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Need to buy winter beater,suggestions...

Hello WT,

I'm gonna need to buy a car before winter, anybody has suggestions for a good beater. Over the years I have owned several Toyotas, '85 Camry, '89 pick-up, early '80s Land Cruiser, two of my friends had Tercels. No major problems with any of them. I got a Sundance given to me once, that thing was in good condition but only lasted a few months.
A friend says I should get a Mazda 6, he told me he never had any problem with his and has lot of power.
Basically it needs to be a 4 door, station wagon could be an option, with heat, manual transmission is more fun to drive, that will get me through next winter till I can start riding again. My budget is 3000-4000$

What's a good bang for the buck? Suggestions?

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Hello WT,

I'm gonna need to buy a car before winter, anybody has suggestions for a good beater.

Basically it needs to be a 4 door, station wagon could be an option, with heat, manual transmission is more fun to drive, that will get me through next winter till I can start riding again. My budget is 3000-4000$

What's a good bang for the buck? Suggestions?
Best bang for the buck is a Suby, hands down.

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Late 90s civics are great cars and stupid simple to work on.
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Best bang for the buck is a Suby, hands down.
I currently have a Subaru but don't trust a $3000 Subaru nearly as much as a $3000 honda.
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Best bang for the buck is a Suby, hands down.
A friend had a Subaru with a flat four. Timing belt went prematurely, bent the valves and other engine damage.

They make inline fours? Or V6?

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A friend had a Subaru with a flat four. Timing belt went prematurely, bent the valves and other engine damage.

They make inline fours? Or V6?
Flat motors.



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My vote was gonna be a Subaru forester or a justy... But if you're against 3000 dollar subys then I'm out of ideas...

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I currently have a Subaru but don't trust a $3000 Subaru nearly as much as a $3000 honda.
I don't trust a $3000.00 Honda nearly as much as a $2500.00 Toyota truck.

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Good luck finding a good, not rusted out $2500 Toyota truck. We get offers on our super rusted 86 and the 92 went as soon as word got out we were letting it go.
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Good luck finding a good, not rusted out $2500 Toyota truck. We get offers on our super rusted 86 and the 92 went as soon as word got out we were letting it go.
There ya go. There's a good reason for the demand.
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Winter in Canada?

$3,000 budget?


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$3,000 budget?


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Winter in Canada?

$3,000 budget?


Jeep
Sure, if you like your vehicles spontaneously combusting on you. I hear they make great bonfires

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my vote is for Subaru, I had forester and i trade in it with RAV4...still regret decision when I have to drive in snow....

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Most Toyota pick ups around here are all rusted to nothing.
Jeep? I did not think about that. Apparently you can't kill the inline 6.

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Anybody has experience with the Mazda 6?

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89 - 93 Nissan Maxima is a good second or third (maybe even 4th hand) car. I'd just make sure and look into one that is 92 or later if you can find them. they made revisions to the trans (if looking at an Auto) and thhe earlier models usually ended up suffering from slippage and the trans would go out.

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My lady friend has a Mazda 6. Nice car with plenty of power. I've never driven it in the snow since my Element has AWD.

My little bro buys and sells lot's of Civics. If I needed something cheep, that is what I would go with. As Jeffie said, they are stupid simple to fix and you don't have to worry about parts availability.



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Our 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara five speed has over 300K on the clock and is now looking for 350K. Too bad they don't import them to the U.S. any more for we would buy another.
Buddy of mine just threw a 2.5L G Vitara motor on is wheeling rig. It had 190K on the meter from the junk yard but he says the motor still has it.

It's a pre-Samurai Suzuki that's just completely tricked out, body engine, suspension, roll cage, etc.
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Late 90s civics are great cars and stupid simple to work on.
Wow, came here to say exactly that. Even the early 2000 models are pretty easy to work with. Accords aren't really any more complex, but can give you a bit more interior space than the Civics.

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I've had great luck with Nissans.
Been driving nothing but manual gearbox sport versions since 1991.
4 wheel disc brakes, limited slip differentials.
Simple drive train, fantastic on snow and ice.
If you want the limited slip diff, you really have to be careful of the year as they got dropped as time went by.
The Sentra was the last to lose the LSD, 2012 SER Spec V with 6 speed and Sport Package.
End of an era.
Which is why we bought one in January.
Nissans have been very reliable for us, parts not expensive, all engines are cam chain design - no belts.

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Buddy of mine just threw a 2.5L G Vitara motor on is wheeling rig. It had 190K on the meter from the junk yard but he says the motor still has it.

It's a pre-Samurai Suzuki that's just completely tricked out, body engine, suspension, roll cage, etc.
Early Samurai's are kick-ass, drop a V6 in there it would be lots of fun.

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I'd take an Infinity G20t over one of these any day.
A Manual in the right years gets you a LSD as well, one must be careful re which year which package to make sure it has a LSD in it.
4 link front suspension as well.
Superior vehicle to the Acura in my opinion.

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I've had great luck with Nissans.
Been driving nothing but manual gearbox sport versions since 1991.
4 wheel disc brakes, limited slip differentials.
Simple drive train, fantastic on snow and ice.
If you want the limited slip diff, you really have to be careful of the year as they got dropped as time went by.
The Sentra was the last to lose the LSD, 2012 SER Spec V with 6 speed and Sport Package.
End of an era.
Which is why we bought one in January.
Nissans have been very reliable for us, parts not expensive, all engines are cam chain design - no belts.
looking at Sentra's they all look resonably priced
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I'd take an Infinity G20t over one of these any day.
A Manual in the right years gets you a LSD as well, one must be careful re which year which package to make sure it has a LSD in it.
4 link front suspension as well.
Superior vehicle to the Acura in my opinion.
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I'd take an Infinity G20t over one of these any day.
A Manual in the right years gets you a LSD as well, one must be careful re which year which package to make sure it has a LSD in it.
4 link front suspension as well.
Superior vehicle to the Acura in my opinion.
Can I ask what is LSD? Other then the drug google acronym is giving me Lamborghini style doors.

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Limited Slip Differential. Basically drive on both tires.... no more sitting there with one tire spinning.



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Limited Slip Differential. Basically drive on both tires.... no more sitting there with one tire spinning.
I guess that was a stupid question

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