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Which Car Should My Parents Buy For Me?  
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

I would say, none, but my mother has offered to buy me another car. We already have four vehicles, which is clearly not enough for three drivers. I could drive the F-150, but it uses too much gas and it's hard to park on campus. The Dodge Grand Caravan is very useful, and Mom is trying to save it and not put miles on it (or on the 3 month old transmission). The Lumina is just a POS.

So...


I want a sedan, not a small car (like a Civic, although I am considering the Protege), probably used, no more than $16,000. Mom wants new Camry, which I definately do NOT want. I want a 2000-2001 Nissan Maxima SE. It preferably would be a sporty sedan and it must have a stickshift. Mom wants the fewest miles possible, no more than 60K at the max. Passats are still nice, but Volkswagen's reputation ain't so hot right now.

There is a local 2001 Accord LX sedan, white, 4-cylinder, stick. It has 60,000 miles on it and the Honda dealer is asking $11,000. It's not bad, but Accords are boring (Mom really liked driving it, however. More so than the Maxima, even. I think she liked the fully independent suspension, but I'm not sure).

Personally, I really want a Maxima (I think), but we'll have to wait and see.

My car is definately not going to be fixed, because airbags are expensive to replace. The newer ones can cost $1500 apiece.




And if it just ticks you off that my parents are willing (yes, I'll agree that they're nuts) to buy me a more expensive car than the one that I totalled, don't bother responding. I know it's strange, but this has all been at my parents' urging, not mine. Truth is stranger than fiction.

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User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

I would suggest a used 328i, but the 1997 model I bought with money from my management job that I've had since I was 15 is worth $28,500. I would imagine more recent models would exceed that and would therefore fall outside your price range. Unless of course, mine is just special.

Signed,
Flight152


User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

I'd suggest taking a look at some of the Saturn vehicles including their SUV, the Vue. You could easily get a new or almost new Saturn for $16,000 or less. Of course they can cost a lot more depending on how many bells and whistles you add and the Vue obviously will cost more than the cars.


"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

ONE WORD:



The best you can get in your price range is a 1997 528i (straight 6) in good condition, a 1998 528i in average condition, a 2000 in poor condition. For a 540i V8, a 98 in poor condition is the best.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17780 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

"And if it just ticks you off that my parents are willing (yes, I'll agree that they're nuts) to buy me a more expensive car than the one that I totalled, don't bother responding. I know it's strange, but this has all been at my parents' urging, not mine. Truth is stranger than fiction."

Are you from Boca Raton?



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineDc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

MD-90, No wonder your a republican ... You don't have to work for anything !!! Why don't you go with a BMW Z4 ???


Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7246 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

Well if you dont mind the gas I would suggest and Land Rover Discovery. An 99 Discovery that cost $55,000 are now going for $15,000 and that is over priced. It is a very relible truck! Just buy a BMW if you dont want the gas. Let me tell you tha BMW makes the engines for Land Rover. Atleast the 99 series. Great buy that truck can go any where and will last for 20 years!


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Simple!

You can get a Mazda 3 Starting at about 14,000$ brand new!

They come in 5 door versions too, good, quality car.



I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Why don't you wait till your old enough, and have enough money to buy one yourself? That's the way most of us have to do it.


User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

Why don't you wait till your old enough, and have enough money to buy one yourself? That's the way most of us have to do it.

I always have to respect Alpha's great Democratic view of things. Nicely done.  Big grin


User currently offlinePhxairfan From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 811 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

I agree with B757300, look at some of the saturns. They are awesome cars, and they last a long time. Not to mention you can cruise at about 100 no problem. You can prolly pick up a rather new one for about 10k as well. Good luck finding a new car.

User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

I'm gonna agree with Vafi88. The Mazda 3 starts around 13-14k, is a fairly "rare" car still, and is based on the new Volvo S40, which is hot in itself.

I'd go for the four-door version of it though.



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

I heard that the Mazda 3 is a pretty fast and speed as well as control oriented car, sure does look good too, outside and inside as well.


I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

If your worried about the Accord being boring you could drop it by 1", put a loud fartpipe on it, put Japaneese racing stickers, and a St. Louis arch looking wing and make it stand out.  Big thumbs up

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 997 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

MD-90, No wonder your a republican ... You don't have to work for anything !!! Why don't you go with a BMW Z4 ???

Yes we Republicans work for nothing. Thank you for blindly sterotyping me and countless others.... because in the end everyone in the highest levels of politics are rich, white, and male regardless of party affiliation. And that last tidbit is no sterotype.

Just buy a BMW if you dont want the gas. Let me tell you tha BMW makes the engines for Land Rover.

