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Old 05-19-2005, 04:36 PM   #1
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ANOTHER what car to buy thread...sorry!

I'm sure you guys (and gals) get a lot of these around here, but I'm a wanna-be car guy with NO car guy friends to help me out.

Anyway...here's my situation. I want to spend LESS than $30,000 total on a new/used car. This price will have to include any modifications as well, but I also don't mind leaving a car fairly stock if it performs well as is. I need to commute 45 minutes each way to work, so gas mileage will be a factor...and I would like to stay low miles (no Toyota Supra's with 90k). Also, four seats would be preferred, since kiddies might be only a few years away.
BUT I STILL WANT TO HAVE FUN!!!

My current list (ranked):

1. Mazda RX-8: not many mods needed to make this fun, but gas mileage is not very good.

2. Infiniti G35: luxury ride, yet good performance...high end of price range though.

Other possiblities:
Honda S2000
Nissan 350Z
Acura RSX
BMW M-Coupe
Pontiac GTO
Ford Mustang GT
Lexus IS300
Subaru Impreza WRX (STI maybe)
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Bassically, I need help narrowing this list down to 2-3 cars and what mods might be needed to make them fun. Thanks for helpin' a newbie out!
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Old 05-19-2005, 04:55 PM   #2
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The 2005 Mustang GT is cheap and beat the GTO in Car & Drivers comparison test. I like the Acura RSX-S but it sounds like you want the base one. The Evolution is my second favorite and the Mustang is my first. If I were you I would get the GT because most of the cars you want take premium gas
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Old 05-19-2005, 04:57 PM   #3
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I would take the STi. If I wouldn't have looked into them a little bit recently, I would've been 100% for the GTO.
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Old 05-19-2005, 05:28 PM   #4
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I agree that the Mustang has advantages (low price, regular fuel), but I think it falls behind in handling and interior fit and finish.

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Why the Subie? I've heard that there a few necessary mods for this car to make it perform at the level of say an RX-8.
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:11 PM   #5
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Well you wont get a GT or a 350Z for under 30
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:46 PM   #6
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I would buy the BMW M-Coupe or RX-8. The M wouldn't have to be modded much to be fast. It's got good suspension, brakes, engine, transmission, build quality, etc. As my German exchange student would say, "What do you think? It's German engineered!" It will make more horsepower/torque than the RX-8 while acheiving similar fuel economy figures.
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Old 05-20-2005, 06:01 PM   #7
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I would buy the BMW M-Coupe or RX-8. The M wouldn't have to be modded much to be fast. It's got good suspension, brakes, engine, transmission, build quality, etc. As my German exchange student would say, "What do you think? It's German engineered!" It will make more horsepower/torque than the RX-8 while acheiving similar fuel economy figures.
yeah...the only problem is the M has 2 seats.
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:14 PM   #8
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yeah...the only problem is the M has 2 seats.


That's right. For some reason I was thinking of the M3. That's what I would rather have.
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:30 AM   #9
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Well you wont get a GT for under 30

The GT starts at around 26 thousand
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:31 AM   #10
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Old 05-25-2005, 06:15 AM   #11
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This may be just me but Damn I wish I had as much money as you! Personally I would go with a 1997 mitsubishi eclipse, great handling, great looks, fun to do out and you can find them ANYWHERE used for under 5,000, wich leves you with a hell of alot to have some fun with it
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