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Old 11-29-2006, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default Miss my STi - how to replace the fun?

So, the STi is gone, and I find the fun seems to be gone as well. I have considerable power in my other car, but it handles like a boat compared to the STi, and it's not so fun to simply mash the accelerator (once the torque novelty has worn off).

So, I find myself browsing ebay, autotrader, and some different forums looking for a FUN replacement. I've thought of many cars, but here's a quick list...

Another STi + mods (upgraded turbo)
EVO IX MR + mods (stock turbo)
Elise w/ supercharger/turbo kit or swap
Esprit V8 w/ mods (stock turbos)
New M5
Grand National w/Stage II (min 600WHP)
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New Z06
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Viper w/mods (supercharger or twin-turbo)
RX7 w/LS1/2/6/7 motor or otherwise well-modded
AMG 65-series

Probably more, but those are just the ones I can think of right now...

I may or may not trade the E55, depending on the suitability of the new car for business.

Some choices could be suitable for a year (EVO), while others could stay with me for a while (Ferrari)
Cost is a concern - not price as much (max about 125K), but cost ~ depreciation + interest/opp. cost - as such, prefer to buy lightly used <15K
More space is a plus, 4-doors a bigger plus, but obviously not required
AWD a plus, but barely, as I do have a truck
Finally, unless it is a GT3 or Ferrari (I have not driven either), I would like a power to weight ratio of at most 6lb/hp.

I'm not in any rush, just enjoy talking cars and debating pros and cons - give me your thoughts or other suggestions if it pleases you...
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:27 PM   #2
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what happened to the old sti?

i would say you could go with another sti, your just going to end up compairing all your future cars to your old sti anyway
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:30 PM   #3
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Goddamn, I'd love to have your "dilemna". I would say what I'm sure everyone else will tell you, test drive as many as you can. You obviously aren't exactly narowing the field based on a brand bias etc...besides, who wouldn't want ot test drive a ferrari/ porsche
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:30 PM   #4
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If you have the means, new Z06. Hands down. No questions asked. Its an awesome car by almost every criteria, yet costs 1/4 of what you'd pay for a similar super-car. Bang for your buck, the new Z06 is unbeatable.

Like you said, you already have a truck, you already have AWD. Get something fun to enjoy for the "nice" days.
Stay away from the modding. Too much trouble to get the car running how you want it to, when you want it to. True, it'll be great 80% of the time, but the other 20% will be hell.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:35 PM   #5
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I wouldn't get an STi or if you want to spend $125K. Unless you want to break up that 125K into 3 or 4 cars. Frankly I'd get a Ferrari.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:37 PM   #6
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If I could afford the DD AND a fun car, I would go with something just cheap and fun (something with potential to whatever).

Try a Miata - can turbocharge it, it's light, great handling, has the fun weekend car/track car potential. VERY modable and great after market. Won't break the bank to mod/maintain/track.

- Ariel Atom track car (300bhp supercharged open frame track car weighing about 1200-1300 lbs
- Elise with K20 Honda motor (lots more potential) instead of the Toyota motor
- Caterham CSR
- Westfield Sport 2000 S
- S2k Ultralite

Otherwise find a good project car that you can spend time to "fix" or tweak as you like. I mean you crave a "fun" car so it can be just about anything.

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Old 11-29-2006, 10:38 PM   #7
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From your list i like the M5. It's fast, handles great and is luxury. Seems it may be a good fit for you. Business appropriate as well.
The Grand National would be really fun too, but not very practical... Most of the others are screaming LOOK AT ME!! and are not my style.
Another one (and probably my 1st choice) would be the new GTR SKYLINE...
Or of course, another STI with a bigger turbo and necessary mods.
I personally drive an 03 wrx wagon with a full 06 STI swap. Its the most fun to me and i wouldn't trade it for any of the cars on your list...But thats just me...
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:39 PM   #8
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GT3 handsdown, IMO

I don't think it's a decision you would regret
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:48 PM   #9
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Buy an EVO III, be done with it.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:51 PM   #10
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EVO III? For nostalgic purposes?
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:53 PM   #11
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Well yeah. I'm looking into one.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:54 PM   #12
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an evo 3? yeah because those are soo easy to get in america
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:55 PM   #13
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How does that help the OP?

