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FY6190

climber
West Roxbury
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 8, 2018 - 07:18am PT
I'm staying at camp 4 and hope to buy a cheap car in the next days. Something like a Honda Odyssey would be perfect. Happy to travel a bit for the right car. My budget is at most $2k.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 8, 2018 - 07:30am PT
https://fresno.craigslist.org/cto/d/honda-odyssey/6742591271.html
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Nov 8, 2018 - 09:14am PT
Odysseys often have tranny issues at higher mileage. Iíd look for a sienna. The 2000 era were a little smaller but cheap now.

https://fresno.craigslist.org/search/cta?query=sienna&min_price=1500&max_price=2500
Jim Clipper

climber
Nov 8, 2018 - 09:17am PT
My 2cents. You only live once.

https://chico.craigslist.org/cto/d/2004-pontiac-aztec-std/6723511206.html

More better

https://chico.craigslist.org/cto/d/2003-pontiac-aztek/6736092420.html

anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Nov 8, 2018 - 09:19am PT
There were at least a couple people selling cars/vans at Camp 4 when I was there a few weeks ago.
Good luck!
socialclimber

climber
CA
Nov 8, 2018 - 12:11pm PT
From the Honda Odyssey in Fresno:

The vehicle is my wifes and was woman driven

The things some people write...

Charles


JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 8, 2018 - 01:23pm PT
That Honda Odyssey deal is pretty funny - and totally sketch-ball. He's so worried about low ballers, joy riders and getting taken - yet he knows that thing is a junked out POS he overpaid for, repaired too many times and now he wants all his lost money back from some chump. I wouldn't pay $1.20 for that thing, $1200 is a joke.

Some of those Toyota deals look a little better.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Nov 8, 2018 - 02:11pm PT
Yeah, the "no joy riders" bit is funny, like there are hordes of people looking to joy ride old mini vans.
socialclimber

climber
CA
Nov 8, 2018 - 03:18pm PT
^ well, it is Fresno, people are a little hard up for cheap entertainment.

Charles
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Nov 8, 2018 - 03:31pm PT
^ at least the Odyssey has had the transmission flushed ;-)
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Nov 8, 2018 - 04:44pm PT

$1200 is a joke.
Yeah, like there are really cherry Odesseys available for $1200. ( eyeroll )
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 8, 2018 - 04:53pm PT
Throw in a multimeter and I'm in for a grand.
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Nov 8, 2018 - 05:01pm PT
Wasn't the car in Ferris Bueller a Honda Odyssey?
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 8, 2018 - 06:10pm PT
So whatís going when, two months ago, the guy brings the thing to a local community college for a compression test? Too many parts replaced to list? Iím thinking every engine sensor replaced at random, each with a totally fíd explanation for why, for considerable cost, raining dirt into the bowels of the motor in the process - turns out to be the gas cap - now he wants all his money back before the tranny drops out. So many levels of wrong in that ad.
FY6190

climber
West Roxbury
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2018 - 07:00pm PT
Thanks for looking out. It's my first time to the valley and a car seems very helpful. Any other leads would be really appreciated!!
Myles Moser

climber
Lone Pine, Ca
Nov 8, 2018 - 08:16pm PT
Just steal one.
MGuzzy

Trad climber
Orangevale
Nov 8, 2018 - 08:31pm PT
I remember in the 80's there was this station wagon that went back and forth across the States getting sold from one foreign climber to the next that alternately flew into west coast and then left from the east coast and vice versa.. In between it went on road trips to climbing areas as it traversed the country to be sold and start its trip again, as legend would have it. I don't know if even had valid tags as it was out of state most of the time. There may have been more than one car like that.. it could all be an urban legend.. I'd like to think it killed someone, you see its the romantic in me.
Jim Clipper

climber
Nov 8, 2018 - 08:36pm PT
Speaking of legends, fy6190, Todd Gordon may drive a minivan. Does Todd post anymore?
FY6190

climber
West Roxbury
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 10, 2018 - 07:20am PT
Does this seem like a sketchy deal?

https://modesto.craigslist.org/cto/d/2001-toyota-sienna/6736500283.html
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Nov 10, 2018 - 07:54am PT
Not enough information to know.

When you call ask if you can get it inspected. Test drive, make an offer, then get it inspected ($100-$200). Thereís almost always things that need to be fixed and you have a written dollar amount of what it will cost. Negotiate to take some or all of that off the sales price. Things like needing a new battery should come off, things like bald tires are probably already factored in. Or if it turns up something big like a tranny, walk.

Most people donít do this. But it will almost always pay for itself or save you from a big mistake.
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