According to today’s realities, the cost of 300,000 rubles is the very bottom bar for which you can buy a relatively “live” car. In most cases, with this money, you can take an 8-10 year old copy of the domestic Lada with a range of 150-200 thousand km.
Taking into account the average resource of the VAZ units, this will already be a rather “old” transport, which has not long left before major overhauls. But such machines are also taken mainly by those who are ready to repair them on their own, since their design is relatively simple. The domestic auto industry is attracted by the low cost of spare parts and the widespread use of maintenance services.
Is it possible to take a relatively “live” foreign car for 300 thousand? Yes, but you will have to limit your choice to the budget segment. And preference should be given to machines with reliable and proven technical “stuffing”, as well as those sold in the Russian Federation in significant quantities. Various “exotic”, like relatively fresh “Chinese”, will cause difficulties with maintenance and finding spare parts.
The experts of the Za Rulem publication have collected the top 5 most optimal foreign cars for choosing, which can be purchased in the price range of up to 300,000 rubles. And here are the cars on the list.
Volkswagen Polo Sedan
With a budget of 300 thousand, preference should be given to pre-styling copies of 2010-2012 with a range of 150-200 thousand kilometers. More recent cars of 2015-2016 for this money will be overwhelmingly from a taxi. In terms of technology, the best choice would be a Polo with a CFNA engine (105 hp) and a five-speed manual transmission. In the same taxi companies, such “poliks” calmly reeled up 350-400 thousand mileage.
Among the “sores” of this motor are the regular knocking of hydraulic lifters and timing chains. Pistons also knock, which can subsequently lead to wear of the cylinder surface. Regular replacement will require a pump, as well as a drive belt along with tension rollers. But in general, with proper maintenance, the unit raises no objections, like a manual transmission.
Mitsubishi Lancer 9
The ninth generation of Lancers is considered one of the most tenacious, and still has an excellent reputation in the secondary market. Complaints are caused only by the relatively weak paintwork – today there are practically no cars with an intact body. But even such specimens will be much more resistant than, for example, VAZ products.
For 300,000 rubles, you can buy good copies of 2006-09 with runs of 150-200 thousand km. Most of them are equipped with a reliable 4G18 engine (1.6 liters at 98 hp) paired with a mechanic or automatic.
With such an engine, the “ninth” Lancers go to the capital on average 300-350 thousand kilometers. The main disease of the unit is oil fumes that develop early enough. However, the problem can be eliminated by replacing the valve stem seals or piston rings. With transmissions, serious problems should not arise, but still, by about 200 thousand, automatic transmissions and manual transmissions may require a bulkhead.
Almost everyone knows about the reliability of this sedan. Yes, he is unprepossessing outwardly, but he has a very strong body, the engine is capable of running for 400 thousand without a capital, and the suspension is reputed to be one of the most unkillable. A well-maintained car with a mileage of ~ 150,000 km is able to safely leave the same amount without serious problems.
For 300,000 rubles, you can take a restyled car of the first generation (2010-2015) in good condition or the second (since 2015), but already very worn out. Their main aggregate base is the same, all engines are distinguished by a large resource and unpretentiousness. The same can be said about the mechanical box, while DP0 / DP2 machines tend to fail even with low mileage.
Ford Focus 2
Once the bestseller of the market, and today one of the best-selling cars on the secondary market. Finding a car younger than 13-14 for 300 thousand is quite difficult, but possible.
Among the advantages of the model are a reliable and comfortable suspension, as well as good gasoline engines, which are belt 1.4 and both 1.6 (although the 115-horsepower has a rather weak phase-shifter resource), which are chain 1.8 and 2.0. All of them can easily walk up to 400 thousand without capital. But it is not recommended to take the 1.8 turbodiesel – these engines are reputed to be too capricious.
There were two types of mechanical gearboxes on the Focuses – IB5 (on engines 1.4 and 1.6), as well as MTX75. The latter is considered more indestructible. The 4F27E machine raises no objections, however, after 150 thousand mileage, it may require replacing the valve body and solenoids.
Within 300,000 rubles, there will be a huge selection of the first generation Aveo – in fact, a deeply modernized Daewoo Lanos / Nexia. But also with diligence, you can find copies of the second generation of 2011-2013, and even with mileage of no more than 150,000 km.
Motors 1.2 and 1.4 were installed on the cars of the first generation, and the second was equipped exclusively with an Opel 1.6 engine (115 hp). All units are reputed to be very reliable, but weaknesses are hidden in attachments. Ignition coils, cooling fans, a starter fail quite quickly, and cooling pipes become unusable. But in general, without a capital, a car can cover more than 250 thousand km.
Manual transmissions on Aveo of all generations – no complaints, but the 6T30 automatic is rather weak – after 150 thousand it may require restoration. The bodies of all cars are notable for good corrosion resistance.
The main difficulty when buying a used car popular on the market can be twisted mileage – according to statistics, this affects from 30 to 65% of the most popular cars aged 10-15 years. Some specimens survived even 2-3 such “twists”. Sometimes this deception can be calculated from hidden data stored in on-board electronics.
To reduce the risk of getting a “twisted” car, it is worth looking for a car with the smallest number of owners in the vehicle title, and also not to get involved with outright “outbid” and “gray” car dealerships – they have the largest concentration of such cars. A slightly safer way is the official trade-in, but with this option the price tag will be higher.