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Old 05-26-2003, 08:24 AM   #1
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best car for about 3k

for my first car i've got about $3000 to work with. i know i can't really be picky with this type of budget, but i'm looking for a car with reliability and is relatively fun to drive. i've got my choice narrowed down to a early 90's nissan 240sx, but would really like some suggestions.
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Old 05-26-2003, 10:10 PM   #2
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Re: best car for about 3k

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for my first car i've got about $3000 to work with. i know i can't really be picky with this type of budget, but i'm looking for a car with reliability and is relatively fun to drive. i've got my choice narrowed down to a early 90's nissan 240sx, but would really like some suggestions.

This is one of those questions that's almost impossible to give a good answer to unless you have answers to umpteen other questions.

What is available in your area? How good are you at hustling a deal? What is your definition of reliable? Fun to drive? Do you need a turn-key car or are you willing to do some work on it? If so can you do your own work or are you paying someone else? How far are you willing to travel to make a purchase? Is it cash or do you need a dealer to finance you?

An early 90's 240SX is as good as any other car if that's what you like. A quick search on Autotrader of 90-93 240SX's comes up with a high of $23,000 (holy shit) and a low of $700 with an average of $3922.

My point here is that only you know the answers to these and other questions that all have to be taken into account. My suggestion is to do your homework and answer all the questions I've already asked and any others you might come up with and that will lead you to a logical conclusion. Good luck.
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Old 05-31-2003, 10:46 PM   #3
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You can get late 80's/early 90's Camaros for under $3000 easily. They are fast, fun to drive, and cheap. Just look around in the classifieds.

Also, try eBay motors and search for cars in your area. You are bound to find something that way.
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Old 06-01-2003, 11:37 AM   #4
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PSAF said -
"You can get late 80's/early 90's Camaros for under $3000 easily. They are fast, fun to drive, and cheap."


Ender133 also said that he wanted reliability. I didn't think that old Camaros were meant to be very reliable.
Why recommend an old Camaro over any other muscle car e.g. a Mustang?
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Old 06-03-2003, 01:53 PM   #5
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It looks like PSAF has nothing to say for himself roll
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It looks like PSAF has nothing to say for himself

Snoope, you're starting to sound like me. I wonder how long till you start getting nastygrams.
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Old 06-04-2003, 12:39 AM   #7
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You can get late 80's/early 90's Camaros for under $3000 easily. They are fast, fun to drive, and cheap. Just look around in the classifieds.

Also, try eBay motors and search for cars in your area. You are bound to find something that way.



oohahahaha aaaaaaahhhahahhhaha


dont they have the 305? or wahtever that realy realy crappy sb.. and stock fast yeahhhh


here is a list of cars

1st gen 300zx Turbo or N/A
1984 through i think 89 200sx, have either 2.0 letre sohc non turb or 1.8 sohc turbo, other option is the 87 88 se v6, its a 3.0 sohc.

80's toyota mr2 n/a or supercharged
1st gen mazda rx7 or 2nd gen rx7 n/a or turbo 2
late 80's early 90's dodge daytona 2.2 letre turbo
datsun 240z
1986 or up porsche 944 earlier ones had some electrical problems, these go anywhere from 3k to 5k, there is a turbo and n/a version
80's mustangs ive heard they are cheap to buy and build
maybe a pontiac fiero?? ive heard some have fire problems maybe not sure the list goes on and on....
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vwhobo said -
"Snoope, you're starting to sound like me. I wonder how long till you start getting nastygrams. lol"

I was thinking the same thing myself ) although it looks like I'm not the only one to point out PSAFs poor suggestion.
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vwhobo said: -
"Snoope, you're starting to sound like me. I wonder how long till you start getting nastygrams. "

I was thinking the same thing myself although it looks like I'm not the only one to point out PSAFs poor suggestion.

Unfortunately this is all for naught because ender133 looks like another one hit wonder. Why do people ask questions or make statements and then disappear?
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Old 06-05-2003, 03:44 AM   #10
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Go to your county surplus auction, usually held once a year. Look for a 94-96 Chevy Caprice Police car. I bought a 94, all one color (silver) with 107,000 miles on it, for $1900. It has the LT1-350. All heavy duty, it is an Impala SS in sheeps clothing. Reliable. Cheap to work on. safe. fast.
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do they Even have 300hp the chevys........ i thought they had 260 something
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Old 06-28-2003, 11:28 PM   #12
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'90 Pontiac Grand Am. Buddy got one, loaded with all options available at the time, for about 2k. Not bad.

One of the older Nissan Z cars. Can't go wrong.

'90-ish Jetta. Not amazing, ugly as hell, but reliable.
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Old 06-29-2003, 08:31 AM   #13
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get a AE86 Trueno or Levin, best drifiting vehicles around. In North America it is the 1986 Toyota Corolla GTS. I think you can still have around 1000 left, to add a turbo. Of course a car this old normally has horrible exterior quality!!
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:59 AM   #14
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get a AE86 Trueno or Levin, best drifiting vehicles around. In North America it is the 1986 Toyota Corolla GTS. I think you can still have around 1000 left, to add a turbo. Of course a car this old normally has horrible exterior quality!!


ugg stfu, for one they only sold the trueno type in the u.s under the corolla gts badge. secondly those things go for about 3500 to 5000 so JUST SHUT UP. and add a turbo? you cant just ****ing stick a turbo onto an engine and expect it to work all fine and dandy. it will cost Way more than a 1000 dollars to build an engine to withstand a turbo and be reliable
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