Buying a new car because reasons. Found 4 on craigslist that seem to be good cars and are being sold for a good deal. Was just wanting some /o/pinions
>2004 Honda Civic
-"needs some attention but nothing major"
>1997 Nissan Sentra
-"runs perfect, good conditions"
>2000 Dodge Neon ES
-"turning belt good for another 20k miles"
-"tires good for at least another season"
-"could use a valve cover gasket replacement"
-"drips a bit of oil on exhaust manifold now and then when you top-off"
-"may need a break job in another 5k miles"
-"Idles a little rough at times"
>1997 Chevy Cavalier
-needs new seals
-"possibly new bearings"
-"was very well taken care of"
The Civic seems the nicest but the milage is a bit high. The Neon also seems appealing since the seller seems to have a lot of confidence in it in the ad. The owner of the Cavalier responded to me already so I could look at that today, plus it's the cheapest.
Overall I'm willing to commit $2500 with price to buy + any maintenance that has to be done, so think of the Cavalier as $1500 plus $1000 done in any repairs/maintenance on it. Again, just wanting some /o/pinions if anyone is willing to chime in. Posted all the relevant info found in the ads but can post full ads/additional info if needed.
Sentra, assuming it checks out (I'm sure it'll need a bit of work). Neon would be my second choice. Where are you (approximately)? I'm up for an excuse to browse craigslist for cheap beaters.
I think the sentra might be your best bet assuming it actually runs perfect.
>high milage hybrid
1k+ for hybrid system repairs (if needed) General rule is avoid used hybrids unless you can get a warranty on it
>neon that already runs rough + other problems
you'll spend more time under the hood or in repair shops than behind the wheel
>cavalier with bad tranny
basically the same as the neon except you'll be even more broke from the tranny repairs.
>Where are you (approximately)?
My local craigslist is Reno Nevada
Sentra description was very barren so who knows. Pic related is the engine he posted.
Get the sentra. It's low miles, and they are easy to work on. Normally I would go for the Honda, but hybrid stuff gets expensive when it breaks, plus a certified hybrid mechanic has to fix it. Neon a Shit, plus it sounds like a lot could go wrong soon. Cavalier would be my second choice. They are reliable and simple. Plus parts are super cheap.
Yeah I was just going from what you posted. Maybe ask if you can take it to get checked out. I used to work at pep boys and they offer free brake checks that include multipoint inspections as well. Its their way of finding stuff to make money off you but you can use it to find out anything (visually obvious) wrong with the car.
Can you turn a wrench? If so id go for the neon. Parts are cheap and they're really simple cars. Sounds like it'll be solid once you do the VC gasket. Do spark plug tube seals too, those can leak and fill the tubes with oil which can cause it to run rough
As much as I hate Nissan.
Those sentras are godly. My grandparents have one. Gets 45mpg on highway. Never fails to run. They've had it for 10+ years and we all beat the shit out of it (4 grandsons) and roadtripped in it.
Snagged one with 66k miles for 3 grand. You can probably spend 2k and get one with more "old people damage" like scuffs and small dents. Mine was pretty clean with a leather interior.
>1997 Chevy Cavalier
holy shit that's what I daily right now same color too
reliable as fuck definitely a good DD, reliable engine, although I've done some work on it myself, it was entirely my choice to do so and it was not needed