The Car Thread

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  1. broj15

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    OK, so after shopping around for the past week or so, I've got my eye on a 2007 Dodge caliber. It has 120k miles on it and they only want $1600. No check engine light, couple door dents, and a missing plastic hubcap on the back passenger tire. All issues I could overlook for the price. So with that in mind, do y'all know anything about these cars I should look at specifically? Any issues theyre known to have that would be cropping up soon? I'm looking bro get atleast another 4 years/100k miles out of it.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    the Caliber is... not so good man. The platform it was built to replace, the Dodge Neon, is actually a more solid car but they have all been driven completely into the ground by now and have gotten to be pretty hard to find.

    If you are looking for a beater and expect to do work on it, maybe the Caliber would be okay, but parts for the Caliber are actually rare-ish because they never sold that many and therefore more expensive. If the form factor was what you liked about it - small, low to the ground wagon with a big trunk - the PT Cruiser is actually a better car because those were built on the Neon platform so parts are EVERYWHERE. Also, people really turned on that car so they tend to get rid of them really cheap. The Caliber is slightly bigger, if I remember right.

    One car of that type to avoid at all costs is the Chevrolet HHR. Total lemons, do not buy.
     
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    You speak da tru-true.

    You want something that's cheap and everywhere, get a Versa.
     
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    Thanks for the advice y'all. The caliber sold out from under me this weekend, so maybe that was a blessing in disguise. I'm pretty well versed on imports n whatnot, but I don't know shit about "practical" cars so shopping for one has been a nightmare and is super overwhelming.
     
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    The majority of imports :lol: I'd go buy a Civic, Corolla, Accord, or Camry. There are thousands of them out there, they run forever if treated right, and replacement parts are cheap.

    What are you doing with the M3? Ever figure out why the engine gave out?
     
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    Yeah, stick with Honda and Toyota if you want practical that will last a long time.
     
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    If you need a daily to get to and from work:
    Honda Civic
    Toyota Camry

    If you have a family:
    Honda Accord
    Nissan Altima
    Toyota Corolla

    Any of those will last you years if you know how to perform any general maintenance.
     
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    Edd is back.
     
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    p0ke 7-string guitard

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    Took a pretty nice photo of my Focus the other day:

    [​IMG]

    Yep, you can see that the registration plate is a little bit bent (apparently the previous owner ran into something ...) and there's some rust protection spray on the side, but other than that I'd say it looks pretty good for a 700€ car :)

    Oh and I also put the summer tires on a couple of weeks ago - couldn't be bothered doing it myself since a local carwash does it for 19€ and I don't have a proper jack yet. Anyway, I got those tires for free from my mother in law, and they're almost like brand new :)
     
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    700? not bad. What engine do you have in?
     
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    It's a 1.4, don't know much more about it. I recall reading some document about it saying it has 65bhp - not much, but enough to do 150km/h and it's pretty fuel efficient too for such an old rust bucket.
     
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    NCD! New motor for the missus: Fiat 500X Cross Plus. She's delighted.

    We were hoping that the old one (2005 Renault Clio) would last another year, but the cost to fix just the brakes - never mind the next service and MOT - was getting into double the value of the car...
     
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    I had a BMW specialist look at it and all they could say was that "some part inside the engine gave out" and that now the engine is seized up and needs replaced/rebuilt. I got in touch with a place that is willing to come tow it away and pay me $1500 for it.

    I don't have a family but I have a 2x15 and I'd like to add another to my rig, so I'm looking for some kind of station wagon or crossover/small SUV that has rear seats that fold down. Right now I'm in contact with a guy who has an 02 Ford Taurus wagon. It has 130k miles on it but it appears to be very well maintained and he only wants 1200. He says he's not available till Saturday but hopefully I can look at it before anyone else does.
     
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    ah yes the ole bmw mystery engine fubar
     
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    :2c: Don't buy a Taurus, they have reliability issues over 100k and it's been that way for 15+ years (especially the transmissions). If you want cheap/reliable wagon buy a Volvo. Also a big fan of the Passat wagon but you've got to make sure if it's a B4 gen (99-05) that the kinks have been worked out first (if it sounds like a sewing machine, don't buy). I would say Accord or Camry wagon as well but they are not as easy to find.
     
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    you may have a Kiesel guitar, but do you have a Keisel suspension?

    lol what are the odds...
    kiesel suspension.jpg
     
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    Well, back again and the saga continues lol. The Taurus didn't work out (again, another blessing in disguise) and I'm onto the next lead! I currently live in st. Louis, while my parents are right outside of Louisville so we've been shopping around on Craigslist/the Facebook market place in both regions. They spotted something in Thier area and said they'd drive it to me. Here's the details on it.

    -1998 Subaru outback
    -170k miles
    -clean title
    -No KNOWN issues under the hood (no check engine/status/warning lights)
    -4 new tires
    -Recently replaced front end (including struts, ball joints, tie rods, steering boots, brakes, and hub bearings)
    -Some rust on both rear fenders
    -has had some cosmetic repair done to the front driver side. Guy claims it was deer damage (very common in the area) and the frame is straight. All the other body panels line up well.
    -2.5L DOHC (worth mentioning cuz I've read the head gaskets can be problematic)
    -$1750 firm

    It was mother's day so my dad didn't get to drive it (the guy had family over and it was blocked in by 4 cars), but the guy turned it on and let it idle for about 10 minutes and popped the hood. He said there were no "bad engine noises" or knocks that he could hear, all fluid levels seemed fine, and the oil didn't smell like it was burning. He said he said he scheduled to test drive it on wednesday when he gets off work and see how it goes.

    So given the above information, what do y'all think. Does it sound like a good buy or something to avoid? The slightly high miles and possible head gasket issues have me apprehensive, but I've also heard of subarus going to 300k easily if they're well maintained.
     
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    The Outbacks are a mixed bag. It's a big plus if the front suspension has been done recently as those are a pain to work on (i.e. costly for labor). AC is also an expensive fix if it goes out. Overall they're very solid though, and they have a die-hard fanbase that can answer any question for the DIY mechanics out there.
     

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