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Old April 18th, 2011, 09:06 AM
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I went looking for a winter beater so I could store the D90 last winter...ended up with an '06 LR3.

Blew my budget by about 10x, but have to say I didn't really like the LR3 before I drove one...but it is really growing on me.

Have you thought about a Disco 2 or a LR3
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Old April 18th, 2011, 09:10 AM
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Unfortunately the parking garage clearance is only 6'1"
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Old April 18th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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Tony the BMW/Alpina/Baur cabriolet is still sitting here although I wouldn't call it a beater
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Old April 18th, 2011, 11:26 AM
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Unfortunately the parking garage clearance is only 6'1"

1976 Corvette. Perfect for the man with low garage clearance and low self-esteem.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 07:45 PM
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C'mon now, Bill, I think you have plenty of clearance in your garage . . .

Doug, ping me offline with it's current status and $, though I think you want more than I want to spend. With the next kid 5 weeks out, the budget is tight.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 11:51 AM
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James @ British 4x4 just picked up a '96 D1, '92 RR Classic, and a '95 swb Classic last week he's gonna fix-up and flip for cheap. If you want to stay within the Brand. 904-998-9625 and tell'm I sent ya and he should cut you a better deal or at least some "Slow to Medium" after the papers are signed. Good luck
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 06:51 PM
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Thanks, Jake -- unfortunately the parking garage at work is low, so I'll have to get a car . . .
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:00 PM
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http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/s...00&maxAsk=2000

cheap and reliable....some of them. just have a case of oil in the trunk.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:01 PM
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I've always understood Saturns to be complete garbage. Is that not the case?
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:06 PM
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if i ever need a beater, im gonna try one. for a grand...its worth the risk. occasionally you will find a grandma owned saturn with low miles on craigslist for cheap. some are from ghetto merrrland, so watch out. many saturns have well over 150-300k miles and still run....something to be said about that.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:09 PM
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I keep thinking that its a smarter use of a few $K to get something with higher initial build quality but more miles, but I could be wrong. Tomorrow I'm off to look at two older mercedes, each 1 owner but with 160K+ on them.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:16 PM
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nice...i like the older ones, especially the mid-late 80's SL's. i always search between 500-2k because im cheap. if your willing to spend a lil more...then im sure you can find a decent saturn. saturn parts can be found on the cheap. not sure about old mercedes parts.

good luck with your search
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Old April 25th, 2011, 04:38 PM
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I've always understood Saturns to be complete garbage. Is that not the case?
So...I may be biased based on my experiences, but the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Accord are all excellent beaters (assuming that they've had their engine oil changed regularly.) I ran a 1992 corolla for 218,000 miles, and when I donated it to WAMU (NPR) it was still going strong. It probably could have done another 30-40,000 miles easily.

The extra-low cost of maintenance is another reason why these cars are excellent beaters...parts are dirt cheap and the vehicles are easy to work on because the engines have basically stayed the same for 12-15 years.
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Old April 25th, 2011, 10:16 PM
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So after seeing easily a dozen cars ranging from Subarus to BMWs with a stop at Saabs, having been lied to about condition constantly, having said "i'll take it" at full asking price and being turned down, I finally bought one; a '99 A4, 2.8 quattro. Auto, low mileage, had all the important services done (timing belt, water pump, control arms, etc.) in solid condition for $2k under KBB (not that KBB means much).

I'll tell you that I ran into a bunch of other people out there looking for good cheap cars, all having a similar experience. Consensus is that people are keeping their older cars anymore rather than trading them in on lease deals. At the end of the day, after a lot of leg work and a HUGE amount of help from Gustavo, I feel as though I got a good deal on a good car. Couldn't be happier.

Thanks for the ideas and massive thanks to Gus, Drinks are on me at a future NoVa happy hour (that people will still bitch about no matter where it's held, but that's another thread).
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