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post #23911 of 26303
In terms of resale, clean NAs are fetching much higher prices than similarly clean early NBs around here.

Mostly from the nostalgia and hype factor.
post #23912 of 26303
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

Hard to do all that stuff in med school doe. Get something cheap, fun, and ready to roll stock now. After graduation get a GT car and do all that stuff

That post makes no sense at all. Hard to do what while at university? Hard to pay mechanics bills?

Most small repairs take less than 2 hours to fix, quicker with a friend. Universities are full of entry level enthusiasts. He will fit right in.

Isn't getting the most fun, reliable, most flexible and self servicable car for his budget the purpose of this particular discussion?

Narrowing it down to 2 Japanese 4 banger convertibles is the right path for a student's car.
-roll stock and maintain now, slowly individualize as you can afford to in the future. Cheap, fun, reliable.
post #23913 of 26303
That's not what you said though. You want him to become a fabricator, mechanic and painter. And all these posts about how much aftermarket support these cars have, up to and including engine swaps.

I don't disagree with any of your posts, just saying that while we may enjoy talking about all this stuff, it doesn't sound like what he's looking to do. Stock Miata or MR2 that doesn't require any major repair is what I think he needs
post #23914 of 26303
I took took a 6mos hiatus from SF so I thought I'd drop a self-involved long-form poast on here as to meh car happenings for your guys' comments/chirps. Either is fine.

...so my '03 E46 SMG 'vert finally died this January after 204k klix and 8.5 yrs of faithful service.


Well, not really died: my indie actually bought it and put the 20hrs and all the parts into turning it into a Frankenmanual and sold it for like $11K. I had a shot to get the old bitch back first with the "proper" stickshift but - despite considerable sentimentality - passed.

I began and am still just monopolizing the family truck but last week bid on this after a nice test drive. '98 SL600 (R129). Real love-it or hate-it kinda style. Timeless or POS depending on who you ask. My thoughts were older, but a look I've loved since HS, a 6 second car not 5, but who cares, a "normal" auto if the wifie needs it, and - of course - not $50g'z. Also another krautwagon for consistency's sake. Order your own parts, refurb the cylinders for the top and you got a V12 that was $150K USD in 1998 for $15K (and with only 90k klix) in 2016.




Anyway I didn't get it, and in retrospect maybe was a "test-pilot" afterall, but a fun heavy cruiser summer (or year round w winters and the removable hardtop) dad car for sure.

*if you ever had $25k to burn later on you could send it to Florida and have Renntech turn it into an SL73 too. Yep, a 7.3L V12 lol with the attendant HP/torque.
post #23915 of 26303
You read wrong. I am a mechanic, painter, and fabricator. And am using my experience to guide him towards something that will suit his needs, now and in the future. With the perspective of knowing just how difficult some cars can be. And how easily available replacement/upgrade parts can be for certain cars.

In one of his earlier posts, he said he would like to try track days, in pm's he said he had found a local enthusiast to help him fix his Subaru. He already is finding his way towards being a DIY owner. A user friendly starter car with potential is going to serve him well.

Sure, i might be a formidable car builder, and he might be just starting out. That doesn't mean he can't make best use of mine, and others on here's advice.

I will always be available to help him with repair instructions, and proxy/postage of cheap parts.
post #23916 of 26303
Everything I find here has rust frown.gif

Even the really awesome 97 I test drove in.

I just want to figure out where the balance is.

I talked to a guy from a miata forum and he basically told me that rust on these cars destroys them. But is that really an issue for something that's going to be garaged over the winter and probably sold in a few years?
Edited by ridethecliche - 8/4/16 at 9:23pm
post #23917 of 26303
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Originally Posted by SirReveller View Post

I took took a 6mos hiatus from SF so I thought I'd drop a self-involved long-form poast on here as to meh car happenings for your guys' comments/chirps. Either is fine.

...so my '03 E46 SMG 'vert finally died this January after 204k klix and 8.5 yrs of faithful service.


Well, not really died: my indie actually bought it and put the 20hrs and all the parts into turning it into a Frankenmanual and sold it for like $11K. I had a shot to get the old bitch back first with the "proper" stickshift but - despite considerable sentimentality - passed.

