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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 6:35 PM

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I want to know what the best car for easy car repairs is and no not the answer from old timers please, I am very computer savvy & grew up knowing all about computers so the newer cars with computers are easier for me to work on the older ones just have me lost and confused since the computers to tell me what might be wrong are not even present. So for a computer savvy car hobbyist who has had a lot of hands on experience fixing Toyota Camry's and Ford Rangers, also what one is gonna be easiest to work on and get the most miles also have the cheapest parts or the cheaper repair parts, for someone who goes with best option, like when they offer me cheaper break pads, I feel if I'm gonna do all that work I may as well go with the better stronger ones and I'm that way with almost every part I repair or replace on a car. I wouldn't want to spend even a few mins doing work if I'm using junk parts that might only last a few days, I'd rather use the best parts available and I found most my cars last pretty long when I choose the better parts anyway. Still I'm in the market for a new car and would like to know what any mechanics with similar skill sets would recommend for easy work, preferably low maintenance and best gas mileage and something around a 2000, cuz I'm on a short budget right now.


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Mar 3, 2012, 7:10 PM

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I want to know what the best car for easy car repairs is and no not the answer from old timers please,


What's wrong with old timers. You thing we know nothing about technology?



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what one is gonna be easiest to work on and get the most miles also have the cheapest parts or the cheaper repair parts,


The only car that is going to meet all those requirements is the plastic model from the hobby shop.



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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 7:24 PM

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Nothing wrong with old timers, just I'm sick of hearing the older block model ancient cars and autos are the easiest to work on by everyone when I search online. To me those would be the hardest to work on so I was trying to get my point across I'm looking for easy to work on but not horse carriage easy, computer age easy.

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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 7:27 PM

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Its frustrating that everyone is still answering the easiest cars to work on are made in the 60s. That's not even a true statement, maybe easiest for computer illeterate people, not for people like me.


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Mar 3, 2012, 7:28 PM

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I couldn't agree more but there is no one fit for all you requirements. Most any can be easy to work on if you learn that vehicle specifically and have all the "make specific" testing equipment and tools.



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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 7:31 PM

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K well what about closest fit? I need something I can drive and what about if there isn't a good easy to work on vehichle with good gas mileage maybe one I can modify to get good gas mileage via the water injection system?


WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 7:41 PM

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I should clarify what I consider complicated here is a couple examples of what I don't want to get stuck with a taurus with major transmission problems I can't fix for 1. 2nd a ford freestyle that has all the spark plugs inside the engine meaning you have to take apart the engine practically to simply change spark plugs.


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Mar 3, 2012, 7:44 PM

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I doubt you could deal with any of the new automatic transmissions and the spark plug situation is something you are going to find on nearly every V6 these days.



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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 7:47 PM

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So staying away from v6's, I can't drive a stick so what has most reliable automatic transmissions?


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Mar 3, 2012, 7:54 PM

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Your whole approach is just wrong here. Plugs last over 100K now so the $150 repair should dictate what car you buy. Just find the car you are most comfortable with but stay away from the Euro stuff. Anything Toyota makes is reliable and anything domestic will be easier to work on.



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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 8:02 PM

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I was looking at a saturn s series in my budget range today, 4cyl sl2 automatic tran assuming the car facts check out and all maintenance has been done on time, is this a stable good car and are things easy to access for someone with slim hands I mean I can get into tight spots just don't like when they try to manufacture things so you can't do the work without your own shop. I have to do all my car work in drive and good weather is a must. As long as hiding spark plugs in the engine is only a v6 worry then I should be good with this, and how comparable is it to working on a 91 camry or a 98 v6 ranger? I have worked a lot on both, but looking for an upgrade to newer better cars. I mean I know all cars are different, but going from working on a 91 camry to a 98 ford ranger was pretty easy transition for me.


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Mar 3, 2012, 8:10 PM

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You do all this research on a vehicle and you choose one that the manufacturer is not longer in business and parts are no longer made? Also, one that is made almost entirely of plastic and assembled more unconventionally than most others.



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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 8:13 PM

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Lol I'll take that as a no sounds like a pretty bad car.


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Mar 3, 2012, 8:17 PM

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It was a much better choice when the company was still in business. It wasn't a bad car in it's day but that has passed. Besides, you're chaging timing chains way too often on them.



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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 8:18 PM

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like I said I was only looking at it and sales guy lied his but off to try and sell me on it, but I wanted time to look into it and ask about it, thanks for saving me research time I can tell now it sounds like something I don't want. He insisted even though they no longer make the car and the company isn't around parts would still be easy to get.


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Mar 3, 2012, 8:58 PM

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Water injection? Are you planning on building a race car? No car is immune to problems, some have more than others.

Saturn.. LOL We got a Vue in the shop that we can't get a throttle body for. Seems there are only a few left in the country and all in California. Try finding a new AC compressor for a late model Saturn. The Earlier sedans had somewhat reliable DOHCs, but were vibrating trash heaps.

Get a Honda Civic.





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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 9:05 PM

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I mean those kits to help improve mileage I hate the idea of hooking up something like that to any engine since they weren't built for it, but I don't have a lot of options with my budget since I'm a student and all.


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Mar 3, 2012, 9:11 PM

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I don't think water injection would work very good for saving gas mileage. Water injection is to help cool combustion chamber temps down, so you can run higher compression or more ignition advance.

Most of those things you find on the internet and TV such as fuel magnets, tornado intake air director, fuel additives that enhance power, etc. are all bogus.

If you looking to save gas and just use the car for putting around, get a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. Just remember if your interested in something take it to your mechanic that can get it into the air, so you can check everything out before buying.





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WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 10:55 PM

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oh my bad it's called a Hydrogen Booster I guess I was just guessing water injector cuz the crappy way the video shows splicing it into the engine design and chopping everything up, which I was just thinking no no no the whole time, this has to be only a last resort, I can't image doing that to any engine I care about.


WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 3, 2012, 11:01 PM

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I mean it can't be great for the health of a combustion engine to constantly run water through it in place of fuel no matter how you modify the setup. It seems to me this would make the engine wear out much much faster.


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Mar 4, 2012, 11:13 AM

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That hydrogen thing you speak of is smoke and mirrors. I had a guy try to tell me he personally got 40mpg in a suburban with it. Its a third grade science project. If it actually worked the factorys would install it OE so they could meet CAFE standards and show off the incredible economy of their cars. Whatever you get, leave it factory unless you want issues. Honda and Toyota are both reliable, not too bad to work on and good mileage. The perfect car doesn't exist. Never will. The more robust the engineering the more of a pain it is to work on and the price tag goes up.


WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 4, 2012, 7:26 PM

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Thanks, I had a few friends trying to talk me into modifying with that junk, now I can tell them its bogus and I'm not falling for it. Also I guess this is resolved now, my answer I wanted best match is toyota or something american made, probly toyota since I'm used to working on that already. Though there's not really an answer to my orginal question other than it doesn't exist, this answered the question I should have asked what's gonna me easiest for me to work on and good on gas mileage.


WillJ.Osborne
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Mar 4, 2012, 7:27 PM

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Resolved thank you everyone for the helpful info.






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