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    Default Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Hi guys

    I'm needing to buy a car. It's my firstime buying a car.
    Public transport in Auckland is very inconvenient especially the bus strike happening every week.

    I have been given a deal and the car is a Nissan Bluebird sylphy 2003 Model.
    The mileage is about 80k and the CC is 1.8

    The price to be sold at $5000.
    Looking at this car around google and trademe it sells at around $7-$9k.

    I was wondering if the car is ok for an average person. I may drive from Auckland to Palmerston North.

    The car looks ok. It's my friend's car.
    Am I getting a deal at $5k?
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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Rule 1 and only rule buy a Ford.
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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Quote Originally Posted by prefect View Post
    Rule 1 and only rule buy a Ford.
    Would much rather have a Toyota or my Suzuki.At first glance it seems reasonable, if it's a tidy car. Then again I just bought my first car as well (no public transport to Waiuku ) so I probably know about as much as you...
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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    If you are a total novice it is a good idea to have the vehicle inspected by a professional before you purchase it. Vehicle Testing NZ or the AA will do it for a reasonable charge. That will give you a good idea of any problems it either has or may be developing in the immediate future.

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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Nissans of that era are generally good. But definitly get AA breakdown cover and be sure to keep your mobile phone with you.

    Meanwhile - hard to say if its great value at the price. Me - I'd certainly bargain them down at least another 5 hundred. Friends will often sell to friends for what they think its worth!
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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Thanks guys
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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Nissan's are generally very good ,had 2 Maxima's and still have one (98 SEL) with over 400,00 KM's between both of them

    The bluebird will have a cam chain instead of a cambelt and will probably have the longlife plugs that need changing around 100,000km ($30 odd each) and the transmission flushed at the same K's

    Seem it is a jap import check it has been maintained by the previous owner

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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    I like reliable.
    Can be a bit tricky as my budget is usually $2k or under.

    I did have a Bluebird once, seemed OK to start off, then all the hoses went. Not such an issue - except it was a right nightmare to get at them, had to remove half the engine to replace them.

    Always had Toyotas since then, the type with the "where's the engine" as some of my mechanics put it.
    I don't care, easier to do repairs should they need them. Also, they have rarely needed them.
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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Yeah, as a kid I could stand in the space between a straight 6 and the wheel arch. These days if you can see any space big enough to hold your beer then something is missing.

    My only advice is that a decent car needs to have 6 wheels. 4 on the road, one in the boot, and one in front of the driver. If it has a worn space saver tyre then it's likely been used by a mug who's been shy on maintenance. It amazes me the number of mugs on the open road running on a cruddy space saver. They're not using it for a day while a flat gets fixed. They're running on it full time.

    It's also been said before that if the rubber pads on the pedals are worn then it may have had the odometer wound back.

    Check for off colour, creamy curdled oil, check for sinking radiator water levels. Check for knocking noises when turning on full lock (forwards and backwards).

    Aircons can be very expensive to maintain.

    Check for white/blue smoke out the back. Particularly on startup, on gear change, and particularly after applying power after coasting downhill.

    Check for a current WOF and rego.
    Check for unpaid fines and tolls.

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    Default Re: Planning to get a car for the first time need some help

    Almost all modern japanese cars if well maintained are good for at least 200,000 kms without major repairs, but a professional check is always a good Idea.
    Funny stuff prefect, most fords are mazda's anyway and the reliability record is not as good as nissan (or toyota who are the reliabilty kings). Nothing wrong with ford in general but hardly worthy of a rule.

    No Idea about pricing though, that's a lot harder to tell. Buying from friends can be great, but it can also stress the relationship if the deal doesn't turn out well for either party.
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