whats a reliable car for 4 grand?
  • Register
  • Help
Page 1 of 2 12 Last
Results 1 to 25 of 33
  1. #1
    1000+ Posts Haakon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    canberra...
    Posts
    8,651

    whats a reliable car for 4 grand?

    Have some friends from California staying for 5 months, and they have 4 grand to spend on a reliable, economical automatic car, preferably a wagon. They intend on driving to central Australia in it. I'm thinking something mainstream as they are not mechanically minded and will need anyone to be able to fix it. I'm thinking a Camry wagon or something. Any suggestions and what to look for would be appreciated. wink

    Advertisement
    I tried to drown my sorrows in alcohol, but the bastards learnt how to swim

  2. #2
    Sense Pug307's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    4,355
    Haakon:
    I'm thinking a Camry wagon or something. Any suggestions and what to look for would be appreciated. wink
    I'm just waiting for Alan S to chime in here wink Oi, whacha doin recommending other 'breeds'

    How old would a $4k Camry be (a later 80's one I'm guessing?) I guess the combination of 4 speed auto, 4 cylinder engine should be economical. Very boringly mainstream too. In terms of French cars, what wagons do you have in that range, not much? Whilst a 505 wagon is large, their three speed autos are nothing much to write home about (given the price range we're dealing with).

    Peugeot 307 XS 1.6
    Aussiefrogged in MEL, PER, SYD, BNE & ADL.
    Rendezvous Adelaide 2005

  3. #3
    1000+ Posts Haakon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    canberra...
    Posts
    8,651
    I'm only thinking mainstream as its for tourists who dont care about cars, just want it to work and be fixed by any local garage. Im even thinking a dealer job mght be good for a warrenty?
    I tried to drown my sorrows in alcohol, but the bastards learnt how to swim

  4. #4
    1000+ Posts tekkie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,516
    if you are travelling the dealer warranty might be a tad useless.

    Local brands are the way to go. cheap VP, ED/EF, ?

    just do the service (waterpump, belts, plugs, fuel filter etc), do wheel alignment, spare tyres, drive in sydney for a week at least in case something happens, and off they go. The biggest problem will alswas be availability of spare parts, wheels etc. Hence my suggestion to go local, when in rome and all that...

    Maybe invest in a EPIRB (about $300?) in case they get lost and need evac in an emergency.

    Hope they have fun.
    .
    1300cc's of jap buzzbox delivered the times below.

    EC 1:54.6 , Wakefield 1:13.15 , OP (short) 52.00 , OP GP 1:24.40


  5. #5
    Fellow Frogger! Reno17's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Gold Coast
    Posts
    690
    XF Wagon.

    $4k will get you a mint one.
    1967 1135 R8 Gordini
    2012 BMW One Series M Coupe

  6. #6
    Budding Architect ???? pugrambo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    Parkes - N.S.W - Australia - Earth
    Posts
    12,256
    you'd nearly get an EB/ED wagon for $4k
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


    WTD long range fuel tank for 605

  7. #7
    Good Sport danielsydney's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    NSW
    Posts
    4,917
    some kind of holden or ford wagon would be ok i guess but totally cheap and nasty and boring..
    What about an XM?

  8. #8
    Sense Pug307's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    4,355
    danielsydney:
    What about an XM?
    For $4,000, yes four thousand Australian dollars???

