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Any suggestions for a decent used car around $3500

By farnarkler - 16 January 2009 31

I’ll soon be returning to Canberra after a decade away and, due to ACTION’s dismal services, I’ll need a used car.

I dunno whether to go for a cheap Commodore or Falcon or something small, 4 cylinder and Japanese. 

I’m also considering a high km ex taxi from interstate taxi firms.

Any suggestions?


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farnarkler 1:09 am 18 Jan 09

Nah tack another 2 or 4 cylinders onto a V8 and I’ll be more than happy.

It’s true. V8s are the ducks guts.

G-Fresh 6:22 pm 17 Jan 09

Two words. Vee Eight. Everybody wants one these days. It’s what we’re hearing on the streets.

I-filed 10:33 am 17 Jan 09

hk0reduck said :

I’m not sure if this is really what you’re asking but I’d recommend checking.
ANU Student Online Bulletin Board so most of the cars are small,older and economical & cheap. Good times to buy are at the ends of semesters when a lot of people are returning to their home state/country and need to quickly offload their vehicles.

Hmmm, not sure about this advice – I’d suggest that students would be likely to run a car into the ground over a three-year stay, and not have the money for sound maintenance in any case …

farnarkler 9:55 am 17 Jan 09

hk0reduck those sites are gold!!

DJK if I could afford to import one, you’d see a London black cab driving the streets of Canberra. I would love to bring one to Oz.

CoffinRX2 2:38 am 17 Jan 09

VR/VS commodore. Bullet proof cheap as hell to repair if they die and cheap to run and insure.

I just picked up a 5sp VR ute a few weeks back for $1500, cheaper to run than my previous work cars of a VZ SV6, and 2L & 2.5L Subaru liberty

boomacat 3:09 pm 16 Jan 09

I had (until early 2008) an 89 mitsubishi lancer with 350,000km on the clock and she was still going sweet. Ran on the smell of an oily rag too. Paid $800 for her and sold her (to a mate) with no rego on her for $200. An ideal student car.

tylersmayhem 2:51 pm 16 Jan 09

My suggestion agrees with some of the previous comments. Steer clear of Holden or Ford. Grab a smallish Toyota.

ant 2:11 pm 16 Jan 09

My little 94 Vitara is up to 264,000 kms and haven’t had a peep out of it. It just gets new windscreens, batteries and tyres when it needs them.

djk 1:40 pm 16 Jan 09

i doubt many Jap or Korean engines (or many others for that matter) will like going over 300k kms.
i have been looking for a car around the $5k bracket recently and there are plenty with less than 200k on them, so you should be able to find something reasonable.
ftr most canberra cars seem to be overpriced compared to interstate equivalents, so maybe look at bringing one with you from wherever you are atm.

Growling Ferret 12:18 pm 16 Jan 09

Aim for a widebody Camry, either 4 or V6 if you can find one.

Go forever, servicing and parts are cheap.

The brides 94 V6 auto has 191k on the clock and in so far as a 94 Camry can be decent , it is. Only time it costs money is a holed radiator (rock) and a cracked windscreen.

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