Buying 80s and 90s car Questions

Asked by Aug 24, 2014 at 07:33 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi guys

I don’t know much about cars but personally I like old style cars. (Really don't like cars
from now days look)     

I’m wondering to buy a car that is cheap to fix and good on gas, also reliable.  (I live in
Maryland, USA)
Some example that I like the look of it:
[Nissan B12]  

[1987 Nissan Sentra XE]

[Ford Laser 1986]  

[Toyota KE70]

--The problem is they’re from 80s and 90s, would it be too hard to find the parts for
them if anything goes wrong? And are they expensive to buy and replace?

My favourite car is:
[BMW E30]
--People tell me never touch BMW, they say if I buy that car, it would be really
expensive to fix.
--(Why are they expensive to remain?)

Also: [1985 Toyota Corolla Levin]
--Would this car be expensive to fix because it's a type of famous racing car?

--Also often could cars from that age would be able to pass the emission test?
--Would it be more expensive to buy insurance for cars that age?
--Anything I need to watch out for when I buy a car from that old?

-From all the car above, which car would you suggest me to buy?

Really appreciate your help

1 Answer


I can't tell you which one to buy, as with any used car, I will recommend that your local mechanic go over the car before you purchase it to find any faults that need immediate attention. That being said, your purchase price will be low, but have some money in your bank account, because maintenance will be high, and things start going wrong as the cars you listed are around 20 years old. Since you said you don;t know much about cars, you will be taking it to the shop to repair. I only would suggest and older car if a. You have extra money, b. you can DIY.....The cars will pass emission because the test goes by the cars age, it might only be visual at this point in time, not an actual sniff test. The Nissan and Toyotas are probably your better bet.

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