    Peugeot 307 XS 1.6
    Aussiefrogged in MEL, PER, SYD, BNE & ADL.
    Rendezvous Adelaide 2005

  9. #9
    Budding Architect ???? pugrambo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    Parkes - N.S.W - Australia - Earth
    Posts
    12,256
    danielsydney:
    some kind of holden or ford wagon would be ok i guess but totally cheap and nasty and boring..
    What about an XM?
    daniel
    they are going to need something reliable and easy to fix anywhere
    i think an XM would be a little to exxy and parts aren't just everywhere for the just in case situation
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


    WTD long range fuel tank for 605

  10. #10
    UFO
    UFO is offline
    CitroŽn Tragic UFO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Gerringong, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    9,633
    I think for once Daniel was taking the piss and he got a few of you. roll_lau roll_lau

    Well done Daniel. cheers! a_drink head_ban
    Craig K
    2009 C5 HDi Exclusive

  11. #11
    Budding Architect ???? pugrambo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Location
    Parkes - N.S.W - Australia - Earth
    Posts
    12,256
    UFO:
    I think for once Daniel was taking the piss and he got a few of you. roll_lau roll_lau

    Well done Daniel. cheers! a_drink head_ban
    well i'll be
    i wasn't expecting that
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x '98 306 GTi6

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0


    WTD long range fuel tank for 605

  12. #12
    Sense Pug307's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    4,355
    UFO:
    I think for once Daniel was taking the piss and he got a few of you. roll_lau roll_lau

    Well done Daniel. cheers! a_drink head_ban
    Ahh, you're just being charitable with your interpretation...you never really know with Daniel

    Peugeot 307 XS 1.6
    Aussiefrogged in MEL, PER, SYD, BNE & ADL.
    Rendezvous Adelaide 2005

  13. #13
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    3,616
    I say go the Camry (4cl) - they'll save a packet on fuel! They're pretty big inside too.

    Derek.

  14. #14
    Fellow Frogger! DJ-Studd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    545
    How about getting a cheap Frenchie, a trailer and a parts car?
    *grin*
    Then they can tow around the parts car and have spares 24/7 head_ban

    Hmm, maybe that isn't the most practical idea...

    -- DJ

  15. #15
    Local Tyrant gibgib's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2000
    Location
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland
    Posts
    3,515
    You had me going there for a sec Daniel
    Onya wink

  16. #16
    1000+ Posts Haakon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    canberra...
    Posts
    8,651
    Thanks guys, I think an '88 Camry wagon may be the go (though I'd love to set them up in the 505 for sale at Grhaeme Birrel motors in Melbourne...). I think they get a "stick" , instead of an auto for the reliability factor. It will be funny to watch 'em get used to changing gears with a left hand
    I tried to drown my sorrows in alcohol, but the bastards learnt how to swim

  17. #17
    pur-john, not pew-john! peujohn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Lilydale, Melbourne
    Posts
    2,093
    Maybe Daniel meant an XM Falcon...
    John W

    1979 Peugeot 504 GTI 2.2 litre 5 speed - 72 kW at the wheels

    1974 Peugeot 504 TI
    - now on the road

    2009 Peugeot 407 HDI wagon - family car

    Previous: 2005 407 HDI manual sedan, 1980 504 GL, 1990 405 Mi16, 1977 504 GL Special, 1984 505 SRD Turbo



  18. #18
    nJm
    nJm is offline
    Guru nJm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,930
    That 505 GTi wagon at Graham Birrell is pretty amazing.

    I've seen plenty of 505 SR wagons going for $3.5-4.5K. As much as I'd love to put on my peugeot hat and preach the wonderful reliability, being a second hand purchase you would have no way of knowing what had been recently fixed (although this applies to every other old car, finding pug parts will naturally be a lot harder).

    I reckon a Camry wagon could be the go. Parts, while plentiful are actually very expensive as a friend has found out. What about a Mitsubishi Magna? They are roomier inside than the Camry (although fuel economy and reliability are probably quite a bit worse).

    Graham Birrel also have a 405 wagon! Costs quite a bit though (although less than the 505 wagon).

    Another thought, what about a Volvo 245? Talk about bullet proof...

