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Not much money and tired of crap cars.


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mike2321
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Oct 11, 2014, 1:09 PM

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Last year I bought an 03 Hyundai Tiburon at an auction for $2500, put about $1500-$2000 into it. At auction they said it had a rebuilt trans and new clutch. After calling dealing that put the car in the auction and being told I'd be called back and never receiving that call plus being hung up on everytime I called back for paper/proof I realized that car lot in Maryland was shady but it was to late (and unfortunatly I can not remember the name of the car lot). The things that are still wrong with the car that I just cant afford to invest anymore money in the piece of junk are as follows. Its 5 speed, when I put it in reverse its like theres a strong rubber band closing off R and stales out and goes nowhere so I have to pull it out and try multipul times for it to go in R. This happens %50 of the time, maybe more! The only other issue its having is when I accelerate from a stop (particularly in 1st and 2nd gear And occasionally in 3rd and rarely in 4th) as I put on the gas all dashboard lights go out and needles drop and light come back on and needles rise except half the time the gas gauge does and the other half of the time this happens the gas gauge does not rise back up (making it difficult to tell how much gas I have), the car 'slightly' stales but does not have a regular staling affect. I have someone look at it but of course at the time it did not show/do either of these current issues, but as time goes on it seems to get slightly worse. I did not have a garage hook up to computer and check though and seems to run mechanically well. I'm thinking its an electrical thing and the R thing is either a trans or clutch thing. Either way, I'm looking for advise on buying a car cause I always seem to get swindled. I can check the oil, tires and how they drive but some how always end up with a piece o' crap car. I live paycheck to paycheck or I would just get a loan for one. So again this year I'll be looking for another vehicle in the ranges of $2000-$4000 and am wondering if anyone has any solid input on good reliable vehicles that also do decent in the snow (cause I had to use more than half my vac. and sick days last year due to snow and my car sucking b*lls in snow). I understand it does not leave much room to work with but have no one that is educated in cars in m


Hammer Time
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Oct 11, 2014, 2:07 PM

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I'm looking for advise on buying a car cause I always seem to get swindled.


Well, your first and biggest mistake is buying a car at an auction when you don't know what you are doing. The smartest thing you can do is just get the car checked out by an impartial, competent mechanic before you buy it.



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Discretesignals
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Oct 11, 2014, 2:13 PM

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I did not have a garage hook up to computer and check though and seems to run mechanically well.


I'd stay away from auction vehicles. Have you considered having a shop take a look at it. Diagnostic charge is cheaper than buying another clunker. If they can tell you what is wrong with the vehicle and it is worth fixing, you might be out of the woods. If not, you can sell the car and use that money to look for another. If you do find another your interested in, have a repair shop do a complete check out before you thinking about buying it. You don't want to get stuck in the same boat again.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Oct 11, 2014, 2:15 PM)






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