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Hey guys I'm getting ready to go to college and I'm looking to buy a car to take with me. I've been driving my 1995 nissan altima for the past 2 years and it's been good to me, but it has 215,000 miles and it's time to get rid of it and give it to my sister who just turned 16 =). Anyways I'm looking for a car that has more of a sporty look to it, has some decent performance, and isn't too expensive. The most i can spend right now is probably $10,000 but i'd like to keep it closer to 8. Also, I'm interested in cars that I can do some relatively cheap modifications to for a little boost in performance. So I'd like to hear some of your opinions on your favorite cars and model years that you think are fun to drive and easy to work with. I really appreciate your feedback thanks!

posted by  MrHappy`

my car is exactly what u need lol. 1996 acura integra, 85k miles, very easy to mod, i have some upgrades on it already.... $6000. the only problem is that ur in california.... also from what i hear, if u have an integra or prelude or bassicly any kind of import in Cali, there is a high chance it will get stolen.

posted by  V-Tec

$10k is a nice figure to work with... since fuel efficiency isn't a concern, here's what I'd be looking for...
97-01 Mitsubishi 3000GT
http://www.theautochannel.com/media/photos/mitsubishi/1997/97_mitsubishi_30 00gt.jpg
91-95 Acura Legend Coupe
http://students.washington.edu/amarks/images/zeldagallery/3.jpg
91-00 Lexus SC300/400
http://www.avonhill.com/thumbnails/coupe_imported/1993_Lexus_SC400.jpeg
99-02 Infiniti G20T
http://www.slickauto.net/images/G20t_1.jpg
Will you be going away for college? These cars are perfect for the long trips to and fro. They're comfy, reliable, and (with the exception of the G20) decently fast. The G20's probably the most practical (4 doors and 4 cylinders). And with a little more money, you could build up that SR20, it's a great engine to start from.

posted by  elchango36

I assume that you're only interested in Asian cars given that this thread's posted here in the Asian Import section. elchango, the Infinity G20 you pictured is our Nissan Primera, where it's clearly not the sprotiest car, I think it's a great car for MrHappy's needs, it'll be kind of quick with the 2.0litre engine, very reliable, and reasonably economical, too. However, if the newer version is sold over there, that might be a better choice for the amount of money to be spent!

If you do want something sportier, what about a Mazda6? Again, they have four doors, but they are sporty looking and reliable, too!......or you could always buy V-Tec's Integra....:laughing:

posted by  Cliffy

Just be careful getting those old luxury cars like the lexus sc400 and the g20. They may only cost the same as most cars, but the maintenance is extremely expensive. For example, this is from http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp;jsessionid=ZD0J2CVBEAN3RLAYIE0U2VA? section=yd&subject=yd_myth&story=ydMyths&referer=advice&aff=national



Hope you read that.

posted by  Bronxie

Thanks for the information so far guys. The pictures and years were great elchango your post was really helpful. I really like the g20 and I'll have to look into it some more. Also the mazda 6 has been on the top of my list and I'll have to get around to some local dealers to test drive it. Biggest question for that is if i can get the 2003 for a decent price. Thanks alot Bronxie for the warning on the luxury cars. That's definately something i hadn't considered and I found the rest of that guide to be quite informative too. Again thanks for your replies so far. It's a huge market to be just getting into and I appreciate some help in the right direction. :D

posted by  MrHappy`

id pick the Infiniti G20 (nissan primera to me), theyre quite fast, fuel efficient and can last a while, my dad used one as a taxi and had one or two problems with the car (not engine) in about 4 years owning one!!!

posted by  True_Brit

And no Cambelt to snap, on the models pictured atleast (I assume the US car has the same engine?).....just a chain, which should last the life of the car, and if it doesn't, you'll know when it's on its way out...or should do, lol.

Thanks for returning, MrHappy, you'd be suprised at how few members do that! :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

I'm positive that the only engine that was offered in the G20 was the SR20DE.

posted by  elchango36

www.Cars.com ....see what your 8k-10k can get you.

posted by  05BlackWRX

Codes mean nothing to me really, as I've said before somewhere. We have/had the 2.0-litre 16-valve driven by chain....some were 1.6-litres too :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

i got 1993 toyota corolla sedan, done oil change 2 days ago with pennz oil and fram tough guard oil filter for around $1000-1500, 130000 -140000miles

pm me

posted by  aye87

Did somebody say boost?

http://www.engine-power.com/img/specs/mitsubishi_eclipse_gsx_04.jpg

posted by  PontiacFan27

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