Which car should I get, a 2005 Nissan Sentra S or a 2001 Toyota Camry Le?

The Nissan has a mileage of 70k and the Toyota Camry has a mileage of 101k. I’ve read about problems with the Toyota Camry accelerating abnormally and problems with a blown head gasket on the Nissan Sentra. Both cars are selling for $4,495. The Toyota Camry also has clean title. I don’t know if the Nissan has a clean title but looked not as well taken care of on the inside. Which do you think would be better to buy?

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  1. AUstin says:

    The Nissan. Sounds like you are on a fixed budget right now, and the lower mileage means less problems and it gets better MPG. Have a mechanic ispect it though, especially if the title isn’t clean (I would expect it to be for the price and that mileage tho…). But also search around- for that amount just locally in Craigslist I’ve found tons of better deals, you probably can too. Also, gauge the owner. Is it a mature adult who owned it and upkeep maintainence? Or is it some kid moving to college campus who trashed it while he was in high school?

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  2. Anon says:

    There’s much more to evaluating a vehicle than just knowing its age and mileage. Until you learn how to properly assess a vehicle, or you pay an independent shop to do a thorough pre-buy inspection, you’re just asking for trouble. Start here and do a LOT of reading and learning before you throw your money away: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+evaluate+a+used+car

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  3. Windowphobe says:

    Neither sounds especially wonderful. The Camry is one size class larger, if that means anything to you.

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