Looking for an inexpensive used car

JD Jones

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If the OP's family member is looking for something good and cheap, my opinion is she can't go wrong with a Mira.

The Daihatsu Mira is the latest version of the Sirion. I bought a Sirion new in 2000 and had zero problems with it. Only maint. and oil changes.
I took good care of it, and it still looked like new when I sold it with a folder of maint. receipts.
 

drstock

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Thanks all for your help with this. I was originally hoping somebody on here might have a good car to sell, but as I suspected, nobody has come forward. I decided that rather than trail around the dealers all over the country, I would call Mike Logan and he is now on the case. I found I still have his name in my phone contacts under "Gorgon Mike"!
A Daihatsu Mira? I've always had my doubts about three cylinder cars. I had a bad experience with a five cylinder Colorado, so I am biased against cars with an odd number of cylinders.
 

JD Jones

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You owe it to yourself and your friend to test-drive one. Daihatsu has been making those engines for decades and have them figured out. The A/C in my Sirion was nothing to laugh at either.
 
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Thanks all for your help with this. I was originally hoping somebody on here might have a good car to sell, but as I suspected, nobody has come forward. I decided that rather than trail around the dealers all over the country, I would call Mike Logan and he is now on the case. I found I still have his name in my phone contacts under "Gorgon Mike"!
A Daihatsu Mira? I've always had my doubts about three cylinder cars. I had a bad experience with a five cylinder Colorado, so I am biased against cars with an odd number of cylinders.
Might be but the 5 Cylinder Volvo engine is one of the best ever seen.
 

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In the US you can at least pull up any legit body shop reports. But sure there are nefarious mechanics there also but nothing like the outright attempts to put lipstick on pigs that's done here.

I bet 40% of cars in DR have had their instrument panel mileage rolled back or the check engine lights cross-wired to light up from another 'key-on' source, because I found that exact thing in a car my ex bought.

Rolling back an odometer in the US is quite rare.
There's no doubt that many of the mechanics here are nothing but backyard wrench turners pretending to be professionals. In many ways, mechanics are like doctors here: Using one that is not highly recommended, you're just rolling the dice.
 

chico bill

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There's no doubt that many of the mechanics here are nothing but backyard wrench turners pretending to be professionals. In many ways, mechanics are like doctors here: Using one that is not highly recommended, you're just rolling the dice.
You are rolling the dice with mechanics and doctors
 

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I rented Kia Picantos for many winters. Cheap on gas and tough as nails. I drove them down rough backroads to get to remote beaches. Took them places I wouldn’t take an AWD SUV. Don’t expect blazing acceleration but they get around adequately. Budget sells off their cars annually. I think they ship them to Santo Domingo for disposal.
 

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If you want a good, economical, used car, but a Toyota or a Honda. I've had good luck with almost all the used cars I've ever bought. You have to know how to check one out though.
That is where Mike Logan earns his $250....he has the tools and knowledge to check the car and check it properly.
 

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Hello, I know someone who is selling a good car.

A 2008 BMW 318i E90 a unique opportunity, as it is one of the few in these conditions in the Dominican Republic.

Located between Sosua and Cabarete.

PRICE: 10 000 USD not less

The current owner is very very meticulous and takes care of this car every day.

A major maintenance of 90,000 km has just been carried out.

Gearbox: Automatic & sequential

Horsepower : 150

Fuel Type : Gasoline

Exterior Color: Charcoal grey

Interior Color: Black

Consumption: 7 liters/100 km

Condition: Perfect condition, well maintained, clean interior (no tears, no holes).

Low Mileage: The mileage is relatively low for its age, only 95,000 KM.

Performance: Powerful engine, smooth handling, and sporty characteristics that make it enjoyable to drive.

Safety Features: Functional airbags, ABS brakes and stability control.

Luxury Features: Leather seats, a premium sound system.

Maintenance History: Regular servicing and care, always kept clean, no animals, no smoking.

Unique Features: Engine start/stop, exceptional handling and driving dynamics, offering a sporty and engaging driving experience compared to many other cars in its class.

Ownership History: Second owner.

Aluminum rims

Reversing sensor

100,000 km maintenance at a BMW specialist: includes air filter, oil filter and internal engine cleaning (this is for the sake of selling the car in very good condition).
 

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I rented Kia Picantos for many winters. Cheap on gas and tough as nails. I drove them down rough backroads to get to remote beaches. Took them places I wouldn’t take an AWD SUV. Don’t expect blazing acceleration but they get around adequately. Budget sells off their cars annually. I think they ship them to Santo Domingo for disposal.
was in one yesterday in Santo Domingo asked the uber driver how he liked his little Kia, he said great car had it for 5 years and havent done anything to it... and yes that included no oil changes
 

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was in one yesterday in Santo Domingo asked the uber driver how he liked his little Kia, he said great car had it for 5 years and havent done anything to it... and yes that included no oil changes
It's normal to drive a vehicle here without doing anything more than putting gas in it until it stops running. That's why Toyotas are so popular.
 

chico bill

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was in one yesterday in Santo Domingo asked the uber driver how he liked his little Kia, he said great car had it for 5 years and havent done anything to it... and yes that included no oil changes
And that's the reason you don't want to buy a car owned and used in the DR - the maintenance is non-existent
 

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It behooves me how anyone can run a car without ever changing the oil. Lack of education, or just too lazy and cheap.............
 

drstock

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Hello, I know someone who is selling a good car.

A 2008 BMW 318i E90 a unique opportunity, as it is one of the few in these conditions in the Dominican Republic.

Located between Sosua and Cabarete.

PRICE: 10 000 USD not less

The current owner is very very meticulous and takes care of this car every day.

A major maintenance of 90,000 km has just been carried out.

Gearbox: Automatic & sequential

Horsepower : 150

Fuel Type : Gasoline

Exterior Color: Charcoal grey

Interior Color: Black

Consumption: 7 liters/100 km

Condition: Perfect condition, well maintained, clean interior (no tears, no holes).

Low Mileage: The mileage is relatively low for its age, only 95,000 KM.

Performance: Powerful engine, smooth handling, and sporty characteristics that make it enjoyable to drive.

Safety Features: Functional airbags, ABS brakes and stability control.

Luxury Features: Leather seats, a premium sound system.

Maintenance History: Regular servicing and care, always kept clean, no animals, no smoking.

Unique Features: Engine start/stop, exceptional handling and driving dynamics, offering a sporty and engaging driving experience compared to many other cars in its class.

Ownership History: Second owner.

Aluminum rims

Reversing sensor

100,000 km maintenance at a BMW specialist: includes air filter, oil filter and internal engine cleaning (this is for the sake of selling the car in very good condition).
Thanks for that, but the price is over our budget. Also, I would wonder about the availability of parts for a 2008 BMW. Nice to know the engine starts and stops though! ;)
 
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