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Good, Cheap Beater Cars & Inexpensive Commuter Cars - how to find one?

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,206
    1988 BMW 528e automatic, 150k miles, bought ~3 months ago for $800

    Good buy!

    My '91 190E 2.6 with 158k cost me $1500 about 2 months ago. And I thought that was a pretty good deal.... till now. :blush:

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ....I think before I bought it I posted pics but I can't find them...it has rust holes in the bottom of the front fenders, and the driver's seat is torn. The glovebox door was ripped off, but I fixed that (bought the door on eBay for $25, IIRC). Other than that, it's pretty good cosmetically (red leather otherwise fine w/normal patina, body has no dents, all glass good, a few scratches on original paint, dings here and there, but quite presentable for 22 years old). Also, pretty much everything (heat, a/c, seats, locks, sunroof, 3 windows, sometimes 4) work, and it has a decent Alpine CD stereo. I also like that I never see them any more, it's a tank, replacement tires are 14s, thus cheap, it gets decent mileage and isn't as slow as I thought it would be (though I have little to compare it to). So far, I feel like I did OK.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,921
    Now, you'll have to look around for the upgraded model... '88 535i with a stick!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,206
    Now that you say all that, I think I do remember when you bought this. I thought it was a good deal then, too.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    nah....I wasn't looking for a BMW when I bought this car, but it was there and under $1000 (this was my main criteria); I do this every couple years: have a beater, then it dies, then I do carless for a while (I live in the city, partner has a car, plenty of public trans), then I get another one. A little strange, I know. I saw this car and was more happy about the prospect of this than, say, a 92 Cavalier or a completely clapped out Camry or something. We'll see how it goes.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,206
    I'm trying that method myself at the moment ... although I don't live in the city. I drive about 18k/year. :surprise:

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,921
    15K/yr, here...

    I've thought about it.. chicken... :surprise:

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  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ....but I'm pretty sure there's no way I'll put more than about 6k/year on this thing, and that's stretching it (I think I've put on about 2000 since the end of July when it was purchased). I may occasionally drive down to mom's (~200 miles), but that's about as far as I'd be comfortable travelling in a 20+ year-old car. Basically, it's just an errand-mobile, and gets me to my bartending gig (4 miles away, two nights a week).
  • holsonholson Posts: 4
    my favorite beaters

    * 1995 ford escort lx sport - mint low miler previously owned by a doctor. extremely cheap to run. Anything that broke was extremely cheap to fix even at a shop. Everybody will think you are absolutely broke though, better be OK with that

    * 1995 jeep cherokee 2 dr 4x4 - this was a cool truck, really simple, good looking and everyone loves it.
    Lots of stuff to add/modify and things that broke were reasonably cheap to fix.

    worst beaters:
    * 86 porsche 944 turbo - blown turbo, bad brakes, shuddering clutch, etc etc etc. It sure was cool when it ran though...
    * 91 190e 2,6 - way too sluggish. MB gears these things for highway cruising - not moderate stop and go. I also love old MBs so I kept fixing things and things arent cheap to fix

    i love beater cars
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,206
    edited July 2010
    I recently sold my 2nd 190e 2.6 beater. I wouldn't call it sluggish, as it would still outrun alot of modern econoboxes, at least, but you are right that its a great highway cruiser.

    On that 2nd one, I bought it for $1500 with 163k miles. Drove it for 6k miles over about 6 months. Put maybe $300 into fixing things and tuning it up, then sold it for $2k. Not bad.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,273
    edited October 2010
    The private party seller is my favorite place to buy beaters. If you're careful you can find a basically sound vehicle that has acquired too many cosmetic and minor mechanical defects for the owner to put up with any more. Most of them can be fixed cheap or ignored (who needs AC on a winter beater).

    Last year I picked up a 1988 GMC van from a neighbor for 900 bucks. It's not pretty but it has only has 120K miles and an engine with only 25K on it. I use it to haul stuff on the farm. The tomatoes don't care how it looks.

    Another place to find beaters is you local indie garage. Some times these places buy a few cars at auctions or from customers, fix them up and sell them as a sideline. I recently picked up a 1993 Caddy Deville with 80K miles at my local garage. Only paid $1200. I'm hoping to get at least 40K miles out of each of them before they start costing me too much.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,273
    edited November 2010
    I have to hand it you, spamming this board takes a lot of guts but spamming this board by replying to a HOST is nothing short of insane.

    Please post again as your first post will be removed soon. :cry:

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

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