and some luck, it happens.
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Old Yesterday, 01:48 PM
 
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I wanted a beater to get me to the park & ride and back to commute by bus, and not leave one of my nice vehicles there all day. I bought a 1997 Ford Escort, with 140,000 miles for $950. I sold it for $500 6 years later with 174,000 miles on it, still running strong.


I don't think many people would expect that one to last so long, but with good maintenance and some luck, it happens.

On what year did you buy it?
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Old Yesterday, 01:54 PM
 
Location: BFE
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Nothing wrong with inexpensive cars. Some people know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

I've got a Jeep I off-road in nearly every day (to take the dogs out in the desert) that I have a grand net total of $1000 (and a 6" Subway sandwich). Works for me. Works for the dogs.
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Old Yesterday, 01:59 PM
 
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Certainly possible to get a car with a reliable powertrain at that mileage. Just likely to have issues with creature comforts and a lot of people just can't get past the beat up/booger ridden interiors at that age.
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Old Yesterday, 02:45 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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Buy what you can afford to pay cash for and what has been taken care of. With a little bit of work you can find $1500- $2500 cars that will continue to be reliable for a very long time. I can buy any car I want and I often drive a 20 year old Land Cruiser, a 22 year old Volvo, and a 650k mile Toyota Tacoma. I couldn't give a crap what another person's opinion is, other than that of my wife.
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