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Old 07-24-2013, 07:11 AM
 
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yea, sorry but 260K is just too many miles (especially for a 4 cylinder) unless you were purchasing a well maintained panther platform V8 car or a diesel truck.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Not worth the money with that kind of milage. As others said if it had a little over 100 on it the price would be right.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Once a car hits 200,000 miles, with few exceptions, they are basically only worth scrap value. If the guy was going to sell it for $500 then it might be worth to roll the dice on and see how long it will last. $2,500 will buy a much better car than a 1999 Altima with 260,000 miles on it.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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Once a car hits $200K, they are a sub $1000 car IMHO

There are some exceptions. A 260K mile '99 altima is not one of them
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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If the guy was asking less than $500, it might be worth it, but $2,500? Hell no! At that age and mileage, you'll likely be facing any number of problems, and not of the nickle and dime variety either.

I wouldn't even think of spending into four digits on a car with over 200,000 miles on it, even if you are perfectly comfortable overhauling the engine and transmission yourself.
I have three options . A 1997 ford taurus LX , with 150k, a 1995 ford escort LX with 154k , and a 2003 dodge neon se with 180k. I need help
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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What engine is in the taurus?
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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I have three options . A 1997 ford taurus LX , with 150k, a 1995 ford escort LX with 154k , and a 2003 dodge neon se with 180k. I need help
Just based on what information you posted, I would rank those like this assuming they all cost around the same and are similar to what you posted before. However, maintenance and overall condition of the vehicle becomes very important. If the Escort is well maintained and in great shape it could easily be the pick of the group as could the Taurus.

1. 2003 Neon
2. 1995 Escort
3. 1997 Taurus

Here is some information on the general reliability of these cars.

2003 Dodge Neon Reliability - MSN Autos
1995 Ford Escort Wagon Reliability - MSN Autos
1997 Ford Taurus Reliability - MSN Autos

2003 wasn't the best year for the Neon and they are known for some solenoid issues on the automatic transmission equipped cars. Almost all of them have control arm issues that necessitate replacement. At that mileage, a well maintained one should have already had the control arms replaced. If they hadn't, expect that it needs it.

1995 Escorts are pretty reliable cars. They had some issues with their MAF sensors and accessorry switches, but are otherwise pretty solid cars. This will be the least featured car of the group, but will also most likely be the best on gas.

1997 was an OK year for the Taurus, but they were known for engine sensor issues which could lead to costly repairs. Of the three, the Taurus is the one I would consider "least reliable" and most likely to experience an issue necessitating a costly repair.

The good news about any of these three is that they are extremely common and that means that parts and repairs are easy and relatively inexpensive. I still think you could do better for your budget though. Why are you in such a rush?
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:35 PM
 
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What engine is in the taurus?
It's a 1997 LX so it should have the 3.0L DOHC Duratec. In 1997 the G and GL had the 3.0L SFI Vulcan.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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For $2500, you can find reliable and relatively low mileage (low-mid 100k's) mid-late 90s Geo Prizm/Toyota Corollas ... or if you want a midsize, late 90s Buicks.

For example: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/3955727966.html
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:10 PM
 
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I'm still thinking about the altima
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