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Old 05-05-2004, 05:49 AM   #1
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Question Recommendations / Warnings

Ok, where to start... I've been shopping for one of three used cars for the last month. The list is as followed.

1. Toyota MR2 Spyder (00 or Newer)
2. Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT (01 or Newer)
3. Hyundai Tiberon GT (01 or Newer)

I would prefer the first, but Toyota only ships 5,000 of them to the states every year, and it makes finding a good deal on them very very hard. I did test drive a few of them, and they are quick for only packing 138 hp stock. One of which that I drove had a cold air intake, and custom exhaust and it was pretty quick. But the dealership wanted 3k over edmunds & nada.

I think one of the things I have established is that Kelly Blue Book is really over priced, and over rated. I hate Kelly Blue Book.

The Mitsubish Spyder GT that I looked at had an automatic sportronic trans in it which didn't bother me, but well while I was doing the paper work to buy the car, one of the other car salesman sold the car while we were doing the paper work to someone that was paying full in cash. It was a heart break, from doing local research Spyder GT's is pretty hard to find up here.

I checked out some things about the Hyunda Tiburon, and it looks like a nice car, which it'll be my last choice, I want a convertible. On to the next problem, I am stuck going to the same dealership due to some credit issues. I have a period of inactivity on my credit which destroyed my beacon score. I already have one car paid off, but none of the banks can find a "beacon" score, but I have a dealership willing to work with me.

I'm really only looking at used cars, though if I go with a new car I can get a lower APR per year. My price range is under 20k for the car.

Which car would any of you recommend out of those three cars, and why, or do you have some bad info about them? I want a car that I can do some light modding to, such as cold air, rims, exhaust, maybe super charge, body kit, etc. and I'll like to do as much as possible on my own so im looking for something easy to work on, and im looking at resell value as well.

Well if anyone can get any advice I'll really appriciate it =).

Thanks in Advance

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Old 05-05-2004, 05:59 AM   #2
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Can a Forum Mod move this to Asian Imports, I posted in wrong thread on accident. Sorry

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Old 05-05-2004, 06:26 AM   #3
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Can a Forum Mod move this to Asian Imports, I posted in wrong thread on accident. Sorry

No probs..I just moved it for ya...I'll advise you on what car I'd go for later, I'm sure loads of other people would have advised you by then anyway lol...I'm just leaving work so I cant do anything now lol
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Old 05-05-2004, 08:01 AM   #4
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You might want to look into a used RSX. Those are nice, my friend has one. Nice power, nice interior and looks nice. The handling is pretty good on one of those, its quiet inside and the leather interior is really something to be desired. I am guessing you can get one below 20k if its a 2001 model and not Type R. You can do alot of light modding to the RSX, to my knowledge, the RSX responds pretty well to mods. Too bad its not a convertible, but with the moon roof, its still pretty nice. You can try and find a 1999 Honda S2000 with higher mileage, those can go under 20k if you are lucky. That is the best roadster you will ever find. More power then MRS, better handling, looks ALOT better and plus its a Honda. Lancer Ralliart brand new would cost you under 20k, but again its not a convertible, but its a solid investment, good fuel efficency and looks pretty decent. Well, that's my .
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Old 05-05-2004, 01:51 PM   #5
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You might want to look into a used RSX. Those are nice, my friend has one. Nice power, nice interior and looks nice. The handling is pretty good on one of those, its quiet inside and the leather interior is really something to be desired. I am guessing you can get one below 20k if its a 2001 model and not Type R. You can do alot of light modding to the RSX, to my knowledge, the RSX responds pretty well to mods. Too bad its not a convertible, but with the moon roof, its still pretty nice. You can try and find a 1999 Honda S2000 with higher mileage, those can go under 20k if you are lucky. That is the best roadster you will ever find. More power then MRS, better handling, looks ALOT better and plus its a Honda. Lancer Ralliart brand new would cost you under 20k, but again its not a convertible, but its a solid investment, good fuel efficency and looks pretty decent. Well, that's my .



I did look into the S2000, but the one I test drove, I was really disappointed in. It didn't have the "Get up and go" as the other cars I test drove did. On top of that they are still a bit pricey, and how well will they old their value? I would consider a S2000 if I could find low mileage at a good price.
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Old 05-05-2004, 08:44 PM   #6
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I would personally go with the MR2. Also, I would look at a small turbocharger instead of a supercharger.
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