No flaming, just curious about your train of thought. Explain?
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:04 PM   #14
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hello people? anybody notice the 996 turbo w/mods on his list??? That is unbeatable!
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:05 PM   #15
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If you have the means, new Z06. Hands down. No questions asked. Its an awesome car by almost every criteria, yet costs 1/4 of what you'd pay for a similar super-car. Bang for your buck, the new Z06 is unbeatable.

Like you said, you already have a truck, you already have AWD. Get something fun to enjoy for the "nice" days.
Stay away from the modding. Too much trouble to get the car running how you want it to, when you want it to. True, it'll be great 80% of the time, but the other 20% will be hell.
this guy had got to be kidding. original poster isn't looking for best bang for the buck he's looking for an amazing sports car. people stare at sti's, ferrari's, vipers, elises, and a few others you got up there. dont get a z06. they are for retired cops. turboed viper would be a blast as would a turboed audi rs4. ever checked those out? faster than an sti or porshe, awd, turboed, that things is sick. evo's are scary fast out of the box, id stay away from elises, they handle great but are far to underpowered. dont get a z06 for schits sake.
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:10 PM   #16
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The new m5's r supposed to be crazy but i hear they're pretty big and heavy man. Can't be the luxo/ass wallopping power combo tho

Have you considered a 993 911 turbo instead of the 996? Those r supposed to be pretty damn fun and more of a true drivers car (last true porsche by some people's standards). But this is all heresay and speculation on my part...if i had a 993 and spoke from experience then..well..lets just say i wouldn't need a wrx
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:17 PM   #17
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dude ill trade you lives and throw in a 97 outback for free
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:23 PM   #18
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Z06 or supra
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:28 PM   #19
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this guy had got to be kidding. original poster isn't looking for best bang for the buck he's looking for an amazing sports car. people stare at sti's, ferrari's, vipers, elises, and a few others you got up there. dont get a z06. they are for retired cops. turboed viper would be a blast as would a turboed audi rs4. ever checked those out? faster than an sti or porshe, awd, turboed, that things is sick. evo's are scary fast out of the box, id stay away from elises, they handle great but are far to underpowered. dont get a z06 for schits sake.
FWIW, I wasn't kidding. That's all I have to reply about that.
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1st choice... find an r34 skyline for sale that has been legalized in the state. It will not depreciate. 2nd choice 93-01 coupe w/06+ driveline, here's a prime example!Nitro Don's GC 3rd and final choice: 2nd gen scirraco w/vr6/gt35r
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:32 PM   #21
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Used 02-04 Porsche 911 TT's go for $65-80K with low miles(10-25k)
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Skyline would be great. But honestly, it's just a ricer's wet dream. IMO there's no greater badge than the prancing horse. If you're even LOOKING at one, you obviously want more than great bang for the buck, you want something you can truly be proud of, and anyone who owns a ferrari (arrogant or whatnot) can still be proud to own what 99% of us will never get
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Old 11-29-2006, 11:38 PM   #24
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How does that help the OP?

No flaming, just curious about your train of thought. Explain?
Because you can't go past an EVO really. Plus getting a III would be wise because they are fairly cheap going now - you can get just as much fun from the older models than you can from the newer ones.

Personally for me I'm tossing up between an EVO II, EVO III, STi Type R, R32 Skyline GT-R and a Legacy RS-RA. Older but still lots of fun for a fraction of the price of some of the cars on his list.
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I donno. I think Z06's are the best bang for the buck no matter what the trend is - retired cops or what not.






meaty/fatty tires ftw.
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