#1
Anyone know of a good model to look for on craigslist that's dirt cheap but reliable (that I don't have to take to the shop etc.) and has decent mileage??

I really would like to avoid spending more than $1000 on it.

Thanks
#2
Pretty much anything Toyota and Honda.
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look on kraigslist. they have some pretty krazy deals. I saw a used Honda sivik on there for only $500, and an impala...


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you kould buy my truk... only $500... you may not look kool driving it and mileage... well its not TOO bad but hey it runs good!
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Pretty much anything Toyota and Honda.

Yeah, but used Hondas are a little pricey. I got me a Honda.


But, I will say this: Unless you know about cars, you should take any car you buy to a mechanic as soon as you buy it, or before you buy it if possible.
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Toyotas and Hondas are pricey.

Try a Daihatsu or an older Holden. Nissan Pulsars are good and so are Ford Festivas/Fiestas.
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Toyotas and Hondas are pricey.

Try a Daihatsu or an older Holden. Nissan Pulsars are good and so are Ford Festivas/Fiestas.

that sounds like a BIG lie, haha, might as well tell him to get a geometric

I would suggest something by VW, I think I'm getting about a jetta in a couple of months, my mustang is gonna cost me too much
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that sounds like a BIG lie, haha, might as well tell him to get a geometric

I would suggest something by VW, I think I'm getting about a jetta in a couple of months, my mustang is gonna cost me too much

VW parts are expensive in the US, and QC isn't the best. And, what's wrong with Geos? My friend is getting one, so I'd like to warn him about any troubles he should check on.
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that sounds like a BIG lie, haha, might as well tell him to get a geometric

I would suggest something by VW, I think I'm getting about a jetta in a couple of months, my mustang is gonna cost me too much



I'm not sure where you're from, but here in Australia it's almost impossible to find a decent VW under $1000 that isn't at breaking point.
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I'm not sure where you're from, but here in Australia it's almost impossible to find a decent VW under $1000 that isn't at breaking point.

ah ok, over here, I can find one for pretty cheap, might end up getting like an '02 jetta
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ah ok, over here, I can find one for pretty cheap, might end up getting like an '02 jetta


I get what you mean. The demand usually depends on your location. Here in Australia people tend to go for Australian made cars because the parts are easy and cheap to find locally. Everyone here mostly drives Holdens or Fords. VWs and Jettas are kind of rare down here.
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Everyone here mostly drives Holdens or Fords.

Not true, anymore at least.

There's only one holden and one ford in my ENTIRE family, we're talking extended here aswell. The Toyota Camry was even outselling the Commodore I believe.

If we're talking Australia, please don't go for a $1000~ Common*****. Sure, parts are cheap, but you'll be forever fixing something. Ask me how I know.

Try and stay Japanese for reliabilty.
-Mazda 323
-Ford Laser KC/KE (Effectively the same as a 323)
-Mitsubishi Magna (Not great to drive but these things take a beating!)
-Nissan Pulsar is a good choice. The Pulsar Q (I think....the one with a 1.8) is actually quite a good drive.
-Toyotta Corolla, should be able to pick up an AE82.

Other things to consider is road worthy certificate and registration. All of a sudden this $1k car can get quite expensive.

Mind you, this info is only usefull if you're from Australia.....if not, disregard.
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#14
get a GEO. only bad thing with that is that if you get in a crash, you are guaranteed to die.
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get a GEO. only bad thing with that is that if you get in a crash, you are guaranteed to die.


Nice way to jynx my dad. he drives one to work everyday because it saves alot of gas. damn that thing is lame though. geo is crap.

on topic now umm buy something from japan. Your american car wont last long. Go honda or toyota. I have a yukon,mustang gt,f-150, and a geo metro. they are all american vehicles and i hate em. man my parents are urgh
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Not true, anymore at least.

There's only one holden and one ford in my ENTIRE family, we're talking extended here aswell. The Toyota Camry was even outselling the Commodore I believe.

If we're talking Australia, please don't go for a $1000~ Common*****. Sure, parts are cheap, but you'll be forever fixing something. Ask me how I know.

Try and stay Japanese for reliabilty.
-Mazda 323
-Ford Laser KC/KE (Effectively the same as a 323)
-Mitsubishi Magna (Not great to drive but these things take a beating!)
-Nissan Pulsar is a good choice. The Pulsar Q (I think....the one with a 1.8) is actually quite a good drive.
-Toyotta Corolla, should be able to pick up an AE82.

Other things to consider is road worthy certificate and registration. All of a sudden this $1k car can get quite expensive.

Mind you, this info is only usefull if you're from Australia.....if not, disregard.


I agree with you. We're a Toyota Family, but there's a big demand for Corolla's now and the 2nd hand prices have gone up quite a bit lately. For a $1000 budget that's all I could really recommend in my previous post. I don't think you can get a decent Mazda for $1000 even where I am. I had a Magna and many would agree it's pretty crappy but yes, good if you're young and don't care. Even though they are fairly cheap, stay away from Korean cars like Hyundai.
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