I believe the 3-series burns premium? That adds up quite a lot of money for the life of a car. A sedan burning premium is usually on par with a SUV burning regular from a cost standpoint.

And regarding the 2000-2003 model years for the 3-series, watch out, I've heard *very* negative reviews for long term reliabilty. Seems they've iorned out some of it for this model year.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17780 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

"That's the way most of us have to do it."

So if he has the opportunity to do it differently he shouldn't because everyone else does it your way?

That said, this sounds like a lot of my high school peers in Boca Raton. Parents buy them a car (nothing wrong with that), they crash it (probably after attending a party where the parents supplied the liquor), and then parents buy them a new one (not ok--not that this is the case here).



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 997 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

There is a local 2001 Accord LX sedan, white, 4-cylinder, stick. It has 60,000 miles on it and the Honda dealer is asking $11,000. It's not bad, but Accords are boring

Go with it. It's a quality car, you're young so you can't complain all that much. You have the rest of your life to drive wonderful cars, trust me, as someone in the process of buying their first car with their own money (my first car was the "kid" car, older Camry than yours) it feels much better to sit behind the wheel of an upscale car when you know you got there on your own.

The stick should make it somewhat envigorating, you can have some fun with those V-tec 4 bangers. 60k on a 2001 model is interesting... lotta driving that fellow did. But for a Honda this probably shouldn't be an issue. Check CarMax.com or other sites, they'res some decent buys out there as well.


User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

I would go for any honda product, I have a friend that has 203,000 miles on his and never had a problem. Can use it forever and they look great.


Father, Son, HOYA spirit
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4634 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

"And if it just ticks you off that my parents are willing (yes, I'll agree that they're nuts) to buy me a more expensive car than the one that I totalled, don't bother responding. I know it's strange, but this has all been at my parents' urging, not mine. Truth is stranger than fiction."

Hey at least you're honest about your parents buying your car. Not like the weekly "Which car should I buy next" threads by 16-20 year olds with a list of cars that most of us can only hope for in the future. I wish I was a manager!!!



Word
User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

I agree with JbirdAV8r,

Go with the new Volvo S40. You get a real quality car for a decent kind of money.


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Oooh, I'm sort of glad that no one has suggested what I'm about to suggest so far. This is probably the car that I will purchase once my current car finally "buys the farm," and no one has mentioned it yet, which means that I am unique.

I know you have sworn off Camrys, but have you checked out the new Corolla? I would probably pick up the S model, which starts at ~$15K. I love Toyotas, as it is the brand that I currently drive. I am very impressed by their reliability. My car has gone 130K miles, and the only thing that I have had to replace are the tires and brakes. Consumer Reports gave the Corolla a really good review as well.

Other good cars: Mazda 3, Honda Civic.

The Civic is a great car, but they are darn near ubiquitous, and kind of boring if you asked me. The Mazda 3 model that I would probably get is the 4-door S model (because it looks like a little Mazda 6) The only thing keeping me from the 3 is the fact that I love Toyotas so much, plus I have a "thing" for rally cars. Plus, the Corolla is about $3000 less than the Mazda 3s version (with ABS, etc.), and I'm at the stage in life where $3000 is still real money.

Anyway, my top three picks in order are:

1. Toyota Corolla S
2. Mazda 3s 4-door
3. Honda Civic LX

'Speed

P.S. I say if your mom and dad are willing to buy you a car, take it!

P.P.S. I have only looked into the manual transmission versions of these, because that's what I prefer

[Edited 2004-07-13 14:25:56]

User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

What do your band camp friends have to say?????

User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

Must...not....post....the....General...Lee


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineANA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 294 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

I agree with the Mazda 3, although you could wait for the new Ford Focus, which the 3 shares its platform with. OR you could go for the current Focus, easily the best handling car in its segment and get nearly new or get a tasty rebate from your Ford dealer who is gagging to sell cars.

Mind you, either are, I suppose, just "safe choices".


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

'95/96 M3...still the best bargain around if it hasn't been ragged on too much-coupe..not sedan.

If new, I'll agree with ANA....Mazda 3 looks better than most the rice competition.


