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Old 09-06-2011, 07:16 AM
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I'm going to be starting a new job in a run down part of Chicago. I definitely don't want to park my F10 in that neighborhood and with winter coming, I thought I should get a cheap POS for winter use. That way, the F10 can stay safe at home in the garage. Any suggestions as to what kind of car I should get? I don't want to spend more than around $5,000. Thanks guys.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:34 AM
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Hello All,
I'm going to be starting a new job in a run down part of Chicago. I definitely don't want to park my F10 in that neighborhood and with winter coming, I thought I should get a cheap POS for winter use. That way, the F10 can stay safe at home in the garage. Any suggestions as to what kind of car I should get? I don't want to spend more than around $5,000. Thanks guys.
Pontiac Aztek. Nobody will touch it.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:37 AM
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Pontiac Aztek. Nobody will touch it.
Nobody will even LOOK at it.

But seriously, for $5k, look at a 99-02 Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can get a fully loaded limited in that range. The Laredo's will go for even less.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:57 AM
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I would second looking at a Jeep. My preference would be for a later generation Jeep Cherokee. The 4.0 inline jeep engine is highly reliable. Since the Jeep Cherokee was built pretty much unchanged from 1987 to 2001 parts are not a problem. The Jeep 4wd system is pretty durable too.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:03 AM
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Do you have to drive though, what about metra (if you live in the burbs), CTA, cab?
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:14 AM
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Cherokee Laredo is good, also look at a Land Rover Discovery 2000 - 2001 ..... we had a ball in my son's 4WD Disco last winter when we got our once every 5 year snowfall!
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:11 AM
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you would think it would be easy to find a reliable car for 5k. Let me tell you...it is not. With the economy the way it is, used car market has gotten tight, especially for cheap, reliable and fuel efficient. Your best bet is to try and find an older, Civic/Accord, Corolla/Camry. The ones for 5k are beaten to sh**. You have to step up a bit to get a decent one that doesn't have mismatched body panel, 200k miles or bald tires and need maintenance. Try 6-7k and you'll see cars in much better condition.
I would stay away from 10 year old 4WD SUV's that people have mentioned before. The odds of you driving the car without having to dump considerable money into it is highly unlikely.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:19 AM
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you would think it would be easy to find a reliable car for 5k. Let me tell you...it is not. With the economy the way it is, used car market has gotten tight, especially for cheap, reliable and fuel efficient. Your best bet is to try and find an older, civic/accord, corolla/camry. The ones for 5k are beaten to sh**. You have to step up a bit to get a decent one that doesn't have mismatched body panel, 200k miles or bald tires and need maintenance. Try 6-7k and you'll see cars in much better condition.
I would stay away from 10 year old 4wd suv's that people have mentioned before. The odds of you driving the car without having to dump considerable money into it is highly unlikely.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:57 PM
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+2would not recomend 10 year old US-built GC
spend 10K and Toyota 4-Runner 4-5 year old, those things ussualy last forever
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:02 PM
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Thank you to all for the timely feedback. I wish I could take public transport but unfortunately that's not an option. I have been looking at old Accords and Camry on craigslist, but most look like they are hitting retirement. I might have to increase my budget a bit to get something semi-reliable. I saw a 740il with 200K miles that caught my eye and showed it to my wife. She calmly replied, "youre nuts if you think that thing will be reliable." She's probably right!
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Thank you to all for the timely feedback. I wish I could take public transport but unfortunately that's not an option. I have been looking at old Accords and Camry on craigslist, but most look like they are hitting retirement. I might have to increase my budget a bit to get something semi-reliable. I saw a 740il with 200K miles that caught my eye and showed it to my wife. She calmly replied, "youre nuts if you think that thing will be reliable." She's probably right!
if you're just gonna be in Chicago and not going to Montana you dont need an SUV or AWD, just more cost and complexity. A Camry with snow tires will be a beast in the snow.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:16 PM
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Yea I don't think I really need an AWD. I've been driving RWDs my whole life in Chicago winters so I think I'll be okay with a normal car. Since I'll be commuting about 70 miles a day, a 4 banger should do nicely as far as fuel is concerned. I definitely don't want my patients in the ghetto see me roll up in a BMW. I think I've narrowed it down to an Accord or Camry.
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Yea I don't think I really need an AWD. I've been driving RWDs my whole life in Chicago winters so I think I'll be okay with a normal car. Since I'll be commuting about 70 miles a day, a 4 banger should do nicely as far as fuel is concerned. I definitely don't want my patients in the ghetto see me roll up in a BMW. I think I've narrowed it down to an Accord or Camry.
I think you made the right choice. Beige with hubcaps, cloth interior please.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:29 PM
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Oh, it will definitely be a base model with hubcaps and cloth seats! Maybe 1 or 2 hubcaps missing. haha
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Oh, it will definitely be a base model with hubcaps and cloth seats! Maybe 1 or 2 hubcaps missing. haha
The Toyota will undoubtedly have a cassette player so you can fire up one of the greatest driving songs ever on tape. Kenny Loggins, "Highway to the Dangerzone"
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:43 PM
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I've got that on CD as part of my Top Gun soundtrack. So I'll need to ditch the cassette for a CD player from Radio Shack! 100% agree on it being one of the all time best driving songs.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:46 PM
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A beater often do double duty to haul dirty, sharp or bulky gear. In that case look for a Toyota Tacoma, they are close to indestructible. Might be a bit more prone to theft though of the same reason.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:56 PM
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if you're just gonna be in Chicago and not going to Montana you dont need an SUV or AWD, just more cost and complexity. A Camry with snow tires will be a beast in the snow.
Never thought that a Camry would be called a beast! Good stuff.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:21 PM
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I've got that on CD as part of my Top Gun soundtrack. So I'll need to ditch the cassette for a CD player from Radio Shack! 100% agree on it being one of the all time best driving songs.
Naw dude, they made this thing that is a cassette tape with a wire that plugs into your iPod. Just make sure to address the passenger as "Goose" and other motorists as "Jester".
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:51 PM
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:52 PM
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A beater often do double duty to haul dirty, sharp or bulky gear. In that case look for a Toyota Tacoma, they are close to indestructible. Might be a bit more prone to theft though of the same reason.
I'd recommend a Tacoma too but he'd better up his initial price by 2x. He went from asking about a 5k beater, to someone telling him to look at 7-8k range, to someone telling him to get a runner at 10k now you're telling him to go to 15k for a Tacoma!
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I think you came up with a very viable solution. Maybe the best possible solution for your particular situation. But let me offer a slightly different "spin".

