New Or Used? : Excuse Me While I Contradict Myself…
A reader sent me these parameters for picking his next vehicleI’m at a crossroads. I’m looking for a cheap – laughably cheap – like less-than-$3,000 cheap – car for my next daily driver. It’s got to be economical (near 30 mpg hwy) and fun to drive, with decent aftermarket support (so I can throw a couple mods at it – I’m a gearhead). Oh, and since I’m 6’1″ and have a 1-year old daughter, it needs a back seat.We can skip the DSM/Mitsubishi reliability warning.
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- Chuck Norton And guys are having wide spread issues with the 10 speed transmission with the HP numbers out of the factory......
- Zerofoo "Hyundais just got better and better during the 1990s, though, and memories of those shoddy Excels faded."Never. A friend had an early 90s Hyundai Excel as his college beater. One day he decided that the last tank of gas he bought was worth more than the car. He drove it to empty and then he and his fraternity brothers pushed it into the woods and left it there.
- Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
- Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!
- Ribbedroof Have one in the shop for minor front collision repairs right now,I've seen more of these in the comments than in the 30 years I've been in collision repair.
Get yourself a Mercedes w201 190 E or D. The secret is to also budget for a Greyhound/Trailways ticket and be willing to go where the best car is. Get something as basic as you can- a nice sunroof goes a long way to make up for non-functioning AC. But, usually if you understand vacuum, you can get it working again. The other great thing about these is 30mpg even with the petrols and enough handling improvements thanks to the Cosworth connection. They are built like little tanks and are the last Mercedes that was built to last 50 years. Get one with 130K miles and you should be able to get that again twice over before having to open up the engine or gearbox. Expect little foibles, but these are easy to do yourself with many handy guides from mercedesource.
Dear mr Lang: Tack, not tact. You take a tack; you have tact. One is a originally sailing term, the other a matter of manners. (Yeah, yeah, I know: I just showed I lack the latter. Sorry, but it's a pet peeve.)