View Full Version : What's a good $400ish car?

Men the Master
10-10-2004, 02:07 AM
I need a car in the $300 to $600 range to take my buddies and myself to the Commerce Casino and Bicycle Club Casino twice a week. We only take the side streets, never the freeway - thus, we don't need a certified pre-owned car. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

10-10-2004, 02:18 AM
79' Jimmy. or early 80's white Bronco.

Driving LA style!

10-10-2004, 02:34 AM
My first ever car was a 81 Datsun Diesel pickup. I got it for $200 and it was the best car ive ever owned. I still see a few Datsun pickups tooling around. If you see one you should grab it.

10-10-2004, 02:56 AM
Back in '86, I had a Honda Civic that cost, interestingly enough, exactly $400.

Except for the carburetor getting vapor-locked on occasion, it was the nuts. It was rusted out badly on the front quarter-panels, and when you really got going, the air would get under them and they would lift up just like a pair of wings going down the highway.

I drove it ten hours up to Baxter State Park in Maine for a few days hiking and canoeing trip and had no worries as long as I didn't get stuck in traffic for too long. The guy I worked with in sales that year was right when he said they had engines you just couldn't kill.

Maybe you can find an old Civic for $400. I sure got my money's worth out of that one.

Ed Miller
10-10-2004, 04:47 AM
Did your $30-$60 game with the dishwasher get busted?

10-10-2004, 04:50 AM
Just grab an old Skyhawk or Malibu. The bodies are usually beat to hell but you can't stop one from running* without driving it into a lake.

* Notice I didn't say running well.

10-10-2004, 06:52 AM
old toyota pickups are great...


Men the Master
10-10-2004, 08:45 AM
Unfortunately, our private games at Uncle Thuong's noodle house got busted. The dishwasher has been promoted to part-time cashier and now thinks 30-60 is beneath him.

Men the Master
10-10-2004, 08:55 AM
Can I buy your Datsun off you, Boris? My buddies and I are really tired of taking the bus. The three hour bus commute between the Commerce and the Bike is really cutting into our hourly EV big time.

Men the Master
10-10-2004, 09:03 AM
Let me get this straight. You drove one into a lake?

Humble Pie
10-10-2004, 09:16 AM
hahaha, good luck.......

10-10-2004, 12:17 PM
dodge dart.

10-10-2004, 01:00 PM
Take $400 Americano into Mexico. There, purchase a $25,000 vehicle. No certifiation (or anything else) required. You can also indulge yourself with a small mini-vaction when south of the border. Think about it.


10-10-2004, 04:07 PM
Used mo-ped with a side car.


John Deere
10-11-2004, 12:50 PM
For $500 - $1000, you can get a decent 1987-1990 Honda Accord. They have held up well, are not terribly slow, and probably still have 5-10 years left in them if they have been maintained well.

Other than that, you should try to buy something from an old woman. Chances are you will get a good deal, and that the car has been primarily used to drive to the grocery store once a week.

Good luck.

10-11-2004, 06:42 PM
That's true and I've seen it happen that way before. There are a lot of old women who barely drive at all, and when they do drive, are super careful and drive slow. They also very often are extremely scrupulous about things like oil changes and maintenance. An old lady's car is a great way to go.

10-11-2004, 09:57 PM
"Thousand dollar car, it aint worth nothing
thousand dollar car, it aint worth sh!t
Might as well take your thousand dollars
Set fire to it." - Bottle Rockets, Thousand dollar car


Men the Master
10-14-2004, 12:52 PM
No, seriously. /images/graemlins/mad.gif

10-14-2004, 02:33 PM
'81 Buick Riviera.

Very roomy (for you and your buds)

Very stylish (in a 70's kind of way, perfect for the back streets),

They usually have auto-leveling, if it's still working after 20 years (so that the back end doesn't drag on the ground when your 3 buds are in the back seat).

Can be had for $500 or less.