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Old 05-23-2003, 07:57 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Which grocery-getter / winter-beater should I buy??



I'm fed up with not having a daily driver right now (project car in the shop, and my old e36 isn't insured or plated), and I'll eventually need a wintercar anyway, so which one would you choose?

1. 1989 Honda Civic Si Hatchback $900
2. 1981 VW Rabbit w/ 1.8L engine conversion $1000
3. 1992 VW Jetta (needs some minor work) $1000

(btw, I'm looking for something that's $1000 or less if you haven't noticed )

I'm probably going to pickup one of the 3 this weekend, but I wouldn't mind some feedback as to how each of you feel about those cars. Do they have any known problems, or issues I should look for? I dont know ANYTHING about either of those cars.
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Old 05-23-2003, 08:08 PM   #2
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i have a 323 for 1500, needs nothing, emissions passed, certified.... just 2 let u know
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Old 05-23-2003, 08:43 PM   #3
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I'd keep away from the VW's. I think a domestic serves best as it's dirt cheap to maintain/insure
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Old 05-24-2003, 01:11 PM   #4
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I'd do the Civic. The parts are very cheap for this model.
Watch out for the rust on the rear wheel wells, and rocker panels (to get your safety done).

What about a 3.1L GM V6 Car. Those engines are bullet proof?
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Old 05-24-2003, 08:33 PM   #5
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I dunno man, I was reading the truck trader yesterday, and I saw a few Jeep Cherokee's for sale for like 4 grand, early 90's. Seems like a good deal to me.
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Old 05-24-2003, 08:43 PM   #6
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92 jetta all the way, if you want something reliable that all you have to do is fill gas thats the one to buy. the the 81 is taking a chance, not much room for shopping either.
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Old 05-25-2003, 04:22 AM   #7
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1992 Jetta....81 is too old, and i just dont trust those 89 hondas
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Old 05-25-2003, 04:25 AM   #8
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Adam,

go with the '88-'91 Honda civic or crx's. Great cars , easy to drive and cheap on gas + maintenance ! But watch for rusty cars and make sure you check the underbody before buying.

-->of note: 4 door ef civics are easy to find in better condition than 2 dr. hatch backs. Usually older people drove them and kept them in good condition , rather than than hatch backs that were driven by younger people. Here's a nice example.They look nice when modded too !
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Old 05-25-2003, 04:26 AM   #9
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get the jetta..or the civic, they are fairly new..plus honda parts are everywhere and easily do-able in your own garage. the only thing is they're easy to steal..but i dunno bout the vw's
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Old 05-25-2003, 05:25 AM   #10
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Get the jetta man, i'm planing on gettin a similar jetta in that price range as a beater as well, they're AMAZING on gas (especially DIESEL, which i plan on getting) and parts are pretty cheap because those cars are VERY common, and most parts are at your nearest junkyard, but other cars, i've heard a LOT of feedback from people who had MAZDA's as beaters (protege, 323) which were under 700, and had NO problems entire winter and they're pretty good cars!
But anyhow, go with the jetta!
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Old 05-25-2003, 06:11 AM   #11
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I would get the honda but try to find one that dosen't burn oil. I dunno if that matters to you though.
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Old 05-25-2003, 08:20 PM   #12
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go with the civic.. that way you could slap on a type R sticker.
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Old 05-25-2003, 10:33 PM   #13
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take the jetta. its newest its the coolest
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Old 05-26-2003, 06:47 AM   #14
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VWs all the way! They got waaaaaaaay better chassis than honduhs, plus, the 1.8T engine's a direct bolt on, old skool 8 Valve engine keeps up with VR6s (non souped), much better car to play with! All I gotto say is to keep it German!
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Old 05-26-2003, 11:32 AM   #15
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is that rabbit sold yet!!!!? i have always wanted one of those...let me know..
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