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      At 07:29 PM 7/25/2008, you wrote:

      >I drive one of those beaters.

      Shelly, I totally agree with you. Four years ago my 80 Chevy Monza

      finally gave me enough trouble that I sold it to someone that wanted

      to restore it. I bought a 94 Grand Prix. Yes, my “new” car was 10

      years old. If you know what you are looking for, you can find real

      bargains. The car was in extremely good condition on the inside,

      except for a few places that I recognized as small doggie looking

      over the dash nail marks. Two tires had almost unnoticeable signs of

      dry rot–the car had been sitting quite some time. I paid just over

      $3,000 for the car. I have had it for 4 years. It’s had 2 new tires

      as soon as I got it. Since then, I’ve replaced a few hoses, the

      battery 2 years ago, the serpentine belt last March, and had the

      brakes done 3 years ago. I did have to have the wiring harness

      replaced that has the steering column switches for the wipers in it

      replaced, too. All that in 4 years, along with the usual oil

      changes. This car has cost me a lot less in 4 years than most 5 year

      old cars would have cost. Plus, I get 34 mpg on the highway, 28 in

      stop and go town traffic. You just have to look for the right one.

      The Monza I drove for 8 years and I paid $1,000 for it. Before that,

      I have a Pacer wagon, don’t remember the year, but I do remember I

      drove it 4 years. From the time I bought it until I sold it, I did

      about $200 in repairs. Then I sold it for $400 more than what I paid

      for it. 🙂

      Ann in Arkansas

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