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What is the best used car for the money?

I am buying my first car. I am thrifty so I'd like it to be used because I think I will find the best deal there; I just don't like the idea of spending all of that money for a rapidly depreciating asset and I'd rather buy it after it has already depreciated some. I am looking for one of two types of cars, either: 1) A sporty, but economical car (think Honda S2000, Mazda Miata) 2) A long lasting electric/hybrid (ie Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Corolla, etc) Please let me know what your suggestions are, along with any caveats to buying a used car. I do not know much about cars. Should I bring a friend who does or hire a mechanic to inspect my car before purchase? Also, where is the best place to find a good deal? Thank you all.
posted by locussst on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me get the best deal when I (maybe?) buy-out my leased vehicle!

I am 35 months into a 39 month lease with a 2011 Nissan Maxima. This is the first vehicle I have ever leased/owned on my own so would like any hints/tips that will help me in the next few months as I prepare to either buy out my lease, or go in another direction. [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Oct 17, 2013 - 5 answers

How much of a danger is this oil leak?

I found out last night that my car is leaking oil onto my exhaust system. (That certainly explains the hot oil smell I've been smelling.) The guy at the lube shop said I should only use the car for short-distance driving until I can get it fixed, lest the exhaust get hot enough to cause the oil to catch on fire. Complication: I was planning taking a 45-mile trip this evening (and a 45-mile trip back afterward). I would hate to have to cancel. How big of a risk is this, really? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Aug 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Maxima vs Acura TL smackdown

Debating a new car. Nissan Maxima versus Acura TL? Or something else entirely? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Aug 15, 2013 - 9 answers

not even a spark

My 1991 Nissan 240sx won't start - it won't even try to turn over. This one is a real mystery; I think it must be the starting circuit, so I'm trying to go through the service manual carefully and check everything. However, I still can't find the issue. Does anyone have any ideas? Details inside on what I've tried so far. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Dec 21, 2012 - 26 answers

Please help start our car

My partner lost his car clicker for his 2001 Nissan Altima. The alarm engages when he tries to start the car. He can't disengage the alarm without the clicker. The dealership wants $300 for a new clicker, and we can't afford that. Does anyone know how to disengage the alarm so he can start the car? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Nov 19, 2012 - 15 answers

What's the ultimate Pathfinder fan forum?

What is the premium website and messageboard/forum for Nissan Pathfinder fanatics, if such a thing exists? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Nov 12, 2012 - 1 answer

Car problems--should I take it to a dealer or a regular repair shop?

I have a 1994 Nissan Altima. It is in great shape but has two problems. The cruise control does not work at all, and as of this morning my key does not work in the driver's side lock. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

After a bunch of trips to mechanics, my car engine is hesitating/missing intermittently, and I would love a second opinion.

My 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE (1.6L) has been acting up for the past few weeks, in decreasing degrees of severity. After a varied set of problems and repairs, the engine now hesitates at random, more often when idling than when driving. It sounds like it's about to die completely and then returns to normal in a second. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Sep 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Beyond Consumer Reports

I'm going to be buying a used car soon, for around $3000. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn't have a reliability chart for beaters. [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Sep 3, 2011 - 20 answers

New car 2nd service -- to dealer or not?

Should I take a new Nissan Versa for 2nd service to a dealer or to a nearby mechanic? [more inside]
posted by thewildgreen on Apr 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Should We Buy a 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan?

My wife and I are considering buying a used 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan here in Canada. It has 19 000 km on it, and the pretax price is $13 000. Should we buy it? If you have experience with this vehicle, or are generally car-savvy, we would love your input. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Dec 18, 2010 - 20 answers

My tiny Nissan Sentra is killing my big dreams!

Looking to get a used compact to mid-size truck. What make and models should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Asbestos McPinto on Nov 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Planning the Loving Annihilation of a 1997 Nissan Sentra in Seattle

Wanted: an extravagant (but responsible) way to get rid of my car in (or around) Seattle. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee on Jul 19, 2010 - 21 answers

'95 Maxima is loud and shakes. Can I fix this on my own? Audio inside.

Can I fix my '95 Nissan Maxima? It went from sounding a little noisy/gravelly to shaking intermittently. Oil is full but dirty. Must I see a mechanic? Engine sounds like this (15-second AAC), exhaust sounds like this (5-second AAC). Used to be very quiet. Can I fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

When Will My Xterra Die?

I have a 2004 Nissan Xterra. It has 91,000 miles on it. When should I expect it to die/produce a major mechanical problem? [more inside]
posted by shew on Jun 8, 2010 - 9 answers

a sweet truck nevertheless

Can I wait a couple of weeks to fix my exhaust system? [more inside]
posted by milkman on Apr 21, 2010 - 15 answers

Aux Plug Broken

My son broke off the plug in my Aux input on my 2008 Nissan Altima. There is no piece sticking out far enough to get with needle nose pliers. Any idea on how I can clear the plug to be able to use it again? [more inside]
posted by snoelle on Jan 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Cruise control is caps lock for.. wait a minute..

