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Old 01-29-2013, 11:02 AM   #51
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I vote for miata. Hell, do a monster miata with a mustang 5.0 swap!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:13 AM   #52
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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 01-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #53
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my weekend toy is my foxbody. but i would vote for a S2000 or miata. I love the E36 M3's too but like already mentioned you have to really inspect the subframe bushings. ive had normal customers with just ordinary run of the mill 3 series rip subframe bushings out also.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:05 PM   #54
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S2000 best car on the list. I DD an AP1 for a couple years it was a great car.
I hear that all of the time, everyone who has owned one has no complaints, besides the fact that it doesn't really go anywhere until 7k.

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Chalk up another for S2000. Girly man cars are overtaking this list.


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Miata + turbo = well under 10k dollars and possibly the most fun you could have with your clothes on.
I'd much rather have a factory turbo mk2 mr2, the stock motor and transmission are very reliable up to 300whp (can hold 400). From the info I've gathered, a stock mk2 with a gen 3 turbo upgrade, and a tune on 18ish psi, it would be a solid 110+ trap car and still be great on gas. Not that the miata wouldn't, it's just that it's a miata.

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Are you sure the math works out with an S2000? Seems like good ones are pretty expensive in my area.
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/ctd/3562773700.html

It's possible to find them in decent shape for close to 10 grand, albeit 100k+ miles. To be honest, as long as it has history of maintenance, it should be fine. Timing chain was a smart move on Hondas' part.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:12 PM   #55
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:45 PM   #56
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If I save enough money I'd like to buy one and take the doors off. Doorless jeeps are almost like motorcycles!
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #57
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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.
Miata's not a sports car. According to Peter Griffin on Family Guy. My dad had one and I thought it was a waste of $30 grand for a special edition. He ended up not driving it much, he only bought because of some work related depression.

I would have rather he got a Honda S2000 because he was considering that one too, and that one was actually fun to drive.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:48 PM   #58
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Miata's not a sports car. According to Peter Griffin on Family Guy. My dad had one and I thought it was a waste of $30 grand for a special edition. He ended up not driving it much, he only bought because of some work related depression.

I would have rather he got a Honda S2000 because he was considering that one too, and that one was actually fun to drive.
So for those of you who actually race their car or push it to its limits, what is the cost of doing those things? And doing things like burn outs, tire skidding, donuts, etc. Is there a way I could buy a subaru or something cheap that still has performance and won't cost as much to repair?

I've always wanted to do stuff like drifting in an empty parking lot or track. I know a high school kid who works at some tint company so he's not rich but got a car for drifting. He bought an old BMW, modded it, and does drifting. But he had a bad crash recently while drifting in a parking lot when he took it over the curb and it landed in the planters. I think he totalled it, but it's not like he hit a wall or lamp post, just hit a curb at a high rate of speed so I have no idea if that's fixable or totalled. I think he just got too cocky and thought he could drift near a curb, I would stay away from curbs if possible.

So yeah, I would like to know if $5 grand would be enough to buy a cheap used car, possibly already modded just for drifting or donuts. I thuin
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:52 PM   #59
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Anyone who dumps on the Miata has not driven a nice one in a very "sporting" manner. If you thrash a Miata around and don't have some fun/enjoy yourself, I don't know how much of a car person you can be. And any gay-bashing/girlie-car crap is pathetic and just reeks of insecurity. I hope you don't need a car to make you feel like a big or "real" man.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:53 PM   #60
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I wanna get some wheels for my gs430
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:25 PM   #61
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Miata's not a sports car. According to Peter Griffin on Family Guy. My dad had one and I thought it was a waste of $30 grand for a special edition. He ended up not driving it much, he only bought because of some work related depression.



I would have rather he got a Honda S2000 because he was considering that one too, and that one was actually fun to drive.


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So for those of you who actually race their car or push it to its limits, what is the cost of doing those things? And doing things like burn outs, tire skidding, donuts, etc. Is there a way I could buy a subaru or something cheap that still has performance and won't cost as much to repair?

I've always wanted to do stuff like drifting in an empty parking lot or track. I know a high school kid who works at some tint company so he's not rich but got a car for drifting. He bought an old BMW, modded it, and does drifting. But he had a bad crash recently while drifting in a parking lot when he took it over the curb and it landed in the planters. I think he totalled it, but it's not like he hit a wall or lamp post, just hit a curb at a high rate of speed so I have no idea if that's fixable or totalled. I think he just got too cocky and thought he could drift near a curb, I would stay away from curbs if possible.

So yeah, I would like to know if $5 grand would be enough to buy a cheap used car, possibly already modded just for drifting or donuts. I thuin

I see what you did there...
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:03 PM   #62
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So for those of you who actually race their car or push it to its limits, what is the cost of doing those things? And doing things like burn outs, tire skidding, donuts, etc. Is there a way I could buy a subaru or something cheap that still has performance and won't cost as much to repair?

I've always wanted to do stuff like drifting in an empty parking lot or track. I know a high school kid who works at some tint company so he's not rich but got a car for drifting. He bought an old BMW, modded it, and does drifting. But he had a bad crash recently while drifting in a parking lot when he took it over the curb and it landed in the planters. I think he totalled it, but it's not like he hit a wall or lamp post, just hit a curb at a high rate of speed so I have no idea if that's fixable or totalled. I think he just got too cocky and thought he could drift near a curb, I would stay away from curbs if possible.