One of the potential problems with BUYING a beater is that by definition you are buying a car that is out of warranty, and there is no telling whether the last owner had the $$$ to maintain it. (And even if he/she did, there's no guarantee that something expensive isn't going to break on you when it is least convenient. Like 2 AM in the ghetto).

An alternative is to assume the lease on a vehicle that is still covered under warranty. Drive it for 2 years, and hand back the keys. If you are still at that location in 2 years, your patients will know you better, so you can spring for somethng a little more upscale.

Example: Swapalease.com has a whole bunch of Volkswagon CC's available near you for +/- $350/month. For $300 you could be in a Camry. Or for $400, a Volvo S60 or a sweet Maxima like this one right there in Chi Town: http://swapalease.com/lease/details/...x?salid=687857 Compared to buying a beater, any of these are much less likely to require expensive repairs, and much less likely to strand you at an inconvenient time.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:32 PM
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Hello All,
I'm going to be starting a new job in a run down part of Chicago. I definitely don't want to park my F10 in that neighborhood and with winter coming, I thought I should get a cheap POS for winter use. That way, the F10 can stay safe at home in the garage. Any suggestions as to what kind of car I should get? I don't want to spend more than around $5,000. Thanks guys.
If you are willing to spend 5K+
why don't you stick with keep enjoying your 528?
how bad can it be to park on the street having 5K in the bank account to cover for
potential damages?
or how bad it would be to rent a garage spot etc...
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I'd recommend a Tacoma too but he'd better up his initial price by 2x. He went from asking about a 5k beater, to someone telling him to look at 7-8k range, to someone telling him to get a runner at 10k now you're telling him to go to 15k for a Tacoma!
Who peed in your cheerios? Where did I say that he should pay 15k? That's for a brand new 2011. Tacoma's are build since at least 1995 so you can choose your price from pretty much 1k depending on which year. I bet that a 5k Tacoma will be a safer bet than a 5k Jeep GC.
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A used subaru imprezza with snow tires. Nuff said
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