Is using cruise control all the time bad for my car in any way? [more inside]
posted by srrh on Oct 31, 2009 - 27 answers

What's wrong with the car stereo in my 2003 Nissan Sentra?

What's wrong with the car stereo in my 2003 Nissan Sentra? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi on Oct 18, 2009 - 7 answers

The Fun Can Not Be Halted.

Going to Milwaukee for a wedding next month. Need to rent a car, and would love to try a Nissan cube. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Jul 27, 2009 - 2 answers

What should I do for my beloved car?

Recommended maintenance for car after winter storage? [more inside]
posted by mustard seeds on Jul 2, 2009 - 3 answers

Exit Plan Strategery for the Nissan Pavilion (VA/DC)

Help me if you know anything about Nissan Pavilion in Northern Va! Are the traffic problems still as bad as they used to be? If so, does anybody have any tips? [more inside]
posted by actionPetential on May 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Where can I rent an import truck?

Where in Vancouver, BC can I rent a Toyota and/or a Nissan truck? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on May 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Trying to take care of my baby

I need recommendations for reliable and informative forums related to Nissan Frontiers along with equally reliable and buyer friendly OEM replacement parts websites. [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on Mar 19, 2009 - 1 answer

Need a dispenser here.

Front windshield washer fluid dispenser doesn't dispense. This feels like an easy fix....is it? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Feb 12, 2009 - 10 answers

What could that be knocking in my car?

Nissan Altima filter: I have a '97 Altima. There is a noise coming from(I believe) the rear left tire. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Feb 11, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I replace the evaporative emission sensor in my car?

How do I replace the evaporative emission system sensor in a Nissan Sentra? [more inside]
posted by quin on Nov 5, 2008 - 1 answer

I know you aren't my mechanic but help us choose between two cars!

CarFilter: We're replacing our lemon S40 with something bigger in either a sedan or "small" SUV, but we're totally stymied between our choices! Looking for any anecdotal or experience advice. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Sep 15, 2008 - 7 answers

What battery do I need?

Googlefu = fail. Answer not in owners manual. What is the cold cranking amps rating for the battery which is recommended for the 2002 Nissan Sentra SER Spec V, 2.5 L. Or alternatively, what battery do I need to buy. [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic on Aug 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me before I melt

(AutoRepairFilter) It is hot in Texas and the A/C in my 2001 Frontier just gave out. What can a semi mechanically - inclined person do about this? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on Jun 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Dry rot does not pass inspection

What kind of tires would you recommend for a 2001 Nissan Frontier SE RWD? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on May 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Odd behavior in our 2007 Nissan Frontier. Anyone know what's going on?

Odd behavior in our 2007 Nissan Frontier. Anyone know what's going on? [more inside]
posted by saucy on Dec 30, 2007 - 11 answers

I can't drive... 55

When to drive our new car up a long distance and up a mountain... (more inside!) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Sep 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Why won't my car start?

Murphy's law at work. My '87 Sentra (auto, base model, 1.6L) won't start sometimes. 3 mechanics failed to diagnose. (but didn't fail to bill me). What's going on? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Nov 1, 2006 - 16 answers

New Nissan?

Mysterious new Nissan car? (wow that sounded like viral crap) [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jul 10, 2006 - 9 answers

How do I know if my Quest is haunted?

My Nissan Quest is haunted. Or something. Help! [more inside]
posted by kittyloop on Apr 26, 2006 - 11 answers

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car?

Have you used a low cost ($20-$50) Cold Air Intake on your car? [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 on Jul 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Shade-tree i/o shady

After spending a cool $thou on 'general maintenance' from the dealer, I'm seeking an Atlanta-area mechanic/shop that would work on my 97 Infiniti I30 (which is mechanically near-exact to the Nissan Maxima). I'm really looking for an indie mechanic with whom you might have personal experience.
posted by mdpc98 on May 3, 2005 - 8 answers

Power Steering Fluid

AutoFilter (1995 Nissan Sentra): I need to refill my power steering fluid. My manual (which has been known to be misleading before) says to use "Dexron-II power steering fluid or equivalent." Lady behind the Autozone counter says there's no such thing, because Dexron only makes transmission fluid. She says transmission fluid and power steering fluid are interchangeable "for some cars"; guy behind me in line freaks out and says I'll destroy my power steering if I do.

I just want to know which bottle of stuff to spend a couple of bucks on so I quit hearing that creaking sound when I turn. My trusty mechanic Rich is on vacation, so I turn (heh) to you, good Mefites, in his stead!
posted by scody on Sep 15, 2004 - 17 answers

My truck's hard to start sometimes

I'm having problems with an 87' Nissan truck (5-speed). Recently when its been sitting for a day or so, me engine doesn't want to turn over at all when I turn the key and all I get is this "click" sound that is identical to how my old car sounded when my alternator went out. The thing is, if I turn the key a few times, it'll start and its fine for the rest of the day when I try to start the car. This "clicking" thing has happened a few times now, and I don't think its the battery (lights and everything work perfectly, and no problems with engine turning over when no click sound). Any ideas what might be wrong (gut instant says alternator is going, but just seeing if any other ideas).
posted by jmd82 on Feb 2, 2004 - 21 answers

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