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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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Any suggestions for a decent used car around $3500
Thumper 10:41 am 16 Jan 09

You’re right, it was a buick. Either way, you can’t kill it with a stick.

peterh 10:39 am 16 Jan 09

farnarkler said :

Peterh if your 89 magna is an auto, pray it’s had a dealer installed replacement gearbox.

it has. it is the SE model, still runs well. whatever car you get, try to get something that premier automotive can service – rob is so worth his weight in gold. The 89 magna has an annoying noise brought on by the balance chain, but it has a working AC and it gets me to my meetings ok.

farnarkler 10:30 am 16 Jan 09

Peterh if your 89 magna is an auto, pray it’s had a dealer installed replacement gearbox.

peterh 10:26 am 16 Jan 09

BenMac said :

Mitsubishi Magna 1993 4cyl. 250,000km. Rego until May 09.

All yours for $1100. Any takers.

my 89 magna has a book price of $1900 – might buy it one day…

peterh 10:25 am 16 Jan 09

there are some used cars out near canfab in fyshwick – a mate picked up a barina for $1500, it has been serviced recently at commonwealth and they told him it is in mint condition.

apparently, they have several other cars the same size, and price. off gladstone st.

farnarkler 10:25 am 16 Jan 09

sigh again Thumper, the V6 was a Buick block.

Thumper 10:10 am 16 Jan 09




Thumper 10:09 am 16 Jan 09

I should add that 250 klicks on the cloack for a commodore is nothing. You’ll easily pull 350 or 400 on those V6 Chevy donks.

Danman 10:09 am 16 Jan 09

Just about to trade my immaculate inside and out EB in for 3k on a new car.

Thumper 10:08 am 16 Jan 09

Look for a VR/ VS commodore owned by an old bloke. They go like a cut cat and are reasonably cheap to run for a big car.

You’ll pick one up for $3-4K no probs.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:05 am 16 Jan 09

Oh, and a friend of mine picked up an immaculate late 90’s corolla with 160k on the clock for just over $5k a couple of weeks ago. Was a very tidy vehicle. Maybe something like that would be the go.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:03 am 16 Jan 09

Forget the high km taxi. Go for a commy or falc only if you know the owners, as many such vehicles in this price range have been ‘enjoyed’ by P plate and younger male drivers.

I’d search for a small Japanese vehicle, as I’m not convinced the Korean vehicles in that price range were built at a time when quality was well sorted. Try to find yourself a nice base model small car like a corolla or pulsar. Also, a service history is your friend. Cars that have been regularly serviced will easily outlast those that haven’t. Inspection by a mechanic is a must – if nothing else it should give you an idea as to upcoming work that will need to be done.

farnarkler 9:53 am 16 Jan 09

I’ve seen lots of cars out there within my budget but have 250k and higher kms. Just wondering if some of the cheaper Japanese or Korean engines will handle the high k’s.

boomacat 9:50 am 16 Jan 09

Go for a small cheap Japanese car. Might be a bit pansy, but something like a Mitsu Lancer or Toy Corolla should work a treat. Cheap parts and easy to service should something go wrong.

BenMac 9:48 am 16 Jan 09

Mitsubishi Magna 1993 4cyl. 250,000km. Rego until May 09.

All yours for $1100. Any takers.

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