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Old 01-26-2013, 01:43 AM   #1
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Let me start off by saying that I've done alot of research on the topic, and I always end up more confused on which car to lean towards the more searching I do. In a nutshell, I'm looking for a fun to drive car that is RWD only. AWD is okay, but I'd rather have a RWD car as I've never owned one. Out of these cars, which would you pick, and why? As a side note, I will be selling my STi and be using my sv650 as a DD. I will use the cash from the STi to pay off the SV, and the left over will be for another car once the AZ heat rolls around. Keep in mind, this car will only be used a few times a week when I don't feel like riding the motorcycle, so reliabilty is important, but this vehicle will NOT be a DD.



mk3 toyota supra (have found mulitiple, very clean 1jz/2jz swap cars in my price range)
300zx TT
1jz/2jz swapped sc300 (same with supra, found mulitple for my price range)
3000gt vr4/stealth TT
Possibly a 2nd gen GSX, don't really want another DSM
B5 s4?
High mileage AP1 s2000
e36 M3
LS1 camaro
99-01 SVT cobra
96-98 cobra

I'm open to suggestions. Again, this car will not be a DD, reliability isn't very high up on the list, but then again I'd much rather have something that isn't another money pit like my car has been. Basically what I'm looking for is a project that could eventually be a track only car (strip).
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:44 AM   #2
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S2000, Camaro or m3.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:58 AM   #3
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:01 AM   #4
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:04 AM   #5
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Not sure about the rotary though, it has a worse reputation than the EJ motors LOL. 240's aren't my cup of tea, I've already owned an s13 and wouldn't ever own another again (I say that now, I'll probably end up with one LOL).
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:05 AM   #6
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My head exploded when I saw you were selling a 2004 STi, and potentially ending up with any of the cars on your list.

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:20 AM   #7
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My head exploded when I saw you were selling a 2004 STi, and potentially ending up with any of the cars on your list.


The s2000 is the highest on the list, as it's a very fun car to drive and in my price range, not to mention how much more reliable/better on gas/insurance/tires yadda yadda. I'm looking from a standpoint that I need to take some personal responsibility and get out on my own, I'm coming up on 19 years old, and the only thing I have to show for my earnings since I was 16 is an STi that has a bunch of goodies, a motorcycle that's halfway paid off, and a few other things such as my guitar, dirtbike and stock investments. I could sell the stock, my dirtbike/guitar and pay the STi off, but at the end of the day I don't get enjoyment out of it anymore; that's where the sv comes in .
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:27 AM   #8
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Not sure about the rotary though, it has a worse reputation than the EJ motors LOL. 240's aren't my cup of tea, I've already owned an s13 and wouldn't ever own another again (I say that now, I'll probably end up with one LOL).
LOL rotary isn't that bad as long as you don't starve the engine with oil, it's just a lil bit more demanding than ej motors, I have a buddy that has an RX8 and the only complaint I heard from him is the oil starvation and the worst mpg he's getting from his rx8. Personally I would go with rx7 if I would pick up a rwd car for weekend fun.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:40 AM   #9
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I just bought a 1995 e36 m3 M3 as a weekend car. I absolutely love it! It may not be quite as fast as my Subaru, but it is much more of a drivers car, and you feel much more connected when you are behind the wheel.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:46 AM   #10
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:56 AM   #11
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The 2jz-gte motor is one of the best motors ever made!!!!!! It's very strong and holds lots of boost with out doing internals. I had a gte swap in my old IS300 that made 550 to the wheels and never give me any problems!!!!!! I kick my self in the ass all the time for selling that car. Good luck wit your search
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:14 AM   #12
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Get a Miata. You'd be surprised at how much fun to drive they are. Then if/when you get tired of not having enough power, there are many bolt on turbo kit options which are proven reliable.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:19 AM   #13
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Get a Miata. You'd be surprised at how much fun to drive they are. Then if/when you get tired of not having enough power, there are many bolt on turbo kit options which are proven reliable.
What I was going to say. You can get a decently sorted one with a hard top for around 5k, hell you can get a decent turbo for 10k.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:17 AM   #14
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:29 AM   #15
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Get a Miata. You'd be surprised at how much fun to drive they are. Then if/when you get tired of not having enough power, there are many bolt on turbo kit options which are proven reliable.
I was going to say the same. The shop I use to work for built scca miatas and they were a blast, we had a turbo'd car that was just as much fun to drive with 300whp as my old 3rd gen FD rx7 with 600whp. But the e36 m3 would be my choice out of the cars you have, I love my e36!
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:48 AM   #16
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e36 M3 are very very fun cars but don't over look the stupid, cheap, hee-hawing good time of a LS1 camaro/trans am...
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:52 AM   #17
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E36 M3! I miss mine. if I didnt have the subie id have another E36. I may even buy another one for my DD and let the rex be my weekender. my WRX has been my favorite car out of the 20 or so cars ive owned and the M3 was a close second.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:54 AM   #18
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I would go for a Miata, I would probably have one if I had a 3 car garage. If I could find one, probably not for $10k, I would have a 1970 TR-6.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:12 AM   #19
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With all the nods towards an E36 M3, I want to warn you to get any potential on a lift and very carefully examine all of the rear subframe connections to the body. If they don't look like the car just left the factory (any chance of a crack), run. I considered buying on in 95 and before the 95 track season ended, multiple brand new cars had ripped their subframe out of the body. Oh....and for someone to even open the hood of said BMW to look for problems costs you $500.


