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Reliable winter beater in $1-3K range? Please advise..

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  • Oct 17th, 2015 10:05 pm
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nasa25 wrote:
Oct 16th, 2015 7:39 pm
Yeah you can get an 01 or 02 for around $3k. It'll be a pig on gas and not reliable but you could drive over Mount Everest in one of those things.

They are so cheap because parts are expensive. You probably spend 2-3 grand/year to keep in on the road.
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Odds are you're not going to get anything in that price range that's reliable unless you can fix it up yourself.
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Dodge Magnum AWD

Not the best on gas but my favourite car in the snow. Had to let mine go last year for $2500, but would have kept as a winter beater if I did the summer/winter car thing.

Seems to be a lot in Ontario for sale.
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CalgaryExotics wrote:
Oct 17th, 2015 2:37 pm
They are so cheap because parts are expensive. You probably spend 2-3 grand/year to keep in on the road.
Parts aren't that expensive. I used to own one. It's obviously more expensive to maintain than a Corolla but that's obvious
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Gammatron wrote:
Oct 17th, 2015 10:44 am
(...) I recommend the Pontiac Firebird... they are cheap and reliable, seen some with over 380,000km on them.
I think you actually mean the Sunfire, not the Firebird... The Sunfire and (Chevrolet) Cavalier are both extremely crappy, but tough and reasonably reliable with the 2.2 and the 4-speed auto.
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zekele wrote:
Oct 17th, 2015 5:28 pm
I think you actually mean the Sunfire, not the Firebird... The Sunfire and (Chevrolet) Cavalier are both extremely crappy, but tough and reasonably reliable with the 2.2 and the 4-speed auto.
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98-02 corolla, timing chain, so nothing to worry. I think for this price, condition is way more important than year and mileage.

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