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Lot's of Toyota Corolla's for sale at or below 1k....
Considered by many as the "bulletproof car", meaning best reliability....
 

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Is it likely that the proposed 50-50 Federal/Local Split will become 40--60 to get the Fed's on board for the new hudson tunnels?
 

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Well back when I was buying such cars, Mercedes W123 chassis cars were still available at reasonable prices. More modern Benzes are an entirely different ball of wax, reliability and maintenance wise, so that would be out, unless you can find a lower mileage MB 240D. It wouldn’t be under $1k but it would be way under your price range.

However I would suggest 1.9 liter VW TDI from the late 90s or early 2000s with a five speed stick (way way WAY cheaper to maintain with the manual gearbox), preferably in basic GL trim with crank windows. You can get those under $1k with less than 200k miles on them. That would be a reliable used car.

I’m not sure why you think your Honda is giving up the ghost, though.
Well, the past 2 years, I've spent $2,000 - $4,000 each year on repairs, this is in addition to fuel and insurance. The air-conditioning doesn't work anymore, and I'm really not thrilled about spending another large chunk of money to get that fixed. Sooner of later, something really major is going to come up. And the old jalopy just doesn't handle the way it used to. I mean, I've got 250k miles and 19 years wit hthis car, it's probably time to let it go.

The way I figure, any used car with 200k miles is not going to be priced under $1k unless it needs more than $1k dollars worth of repairs.
 

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Most of those used rice burners are good through 2 1/2 owners, then they start having issues.
 

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Is it likely that the proposed 50-50 Federal/Local Split will become 40--60 to get the Fed's on board for the new hudson tunnels?
I was thinking 1/3 Federal, 1/3 NY, 1/3 NJ should get the Fed's on board for the tunnels.
 

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Jus getting rid of the current fed chieftain would get the feds on board for the tunnel. They were on board until they were taken off board by the current chief. The formula that would work was already agreed upon until for deep personal spite or something the feds reneged. Let us be aware of the history and do the right thing.
 
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The way I figure, any used car with 200k miles is not going to be priced under $1k unless it needs more than $1k dollars worth of repairs.
You aren't going to get a "nice" car for under $1000. You aren't even going to get one where everything works. But that wasn't what we were talking about; we were talking about reliable. If it starts up, drives you from point A to point B, and then from point B to point A, with over a 99% certainty rate, it is reliable transportation.

I started driving in 2001 with a 1976 MB 240D that was, I suspect, more rust than steel, a worn-to-heck engine that could hit 60mph downhill with a tailwind if you really begged it, and a tendency to smoke like you wouldn't believe- but being 25 years old it was emissions exempt in NJ. It cost me $250, and I had enough proof in its service records of roll-overs on its 5-digit odometer that I know it had at least 700k miles on it, and probably more. I suspect it may have actually have been a roll over were it a 6-digit odometer, in fact.

The radio didn't work, the A/C didn't work, hell the blower for the heater didn't work. It was ugly, creaky- in a Mercedes, mind you!- it smelled, and don't ask about how vague the shift linkage was. It also started every time and drove me to school and work every day for the entire six months I owned it, even in the winter, at which point some idiot in a Honda Civic t-boned me, killing himself, and totaling my car (admittedly, a bird pooping on it would have probably totaled it). I walked away. That is safe reliable transportation, in my opinion, and it cost me $250.

I took the insurance check from his company, and some of the money I got from my job, and spent $950 on a 1982 240D. It had a number of other non-running-properly issues, including non-working a/c (if there is a pre-1990 Mercedes diesel with working A/C I would be fascinated to know about it) but it did the same basic job. You need a car to do the job of getting you to work and back, you can buy one for under $1000. If you want a nice car for under $1000, you're right, you're smoking something.
 

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Jus getting rid of the current fed chieftain would get the feds on board for the tunnel. They were on board until they were taken off board by the current chief. The formula that would work was already agreed upon until for deep personal spite or something the feds reneged. Let us be aware of the history and do the right thing.
The next Gateway Development meeting is scheduled for May 28th at 1 PM so I am curious to know what the update will be.

If Biden wins in November, I still think it is possible his USDOT will make it so that only one tube will be built with very modern emergency communications systems within the tunnel
 
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