    <small>[ 02 November 2003, 11:24 PM: Message edited by: nJm ]</small>
    Nick
    1983 Peugeot 505 GR


    "All of its cars from the 1.1 litre 205 through the ugly duckling 309 to the 2.2 litre 505 GTi had a rightness and a righteousness about them that turned every humdrum drive into a journey. Someone, I once wrote, in the bowels of Peugeot understands handling and how a chassis should feel." - Jeremy Clarkson

  19. #19
    1000+ Posts BogMaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Canberra,act,australia
    Posts
    1,457
    Subaru L series wagon would come in at about that figure. You should be able to get one with less than 200,000km on it for that money. They are extremely reliable and just go and go.

    cheers!
    Woo Hoo Honi ko'u 'elemu (Hawaiian)

  20. #20
    Good Sport danielsydney's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    NSW
    Posts
    4,917
    Oh well one has to try to "chalk up" a few on you guys I have dificulty at times as you all know...
    No i was joking...

  21. #21
    Fellow Frogger! nchandler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    650
    Subaru L-Series are unbreakable, but aren't the most comfortable cars for highway cruising. I'd say an EB-ED falcon, simply due to parts availability, and general reliability. The camry would also be a good choice.

    A nice Volvo 240 series wagon would be good, but a little sketchy on parts (unlikely you'd need any repairs to one!).

    Nick

  22. #22
    nJm
    nJm is offline
    Guru nJm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,930
    Subaru L's aren't unbreakable.

    My aunt and her boyfriend drove one from Melbourne to the Kimberly Ranges. I believe it almost made it there, but they had to abandon it on the roadside. They now have a Land Rover Defender 2.5 Diesel. They have driven that from the Kimberly Ranges down to Hobart where they now live .
    Nick
    1983 Peugeot 505 GR


    "All of its cars from the 1.1 litre 205 through the ugly duckling 309 to the 2.2 litre 505 GTi had a rightness and a righteousness about them that turned every humdrum drive into a journey. Someone, I once wrote, in the bowels of Peugeot understands handling and how a chassis should feel." - Jeremy Clarkson

  23. #23
    XTC
    XTC is offline
    VIC: a fine driving state XTC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Location Location Location
    Posts
    8,566
    Not quite a wagon, but a Corolla hatch just seems to keep going and going.

    - XTC206 -
    You're not fooling everyone, or did you forget? .......




    '02 Peugeot 206 GTi / '07 VW Golf GTI
    Now this is a .sig
    AF'd in PER, MEL, SYD, ADL, CBR

  24. #24
    Sense Pug307's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    4,355
    The only problem is room in the Corolla - I find all Corollas prior to the current model to be too squashy in the rear (not enough headroom, and I'm getting quite used to lots of headroom )

    If they were going on a long road trip, lack of boot space would probably be an issue too. However, if there are only two people for example, they could use the rear seating area for storage, etc.

    [edit: spelling]

    <small>[ 03 November 2003, 11:33 AM: Message edited by: Pug307 ]</small>

    Peugeot 307 XS 1.6
    Aussiefrogged in MEL, PER, SYD, BNE & ADL.
    Rendezvous Adelaide 2005

  25. #25
    nJm
    nJm is offline
    Guru nJm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    2,930
    I just re-read the original post and noticed that they want to take whatever they get into Central Australia! In that case they might want to also save up for window tinting ~$200 and regased A/C ~$150.

    If they are heading out that way I guess an old local car will be the best bet (even though I despise them so much). Either that or pay more to get a car that won't need work to be done while it is out and about. Some friends of mine drove to the NT in a 1997 Volvo V70, went off roading in it and everything. No serious mechanical problems although it cracked an engine mount. Pitty these cars still cost $25k+, as they are brilliant at very high speeds wink
    Nick
    1983 Peugeot 505 GR


    "All of its cars from the 1.1 litre 205 through the ugly duckling 309 to the 2.2 litre 505 GTi had a rightness and a righteousness about them that turned every humdrum drive into a journey. Someone, I once wrote, in the bowels of Peugeot understands handling and how a chassis should feel." - Jeremy Clarkson

Page 1 of 2 12 Last

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •