#1
About 7 months ago I bought a '95 Escort for about $1500. First few months I had to put about $200 in it for repairs along with one breakdown. Few months after that about $100. Then a couple weeks ago the water pump went bad which was GOING to be $135 (good price for a water pump), but then a hole was discovered in the radiator, bumping it up to $275. I get it back, drive it one day and discover a head gasket is blown. God knows how much that will be.

SO, my advice: unless you enjoy working your ass off for money that will all be sucked into a piece of **** on wheels, which you're already making payments on, don't buy cheap. Don't go below $3000. The car will end up needing body work.... thanks to your shoes.

/Extremely pissed off rant.
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#2
I never understood how you can have some cars that can seem to run forever even if it was held together with tape and how some just break every couple of miles.

German cars FTW!
#3
meh, I bought a 1986 Honda Civic for $500 when I was 16 and it lasted 5 years with me only putting $300 in repairs into it. you just gotta know what you're doing.
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meh, I bought a 1986 Honda Civic for $500 when I was 16 and it lasted 5 years with me only putting $300 in repairs into it. you just gotta get lucky.


Fixed.

And where are the crying baby pictures?
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#7
i feel for you brother. my 2000 cavalier i bought for $3000 needed $1500 repairs a month after i bought it. the guy we got it from lied to us about everything. and guess what? the check engine light is on again, god knows what the problem is now.
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Fixed.

And where are the crying baby pictures?




There you go .

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i feel for you brother. my 2000 cavalier i bought for $3000 needed $1500 repairs a month after i bought it. the guy we got it from lied to us about everything. and guess what? the check engine light is on again, god knows what the problem is now.


Hear hear, a round for us on the house. Along with a couple baseball bats.
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i feel for you brother. my 2000 cavalier i bought for $3000 needed $1500 repairs a month after i bought it. the guy we got it from lied to us about everything. and guess what? the check engine light is on again, god knows what the problem is now.


The check engine light on my car has been on for months and I havent had any problems besides the fact that it burns oil all the time but oh well. It also has over 200,000 miles on it so par for the course I suppose.
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#13
I got a 30 year old Austin Allegro for £120, and it's still going fine after a few more years. And for those that don't know, The guys who made the Austins (British Layland) have one of the worst reputations ever. This is a car that came with a towbar you couldn't use, because with weight on the back, the car would stretch and the rear windows would fall out.

I got very lucky, and got a good one.
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#14
hey ts fords are garbage unless you get a decent mustang! American cars arent really worth the money unless you have money to put into fixing them or you do some mods, dont get me wrong they arent all bad but they sure arent on top of the car market.

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hey ts fords are garbage unless you get a decent mustang! American cars arent really worth the money unless you have money to put into fixing them or you do some mods, dont get me wrong they arent all bad but they sure arent on top of the car market.

Ford=Fix Or Repair Daily


This. Get a Subaru or a German car. Those won't break down even if you want them to.
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hey ts fords are garbage unless you get a decent mustang! American cars arent really worth the money unless you have money to put into fixing them or you do some mods, dont get me wrong they arent all bad but they sure arent on top of the car market.

Ford=Fix Or Repair Daily


You know, I've seen all of these acronyms for Ford, but really, My family has owned probably 10 fords in my life, and all but 1 has been a good investment. The key is, stay away from Ford cars.
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You know, I've seen all of these acronyms for Ford, but really, My family has owned probably 10 fords in my life, and all but 1 has been a good investment. The key is, stay away from Ford cars.

What if i have absolutely no use for a truck?
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Fixed.



not really, old Japanese cars are well known for holding up for a super long time, unlike American cars from the 90s, I was smart, not lucky.
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What if i have absolutely no use for a truck?


then dont get a truck or a ford...... simple

and if you want some recommendations on any cars i will help you out
#20
Meh...got my explorer 2 years ago during senior year for 10 grand, have no problems whatsoever, I'll be driving this baby til I graduate college.
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#23
i dont get why everyone hates fords. thats all my dad buys and they all run great, you just have to know how to maintain them or their go to hell like any car will if you dont take care of it. and if im remembering correctly their the only american brand that hasent needed the government bail out yet so they must be doing something right
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i dont get why everyone hates fords. thats all my dad buys and they all run great, you just have to know how to maintain them or their go to hell like any car will if you dont take care of it. and if im remembering correctly their the only american brand that hasent needed the government bail out yet so they must be doing something right


not really dude they are headed for bankruptcy and if they dont get the government bail they are done for
#25
It's really just the car. I have a '95 Escort station wagon. It's the biggest piece of **** ever. I've had to put more money in repairs into the damn car then originally bought for. I can't believe mine has 166,000 miles on it and it still runs.
#27
I got a GMC Caballero, which is the same thing as an El Camino. I didn't pay a cent for it, and it needs less than 1,000 for repairs. There's just a little bit of body work and I have to replace the carberateur.
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SO, my advice: unless you enjoy working your ass off for money that will all be sucked into a piece of **** on wheels, which you're already making payments on, don't buy cheap. Don't go below $3000. The car will end up needing body work.... thanks to your shoes.

/Extremely pissed off rant.

It's all about having a knowledge of cars. My mate got a great deal on a car and he hasn't had any trouble on it because when he went to the place to buy them he brought his Dad (who is a mechanic) and made sure that the car he was going to buy was in good working order. He hasn't had many problems at all with it.
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#29
My Ford Fiesta was glitchy after I bought it (though it's 10 years old). It was a good buy at the time, but I think Ford's quality has slid in the last decade, at the least.

On the other hand, my dad has a 1986 Toyota Celica Supra that runs as if it's brand new. We also had a Subaru that proved nigh-on indestructible.

Japanese (maybe German) cars > all others

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#30
maybe you should've actually checked out the cars condition before you payed for it?
You can buy a cheap car that runs great if you care to check it out before you pay.

And no, not just talking about the engine.
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#31
I bought a 77 datsun with the seating ripped out, a totally ****ed body, missing the passenger seat, and loads of other huge problems in it for $120, for a party I was going to go to up in the mountains, just as a for fun going to jump it/flip it vehicle.

I've been driving it for 6 years without any real problems from it.
#32
My family never had a car newer than a 94'. We never had serious problems.
When you buy a car, you should get someone who knows about cars to check it out and tell you his opinion.
In fact, over here some companies still use loading trucks from WWII. If you know what you're doing, there's no reason for it to stop working.

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I bought a 77 datsun with the seating ripped out, a totally ****ed body, missing the passenger seat, and loads of other huge problems in it for $120, for a party I was going to go to up in the mountains, just as a for fun going to jump it/flip it vehicle.

I've been driving it for 6 years without any real problems from it.



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#33
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My Ford Fiesta was glitchy after I bought it (though it's 10 years old). It was a good buy at the time, but I think Ford's quality has slid in the last decade, at the least.

On the other hand, my dad has a 1986 Toyota Celica Supra that runs as if it's brand new. We also had a Subaru that proved nigh-on indestructible.

Japanese (maybe German) cars > all others



In terms of basic durability and resale value, yes. There's a reason why Corollas and Civics are some of the most ubiquitous cars out there...unless you REALLY run them ragged, they'll last till you die or till you destroy the transmission.
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