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Hey guys. I currently drive a 96 miata and am a college student. I really want to buy a new car that gets good gas mileage, is a safe car, and is still fun to drive. I have always loved sweedish cars, especially volvos. I was on my way home from work today and saw a '95 850turbo on sale for 4200$. It is in very nice condition but has 162,000 miles on it. If it were a miata I would not worry one bit as my miata has about 165,000 miles on it with only a few small, easily fixable problems. What is the life of these cars like? It seems that they are very reliable. I have only driven a GLE version but will get to test drive this car tomorrow. What kind of price range should I look at? I want to spend around 4k$. Any advice is welcome
 

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Re: reliability of 850 turbo @ high miles (ccrnnr9)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ccrnnr9</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey guys. I currently drive a 96 miata and am a college student. I really want to buy a new car that gets good gas mileage, is a safe car, and is still fun to drive. I have always loved sweedish cars, especially volvos. I was on my way home from work today and saw a '95 850turbo on sale for 4200$. It is in very nice condition but has 162,000 miles on it. If it were a miata I would not worry one bit as my miata has about 165,000 miles on it with only a few small, easily fixable problems. What is the life of these cars like? It seems that they are very reliable. I have only driven a GLE version but will get to test drive this car tomorrow. What kind of price range should I look at? I want to spend around 4k$. Any advice is welcome</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You're looking at it for 4K.<br>You MAY be able to find a decent one with a few less miles but that's about it
 

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I mean my price range is flexible. I am a college student so I like to spend as little money as possible but when it comes to a big purchase like a car I wanna get something that is reliable and will be worth my money. Mileage doesn't mean a thing to me if the car looks and runs well. The interior was very clean and the exterior looked pretty good. A few small dents were present but the paint looked good. I am positive after a good polish and wax it would be good. The only major flaw I noticed was flaking of the black paint on the exterior trim of the doors.
 

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it won't get good gas mileage. (20 to 24ish)<p>it's 12 years old, and could easily require thousands in repair and maintenence costs
 

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Depending on the maintenance the car has received upto this point, it could be real nice or it could be real nasty. And it is really hard to tell which it is until a year after you have bought it. <p>It's a wonderful car, but it is not cheep to keep going. I put up with the expense cuz it is a very nice car to drive. <p>Dunno if this is the right car for a college student. And yes, a non turbo will get better mileage.
 

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Couldn't agree more....longevity depends (in part) on the car's service history.<p>I, too, might question whether this is the right car for a college student with limited funds, as things will go wrong eventually, and these "things" are not cheap.<p>Still, no matter what you buy in that price range, you will still be getting a used car w/ some miles on it. <p>Good luck!
 

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Re: reliability of 850 turbo @ high miles (ccrnnr9)

So do you think the 850GLE would be a better bet? I am looking more at wagons. I am a collegiate cyclist so I would like to have something where I can put a fork mount in the back and just be able to mount my bike inside with the front wheel off. What kind of gas mileage do the GLEs get?<br>~Nick
 

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Re: reliability of 850 turbo @ high miles (ccrnnr9)

The correct term is NA (normally aspirated = no turbo). My understanding is that 30+ mpg highway is common, less in the city. <p>What is wrong with the Miata that you are looking at another car? Often, the cheepest, most reliable used car is the one you already own.
 

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Being a college student, I need something that is able to haul all of my stuff back and forth from school. In addition, I am a collegiate cyclist and I need something I can carry not only my bike but all of my gear. A wagon is my first choice. I am currently looking at Saturns, Volvos, honda accord wagon, camry wagon, etc.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ccrnnr9</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So do you think the 850GLE would be a better bet? I am looking more at wagons. I am a collegiate cyclist so I would like to have something where I can put a fork mount in the back and just be able to mount my bike inside with the front wheel off. What kind of gas mileage do the GLEs get?<br>~Nick</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I don't think ANY 850 will suite what you're looking for. These are now VERY OLD CARS and most of the time, not well maintained.<br>Unless you find one like mine (65K miles) and are willing to pay for it.<br>I still had to spend several thousand $$ to bring it back to stage 0 (perfect stock condition)<br>The only time to buy one is if you have ALL the service records, knowing what has and has not been done and after a THOROUGH inspection ON A LIFT, (oil leaks,<br>You can't see them from above).<br>You really should be sticking with Japanese if you're buying a car with over 100K<br>Saturns are more or less junk over 80K BTW
 

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Ok. I appreciate the honest advice! I will keep that in mind. I was kind of coming to that conclusion based on what many of you had said. Any other advice is welcome.
 

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I agree with JRL completely. I still have a 1996 850R wagon which I bought new, and I've put a lot into over the years. If the car doesn't have full service records from an owner who replaces things that start to make noise or just should be replaced, plan on budgeting for future repairs. The car likely needs strut mounts, ball joints, tie rods, sway bar end links, shocks, rear main seal, possibly A/C evaporator repair soon if not done already (>$1000), ABS control module, CV boot replacement, etc.. These are some of the things my 850R has had done to it (except the A/C which still works perfectly at 145k miles).
 

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Try to find a good mid 90's Camry wagon or Accord wagon.<br>You'll have close to the same load capabilities.<br>You should be able to find an excellent one for $5-5500 tops.<br>One (1996 Camry wagon) just sold (wholesale) a couple of weeks ago with only <B>51000 miles!!</B> It brought a <B>HUGE</B> anount of money, $4200, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> most are in the 1900-2100 range wholesale<br>If you want me to find you one, send a deposit. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> (really)<br>(You probably don't know but I'm in the car biz and could find you what you want)
 

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I would definately be interested. I am not looking for the "cool" factor here. I need something practical for school that gets good gas mileage, is safe, and can haul all of my bikes and misc. cycling gear. I like the idea of a wagon. Any other suggestions for good reliable hatches/wagons? I was also looking at some newer hyundai wagons...any good? JRL, I'll PM you about your idea. Thanks for the offer!<br>~Nick
 

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I know nothing about Hyundai's, do they even make a wagon?<br>Last couple of years they made great strides and the cars are decent, but any Hyundai over 5 years old, I would pass.<br>As I said either a 95 Honda Accord or a Camry wagon. They're scarce but still around. Both are reletively bulletproof and fairly cheap by now
 
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