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Old 01-26-2013, 10:58 AM   #26
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Your 18. Your best weekend car is one that is cheap and allows you to spend more time with a girlfriend and not be stuck at mom and dads place forever.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:59 AM   #27
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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.
Yeah you can beat the mess out of them, the shop I worked for had 350whp on the stock 95 5 speed. If your getting a pre 99 miata make sure it's a 95-96, they have the best transmission. The 6 speed is good but they have syncro problems like any transmission.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:32 AM   #28
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91-95 Turbo MR2 for 10k you can get a super clean built 400hp beast.

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Old 01-26-2013, 12:11 PM   #29
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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.
This x1000everything (but wasn't this issue pronounced on the e46 and not the e36? I don't know as much about the e36 anyway)

I cast my vote for the s2000!
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:37 PM   #30
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This x1000everything (but wasn't this issue pronounced on the e46 and not the e36? I don't know as much about the e36 anyway)

I cast my vote for the s2000!
I only heard of that problem for the early e46, never had any issue with the 4 e36's I've owned but the one e46 I had, had this issue
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:07 PM   #31
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S2000. I've had 2 and would still have one if I didn't want more space and torque for DD. But if it's purely for fun and you can wring the engine out, it can't be beat
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:28 PM   #32
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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, 02:33 PM   #33
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:37 PM   #34
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Your 18. Your best weekend car is one that is cheap and allows you to spend more time with a girlfriend and not be stuck at mom and dads place forever.

Yes, but even if I bought an s2000, I would still have close to 5 grand in savings. That, and no more monthly payment, cheaper insurance and I just got promoted at my job (going from 17k/year to 35k a year). I don't exactly work at burger king if you get whay I'm saying. As far as the selection goes, I pretty much have it down to an S2000, m3 (thanks for the advise guy with the Elise) or a miata. I want to shy away from factory turbo cars, unless it has a toyota JZ variant engine. Hell, even a N/A 2jz GE can handle more power than my current built block in the STi .
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:08 PM   #35
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I would get a house while they are cheap. .. My weekend warrior is a foxbody.

I don't find miatas comfortable as I'm 6 foot and 190 lbs.. so if I had to choose another option it would be an s2000 or 2nd gen rx7. I've have quite a few cars and those two satisfy me easily.

I did have a blast in a 91 festiva.. buy that's not rwd like you want.

Good luck!
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:09 PM   #36
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:01 AM   #37
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S2000. I've had 2 and would still have one if I didn't want more space and torque for DD. But if it's purely for fun and you can wring the engine out, it can't be beat
Sounds about right. S2K is hard to beat.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:56 AM   #38
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My vote goes to the s2k. Not many flaws on that cars for the price. Make sure you get a 02+ as the 00-01 have the plastic window (it's **** trust me), throw out bearing noises, and no tweeters in the door. The tweeters dont sound like a deal breaker but you can't hear anything with the top down w/out them.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #39
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My vote goes to the s2k. Not many flaws on that cars for the price. Make sure you get a 02+ as the 00-01 have the plastic window (it's **** trust me), throw out bearing noises, and no tweeters in the door. The tweeters dont sound like a deal breaker but you can't hear anything with the top down w/out them.
Join the crowd. Seems like alot of people on here like that car. I might just have to go test drive one. However I still really want a 1jz/2jz car, nothing beats the sound of those engines spooling up with a big single .
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:50 PM   #40
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300zx I think its beautiful.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:17 PM   #41
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Join the crowd. Seems like alot of people on here like that car. I might just have to go test drive one. However I still really want a 1jz/2jz car, nothing beats the sound of those engines spooling up with a big single .
Ever hear a F20C/F22C (s2k motor) turbo'd? If not wear a crappy pair of boxers cause they'll be ruined
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:08 PM   #42
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:13 PM   #43
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S2000 best car on the list. I DD an AP1 for a couple years it was a great car.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:52 AM   #44
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:39 AM   #45
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Chalk up another for S2000. Girly man cars are overtaking this list.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:43 AM   #46
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Miata + turbo = well under 10k dollars and possibly the most fun you could have with your clothes on.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:49 AM   #47
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When I graduated college and wanted to get a fun car, I ended up with a M Roadster. I had never owned a convertible before, and the drop top wasn't the reason I bought it.

I fell in love with the experience of the wind blowing through your hair. A sunroof doesn't come close. There is something downright theraputic about going for a drive on a nice day in a drop top.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #48
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Are you sure the math works out with an S2000? Seems like good ones are pretty expensive in my area.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:40 AM   #49
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91-95 Turbo MR2 for 10k you can get a super clean built 400hp beast.
+1, not on your list, but nothing drives like an MR.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:52 AM   #50
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This x1000everything (but wasn't this issue pronounced on the e46 and not the e36? I don't know as much about the e36 anyway)

I cast my vote for the s2000!
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I only heard of that problem for the early e46, never had any issue with the 4 e36's I've owned but the one e46 I had, had this issue
E36 had a ton of issues going into it. Many of the first ones had engine failures that BMW attributed to over-revving. Some of my fellow instructors traded their manual M3's for DSG ones so that BMW could not so easily deny warantee work due to over-revving.

Very, very early on, E36s started ripping rear subframe connections out of the unibody. I'm a track guy, so saw it early on. I actually had beed ready to buy a 4 door M3 in 97 but went for an Audi A4 instead, in large part because BMW simply denied they had a problem, rather than fixing it. Schnitzer had a kit before 1995 even ended. (the first E36 M3's were in showrooms in Feb 94). So this was clearly an issue. In later years of E36 production, street cars started showing up with the same issue.

E46 had the same problem. Not as bad, from my understanding. The E9x....I have not heard much about it carrying over but it may simply be that those cars aren't being driven as hard. I don't know if special attention is being given to racecars. KFoote would be able to shed light on whether anything is done to Turner's M3s and whether the issue has shown up in E9x M3s.

A good alternative is to go with a 318ti that's had an M engine swap. These are the shorter 3 series cars that came somewhat stripped with the back end lopped off. They use an E30 rear suspension, that has never had a problem, is simpler, lighter and less space consuming. The front of the car is the same as any other E36. Or.....of course.....an E30 or E21 non-M car with an engine swap. E30 M3s.....being the only true 3 series M car have become collector cars and have been appreciating in value from about 5 seconds after I sold mine
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