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Old 10-18-2011, 07:56 PM   #16
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I'd be fine with driving a turbo as long as I had a manual transmission.

But from a maintenance perspective, a turbo is just one more thing that can go wrong, so I'm on the fence.

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:15 PM   #17
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I'd be fine with driving a turbo as long as I had a manual transmission.

But from a maintenance perspective, a turbo is just one more thing that can go wrong, so I'm on the fence.
Manual trans only in this familly. My wife refuses to drive anything else. It actually makes it hard to buy a new car

I agree with you about the turbo being one more thing to go wrong. I worry about it even after haveing the Beetle 1.8T with 160,000 miles and the GTI 2.0T with 50,000.

Knock wood . . .
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:27 PM   #18
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How about a 2 door BMW 3 Series?
We had a 328i circa 96 model, we put over 120k miles on it, got it used at 80k and I spent nothing on it in the way of engine/tranny repairs in that time.
There was a few nagging things interior related.....

My cousin has a late model Vette and I preferred the handling of the 3, the vette was twitchy in the corners and not confidence inspiring like its glued to the road as the 3 series did.

You can find nice used ones in your price range.
Another option would be a last generation Mazda RX7 Turbo, they can be found under $10k too.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:50 PM   #19
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In the ADV tradition

of not paying attention to the question and just posting a car we like.



V12tdi....
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:52 PM   #20
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here's a mess of womp-ass just down the road.
http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/2615213380.html
keep your foot out of the throttle and you'll get 25-28 mpg on the freeway.

oops missed the bad oil pressure gauge on the first read.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:57 PM   #21
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I had the same requirements plus one for rear wheel drive only. Had a few Mustangs but I couldn't make them handle the way I wanted a car to drive, then I happened to drive a Miata.

Forget the chick/gay car stereotype, this thing is FUN! Handles great stock, enough power to make it feel balanced, and it gets 30mpg regardless of how you drive it. Aftermarket support for anything you want to do.

I also drove an RX7...just as fun but half the mpg. Winner=Miata.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:10 PM   #22
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that price range. Miata is the way to go. Next slot higher, I'd look at C5 vettes.

The all things Miata thread.


PS-- can you find Pontiac Solstice for under $10K?
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:57 PM   #23
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PS-- can you find Pontiac Solstice for under $10K?
The Solstice is a shitty street car: you sit in a bucket so no visibility, poor seats, no trunk space, the worst top ever made...

Makes a good race car though...

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Old 10-19-2011, 08:34 PM   #24
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I must say that Miatas have never appealed to me, but this thread is at least making me consider one.

I've been doing a lot of research, and the VW GTI VR6, Corvette C4/C5, and a Porsche 928 are in the lead so far. None are great on gas mileage, but also not horrible.

I love BMWs, but I just don't think I'd be happy with a non M series, and I'm not willing to pay for the upkeep on an M. I have a friend with a 2003ish M3, and he spent several thousands in the first 2 years on repairs.

Thanks for the ideas!

Y'all got any more?
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:13 PM   #25
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I'm not willing to pay for the upkeep on an M
yet a 928 is on your short list? have fun pulling the motor to change spark plugs.

buy my colorado?



it sucks as a sports car but i need the $ to buy a house. and its only got 19k on it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:14 PM   #26
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Late model 300ZXTT.

Plenty fast, t tops, climate control and stands out in a crowd.

Edit: Since you're on the fence. My 1990 300ZX NA got mid 20s if I "kept my foot off it". Now a days I'm even more relaxed, maybe itd do better?
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:46 PM   #27
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True, but you can easily fit a 302 into a Miata...try that with the Elise.
I just saw one with a 302 at a local show a week ago. It was done right and was pretty bad ass. A LOT of people buy em' and use em' as SCCA track cars. The OP can also look for a Fiero GT. Rear drive and pretty low. They made a Ferrari body kit for them too,
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:48 PM   #28
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Late model 300ZXTT.

Plenty fast, t tops, climate control and stands out in a crowd.

Edit: Since you're on the fence. My 1990 300ZX NA got mid 20s if I "kept my foot off it". Now a days I'm even more relaxed, maybe itd do better?
My buddy had a nice one, non turbo. It had a wide body? kit. Pretty fast, but finicky mechanical demons.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:25 PM   #29
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I must say that Miatas have never appealed to me, but this thread is at least making me consider one.

I've been doing a lot of research, and the VW GTI VR6, Corvette C4/C5, and a Porsche 928 are in the lead so far. None are great on gas mileage, but also not horrible.

I love BMWs, but I just don't think I'd be happy with a non M series, and I'm not willing to pay for the upkeep on an M. I have a friend with a 2003ish M3, and he spent several thousands in the first 2 years on repairs.

Thanks for the ideas!

Y'all got any more?
Problem is, none of those are sports cars. Fat fwd shitbox and three GT cars yes, but no sports cars.

2 seats, manual trans and rwd, no roof, lightweight, emphasis on handling = sports car
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:31 PM   #30
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Bugatti Veyron
No roof version of the fatest road legal car ever made (Top Gear said, taking it to 259mhp on a track). You'll get a thrill in-between gas stations. :-)
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