25 Captaingomes : I believe the 3-series burns premium? That adds up quite a lot of money for the life of a car. A sedan burning premium is usually on par with a SUV bu
26 MD-90 : What do your band camp friends have to say????? Nothing, because band camp doesn't start till August 8. I am going down to school on Thursday, as the
27 KDALAggie : I must humbly disagree about the latest Saturn cars. Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a good company, it's just the newest Vue and Ion are lacki
28 Post contains links Mdsh00 : MD-90, No wonder your a republican ... You don't have to work for anything !!! Why don't you go with a BMW Z4 ??? Um, my parents bought me a new Acura
29 Superfly : MD-90: I would suggest a 1973 Dodge Demon! Then again your are a Christian I don't think that would be prudent. That was an awesome muscle car, (Duste
30 LOT767-300ER : "Plusmy dad works for Toyota and tells me they are HOT sellers. " Toyota eh? I will pray for you tonight my good friend.
31 BN747 : Must...not....post....the....General...Lee ROFL.... LHmark... you're off the grid! That was too funny! Yet appropriate! Perfect for him to pull up on
32 Post contains images Mdsh00 : "Toyota eh? I will pray for you tonight my good friend." Oh come onn! Toyota makes good cars! And they are trying to shed their Japanese Buick image w
33 Alessandro : Honda Insight, then you have cars in all fuel range in your family....
34 777236ER : Why is it L.1011 hates anything American (and those Americans who are left of his far-right views), yet still likes German cars?
35 DfwRevolution : Honda Insight, then you have cars in all fuel range in your family.... WHAT!?! Are you kidding me! That has got to be the single WORST car built by Ho
36 AA777 : Why don't you wait till your old enough, and have enough money to buy one yourself? That's the way most of us have to do it. I always have to respect
37 North County : MD-90 - nothing wrong in letting your parents buy you a car. But speaking from experience, nothing feels better then driving off in a car you paid fo
38 BN747 : MD-90 - nothing wrong in letting your parents buy you a car. Sure there is... As a kid (a 15-16 year old) there's nothing wrong with it, it's a good t
39 Seb146 : Here's an idea: Get a job and buy your own car. Your parents are not always going to be around and it will show you the value of hard work. GO CANUCKS
40 Post contains images Captaingomes : Why don't you wait till your old enough, and have enough money to buy one yourself? That's the way most of us have to do it. Perhaps his parents have
41 Luisca : My parents bought me a Honda civic as a graduation gift, great car. love it.
42 Post contains images Mdsh00 : One thing I dont understand here (I'm defending MD-90 here) is all the older people here bashing him for letting his parents buy him a car. You all so
43 Captaingomes : Mdsh00, you are correct. Really, the decision of a parent to purchase a car for a child depends on many factors in my opinion. If the "child" is in th
44 KDALAggie : There can be a difference, learning and just being given..... I was a very blessed person in that my parents got me two cars. My first was a 1977 Impa
45 BN747 : When I turned 21, my parents bought me a brand new Acura, at the insisting of my parents who wanted me to have what I missed out on as a child (we wer
46 Jutes85 : Mdsh00, Any info on when the Scion is coming to the frozen north?
47 Mdsh00 : You're getting way ahead of yourself sport! You don't know the answer to that yet.... Maybe so. But I think that seeing my parents go through harder t
48 Sophiemaltese : Hey at least you're honest about your parents buying your car. Not like the weekly "Which car should I buy next" threads by 16-20 year olds with a lis
49 Post contains images MD-90 : BN747 doesn't seem to care for the power and support of an actual family. Well, there's no rush or anything. I'll probably be taking Mom's 97 Grand Ca
50 Cactus739 : Mdsh00 In the Saturn Vue... only the V6 enging is from Honda... the 4 cylinder is still GM. I'm thinking along with many that MD90 should check out th
51 Post contains images Northwest717 : My parents almost bought me a Toyota Prius, but they were backordered by TWO YEARS!!! LOL! So instead I went for the Scion xB. It is really nice and e
52 BN747 : BN747 doesn't seem to care for the power and support of an actual family. BN747, my parents can easily afford another car. I wouldn't say we're upper
53 MD-90 : I guess you just glossed over me having worked for both Wal-Mart and Chick-Fil-A, eh? Not to mention that my tuition at MSU is only $900/semester (it
54 Post contains images Mdsh00 : MSU is only $900/semester University of California is almost hitting $5000 a year! I'd kill to have paid only $1,800 per year.
55 LOT767-300ER : "Oh come onn! Toyota makes good cars! And they are trying to shed their Japanese Buick image with the Scion. I take it you don't like Toyota? It's ok,
56 MD-90 : Well, MSU is actually about $2100/semester for regular, in-state tuition. I just have an academic scholarship, a band scholarship, and my out-of-state
57 Post contains images Garnetpalmetto : MD-90, we've disagreed on a lot of things, but my condolences on the loss of your Camry! Happy to hear you weren't hurt, after all, who else could I s
58 Post contains images Superfly : MD-90: I'll be in a Dordge (Superfly, I hope you're not such a Californian that you don't recognize that particular pronunciation). Dude, that just to
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