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Car Recommendations $4,000-$5,000

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  • Car Recommendations $4,000-$5,000

    OK, I am looking to get some advice here from everyone. Here is my situation.
    I have a car that if traded in, I would be about $1,500 upside down. My current payment is $389 a month but I drive the car about 8 miles a day so I really don't need to be paying this much for a car that is mostly just sitting in the sun and depreciating in value all day.

    I would like to get rid of my car and buy something for around $4,000-$5,000 cash, which I have. I guess I am looking for any opinions on what would be a good reliable vehicle. I understand that it will be a high mileage vehicle but am OK with that. I do most of my own maintenance work, changing brake pads, flushing the transmission fluid, and changing the oil. So, any recommendations?
    9/03/08...Chapter 7 Filed
    10/06/08...341 Meeting Done!!! No Objections
    12/08/2008...Case Discharged and Closed!!!

  • #2
    You might want to visit the library and borrow a copy of April's Consumer Reports. It lists recommended cars by price range.

    Keep On Smilin'


    • #3
      2000 or newer honda accord


      • #4
        Honda . . almost anything . .

        BUT, I had a Hyundai Tiburon . . . was a fantastic car and never once had a single problem during the 6 years I owned it. Mine was a 2005, and I recently sold it for $7000. You may be able to find a 2003/2002 or a hyundai in your price. The good thing is that many Hyundai are still under the 10 year factory bumper to bumper!!!

        I have alos heard good things about sonata owners . . and they can be found for a bit cheaper then the Tiburon.


        • #5
          Thanks guys. I think going with an older car, American may not be the way to go. Chevy, Chrysler, and Ford have come a long way in the last year or two, but the older cars just don't give me much confidence. I am leaning in the direction of an Acura Integra or Honda Accord. Guess it is time to start scouring the web. Thanks again guys. It will be nice not to have a car payment.
          9/03/08...Chapter 7 Filed
          10/06/08...341 Meeting Done!!! No Objections
          12/08/2008...Case Discharged and Closed!!!


          • #6
            Mazda's are good, but difficult to get a good one in the 4-5K range because they maintain their value pretty well. Hyundai's are good in the 2003+ range, and Honda's.


            • #7
              I've been looking for cars in that price range as well. So far Hyundai's have been the biggest hit. I would love a Honda or Toyota, but it seems in that price range the cars are much older, like pre year 2000 with lots of miles.
              Chapter 7 Filed: 04/21/2011, 341 Meeting: 05/31/2011, Report of No Distrubution: 06/02/2011, Discharged: 08/03/2011, Closed: 08/10/11


              • #8
                From CR:
                Acura 01
                prism 01-02
                crown vic "
                civic 01
                sonata 03-04
                g20 02
                continental 01
                protege 01-01
                grand marq 01
                lancer 02
                corolla 01-02
                echo 01-03
                prius 01

                Keep On Smilin'


                • #9
                  Acura: CL 03, rsx 02, tl 01-02
                  Chevy: silverado 1500- v6- 01
                  Ford: crown vic 01; escape v6 03; expedition 01; f-150 01; focus 05;mustang v6 03, v8 01
                  GMC: sierra 1500 01-02
                  Honda: accord 01-02; civic '02-03; civic hybrid 03; civic si 02-02; crv 01; prelude 01
                  Hyundai: elantra 06
                  Infiniti: i30 01; i35 02-03
                  Lexus: es 01
                  lincoln town car 01

                  More coming soon

                  Keep On Smilin'


                  • #10
                    I would take an accord/camry in the range def
                    Ch 7 filed 8/15/11 341 9/22/11 Discharge 11/28/11
                    The rebuilding begins


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