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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 11-07-2014, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in the market for a winter car, and I'm having a look to see what's out there. My father is well connected with a mechanic/used car dealer and has access to car auctions. His clientele is generally on the shallower end of the affluency pool and he thus buys mostly beaters, and due to some sales tax loopholes, doesn't usually buy anything newer than 2004.

My wants are simple. It has to be cheap, and preferably from this century. Manual is a big plus, and AWD or FWD and 4 cylinder would be more desirable. I'm still leaning more towards psuedo-sporty cars that can make some claim to the title. Right now I'm looking towards an '04 Civic Si or Acura EL (Civic EX stateside I believe) but am open to other suggestions. What do you guys think would be a wise purchase?

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Wrx or Impreza?


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Pricey. The cheap WRXs are beaten to hell. Maybe a 2.5RS could do. I'll have a look.

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Saturn S series are good reliable cars that regularly got 200k miles or more. They are dirt cheap and you can get one with aound 100k stateside for 1000-1500. Hell the other day I saw a Toyota Yaris listed for 2k with around 100k miles on it (out of Toronto).

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I looked at some Subarus, they all seem rather rough and over priced. Not really interested in a Saturn but the Yaris seems like a fair bet, although I'd have to pay extra taxes on a post 2004 car. Maybe an Echo hatch could do.

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Lol echo hatch. Honestly man do what I do. Look for a car around $500 that needs little to no work and that has a safety until the end of the winter. Buy it and drive it until then and then scrap the car


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So an Echo is okay but no to the Saturn's? I think that's uglier.

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Yeah. Sometimes I get confused at what pj looks for in a vehicle


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Reliable and decent with snow tires in the snow.

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I knew a guy who raced Echos. The car never looked like much and was underpowered, but it could carve corners with the best of them. His had the dual center exhaust which looked and sounded amazing. Shame he wrecked it at the track. Passed by his house one day and the entire front end was gone.

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