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I have been recently car shopping for my daughters first car. Got me thinking that I want a personal vehicle. I do have a personal truck but no car. I am currently working on my masters so I spend a lot of time in the winter months going back and forth to college and sometimes cruising around in between long breaks in classes. I want something that's a year round car cause winter is like 11 1/2 months up here! So no sports cars for me.

I just want a basic good car for commuting that's good on gas and comfortable. Im a big guy 6 foot 275lbs so I really dont want a compact. Thinking kind of towards like a Taurus or something. Or maybe a minivan that way I am still sitting up a little like I am use to. suv's are out cause there not good on gas either.

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Ford Taurtus is a good car, another car i liked after working on them was the Chrysler 300c's, late 90's-early 2000's. Big car, rode great, got 30mpg and cheap to fix but these cars were also very dependable. Only problems i ever faced when they came in was old batteries, worn Serp belts, bad tranny input/output speed sensors and occasionally a leaky intake gasket causing a misfire. Wasnt uncommon to see one with 250k or more.

I am also a die hard Honda fan, look into the Honda Accords.
 

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Ford Taurtus is a good car, another car i liked after working on them was the Chrysler 300c's, late 90's-early 2000's. Big car, rode great, got 30mpg and cheap to fix but these cars were also very dependable. Only problems i ever faced when they came in was old batteries, worn Serp belts, bad tranny input/output speed sensors and occasionally a leaky intake gasket causing a misfire. Wasnt uncommon to see one with 250k or more.

I am also a die hard Honda fan, look into the Honda Accords.
The 300C didn't come out until 2005 and the 6 banger got like 25 mpg highway. Are you referring to the 99-04 300m?
 

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See what you fit in comfortably. Friend of mine is 6'5" and about your weight (after he slimmed down some) and he like Escorts.
 

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2-3 grand doesn't go too far these days.

This is Maine - he's looking at the mid range for where he is, maybe a little higher.

I know people that buy under $600 and junk it the next year or wait until it parts its self out on the side of the road:laughing:

Salt damage drops values like crazy, and we have tons of salt for a lot of months.
 

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This is Maine - he's looking at the mid range for where he is, maybe a little higher.

I know people that buy under $600 and junk it the next year or wait until it parts its self out on the side of the road:laughing:

Salt damage drops values like crazy, and we have tons of salt for a lot of months.
O how correct you are. Around here you can get a good work truck for 1000-1500 that will last you a few years easy.

I got a buddy who only drives beaters. He's prob around 35 and has never paid more then 800 bucks for a car. He doesnt see the point. He will grab something cheap and run it for 3 or 4 years then junk in for 200-300 bucks and go buy something else.

Cars are cheap here. My wife got a 2006 saturn Ion last year. It is a 4cyl 5 spd with round 50k miles thing was just like new. We paid 3500. My buddy just bought a 2000 f150 4 door 4x4. Thing was in great condition except needed tires for inspection. He paid 1000 for it then went and got a set of used tires for 200. He be good to go for many years to come.

So anyway 2-3 grand will get me quite a bit.

I looked a nice grand prix today. Had 115k miles seemed to run just like new, asking 1800. I also looked at a 2004 ford minivan, That had 90k and they were asking 2000. Kind of interested in an ex police car. Those are big, roomy and ride nice. Not sure how the mpg would be but worth checking out.
 

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Can't touch a decent truck for under 3000 here.
 

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Can't touch a decent truck for under 3000 here.
$3K will get you a running and stickered truck with plow here. I'm not sure you'd think is was decent, though.

$1500 will get you a 4X4 "yard" truck with plow - won't pass inspection, so you can use it for a woods truck. plowing your yard, etc. Drive trains are usually good on these, it the rust and stuff that keeps them off the road.

K&K can probably get them cheaper where he is.
 

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$3K will get you a running and stickered truck with plow here. I'm not sure you'd think is was decent, though.

$1500 will get you a 4X4 "yard" truck with plow - won't pass inspection, so you can use it for a woods truck. plowing your yard, etc. Drive trains are usually good on these, it the rust and stuff that keeps them off the road.

K&K can probably get them cheaper where he is.
Your in the Beverly hills of maine. Up north were I am nobody has any money. So the good deals I come across is usually someone selling their car cause they are broke and need to pay the rent. Got to love poor folk!
 

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look for early/mid 2000 buick le sabre with the 3.8...typically, older people bought them, were dealer maintained, garaged, won't driven into the ground, and they got 30 mpg.


I bet those are nice ridding cars. I have never driven one, bu thats a great idea to look for one of those. Thanks
 

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we have a 2004 chevy venture (minivan)

It gets good mileage, i have no idea the MPG

In 5 yrs (100Kmiles) I have only ever opened the hood to change oil, and add washer fluid.

I'd personally rather have a minivan.
 

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The 300C didn't come out until 2005 and the 6 banger got like 25 mpg highway. Are you referring to the 99-04 300m?
Actually yes, good eye. The older 300's were a better car than the new ones IMO unless of course you wanted a 4 door sedan to roast the tires on.
 
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