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i hate daily driving the Nova.... its usually up to the challenge, but between poor mileage, me always breaking something, fear of damaging the car, and also the fact that im usually half assing repairs to be able to have little downtime with the car.... final straw happened yesterday.

I usually dont bring my car to school, but my school bus just bever showed up, so i kinda had to drive. We arent allowed to park in the school parking lot, so most of us park in the gigantic Macy's parking lot next door. Well at around 2:30 when school let out, the rain was REALLY coming down, i wanted to get the hell home... i was going a little fast through the parking lot, like 20 mph, and i noticed ahead that what i thought to be just a puddle was actually a big whole filled with rain water. i swerve right to avoid it, but the rear of the car swings out real hard, and after trying to correct it in a panic, i realize im facing a lightpole and losing control badly...

*CRUNCH!* :rolleyes:<_<

after yelling obscenities, i get out to look at the damage... the car took it like a champ, but still ouch... Bumper pushed in and scuffed on the drivers side, plastic bumper filler cracked, and fender right above the marker light is scraped and dented....

bear with me, i wont type too much more... im DONE daily driving this car. i love it, but i want a daily driver that gets decent mileage and wont be scared of in the rain. the accident was my fault, but in general im scared of the nova in bad weather. i also want to stop casuing so much wear and tear on the car, so its time to find a Daily Driver finally....

ittl be a month or two befroe i can probably afford it, but i want to get some ideas... criteria:

Somewhat new, im thinking post 1990

decent mileage, at least ~25mpg

pretty much has to be American

$1500 is my budget, though even thats a bit much

some ideas:

Early saturns, they seem bullet proof and good on gas

some early w/n body cars

1st gen explorers

maybe neons?

anyother ideas?

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W-Bod Cutlass Supreme Coupe.

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Try these. Some of them are pre-1990, however.

1994 Chevrolet Blazer, $1800:

http://longisland.craigslist.org/car/626848169.html

1983 Cadillac Eldorado, $1200

http://longisland.craigslist.org/car/626856477.html

1987 Buick Regal, $975, needs cosmetic work:

http://longisland.craigslist.org/car/626822132.html

1989 Pontiac Firebird, $840:

http://longisland.craigslist.org/car/626776965.html

1997 Mercury XR7, $700:

http://longisland.craigslist.org/car/626643260.html

1988 Chevrolet Camaro, $1500:

http://longisland.craigslist.org/car/626596837.html

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ive seen most of those cars... im diggin the S series trucks, and definatley the Cougar/Thunderbird twins, and am going to cosider them.. im putting some money away soon, should be able in a month or two to buy something... the only reason i wanna stay away from F-bodies is ill start getting ideas of swaps and upgrades, i know myslef, ill find ways of sinking money into it... :P

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Beast. $800. :P

im looking for NO PROBLEMS!... :P trust me, i wish i could save your car.. if i didnt have the nova, i would! but.... sadly, i need a car i can drive without problems...

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Von,that last one you posted is right up my alley.. i wish i had the cash now.. i gotta start selling my stockpile of parts.... that cutlass model is a W body right? its hard to keep all the damn cutlasses straight

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Von,that last one you posted is right up my alley.. i wish i had the cash now.. i gotta start selling my stockpile of parts.... that cutlass model is a W body right? its hard to keep all the damn cutlasses straight

No. The Ciera is the A-Body (Old Faithful, The Bismarck, The Sherman Tank), the same type that Paolino has except his is a Century. They typically go till 250K-300K Miles.

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6-Pass Split Bench, with a 4Spd, and it appears to be an SL so it prolly has the V6, but the L4 ain't bad.

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No. The Ciera is the A-Body (Old Faithful, The Bismarck, The Sherman Tank), the same type that Paolino has except his is a Century. They typically go till 250K-300K Miles.

suhhweet.. thats what i was looking for... i dont know newer or FWD platforms, if you dont mind me asking, what else beside ciera/century are on the FWD A platform? what engines? 3100? 3400? no chance on the 3800 right?

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Perhaps refresher courses in RWD Dynamics, and Drivers ED 101 would help! :smilewide:

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My suggestions? 3800 powered dustbusters are fast and light; you can get up to 40mpg on the freeway too if you are easy on the throttle. Plus think of all the Nova parts you can haul home in one. ^_^

I can attest to this personally. God I miss that van.

suhhweet.. thats what i was looking for... i dont know newer or FWD platforms, if you dont mind me asking, what else beside ciera/century are on the FWD A platform? what engines? 3100? 3400? no chance on the 3800 right?

