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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Yes, you could. I recall buying a '59 Chevy 2D post for $75 and a '58 Ford for about the same. They weren't pretty but they ran. They were great winter beater cars for NYC when I stashed my British sports cars away.
  • fushigifushigi Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,459
    There was mention of not knowing about HyunKia's in the $5K range. Any Elantra/Forte '01 and up should be fine. There was a subframe rust issue but it was handled under recall. For Sonata's/Optima's you'd want the '06 redesign (or newer). Avoid the XG. Not sure about the Accent but I think the Rio was an OK car.

    The main takeaway is that their quality push started with the '01 model year but each vehicle didn't get it until it was redesigned. '01 for compact, '06 for midsized.

    My wife is on her 3rd Hyundai: '01 Elantra, '12 Elantra Limited, and her '19 Kona Ultimate hasn't cracked a thousand miles yet.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 8,515
    We’ve had three Hyundai’s.  The 08 Elantra was perfect.  The 09 Genesis had its share of issues and so far the 17 Elantra has been perfect.  

    Cheapest used beater I ever bought was my 79 Continental Coupe.  In 1999 it cost my $700.  It ran and drove and was a 5/10 cosmetically.  

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,595
    My 2 Hyundai’s were very well made cars. No issues with the 15 or 18. I would have no hesitation buying another, new or used.

    Fushigi, how do you like the kona? I likely would have gotten one if they were out when I got the Elantra.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 8,515
    stickguy said:

    My 2 Hyundai’s were very well made cars. No issues with the 15 or 18. I would have no hesitation buying another, new or used.

    Fushigi, how do you like the kona? I likely would have gotten one if they were out when I got the Elantra.

    I have a funny feeling I'll end up in another one. I like most if not all of the lineup.

    They also are usually pretty easy to land a 1% lease on. I keep telling myself I'm going to try and hack a stupid cheap deal on a lux loaner or something like that, but I always seem to procrastinate and then need a car.

    When I got the Elantra I listed my car old car as soon as I started shopping. It sold to the first person who looked at it and I jumped in fast to replace it.

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,595
    I would have been better off if the lease option on the sport worked out. Oh well. I actually wanted a GT, but it was way more expensive. Pretty sure I would still have that, since it addressed the feature gaps on my base sport.

    We did look at a new Santa Fe (redesign), but it just didn’t float our boats. Didn’t actually drive one though.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,908
    I managed to pay a scant $500 for my C20 back in 1997. Definitely the best automotive deal I've ever scored. I have owned several beaters, though. My 1998 Escort was $800, and $3K for the 2008 Forester (purchased 2015). However, I keep my vehicles in excellent mechanical condition, so no matter how little I spend, I tend to put a fair bit of money into them anyway.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 2,700
    henryn said:
    I remember when I was young buying running cars for $100. Last time was ... 1972? or there abouts.
    Yep , in 1978 I bought my first car, a 62 Galaxie for $100. It was rough, it ran abd and it was mine!

    2010 Pilot EXL-RES, 2013 Accord EX, 2006 Acura TL/Nav

  • fushigifushigi Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,459
    stickguy said:

    My 2 Hyundai’s were very well made cars. No issues with the 15 or 18. I would have no hesitation buying another, new or used.

    Fushigi, how do you like the kona? I likely would have gotten one if they were out when I got the Elantra.

    Well it's my wife's car and she's only had it for like 3 weeks. It hasn't cracked it's first 1K miles yet. She likes the remote start (via app). 3-stage heated seats are good and seat comfort is fine. No heated steering wheel though, which would have been good these past couple of days as her work did not shut down during the extreme cold. IMO the ride is a little too bouncy due to the short wheelbase. Overall vehicle length is about 14" shorter than the Elantra, which is great for our garage.

    The 4x4 mode of the AWD works well on slick roads. The 1.6t engine & 7-speed DCT, combined with relative light weight, make it quite fast off the line (C&D got 6.6 0-60).

    A definite down side for me is that there are very few soft-touch surfaces in the interior, even in the highest trim level (she has the Ultimate). I could live with that mostly but a major pet peeve of mine is the top of the door where your arm would rest w/windows down is hard plastic.

    Due to being busy and the inclement weather I have yet to actually sit in the driver's seat or drive it. Have only been a passenger 2 or 3 times.

    Her's is Surf Blue with grey leather interior. I would have preferred tan but grey & black are the only options.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,862
    edited February 2
    Sat in the new 2019 Jetta at the dealer today...very nice vehicle but not crazy about the SEL's alloys. They had an S that the new owner was moving his stuff from his 3 year old Jetta and I liked those alloys much better. Just comes down to personal preference when it comes to any wheel design as I found out 5 years ago. Hated what came on my Golf SE so had them switch it out to a Jetta SEL alloys. Case in point, saw the same rims on a similar Golf as mine and they weren't half bad...something about them back when I bought it made me ask for a swap first thing.
    The Jetta is a bit longer than my Golf and just didn't like that size and the sedan part. I like hatchbacks, always have, so that limits the choices I have. But now with fresh synthetic and a topping off of all the fluids, they said car checks out fine but need new wipers and an air filter which I'll take care of soon. So for just over 5 years of ownership, only costs have been new tires, oil changes and a battery. Of course, I also bought the 10K and 20K services up front at purchase time. The price to fix the accident and the warranty stuff right before it ended I can't count. But, the A3 has been so much cheaper which I'm glad. Only have put a new set of tires as everything else was either warranty stuff or the services she bought.