So yeah, I would like to know if $5 grand would be enough to buy a cheap used car, possibly already modded just for drifting or donuts. I thuin

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Old 01-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #63
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Well, I don't think any of this is a good idea as I have made pretty much the same mistake. To have a fun car for no reason other than fun requires a good chunk of DISPOSABLE INCOME, which I don't think any 19 year old has a clue about.

And newsflash, 35k/yr IS burger king wages son. Get a real job and wait until you can write a check for a truck / trailer / total cost of ownership of FUN racecar. Do you still live with your parents? if so priorities.. priorities..
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:46 PM   #64
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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.
Miata, if you like to drive. /thread

If you want to go fast in a straight line, go buy some old detroit iron.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:08 PM   #65
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The S2000 has a fantastic engine and handling. My friend S/C'd his to 390whp for a little over 11k, so it has tons of potential. It's also great stock and I'm sure it's a blast to take to the track.

In my opinion, the Miata became obsolete the minute the first S2000 rolled out of the factory. The only thing the Miata has to it's advantage is price.
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:56 PM   #66
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I sort of went through this exact decision several months ago. Here are my thoughts:

Miata: They handle amazingly but the styling and such has never done anything for me. Fantastic car but only seats two people. No good for me in my teenage years.

S2000: With a $10,000 budget, maybe not the best idea. Great car, but $10,000 is a bit tight in my opinion to find a really great one that's worth buying. Also only seats two people.

E36: This! Oh this this this. M3's can be had for under $10,000 in "eh" condition. As much as I wanted an M, I figured I'd put it off for a few years until I could afford the perfect one.

I ended up getting an E36 328i convertible. With the money I saved from not getting an M, I can add the M50 Manifold, S52 cams, and a tune and make pretty close to stock M power. I've seen dyno sheets of 328i's with the above modifications making 210-220whp. Not bad for "just" a 328i. Keep in mind the US M3 makes 240hp at the crank.

Add an LSD (easily found on the forums for $300-$500) and you've got yourself a pretty fun weekend car. The convertible is heavier and less rigid than the sedan or coupe, but in my opinion the fun factor of being able to put the top down is worth it. Also keep in mind that the 'vert only seats 4 while the sedan and coupe can seat 5.

If you're looking at any E36, make sure you have a good shop inspect the subframe bushings. If they're showing any signs of cracking, that's not good. Also, if you're looking at a convertible, make sure the top is in good condition and that it works with little to no issues. Convertible top repairs can get expensive quickly and can also be quite frustrating.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:51 PM   #67
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Well, I don't think any of this is a good idea as I have made pretty much the same mistake. To have a fun car for no reason other than fun requires a good chunk of DISPOSABLE INCOME, which I don't think any 19 year old has a clue about.

And newsflash, 35k/yr IS burger king wages son. Get a real job and wait until you can write a check for a truck / trailer / total cost of ownership of FUN racecar. Do you still live with your parents? if so priorities.. priorities..


Newsflash, no it's not. Minimum wage translates roughly to 15-17k a year, depending upon a plethora of factors obviously. Get a real job? 35k a year is a nice chunk of change for a teenager. Five years from now, I expect to be making close to double that, so please, let's not turn this into a career advice thread, as I've already done that on here before LOL. The whole reason I'm selling the STi and buying a 10k car is so that I can save up for a down payment on a house, but thank you for the advice.

Back on topic, I think there's been quite a few good suggestions so far, keep 'em coming!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:08 PM   #68
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Agree minimum wage is >17k. and it just depends where you live. For me id be alright with making 35g/yr for a 20 yr old for awhile. Shoot some teachers with bachelors degree dont make that much.

Just get what you want thats most affordable. Obviously you dont want a car payment so stick with something under 10gs.

And if you want a super cheap car, get a foxbody and build the 5.0. You wanna get crazy, swap a 1/2jz like the guy did in the white notchback fox.

In the end it comes down to these choices.

mustang 86-93, 94-98, 99-01
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all which are jz swappable. /thread.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:26 PM   #69
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:03 AM   #70
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Just get a Z32. It's a great car, but a lot of money to keep up with. Any car is really. If you don't want a twin turbo, get the slick-top or a 2+2. Slick-top is hard to find, 2+2 has good weight distribution. If you want, you can always swap motors in them. Plenty of options and good power, other wise just get a twin turbo and be done. They are not hard to work on like most people think, just time consuming because of the way it was built. I have one and it's probably one of the best cars that I've owned in my opinion. Just trying to find a good, clean, and stock Z, that's the hard part. Good luck.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:52 AM   #71
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Here I thought nobody else played with fox bodies on here :-)

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Old 01-30-2013, 11:07 AM   #72
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I would have to say that if you just want a weekend car, get a supra and slowly mod it as you can.

If you want a DD friendly car, get a miata.

If you ever have to lend your car to someone, you don't want them driving around in a fully built track car.

What I would do if I could sell my STI is, go with a cheap car, get a house, then get a Supra and fully build it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:16 AM   #73
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:25 AM   #74
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Just bought an NA Miata as a third car, and it has been wonderful as a beat around cruiser. That would be my vote considering the mass of swap information and factory weight you're working with.

Considering I paid less than 3000, there is a solid amount of wiggle room to make it drag ready
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:44 AM   #75
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Don't need an M1, can go places where motorcycles can't. Though it's not as cool.
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