2nd hand car for less than $10k, what would you buy?

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  1. RenchFries

    RenchFries Official Dawgshed Dutch representative Gold

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    Just a fun car thread.

    I'd get an Alfa Romeo 166. It's big, luxurious, and it wasn't a very popular car, so you can get a loaded one with low miles for cheap.

    I think it's also very good-looking. Doesn't look like a 10 year old model.
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    Interior also still looks pretty good.
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    An early 2000s BMW 5-series would be cool, too.
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    Not sue if this is just a hypothetical best car for under 10,000, but I gotta think the maintenance on those would kill someone with a 10,000 budget.
     
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    Sigh...

    You remind me of the hood rats who think they're impressing people cause they buy a used BMW... It's 14 years old, with 180,000 miles, but it's a BMW.

    If you only have ten grand to spend why would you buy a car that you need a special mechanic to fix....? You're gonna go broke importing parts and paying labor costs.

    Reggie Rich


    Go buy a used accord. People turn in leases every day at the honda dealer. Ten grand will get you a car that will be maintenance free for 7 years.
     
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    But then you're driving an accord.
     
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    Neither. $10k doesn't get me anything I want for a daily driver or "fun" second car. :dontknow:
     
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    An early 2000s BMW 5-series would be cool, too.
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    We had two 540i's we got used back in the late 90's/early 2000's. One was a '97 (first year E39) auto but had had the suspension upgraded to sport level. The second was a '98 bona fide sport 6 speed manual. The first was a hangar queen that had niggling problems every 2 months. The second was mostly trouble free. Both handled like on rails, you could feel what the tires were doing up front, and still road really nice. By far the best cars we've ever owned. I've looked for used ones again but by now they're pretty ragged out and mileage is way up there on most. The current 3 series is probably about the same size as those were back then. But the steering is nowhere near as good.
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    I don't know how 'fun' it is, but I think I'll be picking one of these up in the next couple months for around 10k (or a few thousand over).
    We seem to be spending more time skiing and in the country lately and may be getting out of the city completely soon, so we need something with 7 seats and 4x as
    a second car. Heard good things. Seems like a good used buy. I haven't had anything but euro cars for the past 10 years.

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    My goal is not to impress anyone and I'm not putting rims and spoilers on it. I just like nice cars, even when they got some age on them.

    Both these cars have less than 100.000 Kilometers (60k miles) on the clock.
     
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    Its a coin toss some times ya win and sometimes ya lose.
     
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    I bet you can buy a solid Crown Vic or Town Car for that money in the US.
     
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    Its 200 to change the oil. lol
     
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    A daily driver would be a very different choice, but

    As a 3rd car for futzing around that still has some practicality and won't kill the budget with repairs...

    G35 Coupe manual with under 125,000 miles would fall into that price range. Fast, fun to drive, great steering feel. Unlike its cousing the 350Z it has a back seat and a better interior. Infinitis of that era are pretty rock solid. Lower repair costs than European cars this old. We had a sedan from this gen and though a little plain it was a great car. Upgrade the wheels some and it's pretty sharp, too. A little coarser in terms of interior noise and ride compared to some in the class, though.


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    The sedan handles nicely too and is more plentiful and cheaper. Also less likely to be ragged out.
     
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    I just picked up a gmc arcadia new 1 the payment book i put next to arties to fat to fish book its just as thick. So good luck for 10dimes.
     
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    I would stay away from the luxury brands as the maintenance and parts are usually way more expensive. Best to go with a boring Accord, Civic, or Camry with the latest model and lowest miles you can get for your dollars. A good rule is to look at how many of these you still see on the road today. I still see Camry's from the late 90's still going strong. Good Luck, QD
     
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    Get a Diesel Jetta.
     
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    alfas are pretty unreliable as far as i'm aware, they look great though

    but yea i'm boring so probably a e39 5 series or an e46 330ci
     
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    Just a purely hypothetical situation. I'm not buying a car anytime soon. I don't really need one and owning one here is really expensive. It's fun to fantasize, though.
     
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    A month ago, I bought a 2002 Volvo S-80 from a guy I worked with. It belonged to his parents. They moved, and gave it to him. He has a company car, (as do I) but I just wanted a "beater" that I could use on the weekends and shit.

    84,000 miles, interior looks brand spanking new, they were the only owners. Bought it for $2800.00. Stole it for that price. It should be good for another 100,000 and be ready for my kid when he gets his license in a year or so.
     
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    And there is zero reason that I would. I've driven them more than enough
     
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    Swedish cars are good used bargains as they depreciate fast but have pretty solid drivetrains. They have the added bonus of being about as safe as most cars that are 10 years newer.
    I've had these Swedes and sold them.

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