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      06-04-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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Good Beater?

Im looking for something to drive to school everyday which is about 30 miles a day. I want something that is somewhat safe, pretty decent on gas, and has an A/C that blows cold. Looking around the 4-5k price range. What would you guys get?
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      06-04-2008, 08:58 PM   #2
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I'd get a Porsche 944, but then, I'm a rebel and I'll never ever be any good. I also kinda like the Ford Focus.
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used civic, corolla. you know, that bunch of cars
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Just looked on eBay, Civics are going to be around the year 2000 and before for that price range. Still though, those cars last forever so you'll be fine.
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      06-04-2008, 11:49 PM   #8
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Can't go wrong with a civic. I really liked mine.

Kinda depends what you are looking for and what type of "fun factor" you want.

a 240 in that price range will be quite enjoyable if you can keep up with the maintenance.

A focus for that price should be pretty new and decently reliable, they are also a fairly fun car.

A neon or Miata will be fun and inexpensive.

You can get a kia or something like that for super cheap, I would think.

It really depends on what you are looking for.
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      06-05-2008, 12:31 AM   #9
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I was looking for something that i could have atleast a little fun in or a good laugh...something had me looking at caddys but they drink gas
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      06-05-2008, 12:35 AM   #11
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I'd get a Porsche 944, but then, I'm a rebel and I'll never ever be any good. I also kinda like the Ford Focus.
A 944 in his price range would be too expensive to maintain.

I would spend about 8-9k on a Lexus IS300 if I needed a cheap daily. They are reliable, decent looking, and cheap.
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      06-05-2008, 01:35 AM   #12
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An rsx-s. Just find one that hasn't been boosted or driven by a boy racer
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Rsx-S for $4k-$5k?? That would be hard to find. If you did it might have a ton of miles or a salvaged title. I'd say a DC2 Integra. LS, it might be hard to find one these days, a "clean" one at least. I still have my civic type-r as my daily driver. Yes i'm a Ricer...
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Rsx-S for $4k-$5k?? That would be hard to find. If you did it might have a ton of miles or a salvaged title. I'd say a DC2 Integra. LS, it might be hard to find one these days, a "clean" one at least. I still have my civic type-r as my daily driver. Yes i'm a Ricer...
no type R in the states
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im not sure about where you live, but in california you can get a decent condition 240 for 1k or less. Then use the rest of the money to do a sr20 swap and you'll not only have a beater, but an extremely fast and fun beater at that.

As far as reliability goes...yea i dont think you'll care much because you'll be having so much fun.
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yep...ended up with a swap. We have to settle for the Si or type-S, sigh . My brother just bought an 08' Si, not bad at all.
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integra GSR, Outstanding handling and the looks aren't bad either.
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      06-05-2008, 09:41 AM   #18
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      06-05-2008, 09:49 AM   #19
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Toyota Tercel or Jeep Wrangler (get an older 4 cyl TJ or something)

im in the process of looking for one - the best thing about the wrangler is 4wd so it'll be useful when there's a foot of snow on the ground (rarely) and it's great in summer.

The tercel is.. well economical and it's a Toyota - enough said.

I say. AVOID the Porsche 944. I had one, a Turbo, as a beater.

It was anything but reliable and it was expensive to fix anything. Well I loved it so much that my 'nicer' car got neglected.. until someone stole the 944..

I've had the following 'beater' cars:
1) 95 Jeep Cherokee: GOOD
2) 95 Ford Escort: EXCELLENT, 45mpg on the highway
3) 95 Toyota Celica: GOOD, a bit expensive and the 'sporty' driving position got old really fast on a slow car..
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      06-05-2008, 02:40 PM   #20
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Get a vespa- cheap, new and crazy mpg
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      06-05-2008, 07:17 PM   #21
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