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Old 11-18-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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My mother-in-law desperately needs a new vehicle because her GMC Safari is a rolling death trap. She can't even afford to fix the GMC so my wife and I are trying to find a cheap vehicle in better shape to replace it. I have a friend who is selling a 1997 Chrysler Cirrus with 182,000 miles. It looks to be in good shape, but I have zero experience with Chrysler vehicles. If anyone here has experience with this car, please let me know. I'd hate to buy her another rolling death trap.
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I'd say buying her a 1997 Chrysler with 182,000 miles isn't a very wise idea...
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What is the price of the vehicle vs the repairs needed on the Safari?
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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I'd say buying her a 1997 Chrysler with 182,000 miles isn't a very wise idea...
Normally, I would agree with you. But her van is in bad shape and none of us are in a position to buy her a newer vehicle.

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What is the price of the vehicle vs the repairs needed on the Safari?
Chrysler = $2,000. Repairs to the Safari = ~$5,000.

I've read lots of reviews on the '97 Cirrus and the biggest issue seems to be the brakes wearing out quickly. They look reliable other than that. I was just hoping to find someone who has experience with one.
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I'd say if you're in cahoots with your in-law, then buying her a Chrysler Cirrus is a great idea!

Buy a Honda. Any Honda.
They're unkillable.
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I'd say if you're in cahoots with your in-law, then buying her a Chrysler Cirrus is a great idea!

Buy a Honda. Any Honda.
They're unkillable.
^This

Buying an american made car with 182,000 miles is a recipe for disaster. I would stick with a Civic or Camry, even if they had 182,000 miles they'd still be much better than any Chrysler, Ford, Chevy in that range.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:50 PM   #7
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My other options was trying to find a Toyota RAV4 in that same $2 - $3k range, but they are usually 200,000 miles or more.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:38 PM   #8
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yeah but then it still will have like 100k of life left in it if its been taken care of and if you take care of it.
I take immaculate care of MY vehicles. Her Safari leaks oil and she doesn't think to add any until it starts making knocking/squealing noises...
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Why are you worried about a 200K+ vehicle, when the Chrysler is at 187K? Espeically when the 200K vehicle is a Yota or Honda.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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I would stay away from Chrysler at any miles to be honest.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:16 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the input guys. Like I said, I've had no experience with Chryslers and didn't know how well they hold up over time. Apparently I'll be looking elsewhere.
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Chrysler reliability is near the bottom of the barrel. The Cirrus won't be a rolling death trap, because it probably won't be rolling for much longer...

The Safari driver's compartment is part of the crumple zone it seems:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kuSghb7P7U
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The Safari driver's compartment is part of the crumple zone it seems:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kuSghb7P7U
it seems like the front 3/4 is part of the crumple zone
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I'd not only shy, but actually run away from the Chrysler....tranny, cooling system, brakes, there's 3 good reasons alone.

IMHO Hyundai is another option, any model newer than 03 is a pretty reliable vehicle if it was maintained.

When my 3 (now adult) boys were younger, they killed many good cars.....every Hyundai they had was pretty indestructable.
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