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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=80171
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 122  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 12-18-2009
View Stats Category: Vehicle Misc
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The beachside Florida air hasn't been kind to the 'ole girl... :(


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#81
4-13-2010 @ 03:03:35 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#80, The BH and BJ generations of Mazda Protege was supposed to be a pretty good chassis, and you might even find a Protege ES (which had the Miata's 1.8 liter engine, 4 wheel disc brakes, and sway bars) in your range.

#82
4-13-2010 @ 03:06:34 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#81, Oh... God damn... can I find a Protege5 in my pricerange?! I'd LOVE to have one of those! *searches*

[edit] Nope. Even ones that break my ceiling by a grand have rust and/or mechanical problems. I guess people really do like the Protege5.

[Edited by DiRF on 4-13-2010 @ 03:15:52 PM]


#83
4-13-2010 @ 03:07:30 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
I'd still love to have a 2003 Protege5, but they are damned rare in any condition, let alone GOOD condition with an automatic and under 100k miles. And those can command a premium - close to $10k for a 7 year old used compact.

#84
4-13-2010 @ 03:08:48 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#82, Dunno about a 5, but here's a nice ES sedan with an automatic: http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...;standard=false

#85
4-13-2010 @ 03:10:30 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#84, Ooooh... have to keep a Protege ES in mind... you know, THAT is a car I wouldn't mind having...

[edit] Like I said earlier in the thread, I can't get a car just *yet*...

[Edited by DiRF on 4-13-2010 @ 03:10:58 PM]


#86
4-13-2010 @ 03:28:31 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Ok, here I should keep tabs on what kinds of cars I'm interested in... and I should try to keep it 12 years old or newer... older than that is just a bit ridiculous, and can lead to reliability and/or parts availability problems (one reason why the A/C in my G20 would be ludicrously expensive to repair/replace is its age)

- P11 G20
- 9th-gen Protege
- Volvo S40/V40
- Miata
- 7th-gen Celica
- Any small/midsize Acura that isn't an Integra
- Scion xA (yeah, not a dynamic chassis, but it's a tight, nimble little package with good gas mileage)
- Nissan NX

I guess another requirement is that I don't want something I'd be personally embarassed to drive. I would be personally embarrassed to be driving something as bland as a Corolla, Camry, or Lexus ES. All the above cars, believe it or not, I would not be embarrassed in.

[Edited by DiRF on 4-14-2010 @ 01:11:26 PM]


#87
4-13-2010 @ 03:41:51 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#86, Age is a bit of a trade-off....older cars in your price range may have lower mileage, and they're also cheaper to tag and insure. Parts on older cars are (usually) cheaper, but on the downside certain components may be harder to find (this is more an issue with body and interior parts, as mechanical parts stay in manufacture by third parties for longer) and some parts may have be placed on order (rather than being readily in stock) depending on the model.

Both of my vehicle are very easy to get parts for, but they're both American vehicles with V8 engines, which tend to be widely-supported parts-wise.

Regarding your current picks: Maybe a Mk4 Golf or Jetta?


#88
4-13-2010 @ 03:44:44 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#87, I would steer clear of Volkswagens... their reliability is just not quite there, and you want to talk about the cost of replacement components? Yikes.

...and don't talk to me about low mileage... I'm finding 12year old or younger cars in my pricerange with under 100k miles... which is good... that's pretty much all you need. SUPER low mileage actually doesn't mean jack shit... my grandmother's '98 Cavalier had 15,000 miles in 2008, and the brakelines and fuel-lines were all corroded, and the brakes failed on me... but on the surface, the paint, interior, everything, looked fantastic.


#89
4-13-2010 @ 04:32:28 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#88, Can you drive stickshift? I've found a perfect car for you if you can. 10 miles from you, too.
1990 Mazda Miata. 118k one owner miles. Everything all original. $3750.


#90
4-13-2010 @ 04:41:25 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#88, Generally speaking, the lower the mileage the better. I never said that precludes mechanical problems in a car that hasn't been maintained.

[Edited by Skid on 4-13-2010 @ 04:41:44 PM]


#91
4-14-2010 @ 11:59:23 AM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#87, That's a very strong point regarding age. It's very likely I'll buy something younger exactly because of that. Yeah, my 'dream cars' might be cool (to me) but a car that sits dead on the parking lot is useless to me. Even if a car is not cool, you can make it do cool things. But only if it runs and drives.

#92
4-14-2010 @ 12:53:59 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
This so violates my want of getting a newer car with lower miles... but it seems pretty damn neat... http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...ar_id=270186973

...and I would still have a use for my fake SR-20 Japanese plate!


#93
4-14-2010 @ 12:57:55 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#92, sweet :) I'm assuming you can drive stick then? If so, have you considered a 200SX SE-R?

#94
4-14-2010 @ 12:59:25 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#93, No, can't drive stick... I'd be willing to learn, though.

[edit] Looking up Edmunds values for NX's... that guy is WAAAAY over-valuing his car... it *should* be around $1600-2000... at MOST.

[Edited by DiRF on 4-14-2010 @ 01:06:14 PM]


#95
4-14-2010 @ 01:08:07 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#94, True.. but then again, most people in my area sell em for $3k, too.

#96
4-30-2010 @ 01:42:41 AM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
any progress on the car search?

#97
4-30-2010 @ 10:46:20 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#96, Kinda on hold right now... Can't really seriously search until my mom says it's time to (as she's helping me with the majority of the purchase price...)

#98
5-21-2010 @ 04:27:45 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
It's looking like next week might be the week to start looking for a car...

Looking online, the local Chrysler/Suzuki dealer has a Mazda Protege5 well within my budget, but it's manual. For a Protege5, in excellent condition, in my budget, I would be willing to teach myself to drive manual.

...another car that's piqued my interest, a used Scion xA. I've always liked the way they look... yeah, it's essentially a tall Echo wagon, but I've told myself from the beginning, I don't want to compromise... either I get a vehicle with an excellent, dynamically engineered chassis... failing that, I want immense practicality and fuel economy... and the xA suits the latter to a t.

[Edited by DiRF on 5-21-2010 @ 04:35:19 PM]


#99
5-21-2010 @ 05:14:52 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#98, I'd go for that Protege. Every enthusiast needs to learn to drive manual at some point, anyway.

#100
5-21-2010 @ 05:26:27 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#98, You're lucky. I wanted a Protege5 but ended up with the Focus. :( I could have had an ST but I didn't want to bother with a manual, particularly in a car I drive primarily for commuting.

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