I'm on the cape all week hanging out with my girlfriend and pretty much her entire family. My liver hurts and I'm probably sunburnt slash probably coming home in a casket. Don't try to keep up with dominicans fam. You can't.
I also drove around a few back roads here in my 02 TS just chilling with the windows down and enjoying the curves and the road. It was a lot of fun. Miata drivers are onto something. I saw quite a few out here.
Originally Posted by ramuman
I just want RTC to fit in with his med school brothern. Status is important in college. For example, I drove a Sentra and Accord in college and it made me the man that I am.
Haha, this is the last thing I really care about, but okay. I know you said it in jest, but I just figured I'd clarify.
When I'm actually making a real salary and have paid off my student loans, I'll entertain getting something befitting that status. Chances are, it'll be something stupid fun that slips under the radar while I DD something that doesn't really raise eyebrows.
Originally Posted by Thrift Vader
@Ruhmuman. Those are an ultra desirable classic in the tuning crowd. With some clean examples worth more than a R32 GTR. I have personally scoffed at one for sale at 10k. There is no question that if that car has a solid shell, and is an original 5-spd, it is worth 2.5 -3k all day. Over 3k is a stretch, because the wrong owner has it. And welded the diff. (Replacements are cheap enough)
Rtc says he wants a car to learn manual driving. How many of us learned in something similar. I learned manual in a Corolla.
He says he would like to learn how to do stuff himself. So first paint job? Easy. First engine swap? Cheap, first interior black trim and race buckets? Yup. And so on. A popular car. With potential and a climbing resale value.
3rd point. He wants to track day later, and get in the crowd. A serious corolla could get in the door.
Such as this:
Still waiting for other decent sub 3k suggestions to suit a beginner.
1: Friend with a VW GTI just told me he'd teach me how to drive stick on his car.
2: I like tinkering with things of little consequence. I could live with having my bike out of order for the first month of good weather. When I'm scrambling to get to clinic on time, I don't want to worry about having a project for a daily.
3: I'd love to do a track day, but I can do one on my bike. Getting a second car that's going to be a project to build up to something is going to be a hard sell.
Originally Posted by GreenFrog
I see where you're coming from, but I disagree.
There has been zero progress made on rtc's part over the past two weeks. I'm not saying that to dig at him. He just needs to be more decisive and start doing more research on his own.
Eh, I don't really talk about everything I do on here. I've actually talked to a few guys with saabaru's and asked what issues they've had. They've confirmed that the drivetrain is all WRX and replacement parts are still available online for not a ridiculous amount of money. Realistically, if I replace my car with another DD like a saabaru, I'd be fine getting rid of it in 3 years when I start residency. Unless it's still going then, in which case I'd keep it till it didn't make sense to. The interior of those cars is super nice. They were reviewed pretty well too.
Here's some reading:
Sounds like a fun car to spend 3 years in. There's one I found for 6k near my parents place that's a 5 speed manual and has been sitting for almost a year in the dealers lot. Priced at 6k right now and I could probably talk them into taking that price out the door. It has 122k miles on it, but the interior looks amazing. Also think it's more likely that a saab is better maintained than a subaru because of the difference in clientele. The engines are also the 'better' ones and tend not to grenade if the oil levels are maintained. Can always get a better oil pan or just check the oil every week and top up as needed if it's eating oil.