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  1. Join Date
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    #11
    Given your choices and priorities, here's my opinion:

    1st) reliability and road worthiness
    1989-1991 Toyota Corolla XL 1.3L, all manual


    2nd) economy gas-wize
    1991-1995 Kia Pride CD-5 or LX sedan 1.1L, all manual
    1993-1995 Daihatsu Charade 2dr/4dr 1.0L, all manual

    - former Charade owner here, hands down talaga ako sa tipid
    3rd) parts availability
    1988-1991 Mitsu Lancer singkit EL/GL 1.3L, all manual
    1993-1995 Mazda 323 LX 1.3L, all manual
    1983-1985 Mitsu Lancer Boxtype SL 1.4L , all manual (although quite older)

    4th) comfort (yes i put it last since this is an alternate car)
    1988-1991 Nissan Boxtype 1.3L/1.5L/1.6L, all manual to all-power
    1992-1993 Nissan B14 1.3L LEC, all manual
    1988-1990 Mitsu Galant 6Gen SS carb engine 1.8L/2.0L, all power

    IMO!

  2. Join Date
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    #12
    Quote Originally Posted by vhenok View Post
    Given your choices and priorities, here's my opinion:

    1st) reliability and road worthiness
    1989-1991 Toyota Corolla XL 1.3L, all manual


    2nd) economy gas-wize
    1991-1995 Kia Pride CD-5 or LX sedan 1.1L, all manual
    1993-1995 Daihatsu Charade 2dr/4dr 1.0L, all manual

    - former Charade owner here, hands down talaga ako sa tipid
    3rd) parts availability
    1988-1991 Mitsu Lancer singkit EL/GL 1.3L, all manual
    1993-1995 Mazda 323 LX 1.3L, all manual
    1983-1985 Mitsu Lancer Boxtype SL 1.4L , all manual (although quite older)

    4th) comfort (yes i put it last since this is an alternate car)
    1988-1991 Nissan Boxtype 1.3L/1.5L/1.6L, all manual to all-power
    1992-1993 Nissan B14 1.3L LEC, all manual
    1988-1990 Mitsu Galant 6Gen SS carb engine 1.8L/2.0L, all power

    IMO!
    sa mga 2nd hand car na ito, ano dito ang magandang suspension? at suitable sa long rides.. hindi mahirap ang parts, ok lang medyo malakas sa gas kasi once a month lang gagamitin manila-pangasinan

  3. Join Date
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    #13
    Looks like the 1988-1991 Corolla XL is the standout among the choices based from your comments. I have narrowed down my options to these few.

    1989-1991 Toyota Corolla XL 1.3L, all manual
    1992-1996 Kia Pride LX sedan 1.1L, all manual or GTX 1.3 w/ power options
    1993-1995 Mazda 323 LX 1.3L, all manual
    1992-1993 Nissan B14 1.3L LEC, all manual
    1988-1991 Mitsu Lancer singkit EL/GL 1.3L, all manual

    Should I consider the age of the car model given that all of the choices above have been properly maintained at the same level by their current owners? The mazda and the Kia are the "youngest" in this category.

    Further comments are welcome.....

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    #14
    Yup... consider the age and check the bodies very carefully. The older the car, the more prone to rust.

    I've heard said that Mitsu's rust-proofing is very good... I'm pretty sure (from experience) that rust on older Kias, Mazdas and the box-type Nissans will be an issue, as square bodied cars tend to attract rust (Civics are especially prone, strange then, that they're so expensive, no?). A newer Kia might not be afflicted, but it all depends on the previous owner.

    The LEC might have rust problems if it was a taxi or accident damaged... same for the relatively boxy Corolla, though I haven't seen enough Corollas of that age to make an informed observation.

    As always, check each prospective car very carefully. Don't automatically buy it just because it's a Corolla or a Pride or whatever... even if it's the legendary Corolla, if the carburator has not been cared for, your gas consumption will be horrible, and if the engine has not been properly maintained, an expensive overhaul is in store for you. Yes, Manila, Corolla engines do break down. (from experience din)

    Take a friendly mechanic along when you inspect. Have him check the coolant, the radiator and hoses, smell the spark plugs ( ), check the wires and fixtures for cracks and brittleness, and check the oil for funny stuff... extra thick, gunky oil can be used to disguise an engine near to blow-by condition on test drives... I learned this the hard way...

    Take your time, be patient, and good luck. With your budget, you'll need it. Not impossible to get a car for that much, but hard to get a good one.
    Last edited by niky; October 16th, 2006 at 06:02 PM.

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    #15
    1st) reliability and road worthiness
    Corolla XL, Nissan LEC
    2nd) economy gas-wize
    Pride CD-5, LX, Charade
    3rd) parts availability
    Lancer Singkit, Corolla XL
    4th) comfort (yes i put it last since this is an alternate car)
    Corolla XL, Nissan LEC

    by the way it goes, its the Corolla XL...

    but i thoroughly agree with niky's post. don't settle for the brand, but with the condition of the car.
    and yes.... charade's spare parts are really hard to find. so scratch it off the list.

    and also, beware of the Sentra's Boxtype body. very much prone to rust.

  6. Join Date
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    #16
    thanks niky and happy.. i will consider your points when looking for an alternate car. I have scratched the charade and the boxtype sentra of my list given the points raised.

    im not so familiar with the kia sedan. were there models that came with matic tranny's or these were converted by their owners? I checked the buyandsell paper lately and some are selling a/t prides almost the same price as the manual trannys.

    I noticed that there are matic carb-engine galants going on the market for 75K-85K. Year models are 88-91 Galants (not the efi model). I know these are gas guzzlers (1.8L and 2.0L) but I cant help but re-think that they may still be worth a second look? they will definitely not fit the "economy" requirement though hehehe

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    #17
    if you want the galant, go for the GTI

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    #18
    Kia Pride GTX's were available in A/T versions. All were four door sedans.

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    #19
    Quote Originally Posted by pedz View Post
    sa mga 2nd hand car na ito, ano dito ang magandang suspension? at suitable sa long rides.. hindi mahirap ang parts, ok lang medyo malakas sa gas kasi once a month lang gagamitin manila-pangasinan

    pag eto basis corolla xl or sentra lec ang choice ko.

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    #20
    Quote Originally Posted by OTEP View Post
    Kia Pride GTX's were available in A/T versions. All were four door sedans.
    sir, di ba ang Kia Pride GTX 1.3L na so masmalakas sa gas compared sa LX variant? Would you know the differences between the LX and GTX sedan?

    BTW, there's a 98 LX sedan posted on tsikot for 85K, original paint still looks new tempting but im still on the lookout for jap-made car kahit older model.

    thanks
    Last edited by hcubueno; October 20th, 2006 at 09:55 AM. Reason: typo

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