|QUOTE (Chris CJ Jakobsson @ Sunday, Mar 3 2013, 11:55)|
| Oh, just buy a Volvo, those will run for ever, some guy in New York drove 3,000,000 miles (of course he maintained that well)|
My neighbur have 740, thats driven 500,000 Km, still runs, with out problem
I don't know if that is an outlier rather than the norm.
Anyway if an early 90's vehicle wasn't maintained well it will be obvious on a test drive. I wouldn't harp too much on mileage because that doesn't tell the entire story. Look underneath the hood. If the vehicle has over 150k miles does the spark plug wires look really old and worn? Is the trans fluid dark? What does the oil change sticker say? Does the serpentine belt look like snake skin? Is the coolant recovery tank full of mud? All these things will help you figure out how well the vehicle has been maintained. If you can bring a flashlight and fit underneath the vehicle, look for leaks. These are all small maintenance items that people who don't really care about their cars let go.
I can't count how many people I have seen come through the shop with leaking cam covers, front and rear main seals. Belts look like sh*t....they don't care. Be thorough.
From your list I would look into the Accord, Festiva, or Subuaru. Hondas are usually very reliable and cheap to buy parts for. The Festivais easy to work on, low key, and gets decent gas mileage. The subaru is pretty durable, and all wheel drive. Potential for some fun.
Edited by ryuclan, 03 March 2013 - 12:16 PM.