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Bri ([personal profile] brillando) wrote2012-04-08 12:54 am

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Hello flist,

I am super tired right now but am in need for some input ASAP so I'll make this short and sweet (though I will try to post about my actual life later): I currently have this car on hold at a dealership.

It's a 2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon with under 100,000 miles. Ignore the price on the page; we reached a deal with the dealer to buy it for $6k, fees and tax included, a significant price saving from the listed $7k sale price excluding fees and tax.

I admit that I never really saw myself driving a wagon but it's been really difficult to find a decent car under 100k miles in my price range and this seems like a decent deal. I ordered the Carfax report and it has been in an accident, but it doesn't seem to have been a major one because another person bought the car and drove it for years afterward. We're gonna get it checked out by a mechanic either way though.

So I'm basically just looking for any kind of opinions about this - do you think this is a good deal? Do you or anyone you know have any kind of experience with this car? I'm doing my own research but having the input of my friends will make a HUGE difference, so I'd appreciate it if you could take a moment to think it over for me. Thank you!!

[identity profile] 2012-04-08 08:05 am (UTC)(link)
w00t w00t!

...I have no real input about what a good car would be or whether or not this is a good deal, but I just wanted to point out: a wagon might not be like the most stylish car or whatever, but it's sure helpful when transporting stuff. You can fit way more big shit in there, which is definitely a nice feature if you're planning to move in the forseeable future (which, well, you are?)

I'd try to figure out more info about the accident it had too, if you can.

[identity profile] 2012-04-08 09:31 am (UTC)(link)
My car friend said that unfortunately it will require premium gas, as will all VW cars that are turbo.

So, do you want to pay for the most expensive gas? Especially with California gas prices? Just something to think about. ^^;; don't mean to burst your bubble or anything. He did say that car gets decent mileage though. I'd get an unleaded fuel, smaller car if I were you, especially if you're not entirely sure you want a wagon.

If you have any questions I could relay to him, let me know! He's like an encyclopedia of car facts or something LOL.

[identity profile] 2012-04-08 04:13 pm (UTC)(link)
This is exactly what I was going to say. VW's are awesome cars, but they do require premium gas, which in California sucks.

When I was looking for cars I was able to find some in that price range- Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra's with fairly low mileage and not too old.

[identity profile] 2012-04-08 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Agree with this. I would say the price and mileage are really excellent value, but premium gas and a station wagon you aren't sure you love might be enough to put it off and keep looking for something (although I know it's a pain).

Did a search on the site too, for sedans / <100,000miles / <$6,000 / dealerships only: resultsssss. Maybe something there will catch your eye?
Edited 2012-04-08 20:20 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2012-04-09 01:44 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know anything about that car, but I drive a wagon (a Ford Focus ZTW) and it's great.