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Old 02-19-2006, 08:33 AM   #1
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Thinking of buying a weekend car

Hey everyone,, have some extra cash and thinking about buying a car for weekend rides. I was thinking about either a Used 85-87 Buick Grand National or a 83-87 Porsche...I would like opinions on both..I know Porsche would be expensive to maintain and getting parts for the Buick is probably a pain....Both are nice rides...Porsche is more flashy...
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Old 02-19-2006, 09:46 PM   #2
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Hey everyone,, have some extra cash and thinking about buying a car for weekend rides. I was thinking about either a Used 85-87 Buick Grand National or a 83-87 Porsche...I would like opinions on both..I know Porsche would be expensive to maintain and getting parts for the Buick is probably a pain....Both are nice rides...Porsche is more flashy...

I dont know exactly what kind of weekend ride you're looking for but a 1st gen Miata (if you an fit) is a very fun ride.

The Porsche will probably be easier to get than the GN.
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Old 02-19-2006, 09:50 PM   #3
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a fiero would make a good car as it can be made very fast very easily

and its american so parts arent too hard to get.

but out of the cars you listed id have to say the porsche
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Old 02-20-2006, 12:30 AM   #6
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Hey everyone,, have some extra cash and thinking about buying a car for weekend rides. I was thinking about either a Used 85-87 Buick Grand National or a 83-87 Porsche...I would like opinions on both..I know Porsche would be expensive to maintain and getting parts for the Buick is probably a pain....Both are nice rides...Porsche is more flashy...
Personally, I like the GNs a lot better. Around here there are a ton of 80's Porsches, to be honest I don't really see them as flashy. On the other hand, on the rare occasion that a Grand National passes by, I usually can't take my eyes off of it. I'd do some research, but I believe that the 87s had the most power and are the most sought after. I do know the GNXs are the most powerful and the rarest, and the most expensive.
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Old 02-20-2006, 02:39 AM   #7
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a fiero would make a good car as it can be made very fast very easily

and its american so parts arent too hard to get.

but out of the cars you listed id have to say the porsche

Being so rare, I dont think finding SOME parts for the Fiero would be that easy.
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:29 AM   #8
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I am 6;2 225, I really dont see myself being comfortable in a Miata or Fiero...Thats why the Porsche or GN appealed to me..I also thought about the 944
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I don't know much about the grand national but the porsche is a pretty sweet ride for a weekend car. But the porsches from the era you stated are not what you would call efficient. For example, the 1987 911 turbo has a 3.3 liter pumping out 282hp. Now An evo vi can do that or slightly under that with a 2.0 liter. Why don't you go for a used evo or a used rx-7. unless you have something against japanese cars and the fact that smaller is better and more efficient. Good luck man hope you find the right car.
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:22 PM   #10
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Nothing against Japanese Cars at all,,,My primary car is a 99 Nissan Maxima..but wanted something more fun for the weekend...I thought about an older Z car also....But something about the Porsche and Buick just do it for me..
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I dont know how reliable the Buick would be after 100000 miles..I like American Cars, but a Porsche isnt even broken in until 100000 miles...
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:27 PM   #12
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I dont know how reliable the Buick would be after 100000 miles..I like American Cars, but a Porsche isnt even broken in until 100000 miles...

How do you figure that?
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300ZX is a nice car, if u like the older z's, i think it has kinda the same body styling of some older porsches and its quite a nice car
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I don't know much about the grand national but the porsche is a pretty sweet ride for a weekend car. But the porsches from the era you stated are not what you would call efficient. For example, the 1987 911 turbo has a 3.3 liter pumping out 282hp. Now An evo vi can do that or slightly under that with a 2.0 liter. Why don't you go for a used evo or a used rx-7. unless you have something against japanese cars and the fact that smaller is better and more efficient. Good luck man hope you find the right car.
I never really understood the whole HP/liter argument. The 5.7 Liter LS1 is rated at 18/27 MPG. A 2.0 liter 2006 Evo is rated at 18/24 MPG. I know that supposedly AWD sucks up some MPG, but considering that this car has less power and is probably lighter (not 100% sure), that should make up for it. Yeah, it makes more HP per liter, but was does it matter if your getting less MPG?
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I never really understood the whole HP/liter argument. The 5.7 Liter LS1 is rated at 18/27 MPG. A 2.0 liter 2006 Evo is rated at 18/24 MPG. I know that supposedly AWD sucks up some MPG, but considering that this car has less power and is probably lighter (not 100% sure), that should make up for it. Yeah, it makes more HP per liter, but was does it matter if your getting less MPG?

I dont think people who buy an LS1 Camaro/Vette or EVO care about gas mileage...just saying.
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