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Old 05-15-2019, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by The JOe View Post
I have no garage, no access to tools and I tried changing the oil at my apartment and got hit with a warning and fine (that yes I agreed to in the lease agreement when I moved in) and I was in and out in 2 minutes. An engine or trans swap here even if I had the tools wouldn’t be possible.

assuming I found an engine for 4-500 bucks... labor is going to bring it to almost the price the cars worth and it has other issues... not instantly catastrophic levels but bad enough to the point the cars not worth investing in.
Owning a older car is a journey, if you don't have the space and tools your better off not getting anything without some sort of warranty. I've changed more engines and trans then i can remember some where fast and easy, others fought you the entire way. even junkyard dives carry risk but at least they usually tell you if it blows up in 2 months come get another one. Sometimes they can let you hear the car run before you pull the engine. I live by the rule ratchets and wrench your asking it nicely to come off, breaker bar you weren't asking, then if needed the torch, can't be tight if it's liquid lol.

In your situation i would put down some cash on a lease or a slightly used car that has the balance of a warranty left on it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:20 AM
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Get a new compact car for $17k that will last you 10-15 yrs. Civic, Corolla, Mazda3. Take your pick. Then you have your one fixed payment every month without having to budget for unexpected repairs
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by mark1107 View Post
Dude with all of the bad luck you have please just lease a Kia or Hyundai or vw at 89 bucks a month and get on with life. We’ve told you on cfot not buy those cars and obviously you didn’t listen. Look your at a point where you have a job. Just bite the bullet on one of those basic leases. They are all over LA no money down 89-300 a month. Why don’t you ever use google before wasting our time on cfot?




Read the fine print. $79/mo with $6k down.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:37 AM
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The wife's '06 Scion Xa has 197,000 miles on it and it runs perfect! As has been said before, a 4 cylinder Japanese car will run forever!! It has very low value at this point. Find one with 100,000 miles and drive it for another 100,000...
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:01 AM
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OP needs something w/ a warranty. leasehacker.com


PG&E $800 PHEV / EV rebate.

https://energyinsight.secure.force.c...145.1555865793
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by LarsAtTheBeach View Post
Put the 3K down on a brand new inexpensive car or small truck. Civic or Frontier come to mind.
This is dumb. Buy a 5 year old Corolla and be done with all this. New car is going to depreciate a lot and you can get nearly the same reliability with a used Corolla.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:35 AM
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In my experience, an $8000 car from a used car dealer will have similar failure rates to a $3000 car from a private party on CL. And $5000 will pay for a lot of repairs. All these car payments everyone is advising you to get will pay for a lot of repairs. I really don't think there is a cheaper way to own a car than buying $2500 cars off CL. Four cylinder compacts are a dime a dozen. Buy something with a timing chain and a manual transmission that is 100% stock, clean, and well maintained from an actual owner, not a car flipper, and drive it forever. I see so many good cars on CL so cheap it amazes me.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:37 AM
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quit buying shitty cars, move closer to work, try the lottery
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:38 AM
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There are some great lease deals but might not work for your mileage.

https://leasehackr.com/blog/2019/5/5...residual-value
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:54 AM
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"I bought a 1990 suburban with 160,000 miles on it for $2,000....just getting broke in. I put another 200,000 miles on it with no major repairs"[/CFOT]

I had an $WD 86 Suburban with diesel power. Incredible truck. Loaded with every option of the era and give it traction, it would have climbed a telephone pole. Hauled my Ranger & ProCraft bass boats around with no change in fuel mileage.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:57 AM
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Buy something with fender flares so it looks tough.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:01 AM
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:31 AM
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go on ''autotrader'' look at chevy cruze,and look at the lowest price box

a dealer in Miami has new 2019 cruzes for $11,500 with auto trannys,,or $10,500 with manual trannys,[most gm dealers come close too],this is a brand new car with a full warrenty,and with $3,000 down it might be in your price range
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:39 AM
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win chevy in carson,ca has one for $12,000


https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ckType=listing


looks like $149 per month with $3,000 down

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Old 05-15-2019, 11:41 AM
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RAV or Ridgeline
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:42 AM
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Poor people problems
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by NDMIKE88 View Post
A used Honda or Toyota?????
A Buick with a 3.8 if you could find one (they're out there) would be a nicer choice, and cheaper than an overpriced Japanese car.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:47 AM
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Dont know how old you are or work experience but seems I would focus on that. So in other words Join the Army ... you get to use their trucks, tools and you can learn how to repair - plus serve your country, which some of us Corvette owners have done.
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Dont know how old you are or work experience but seems I would focus on that. So in other words Join the Army ... you get to use their trucks, tools and you can learn how to repair - plus serve your country, which some of us Corvette owners have done.
that'll never happen, he's a medical fricken nightmare
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:14 PM
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Oh, get a mid-size car and finance as long as possible for low payments. Get gap insurance too........ I had a
2016 Corolla for a while and it gets small inside if u are driving a lot. I traded it in
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