: Car for $600



mccombie_5
07-04-06, 01:36 PM
Hi all (been away for a while)

I need some help for a fellow forum memebr elsewhere. They plan to go accross America covering 5,000 or so miles, and need a car to do it in, 2-4 memebers so four seats essential, they only have $600 or so to spend, so recommendations would be good!

Thanks :thumbsup:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-04-06, 03:15 PM
Jeez dude, there isn't much I would drive around the country for $600... maybe somewhere there's an old Buick Electra or something, but most of the stuff you're gonna find for $600 is utter shit.

eldorado99
07-05-06, 12:46 AM
Anything you find for 600 is gonna need at least 1000 worth of work before itll drive around the country.

Jesda
07-05-06, 12:53 AM
Wow, I thought you died or joined a cult.

Get a Corolla or a late 90s Chevy Nova (its basically a Corolla). Toyotas are a little less annoying to work on than Hondas. An old Caprice (NOT DIESEL!) might be okay.

thebigjimsho
07-05-06, 01:22 AM
How about on the backs of 4 Brooklyn whores? You'll probably get as far as any $600 car and you'll have more fun.

powerglide
07-05-06, 01:56 AM
Tall order dude....why not rent a car?
I think you should be able to get a deal for $150/week.

You gotta register the car, insure it, etc etc...I think it'll be easier just to rent.

SOunds like its gonna be a hell of an adventure.

70eldo
07-05-06, 02:08 AM
Sounds adventurous!
Good luck finding a $600 car that could haul 4 for 5000 miles! And let them write a book afterwards :D

mccombie_5
07-06-06, 04:12 AM
THey can't rent a car unfortunately, all passengers under 25 - $25 a day surcharge. They have a Perminant address in San Fran, so registration and insurance isnt a problem in that respect, it's still going to be cheaper for them to buy and run a car than rent one.

Jesda - you all live in hope ;)

EcSTSatic
07-06-06, 02:38 PM
Does $600 include gas!? 5000 miles, even at 20mpg would be about $750 @$3/gal

Spock
07-06-06, 03:35 PM
Well if you convert 600 US to CAN, at the time I made a similar journey the car was 800, it was across Canada and it was a good ol' chev 305 (circa 1980 Station Wagon, ze best!) On our way back home, literally in the driveway the tranny hose blew!

I guess you should choose a car that you could fix if needed to on the road, but from personal experience I would go with a 305.

EDIT: Before we took the trip, all general maintenance was done, but aside from that nothing. Oh and we spray canned the paint back to life. She went through ice and snow storms too.

Spyder
07-06-06, 05:47 PM
that 25 a day is high...my rental places only charge an extra ten bucks a day for being under 24...shop around and I bet you'll do better than 25 a day extra charge...and you'll have reliability and the knowledge that you can get it stuck in four feet of mud on a rockcrawling trail and all you have to do is call for another one, because that one "broke down on the side of the road."

Oh yes...never ever EVER buy anything that was once a rental.

mccombie_5
07-24-06, 06:52 PM
Update:

They got a Dodge Caravan for free :thumbsup:

Benzilla
07-24-06, 06:59 PM
I say do it in a 1977-1991 Chevrolet Caprice with the 305, cheap, big, and they go for ever. if you want one with class, go with the '77-'79 version coupe, nice looking cars IMO. but it would be easier to find a mid 80s four door, and very easy to get one for $600.

oh, and cheap to fix if you need to.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-24-06, 10:03 PM
I say do it in a 1977-1991 Chevrolet Caprice with the 305, cheap, big, and they go for ever. if you want one with class, go with the '77-'79 version coupe, nice looking cars IMO. but it would be easier to find a mid 80s four door, and very easy to get one for $600.

oh, and cheap to fix if you need to.

Yup, I agree. Caprice, Delta 88 or LeSabre, maybe even a Pontiac Parisienne too! Basically any of the 1977-90 B bodies.

CadiJeff
07-24-06, 11:06 PM
I would go for the delta more comfort and I have a soft spot for olds.

CadiJeff
07-24-06, 11:08 PM
Update:

They got a Dodge Caravan for free :thumbsup:
they got ripped off!
they would have to pay me to take one of those

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-24-06, 11:18 PM
I would go for the delta more comfort and I have a soft spot for olds.

Me too, or maybe a Lesabre Limited Coupe

powerglide
07-25-06, 11:51 AM
Update:

They got a Dodge Caravan for free :thumbsup:

Sweet....how'd they manage that?

I'd be hard pressed driving cross country in a free Caravan, there's gonna be some adventures!

boricuacaddy
07-25-06, 01:27 PM
they got ripped off!
they would have to pay me to take one of those

LOL! I know a friend that bought one of those P.O.S car! The only good thing about that car was that he saved gas on it, since he was pushing it half the time..

David

powerglide
07-25-06, 01:37 PM
LOL! I know a friend that bought one of those P.O.S car! The only good thing about that car was that he saved gas on it, since he was pushing it half the time..

David

Sounds like an old joke I heard:

Why does the Dodge Caravan have 6 seats?

So that 5 can get out to push when going up hill.

***drumroll and highat***

EcSTSatic
07-25-06, 01:44 PM
Update:

They got a Dodge Caravan for free :thumbsup:

Good deal.
You'll have to let us know how their trip turns out.

Benzilla
07-26-06, 07:56 AM
Hey, don't pick on the Caravans, my parents bought one new in '89 and kept it for ten years and about 150,000 mi. it was a work horse, never let them down... ugly as hell though.

Did the olds B-body have the 305? I said caprice because of the 305, great engine IMO. but any B-body would work really.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-26-06, 08:24 AM
Did the olds B-body have the 305? I said caprice because of the 305, great engine IMO. but any B-body would work really.

Yup, Caprice got the 305, Lesabre and Eighty Eight got the 307, Parisienne got the 305 also.