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Best Cars for Under $2000

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Best Cars for Under $2000

I just sold my Cavalier and was looking for another car. I do delivery 5 days a week so I want something good on gas with a minimum of at least 8km per liter. What are good cars for around $2000 and must be automatic. I also prefer newer years. I did find an 06 Sentra 1.8 Special Edition with 170,000km but AC was not working, Engine sign on and brake pads/rotors needed to be replaced. It would cost me $1900 (including winter tires on rims as well) but I don't know how much more would I need to spend to fix the parts. So if anybody knows what car to get in this range that with some fixing wont really surpass $2500.
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go to autotrader.com , select maximum price and mileage and see what's out there
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masoud100 wrote: I just sold my Cavalier and was looking for another car. I do delivery 5 days a week so I want something good on gas with a minimum of at least 8km per liter. What are good cars for around $2000 and must be automatic. I also prefer newer years. I did find an 06 Sentra 1.8 Special Edition with 170,000km but AC was not working, Engine sign on and brake pads/rotors needed to be replaced. It would cost me $1900 (including winter tires on rims as well) but I don't know how much more would I need to spend to fix the parts. So if anybody knows what car to get in this range that with some fixing wont really surpass $2500.

I'd recommend VW Turtle and VW Box

1. Look at this legendary German Box

http://wwwa.autotrader.ca/a/Volkswagen/ ... po=ShowCPO


2. Look at this legendary German turtle

http://wwwa.autotrader.ca/a/Volkswagen/ ... po=ShowCPO
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masoud100 wrote: I just sold my Cavalier and was looking for another car. I do delivery 5 days a week so I want something good on gas with a minimum of at least 8km per liter. What are good cars for around $2000 and must be automatic. I also prefer newer years. I did find an 06 Sentra 1.8 Special Edition with 170,000km but AC was not working, Engine sign on and brake pads/rotors needed to be replaced. It would cost me $1900 (including winter tires on rims as well) but I don't know how much more would I need to spend to fix the parts. So if anybody knows what car to get in this range that with some fixing wont really surpass $2500.
I'd just scour Kijiji and filter your search for auto Corollas, Civics, Elantras, Matrixes, Vibes, Sentras - all have very fuel efficient 1.8 L engines - that have an asking price of $3,000 and less.

fwiw....Consumer Reports rated the real world ' combined ' fuel economy of a Corolla at 8.1 L / 100 kms.

However, CR rated that vintage of Sentra above a bit worse - at at 9.0 L / 100 kms real world ' combined ' fuel economy.

So, if you want to do much better than 8.0 L / 100 kms, I think you're going to have to look at either diesel or a vehicle smaller engine than 1.8L - i.e as in an Accent, Aveo, Echo, yaris, Rio, Versa, Scion xB, etc.

And even some of those may not be an significant improvement - i.e the Accent, Versa and Rio hover at just at or above 8.0 L / 100 kms as well. Or, they may be beyond your price point.

That said, ...CR rated an Echo with a 1.5L engine at real world ' combined ' fuel economy of 6.2 L / 100 kms.
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Echo ftw. The auto is gutless though.
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poedua wrote: I'd just scour Kijiji and filter your search for auto Corollas, Civics, Elantras, Matrixes, Vibes, Sentras - all have very fuel efficient 1.8 L engines - that have an asking price of $3,000 and less.

fwiw....Consumer Reports rated the real world ' combined ' fuel economy of a Corolla at 8.1 L / 100 kms.

However, CR rated that vintage of Sentra above a bit worse - at at 9.0 L / 100 kms real world ' combined ' fuel economy.


So, if you want to do much better than 8.0 L / 100 kms, I think you're going to have to look at either diesel or a vehicle smaller engine than 1.8L - i.e as in an Accent, Aveo, Echo, yaris, Rio, Versa, Scion xB, etc.

And even some of those may not be an significant improvement - i.e the Accent, Versa and Rio hover at just at or above 8.0 L / 100 kms as well. Or, they may be beyond your price point.

That said, ...CR rated an Echo with a 1.5L engine at real world ' combined ' fuel economy of 6.2 L / 100 kms.

My sentra was right at 9l/100km so about 500km on a 45l tank
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OP stated 8km per L and not 8L per 100km

If it's not a mistake, 8km/L equals 12,5L/100km
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ClasslessHipster wrote: You should have just kept the cavalier
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Drive it until it dies, they're the best value in that price range. And if anything breaks, dirt cheap parts from the junk yard.
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capitainefritz wrote: OP stated 8km per L and not 8L per 100km

If it's not a mistake, 8km/L equals 12,5L/100km
If that's the case, that's not what I'd call the sort of ' good fuel economy ' the OP is looking for.

But nonetheless if 12.5L/100km is what he's looking for then there are countless choices of vehicle with 2.0L - 2.5 L 4 cylinder and 3.0L - 3.5L cylinder engines that can deliver that sort of 12.5L/100km.

That said, his Cavalier had a 2.2L 4 cylinder which CR rated at worst 10.2 /100km real world ' combined ' fuel economy and as good as 9.0 /100km real world ' combined ' fuel economy - so why the OP would be shopping for a vehicle with worse fuel economy than his Cavalier had for making deliveries is beyond me.

So, I suspect it was a mistake, and the OP just made a typo.
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DJ_Peanuts22 wrote: 1996-2000 Honda Civic
With broken ac and work brakes
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Deimos wrote: With broken ac and work brakes
There are plenty of one owner minters left out there. Just have to be patient.
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Deimos wrote: With broken ac and work brakes
A family member has a nice 1998 if anyone is interested. Automatic, rust free and in book 'em dano red.

Everything works as well. I just don't like how neutered the automatics are. Haven't driven an autotragic in so many years, it's not even funny. *It also has an automatic drink dispenser (when it rains drips from leaky sunroof).
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capitainefritz wrote: OP stated 8km per L and not 8L per 100km

If it's not a mistake, 8km/L equals 12,5L/100km
Yes I meant 8km per liter or higher efficiency. My cavalier was getting me about 8.4km per liter of gas. I did buy the 2006 Nissan Sentra for $1700 and put in $200 of work on brakes, rotors, oil change, etc.

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