Ciera and Century on the 2nd Generation A-Body (1989-1996) (That was the good one) The 1st Generation (-1988) A-Body included Pontiac 6000 and Chevrolet Celebrity (Significantly Less Good). V6 would be the 3300 (Predecessor to 3400), no 3800. 21MPG City.

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S10 Blazer with a stick, all day long. Fun, economy, and utility all in one. I've been considering them myself as of late if gas prices ever get extra retarded.

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trust me.. ive been going through it alot...im an idiot... thats why i want a DD quick.. i should have known what would happen, but i didnt think... ive been kicking myself alot. :( but on the plus side, by taking the nova off the road for a few weeks/months, ittl give me time to

A) get some more driving experience in with a calmer, more forgiving car

B) my car has &#036;h&#33;ty body work, and as stated before, im going to learn body work on it

C) possibly do some cool fabrication for a planned swap... think 3 speed out and T56 in :AH-HA_wink:

i need to prostitute myself out a bit... PCS, you need an escort service? 2-for-1 special with your wife and daughter! :rotflmao:

sorry, i had to

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have a buddy that swears by saturn SC2s ive ridden in the car with him and its amazing the way he use to swing that thing around corners and what not, can get a manual too. he got around 35mpg or so in it.

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have a buddy that swears by saturn SC2s ive ridden in the car with him and its amazing the way he use to swing that thing around corners and what not, can get a manual too. he got around 35mpg or so in it.

they seem to have quite a following, my Girlfriends parents are a saturn family, they used to have a bunch of the first gen saturns.. im thinking of them...

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Did the two-door Yukon/Tahoe from the early 90's come with the 4.3L V6 in them at all? That would be another thing to consider if they did......

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Did the two-door Yukon/Tahoe from the early 90's come with the 4.3L V6 in them at all? That would be another thing to consider if they did......

i absolutley lust after one, but unfortunatley im trying to stick to something a little smaller... somedya i will have one though!

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1991-1997 Saturn S-series.

I cannot tell you how many of these things are still going...

My buddy had a 91 SC1 which he drove 140k with no problems...and the new owner has it up to 210k now...

Co worker with a 94 SL1 156k, drives like a tank-still gets 35-40mpgs while being beat on.....

There is a reason why these cars have such a following....

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1st gen Stratus is also an idea. The price range is right up yur alley, they are roomy, comfortable, the design has aged well, fun to drive, and good on gas. If you can find a 2.0/5-speed you can get 36 mpg on the highway plus the fun of having a manual. There's also the equally rare 2.4/5-speed.

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1st gen Stratus is also an idea. The price range is right up yur alley, they are roomy, comfortable, the design has aged well, fun to drive, and good on gas. If you can find a 2.0/5-speed you can get 36 mpg on the highway plus the fun of having a manual. There's also the equally rare 2.4/5-speed.

While I hated it and seemed like a nightmare reliability wise... He abused the hell of out it, including never changing the oil, and it always ran.

My suggestions, besides buying the Beast, don't buy a J-body, don't buy a Blazer, and don't buy anything with a Quad4. If you do, you'll be even worse off than you already are. :P

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While I hated it and seemed like a nightmare reliability wise... He abused the hell of out it, including never changing the oil, and it always ran.

My suggestions, besides buying the Beast, don't buy a J-body, don't buy a Blazer, and don't buy anything with a Quad4. If you do, you'll be even worse off than you already are. :P

yea... so far standing out in my mind are A-bodys, Saturns, maybe a cougar/thunderbird (they seem cheap) and im pondering some other ideas.... thanks for the help so far guys!

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and BV, not to be mean but your cars are my inspiration of what a beater shoudlnt be... :P

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suhhweet.. thats what i was looking for... i dont know newer or FWD platforms, if you dont mind me asking, what else beside ciera/century are on the FWD A platform? what engines? 3100? 3400? no chance on the 3800 right?

LOL! A-body a "newer platform" ?

A-bodies:

Chevy Celebrity

Pontiac 6000

Olds Cutlass Cierra

Buick Century

You could get the 3800 in certain Cutlass Cierra and Buick Century coupes. They are sleepers.... they go like snot.

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