Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dave Ramsey Special: 2009 Toyota Yaris

This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: For a first car or daily beater, this one is hard to beat.... unless you're over 6 ft. tall.  I agree on the daily driver or kids first car, and the ad is good...but my only question is -- who would put synthetic oil in a Yaris!?!?  That's like feeding duck liver pate to the pet pig.  Find this 2009 Toyota Yaris offered for $3495 in Houston, TX via craigslist.

 From the seller:

2009 toyota yaris
condition: excellent
fuel: gas
paint color: silver
title status: clean
transmission: manual
2009 Toyota Yaris with a 5- speed manual transmission and 96k Miles!! Comes with fresh synthetic oil, Pirelli tires, AM/ FM radio, CD player and black cloth interior!! Gets 30-36 MPG!!

$3495 No Haggle Cash Price

See a better beater?


  1. As usual I'm out of step with normal humanity. I love economy cars for a host of reasons too laborious to enumerate.
    But if you were going to put synthetic oil in any car as well as the best maintenance possible, this would be one of those cars. Why, asked no one? I'll tell you. The daily driver is critical to the life of the working-class car enthusiast, especially a cheap to buy, run, and maintain daily.
    This Yaris will get you to work while your Alfa Romeo is in the garage waiting for that left-handed metric spacer to arrive from a cobbler's shop in Turin. This Yaris will also run for hundreds of thousands of miles on almost no money (if you take care of it) so that extra cash can be diverted toward your bespoke bicentennial graphics package for your 1976 Corvette.
    I never understood destroying cheap economy cars, after all, didn't you buy it because you need it? It may be the only rational car purchase many of us make. Destroying something one depends on is like putting out a mob hit on your mom while you're still breast feeding (forgive the nonsensical and troubling imagery).
    Three and a half quarts of synthetic oil every few thousand miles is a small price to pay for having extra cash for your irrational cars.

    1. Excuse me but that comment was not nonsensical in the least bit, thank you.

    2. Well put Sir.and amusing to boot!

    3. Finally going to have enough saved up for the graphics!
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  2. So tall guys don't fit in these? I'm 6'8", and drive a Honda Fit no problem... Love cheap daily's with a stick, usually that means small car...

    1. My sister had one. She's 5'6". I'm 6'3". I fit in it just fine.

    2. My comment about over 6 ft. tall come from zero experience of my own and was more or less going from a friend. Sounds like I misheard or the source was bogus. In any case, great car!

  3. Wow. I'd be all over this if I lived in TX. Keep the endangered species alive !!

  4. Drove one @ Dealer when they came out cheap noisy POS

  5. Rented one in Puerto Rico. A 4 dr sedan. Had a hard time making it up admittedly steep mountain roads but of course as a rental it was a slush box. Sport mode helped some. Probably good commuter car for flatlanders though.

  6. You have a few screws loose to not use synthetic oil in your cars. You are doubling the drain interval and extending engine life. Added benefit increased fuel economy.

  7. Interesting find; finding one with a manual transmission is so rare I wasn't sure if they were offered that way in the States. Hopefully it will have someone saying "Better than I deserve!"


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