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,595
    the new Jetta is is 18" longer than the Golf. About the same size as the ILX (3" longer). Compared to our 2015, the 2019 Jetta really is a big car, inside and out.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • fushigifushigi Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,459
    BTW, to follow up my wife's purchase process, the dealer has listed her trade for $12K; $4500 more than the trade offer. So they can let someone negotiate a lower price but still make a good profit.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • sfratsfrat Posts: 208
    Hi. I'm looking at a used Toyota Prius to use as a runabout/commuter car in the metro DC area. Both are being sold by local mom & pop car lots. Both are 2 owner vehicles with good Carfaxes. What's a fair price to pay?
    Option 1: 2012 Prius 3 hatchback, 123k miles, navigation/backup camera. Silver ext. Grey Int.
    Option 2: 2013 Prius 3 hatchback, 110k miles, navigation/backup camera. Grey ext. Grey Int

    Thanks for the input!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,794
    8500 and 9500, respectively, as long as they check out and need nothing. 

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,228
    qbrozen said:

    8500 and 9500, respectively, as long as they check out and need nothing. 

    Seems pricey? Wouldn't leasing a new one make more sense?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • sfratsfrat Posts: 208
    qbrozen said:

    8500 and 9500, respectively, as long as they check out and need nothing. 

    Thanks for the help!
  • sfratsfrat Posts: 208
    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    8500 and 9500, respectively, as long as they check out and need nothing. 

    Seems pricey? Wouldn't leasing a new one make more sense?
    I think the new ones are ugly. Besides, I prefer buying used and the flexibility of ownership and not dealing with mileage restrictions and damage.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,569
    These cars are getting old enough now that battery life should be a consideration, and there should be some real-world data to work with. Has anyone heard when replacement is likely to become necessary and what it costs?
  • ...looking for realistic trade-in value for our 2015 Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC Black/Beige leather, panoramic sunroof, heated seats, 138k miles, in MA, tires decent, exterior clean, missing front badge, interior ok, some dog hair from our Eskipom...thanks in advance...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,228
    sfrat said:

    nyccarguy said:

    qbrozen said:

    8500 and 9500, respectively, as long as they check out and need nothing. 

    Seems pricey? Wouldn't leasing a new one make more sense?
    I think the new ones are ugly. Besides, I prefer buying used and the flexibility of ownership and not dealing with mileage restrictions and damage.
    That part I understand. Believe me. But at over 100K mark, you are going to have to put a lot into them (unless you don't particularly care or can turn your own wrench). Tires, Suspension, water pump, flush every fluid (you have to assume it wasn't done), brakes... These will all push the price of your $8,500 - $9,500 up considerably.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,706
    >> 2015 Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC [..] 138k miles,
    Must be nice to drive! That's an average of 4 miles per hour, around the clock, or fast walking speed.
    Take a deep breath; not a lot of love in the market for miled-up Germans.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,794
    ...looking for realistic trade-in value for our 2015 Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC Black/Beige leather, panoramic sunroof, heated seats, 138k miles, in MA, tires decent, exterior clean, missing front badge, interior ok, some dog hair from our Eskipom...thanks in advance...
    $11k would be pretty fair. 

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,794
    sfrat said:
    8500 and 9500, respectively, as long as they check out and need nothing. 
    Seems pricey? Wouldn't leasing a new one make more sense?
    I think the new ones are ugly. Besides, I prefer buying used and the flexibility of ownership and not dealing with mileage restrictions and damage.
    Food for thought: a 2013 Pious C III with 75k miles could be had for that same $9500.

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,862
    138K on a 2015 GLA? Hell, where the heck do you drive that thing? Thems a whole lot of miles to be honest. Guess my 12K to 13K is a lot.

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I wouldn't touch that car.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,228
    138K on a 2015 GLA? Hell, where the heck do you drive that thing? Thems a whole lot of miles to be honest. Guess my 12K to 13K is a lot.
    That is impressive indeed!  I thought I drove a lot!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 6,697
    edited February 10

    I wouldn't touch that car.

    Didn't Terry used to say there's a rear end for every seat, or something like that? :p At that mileage, it's getting close to being BHPH lot fodder.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    edited February 10
    Well sure, any car will sell if the price is right. But that car is in the last 1/3rd of its life, and it's not going to be the best "third" either. I'd hit that car at about $9500 tops. That would give me about a $2K cushion to invest for current needs and also allow me to bail and break even if the car proves troublesome.
  • ...dealers are hitting me at $6-8k for the 2015 GLA with the light year mileage...assuming they're going to send it straight to the auction...anything I can do to squeeze more juice out of this lemon?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,595
    Private sale it? Maybe shop it to some local BHPH lots. Or, depending on why you are dumping it, if that is the best you can do drive it a couple more years a whole lot cheaper than buying a new one and getting slaughtered on depreciation again

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

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