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good price for a used work car?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by gupster88, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Aug 31, 2009 at 12:27 AM
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    ok so i drive 56 miles to work one way. kinda wanting a work car. this guy i work with has a 2001 ford focus, 4dr. it has 150k on it, but 50k on the motor. the shop he bought it off of replaced the motor beacuse the previous owners didnt know the cooling line busted and the car overheated. he's asking $2500, i think that's a little high. i was thinking of offering him $2000. what do you guys think? shoud i pass on this deal altogether or should i try to bargain with him?
     
  2. Aug 31, 2009 at 12:34 AM
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    Is it the original transmission and is it manual or auto.
     
  3. Aug 31, 2009 at 12:36 AM
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    original tranny...auto
     
  4. Aug 31, 2009 at 12:40 AM
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    I would definntly bargin the price. my famly has never had good luck with the ford auto trans. but if you can get it for 2000 thats not a bad price since you will be getting alot better gas milege. also maby consider a honda civic my dad has over 400,000 mile org trans and motor.
     
  5. Aug 31, 2009 at 12:44 AM
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    thanks, ive been looking at hondas too but everyone i go after they've already sold. hondas are great cars to own
     
  6. Aug 31, 2009 at 4:03 AM
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    I don't normally say this...but, it's a Ford with 150K miles on it.
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  7. Aug 31, 2009 at 4:59 AM
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    Hold out for the civic. Check craigslist, autotrader, and the autoshop mags they sell at delis, etc. It's worth it in my opinion. A better idea than getting rid of the lift and tires, when your truck looks money.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2009 at 2:34 PM
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  9. Aug 31, 2009 at 4:12 PM
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    yeah believe me id love to find a good toyota corolla or honda civic. but im getting tired of driving my truck to work already, need to find one asap!
     
  10. Sep 2, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    ok guys help me out again, i found a 1993 corolla. 169k miles, 4cyl 5spd manual transmission. i test drove it and it did pretty good for a 17 year old car. original engine and transmission. put new brakes, rotors, and rear drums and brakes on it. everything looked and drove fine.

    hes asking $1,700 for it. ive heard many times that these cars can go well over 200+ if not up to 300k miles. is this worth the buy for a work car or not?
     
  11. Sep 2, 2009 at 6:05 PM
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  12. Sep 2, 2009 at 6:16 PM
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    Dont like to give my ex wife any credit. But, I got her a 93 corolla in 94. She STILL has it with 350k now. Cant be her, it has to be all the car right? I dont know about the price range though, I think I would still try and haggle
     
  13. Sep 2, 2009 at 6:21 PM
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    damn, yeah im going to try and talk them down some. ive read the timing belt needs to be changed which is no biggie. but thats a lot of miles for sure
     
  14. Sep 2, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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    Yeah, I think my ex has had the timing belt changed a couple times now. It still looks the same as it did in 94. Course, shes in San Antonio a little less salt on the roads.
     
  15. Sep 2, 2009 at 6:38 PM
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    yeah this car's body isnt in too bad of shape. like i care though its just a work car lol
     
  16. Sep 2, 2009 at 6:46 PM
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    X1000 stay away from a focus with that many miles. Go witha civic or corrolla.
     
  17. Sep 2, 2009 at 7:00 PM
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    I say do it. I have a 98 Pontiac Gran Prix that I paid $3500 for 4 years ago with 63K on it. It is my weekday car. The trans has lost the TCC solenoid (CEL always on). In order to fix it, I have to rip the tranny apart, to replace a $36 part!!!. It still drives fine other than the low end sucks. The cruise control is out (may be related to the CEL). The motor has developed a diesel sound tap bad lifter I think. And it still gets 27 mpg for a 6 cylinder (used to get 31). Bottom line: this thing has +150k on it and is going to nickel and dime me until it dies (dropped $250 in January for breaks, muffler and trans pan gasket).

    It is to the point where it is no longer worth putting the effort into prolonging it's life, other than the routine maintenance. Not bad for a car with a life expectancy of 100k.

    I would jump on the chance for a 4 banger Yota car.
     
  18. Sep 2, 2009 at 7:36 PM
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    ok guys thanks ill try to talk him down a little tomorrow but i should be coming home with another yota!
     
  19. Sep 2, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    I think PierceTiger has an older corolla he uses a commuter as well...
     
  20. Sep 2, 2009 at 10:10 PM
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    thanks guys, i swear tw is like my family or something :)
     
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