I bought my jeep with the intention of it being a reliable daily driver that I could just put gas in it and go. Well a few days after I got my jeep I found out about off roading and how addictive it is. One thing led to another and now my jeep is more of a toy than an actual commuter vehicle, so the search begins. I'm trying to keep my budget to around 5000 and would prefer a truck. So far I have found this 2000 Dodge Dakota, runs good, 107k, v8, auto. Seems to be in good condition but I don't know much about dodges. Underneath it is pretty damn clean and rust free for my area. Interior is nice as well. If I could get some opinions on this link that would be great. What kind of stuff goes wrong, what to expect, what to replace before it goes bad, or if this truck is just a plain POS then tell me what to get. Thanks in advance.
Bump. I kinda forgot I made this thread but I am still looking for a DD. I decided not to get the truck but I'm checking out another vehicle tomorrow. It's a 2001 Audi a4 2.8l v6 5spd with 160k for 4300. How is that motor for reliability and how many more miles should that car go?
Both are very nice. The mazda is newer, higher mileage, 5spd, and fwd. Volvo is older, lower mileage, auto, and cleaner overall. I'm really having trouble deciding between the two. Surprisingly, the salesman is actually honest, and both these cars have new brakes and good tires. What would y'all personally choose? Why? How much life to expect from these cars? What breaks on these? What takes more maintenance?
Not sure about your miles to work but, have you thought about a lease? Stay dependable, and when a few years are up you hand it back before the problems start. Sense you are listing cars in your search anyway have you thought about a new Nissan Versa @ 10,000 and extend the payment out but pay extra when you can.
My job is moving further away and I have been putting thoughts into the above options. My Jeep is my daily and I have a truck also that gets worse MPG than my Jeep does.
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Yea I'm starting to think a car/suv for the fuel economy. My commute would be about an hour to an hour 15 min starting in a few months. I will definately check out that nissan you're talking about as I am open to options.
EDIT: wow I'm impressed with the Nissan Versa. Anyone have experience with them? Really cheap for a new car.
Yea I realize that after checking that one out today.
I'm going to the nissan stealership tomorrow to check out the Versa. I think that might be the way to go because I don't have to worry about the used car BS. Right now that seems like the most practical option.
dont get that audi! if ur looking for problems that never end then get it but otherwise stay away from audis. ull just be spending money on trying to make that car run right... look into E36 bmw anything from 92 to 1999 3 series they are great cars and in ur price range. they are great cars to be daily driven. u cant go wrong
I went to nissan today. Test drove an automatic versa and came back to be told they couldn't find a standard one close by. Well, the price difference isn't huge and the CVT tranny is actually quite impressive. I've never driven something that smooth before. The power from the 1.6l engine is all one would ever need for a commuting car. Looks like nissan will be getting my moneies.