Miata is your answer. My son is getting a car soon and we've been going over and driving everything he was thinking about. Let me list:

GC8: WRX swaps that are nice....owners want $18k for them. Non swapped that are nice....owners want $12k.....clapped out, they still want $6k.
WRX 04-07: prices have gone through the roof. Those that have not have 200k
AP1: It's a good time to buy, but buyers are not casual. We have had 2 that we were on our way to see, on the phone with the seller. Cars were sold within the half hour. The AP1's that don't sell right away are $18k

Miata: They're literally all over the place. You can find 07's with 30k miles on them for $6k. My son plans wheels/tires, rollbar, fender flares and a small turbo for a total budget of $10k and will autocross the car (he's 16, and gets his license in the spring). So long as you stick with a mild turbo, you can do it without a tune (in the mazdaspeed range). Aftermarket and race parts are huge. Go to a track and you'll see 100 cars.....50 will be Miatas. Plenty of competition.
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Miata: They're literally all over the place. You can find 07's with 30k miles on them for $6k. My son plans wheels/tires, rollbar, fender flares and a small turbo for a total budget of $10k and will autocross the car (he's 16, and gets his license in the spring). So long as you stick with a mild turbo, you can do it without a tune (in the mazdaspeed range). Aftermarket and race parts are huge. Go to a track and you'll see 100 cars.....50 will be Miatas. Plenty of competition.
You will still have to tune the car for the turbo? A good miata with a good cold air intake and exhaust system will put down enough power for you have fun. No need for turbo problems, get a good suspension and the above listed mods and you will have the most fun in a car as ever.

I always say, if the car is competitive in the class it runs, it doesn't matter what the car. I've run spec miata and a gt3 Porsche and had just as much if not more fun in a stockish miata than the Porsche.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:47 AM   #21
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If you're going to have a weekend car, you might as well have a car built for AutoX.

I think two selections would be ideal: A forced-induction Miata or a swapped E30
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:51 AM   #22
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yes or the S2000
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:08 AM   #23
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My vote goes towards s2000. Quick, high revving, removable top, great gearbox feel.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #24
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I'd say Miata, S2000, or 93/94 MR2 Turbo. If you can find an MR2 that hasn't been covered in primer and body kits by some asshat, that is. They're a blast to drive (even the non-turbo cars) and are reliable. They don't have the aftermarket support of the Miatas though.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:48 AM   #25
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Miata is a great weekend car. Heck I had one for 6 years. loved it. went from stock trim to track trim. it never missed a beat. except when my 249whp FMII broke the stock rear diff. BUt heck then all I did was a complete 99' 10thAE 6 speed and rear diff. Good to go.

You can beat the crap out of it and it will keep going.
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