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Old 26 Jun 2008, 12:03 am
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Default Winter beater

Well I ran it by my wife this morning that I would like to buy a winter beater for our frigid -30C, icy slushy, slippery, sandy roads in winter. I know it is only a PT but it is more than that to me. I would like to keep it stored in my garage in winter. I don't want to chance it and get rock chips, salt, etc...and risk a winter slippery accident. She was not for it this morning...However a man across the street from me is selling a 92 Toyota Corolla 4dr LE with 200000km...about 120000miles for 500$.....my wife knows this is a great deal and has given me the go ahead...we are just waiting to see if he will let my brother in law who is a mechanic check it out. He is the original owner. His daughter was driving it but she just got a silver Celica GT. I saw the Corolla parked in a space between 2 houses and left a note on his mailbox asking him to email me if it was for sale...I was surprised he only wants 500$ for it. It has a new battery, starter, 4 yr old tires etc.. From what I have seen these cars here are selling around 1000 to 2000$.....I hope everything works out for the best so my PT can hibernate thru our awful winters. Any opinions?
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 03:31 am
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If the car runs, no major problems, why not!

$500 is really nothing to lose. It'll prolly be better on gas than the PT, lol.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 05:32 am
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Sounds like a good plan. Will keep your PT out of winter weather. Now in my case, the PT IS the beater/daily driver to keep the Vette out of the winter/bad weather.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 06:08 am
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go for it !!
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 06:20 am
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Watch for rust on that thing. I've had beater cars too, and they all get parked because of being rusted out. If AB is like MB, you need to have a safety inspection before you can get it on the road, if it's rusted out, no go. Make sure to jack it up and crawl around underneath to get a good look see. Poke at stuff with a screwdriver, it shouldn't go through the floor or frame anywhere!

Another suggestion is a good set of snow tires, preferably studded. I run Cooper Weathermaster ST/2's and they are great! My old Dynasty with those tires on would plow through 3 foot high snow drifts and be able to do 120km/h down glare ice with high winds!

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Watch for rust on that thing. I've had beater cars too, and they all get parked because of being rusted out. If AB is like MB, you need to have a safety inspection before you can get it on the road, if it's rusted out, no go. Make sure to jack it up and crawl around underneath to get a good look see. Poke at stuff with a screwdriver, it shouldn't go through the floor or frame anywhere!

Another suggestion is a good set of snow tires, preferably studded. I run Cooper Weathermaster ST/2's and they are great! My old Dynasty with those tires on would plow through 3 foot high snow drifts and be able to do 120km/h down glare ice with high winds!

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Old 26 Jun 2008, 01:27 pm
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Ha....Now that's something I can't even think about doing!
Studded tires are not legal in Michigan.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 04:13 pm
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I bought a 90 Corolla, one owner, 225,000 miles. Looked and ran like new. Drove it about 8 months, headgasket went out. Prices at a garage ran almost 1,000 for a new head, valve job etc...so I sold it for 250. Then I checked on the internet, just for fun....found a japanese take out(less than 40,000 miles, something about their smog law over there), complete from flywheel to injectors, pulleys, exh. manifold....fits Corollas for about a gazillion years...$175 outright, 100 shipping from Cali. Sob....
With 120,000 a Toyota is just broke in. And if you do need a engine or a tranny....check the net.
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Old 26 Jun 2008, 04:33 pm
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That sounds like a good plan to me. I would do it in a heartbeat if I had a 3 car garage. Beaters don't always start well on real cold mornings in Nebraska.

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