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Old 08-01-2007, 09:56 AM   #1
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<= 6k Japanese car, need your help

Hey guys,

Sorry if i'm posting in the wrong area... just let me know where to if I am.

Anyways, I've been searching around for a used car but I haven't been able to decide which car to buy. That's where I'm hoping you guys come in. After having bad experiences with German cars and pleasurable experiences with Japanese cars, especially Hondas, I've been leaning towards Japanese cars. I've gone through the forums and saw that you guys like some criteria.. so here it goes:

Coupe or Sedan
4cyl or 6cyl (I love rotarys but they're more of a hassle)
Reliable (Very important)
Not too small (like an MR2)
Not too old (early 1990s is as far back as I plan on going)
Decent looks (I'm not a huge fan of older Corollas but Integras aren't bad)
Power is obviously a plus, but I'm not gonna fret if its 260hp or 200hp
I'm a huge fan of cars that handle well

And I have $6000 to use. Whether I plan on using all $6000 on buying the car, or $5000 on the car and the rest on modding it, I don't know. Let's just say $6000 is the absolute limit.

Also, I've been doing a little research. The cars I'm thinking about right now are the Integra (most likely as of now), Accord (also not bad), Camry, 300zx, 240sx, 3000gt, Eclipse, Civic, and Celica. Tell me all the other ones I'm missing. I'm definitely not going to buy a MR2 (too small), Supra (haha only if it were MK4... I wish), or RX7 (rotarys... too much work). And I'm a little hesitant with a Prelude, as I haven't heard much good of them.

A few suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks fellas
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:38 PM   #2
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"This porridge is too cold, this porridge is too hot, this porridge is just right". Point is, what is too hot or too cold for one person, is just right for someone else. It sounds like almost every early 1990s Japanese sports car fits into those categories. You gave us a very broad spectrum and you want us to pick a car that in your opnion is perfect, but in our opinion, might not even be close to what you were thinking.

My advice would be to get onto a web site like Edmunds and do a used car search using criteria you want. CHeck out your area. The cars we plan on buying and the cars we end up buying are often times different.
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Old 08-02-2007, 01:17 AM   #3
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If reliability is important, I'd stay away from sub-6k 300ZXs or 3000GTs.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:32 AM   #4
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I say the lude, as it was rated bet handling FWD car when it came out and it looks great.

Or 240sx cause you cant be RWD, and it has a huge aftermarket plus it looks great especially a Silvia conversion

Or a Hatch much like elchango36s. Im tarting to really liek the look of old hatchs with a few JDM parts and I dont like many imports especially front drivers, but Ive seen a few of these with swaps and boost that werent to bad plus a nicely styled but subdued one lacking a farter has a great street presensce as they are so few and far in between.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:03 AM   #5
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Don't be a afraid of the Prelude, awesome daily driver. I'd recommend this or a Civic/Integra mainly because I'm partial to Honda, and also because you don't want something small. You could pick up a nice 1st gen MX5 Miata for that much, but you're probably put off by it because of the space (or lack thereof). You could go 240 as Enthusiast said, but this can be pricey to modify because of the current demand (it's the latest bandwagon/fashion accessory for tuners right now). If you want something practical, a 5th or 6th gen Civic hatchback with a few mods will do the trick. I agree 100% with what giant said. Expect to pay over $8,000 for a good example of either the Z or 300GT.
Lastly, there is one car you didn't mention and I can't figure why (other than the badge). A 2nd Gen Ford Probe has everything your looking for including the Japanese DNA. Its really a rebadged Mazda MX-6 with better looks IMO.

I don't know how mechanically inclined you are. Modding can be "affordable" or pricey depending on how much work you can do yourself, and how many people you know that can help you out. It's a great hobby if you have the funds for it. You could build a very nice car with your budget. In the end it's YOU who has to decide as YOU'RE the one that has to live with the car everyday. Good Luck!!!
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:42 AM   #6
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Awesome. Thanks for the help guys. I've decided Integra or Prelude.

Thanks again.
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