Finally!

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Finally!
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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 1:25pm

I bought a 1995 Toyota Camry last night for $3,000.  Straight, really clean, and the guy knows exactly what work has been done to it over that last 10 years or so.  Yes, high miles at 176,000, but it is perfect for what my needs are right now.  I am okay with that kind of miles on a Honda or Toyota.  He even said to call him next time it needs some work, as he has done all the work on it himself and knows under the hood like the back of his hand.

The only drawback is it is very basic.  Only thing power on it is the windows and locks.  I have to use a key to open the door!  A few quirks, obviously, on a car that old, but it drives great and again, straight and clean!  Obviously not a current body style, but not really old style, either.  I don't feel like I am driving a car from my highschool days. 

So, the other car is for sale so we can both get our money back out of it.  (That whole conversation is a story all by itself)

Seller claims the Toyota gets 28 to 30 mpg, but I would be thrilled with 25.  I haven't looked it up yet.  

Tickled to death.  Yea, could have spent the entire $6,000 and got something nicer, but having some wiggle room in my finances feels really good right now.  Unsure about paying off transmission loan.  Might pay half of it now????  Still have crazy high $14,000 in CC debt and I think $900 in medical bills.  I have to crunch some numbers first.  

Baby steps towards being debt free!

Serenity
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Registered: 10-02-2011
In reply to: serenity1986
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 3:25pm

Congratulations! Finding a reliable car is always a relief. You'll probably put in some regular maintenance, but hopefully nothing major. I wish you best of luck with your car!

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Registered: 07-24-2001
In reply to: serenity1986
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:12pm

Congrats, I think you made a really good choice.

My H drives a 98 Honda and LOVES it.  He has nearly 350,000 miles with the original engine.  Like yours, his is completely stripped down - no power anything (not doors, locks, steering, nothing) and that's actually what makes it possible for someone to work on it themselves (and probably why the guy you bought it from knows it "like the back of his hand").  My H does all his own repairs on this car.  AND he gets great milage.

Sometimes he gets some greif about making over 100,000 annually and driving such a beater, but usually it's from someone driving an SUV that's either leased or has a loan on it.

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Registered: 07-24-2001
In reply to: serenity1986
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:12pm

Congrats, I think you made a really good choice.

My H drives a 98 Honda and LOVES it.  He has nearly 350,000 miles with the original engine.  Like yours, his is completely stripped down - no power anything (not doors, locks, steering, nothing) and that's actually what makes it possible for someone to work on it themselves (and probably why the guy you bought it from knows it "like the back of his hand").  My H does all his own repairs on this car.  AND he gets great milage.

Sometimes he gets some greif about making over 100,000 annually and driving such a beater, but usually it's from someone driving an SUV that's either leased or has a loan on it.

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Registered: 08-25-2006
In reply to: serenity1986
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 1:35pm

Well, took the Toyota in to see why it seemed to have a bit of vibration while in drive.  Easy fix.  Front motor mount, $158 including labor.  Okay, I can deal.  

Come to find out that a bracket on the actual block is stripped and has a crack.  Should be able to fix it, and of course this happens so rarely that he can only estimate the cost.  So, looking at roughly $200 plus the cost of the front motor mount.  Not charging to install the mount.  

Ugh!  I know, it could be a lot worse, but kind of a bummer.  Crossing my fingers he really can fix it.  If he can't, I might be scr*wed.  For what it is worth, the Explorer also had some up and coming repairs.  So, trying not to let it get to me.  

Only other thing it should need is an alignment.  Luckily we still have the other car.  

We already knew it had been in some kind of accident, as owner and SO talked about the paint job, etc.  But he had the box of all of the parts and receipts for all of the work he had just done on the engine, etc.  Now SO is thinking this guy had to have known about the issues we just found.  I don't know if he did, or didn't.  If he did, I really don't think he realized the extent.  I mean, we know where he lives!  

Anywho, it sure makes it tempting to buy a new car next time.  No questions about what has, or hasn't been done to the car.  

Serenity