View Full Version : This is kind of OT but..

04-17-2005, 04:01 PM
The time has come and I need to buy myself a car. (My parents allow me to drive their '04 Saturn Vue but restrict what I can do/put into it very tightly) I've got about $3,500-$4,000 to play around with and need something reliable and good on gas. I'm open to cars, trucks, and SUVs. If anyone has any recommendations, I'd appreciate your input.

04-17-2005, 04:04 PM
well which do u prefer and how old are you that could be a nice down payment on a nicer/newer car but u can be looking at like an older eclipse or civic maybe a ranger or s10 and a explorer but then your asking yourself how long are they gunna last.....

04-17-2005, 04:05 PM
sheesh, a bit vague
what are you looking for? domestic? foreign? 4 door? 2 door?
you gotta help us out some

04-17-2005, 04:20 PM
I'm 18 but don't have any credit right now and I doubt my parents will let me use their credit for a down payment.

What I would prefer -

-2 door coupe
-Truck would be a second choice
-V6 or V8
-Foreign or domestic, doesn't matter
-Moreless reliable past 100,000 miles

But remember, I'm open to anything. With only $4,000 tops to spend, I don't think I can be too picky.

04-17-2005, 04:24 PM
id look into like i said elcipse or civic....maybe like a 95 or older mustang

04-17-2005, 04:27 PM
240SX perhaps? F-body?

04-17-2005, 04:29 PM
I would say look into some type of Toyota, very very reliable vehicles. That is all we have bought for the last 20 years. Maybe an older Camry, or you could prolly find an older 4Runner

04-17-2005, 04:30 PM
Yea, all really high on insurance. 240SX is killer, I was going to buy one till I found out the insurance. I'd get a Civic/Cavy/Sunfire or something along those lines...

04-17-2005, 04:38 PM
older camry's are reliable, corolla's as well, and civics will last you a while

04-18-2005, 08:40 PM
Get an older (93+) Fbod, you'll be hard pressed to find a better dollar/performance ratio. The LT1 parts are getting cheaper and the motor/tranny combo is rock solid. Just don't put too much power to the weak *** rear end.

04-24-2005, 02:20 PM
Excuse my ignorance but Fbody = Firebird? :confused:

04-24-2005, 03:16 PM
F-body = Camaro/Firebird

04-24-2005, 04:31 PM
Get an older (93+) Fbod, you'll be hard pressed to find a better dollar/performance ratio. The LT1 parts are getting cheaper and the motor/tranny combo is rock solid. Just don't put too much power to the weak *** rear end.

Insurance is even more killer on those. For me(18 yoa, one ticket), a 94 z28 would have been about 489 a month full coverage.

04-26-2005, 03:13 AM
well I have a 87 Toyota supra. Needs an engine put it in and a tranny(maybe I have that too). I have the engine for sure.

Have a full size chevy van! 350 sb

Have an 88 Jeep Cherokee 4-dr w/ 6.5" lift and 33s.

04-28-2005, 02:17 PM
just get an s10 or blazer with the 4.3L v6....They will run FOREVER, mine at 150k miles, and we have a van wiht the 4.3 that has over 250k miles on it, and it runs awsome.



05-01-2005, 03:19 PM
personally.... i'd find the cheapest toyota car or honda that you can find.... and save the rest of the money up to buy a nicer car later.... first cars usually don't last to long... and well you don't have to take on the full set of responsibilities like keeping it clean... and caring about dents and ****

my first car was my mom's old 98 stratus... i drove that for about 6 months and then it started to fall apart (in at the dealer 3 times within 3 months for different problems... luckily warranty covered it(like $3000 total of work done in those months)... but warranty was up at 100,000 miles... was at 98,000 miles at the time we got rid of it) anyways... was supposed to get a truck as a graduation present... but i needed it before then.... and i had showed my mom that i could drive safely without getting a ticket or wrecks *knock on wood* sooooo she put a $5k down payment and we got $2k trade in on the car for $7k total on the truck i have now... and i'm responsible for the other $7k that is left over 4 years.... got the truck when i was 16... almost 18 and i'm still taking care of it.... don't opt for something really nice for the first time.... just not a smart idea.... just get a cheapy car... save that money up and then when your car decides it's time to die you should have a nice stash of money for something nice

best friend of mine was the same way.... got a ricer civic hatchback for a first car paid $4000 for what was really a pos.... he got tired of that thing falling apart... now he has a 93 bagged s10... that we've done all the work too... lays frame and everything... we tweeded the interior(removed a/c vents and smoothed them out tweeded the entire dash, headliner, pillars)... took the a/c out so he will be able to tuck 20"s when he gets the money for them, and he just recently got some audi A4 seats to go in it....

basically... be smart... drive a pos for your first car... do all the stupid stuff you want to in it without getting hurt.... then get something a little more nice