Every third car on the secondary market fits into the indicated amount. Which of them are worthy of your attention, and which are not, the expert “Behind the wheel” found out.
Five-year Grants and Kalina with a mileage of 50-100 thousand km
For fresh “our brands” 500,000 thousand is a red price. But for half a million they are also trying to sell older cars with a mileage of 150 thousand.
They are, of course, brittle, but simple and unpretentious, and maintenance costs are minimal. Spare parts sea, repairs are inexpensive.
After the purchase, you may immediately need anticorrosive – VAZ bodies are not famous for their high corrosion resistance, with active use in “salty” periods, rust comes out after two to three years. Maybe something will have to be replaced in the suspension. And listen to the sensations when you turn on the first or second gear – this is the weak point of the mechanical box.
In any case, with a run of 100 thousand, you can safely expect that even without increased thrift, the car will serve the same amount.
The common resource of Lads (and their engines) is a loose concept, as long as they sell cars with mileage over 300 thousand km (for 250-350 thousand rubles). Yes, it is not known how much and what has been changed in them during this time, but the fact is that the body can withstand so much.
Like it or not, you won’t find a more practical workhorse for our country – the price / survivability ratio is very attractive. What Kalina and Grant lack is perhaps comfort and prestige.
A higher class car
Here the first thing Lada suggests is a class higher. For half a million, Vesta is offered for five or six years with runs “from 150”. Well, maybe a little less. Including with a robotic box, but the VAZ robot is not about a resource and for people with a very strong psyche.
However, Vesta, in the perception of the majority, is no match for a foreign car – it’s still Lada, endowed with all the properties of Lad. If you want a foreign car, but not Matiz, then the best price / comfort ratio is provided by Chinese models. For example, Lifan Solano. But you can’t call them prestigious either, but in terms of overall reliability they successfully compete with Grants. They rot even more willingly, but they crumble about the same. With spare parts, the situation was not easy even at the time when these cars were officially sold with us – seven to eight years ago.
Oddly enough, for 500 thousand rubles you can find a Renault Logan four or five years old, with moderate mileage and even with a gun. But with any defects, more often bodywork – the results of minor accidents. Or with a mileage of about 200 thousand km – Logan is far from the limit, but, most likely, such specimens are “stuffed” at least in terms of suspension.
And Logan with a machine gun with a run of 300 thousand km is likely to face the imminent death of the machine gun, followed by a motor. They also buy such cars – probably with the expectation of gradually investing another hundred or two in the restoration, and Logan is a berry again. But if you need to travel a lot at once, this is not an option.
It is realistic to count on a foreign car at the age of 8-10 years with an average mileage in the range of 100-200 thousand km. Yes, it will require some care in the first year of ownership, but if supercharged engines and CVTs with robots are deliberately avoided, the cost of care should be limited to double figures.
Important: a Japanese, Korean, European car (unlike the “Chinese”) can be sold without much difficulty in another three or four years.
Half a million rubles is a fifth-generation Toyota Camry aged 16 and over. There are no runs less than 200 thousand km in principle. The minimum is 250, but there are many more cars that have passed 350 and 450 thousand. Yes, and the counter can be twisted a couple of times.
Of course, Toyotas of that period are incredibly tenacious, including the main units, but they also have their limits. Still, an old car is an old car. Rubber bands dry out, contacts turn sour, glass and plastic become cloudy. Squeezed seats and a shabby steering wheel will not add charm. In general, it is difficult to understand the true state of the old machine. The body may not be bad, but everything else … or vice versa. A kind of lottery. And let’s take into account today’s prices for Toyota parts – they are expensive.
Kia Magentis (the forerunner of Optima) and Hyundai Sonata of the same period do not have the reputation and qualities of Toyota, but for some reason they sell them with the same mileage for the same money. Except maybe a year or two younger.
Maybe a Volkswagen Passat? For half a million, now there is exclusively Passat of the unsuccessful B6 generation (until 2011). And runs up to 200 thousand – yes! But here’s the problem: the only engine-box combination worthy in terms of reliability and resource is a malacholny aspirated 1.6 with mechanics. Supercharged engines 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 after 200 thousand km at any time can say “I can’t take it anymore.” The new 1.8 TSI engine, by the way, now costs about 350 thousand rubles – without attachments. The contract will pull 150-200 thousand.
They take trade winds, and even with robots – the price balances on the border of demand. But common sense tells us that these are not the best times for adventurous acquisitions. Even if they have stainless bodies.
If it is fundamental to ignore Lada and Chinese models, then the optimum is probably located between Logan and Corolla. The age will be 8-12 years old – a little, if the average for the country is almost fifteen. Mileage – plus or minus 150 thousand km, for good units this is about the middle of the life path.
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