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Hey folks, any one got any suggestions on a safe reliable car for my daughter? She is turning 17 and can't afford anything real new. Our son has had really bad luck with the GM Grand Ams, B-villes etc, they were all garbage.

I was thinking about a Ranger or something. The best would prolly be a Crown Vic, but I guess they aren't cool enough!!:rolleyes:

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Bill we have bought both our boys F-150 pickups with the 4.2 engines.They have been really good vehicles,not the most fuel efficient but over all pretty good.
 

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It's hard to beat a 4 cylinder Fox Mustang for a new driver. Good gas mileage, cheap as heck, and pretty tough too.

Plus, it is a MUSTANG !!!! :cool: And I heard that a 460 fits in there too.
 

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Thanks Tony and Doug, both good suggestions.

The big issue with the Mustangs here is they are getting pretty rusty now, all this lovely road salt:rolleyes:. They go pretty cheep though!!

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Bill.... I would say you really SHOULD look at a Mustang. I know I have a lot of friends who had this, and now friends who are parents who I have found them for... You can pick up a nice 99 up Mustang for a pretty good price and the 3.8 is a good engine, and if you have to work on them they are really easy.
 

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Sounds like a majority here!! A bunch of years ago I actually drove my 85 Mustang with the 460 in it in the winter (no money for a beater!). Put some skinny snow tires on it, and it did amazingly well in the snow.

Yeah I've been working on the fox bodies for years, so they just may be a very good choice.

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Hey Bill,Don`t know where you live but I do understand snow,salt and rust being from western New York,But I go to Pa. and the Virginia`s for my cheaper rides in fairly good condition,at times I get good bodies with not so good running drive trains and,well you know the rest. As I read the other answers I must agree on the Mustang but the Ranger super cab is a good cool ride that you can recline the seats so the room is good and the mpg ain`t too bad either......Thanks for being there for answers to some of my questions!

Dave Granata/arpc
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No problem Dave. I live kinda between Buffalo and Detroit, right in the "Snow Belt", lots of lake effect snow:rolleyes:.

I have done some searches and found quite a Mustangs and T-Birds and Cougars for around 500 to 1000. Pretty affordable!!

There are some real cheap F150's around here too, I guess folks are getting pump shy.

Thanks for the input guys!!

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How about an old slant six valiant or something? Take care of that motor and it'll outlast the rest of the car. Don't do bad on gas either. Course if cost is the major issue and reliability too, as much as I hate to say it, I'd go Honda or crapota or something along those lines. I hate 'em but they do last.
 

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Well Bill, due to the fact that you have cold snow and ice I would say for a kid a rear wheel drive car should not be considered. How about a three or four year old Taurus. They get decent mileage hold up real well in wrecks and are pretty cheap dollar wise.
 

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I think I'd be looking more towards something like a Ford Escape. FWD or AWD if you need or want it for the snow. Good little SUV's and not bad looking.
 

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I 2nd a Ford Ranger Supercab, Its what I have for my main transportation. Good reliable truck. :D

Edit, nm just realized your in the great white noth.

Front wheel drive for the win.
 

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Thats the only winter fun up here is the fish-tails and donuts!!!

I haven't owned a FWD car ever. I have had quite a few 4x4's and a bunch of RWD's, they do pretty good if you have good tires and know what its going to do (that's where the donuts come in!!!).

Thanks guys I'll look into the suggestions!!

I'm gonna wear out Kijiji:D

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Well Bill, due to the fact that you have cold snow and ice I would say for a kid a rear wheel drive car should not be considered. How about a three or four year old Taurus. They get decent mileage hold up real well in wrecks and are pretty cheap dollar wise.
Thanks Beltfeed, I have looked at a few Taurus/Sable cars, quite a deal!! Should be a good car!!

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I looked for about a year for a Ranger for my daughter and everything for sale was beat to crap. Lets just say Ranger owners don't take alot of pride in their vehicles. We test drove an Explorer one day and she loved it so that is what we ended up getting. There is a bazillion of them out there so the selection is large and the price is cheap. Surprisingly, insurance was less than my other daughters 93 Mustang.
 

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Well Bill, due to the fact that you have cold snow and ice I would say for a kid a rear wheel drive car should not be considered. How about a three or four year old Taurus. They get decent mileage hold up real well in wrecks and are pretty cheap dollar wise.

I also agree that a Taurus or a Sable would be a great choice, they are good cars and get great gas mileage. If you have never owned a front wheel drive in winter conditions, you would be amazed, the weight is over the pulling tires, and it also is the steering tires. My work car is a V-6 Sable that gets 30+ miles per gallon "highway" and 23 city.

Good luck on you choice.
 

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My 95 cougar xr7 4.6 was better on fuel than my parents old 95 taurus, 3.0 sadly enough. my vote is for a Lincoln LSC, or mark VII or VIII. For me they have enough of a cool factor, and got enough power to make a show here and there.
 

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I also agree that a Taurus or a Sable would be a great choice, they are good cars and get great gas mileage. If you have never owned a front wheel drive in winter conditions, you would be amazed, the weight is over the pulling tires, and it also is the steering tires. My work car is a V-6 Sable that gets 30+ miles per gallon "highway" and 23 city.

Good luck on you choice.
I hear that!! I have driven many FWD cars, just never owned one!:) My first job was at a Honda dealer.

I haven't seen too many Taurus /Sables around lately, but I will dig around and see what there is.:cool:

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My 95 cougar xr7 4.6 was better on fuel than my parents old 95 taurus, 3.0 sadly enough. my vote is for a Lincoln LSC, or mark VII or VIII. For me they have enough of a cool factor, and got enough power to make a show here and there.
A buddy has a mark VII and loves it. Nice lux features and 5.0 power:D

Another fox vote!!

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