I began and am still just monopolizing the family truck but last week bid on this after a nice test drive. '98 SL600 (R129). Real love-it or hate-it kinda style. Timeless or POS depending on who you ask. My thoughts were older, but a look I've loved since HS, a 6 second car not 5, but who cares, a "normal" auto if the wifie needs it, and - of course - not $50g'z. Also another krautwagon for consistency's sake. Order your own parts, refurb the cylinders for the top and you got a V12 that was $150K USD in 1998 for $15K (and with only 90k klix) in 2016.




Anyway I didn't get it, and in retrospect maybe was a "test-pilot" afterall, but a fun heavy cruiser summer (or year round w winters and the removable hardtop) dad car for sure.

*if you ever had $25k to burn later on you could send it to Florida and have Renntech turn it into an SL73 too. Yep, a 7.3L V12 lol with the attendant HP/torque.

SMG finally went out?
post #23918 of 26303
Might try to go look at this tomorrow as well:

http://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/5715348515.html

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Originally Posted by sonick View Post

In terms of resale, clean NAs are fetching much higher prices than similarly clean early NBs around here.

Mostly from the nostalgia and hype factor.

I can't call anything I've seen clean. They all have some amount of rust some where. Some interiors are better than others though...
Edited by ridethecliche - 8/4/16 at 10:20pm
post #23919 of 26303
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

SMG finally went out?

Yeah buddy. It was a real moneypit towards the end, all on that damn transmission. Car's worth $14k and needs at least $10k for conversion to stick or about the same $ for basically a new SMG. With all the rattle in the top I said no mas. Better part of a decade so best to christen a new sloop.
post #23920 of 26303
As said in PM. -Rust is a walk away. Period.

German cars, are also a walk away. lol8[1].gif
post #23921 of 26303
GF - what are you rollin' witch these days?

Also:
http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/buying-maintenance/news/a28733/new-e39-m5-e46-m3-for-sale/

Dumb price but amusing odo preservation, lol
post #23922 of 26303
He's Rollin' a Camry.
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post #23923 of 26303
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Everything I find here has rust frown.gif

Even the really awesome 97 I test drove in.

I just want to figure out where the balance is.

I talked to a guy from a miata forum and he basically told me that rust on these cars destroys them. But is that really an issue for something that's going to be garaged over the winter and probably sold in a few years?

 

Get a carfax account and before you look at a car in person, see if it is a transplant from out of state.  I assume every car in the northeast has rust unless you are like Dino who garages both his F-car and P-car all winter.  

 

Let's be real.  The car is not going to be your last and rust is fine for a couple of years.  It is not like the floor pan will rust and so you can Fred Flintstone the car unless we are talking about something from the 70s.  

post #23924 of 26303
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Originally Posted by SirReveller View Post

I took took a 6mos hiatus from SF so I thought I'd drop a self-involved long-form poast on here as to meh car happenings for your guys' comments/chirps. ...

I began and am still just monopolizing the family truck but last week bid on this after a nice test drive. '98 SL600 (R129). Real love-it or hate-it kinda style. Timeless or POS depending on who you ask. My thoughts were older, but a look I've loved since HS, a 6 second car not 5, but who cares, a "normal" auto if the wifie needs it, and - of course - not $50g'z. Also another krautwagon for consistency's sake. Order your own parts, refurb the cylinders for the top and you got a V12 that was $150K USD in 1998 for $15K (and with only 90k klix) in 2016.

You made a narrow escape with your retirement funds in tact by not purchasing that SL600.  Those things are money pits.  That's part of the reason they are so cheap.  No one wants to spend what it costs to maintain them or purchase parts for them.   If you ever have far more money than you need and change your mind, there is never a shortage of old SL600s, SL500s, and AMG cars selling for a fraction of their MRSP. 

 

Personally, I find the body style of the 90's SLs rather dated today.  I'm not really an SL kind of person, but if I were buying one I'd rather have an R107 SL (560SL or 450SL) which were of far better build quality and don't have all issues that plagued a lot of MBs from the late 90s early 2000s. 

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

Everything I find here has rust frown.gif
 

Living in the northeast anything that was used in the winter will have rust.  Its the nature of the beast.  Only cars that go into storage for the winter (which are usually more toy than daily driver) will be free of rust. 

 

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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post
 

I assume every car in the northeast has rust unless you are like Dino who garages both his F-car and P-car all winter.  

:fistbump:  Exactly!  Pretty much anything that gets driven year round in the northeast will have rust.  All that salt they use in the winter really takes a toll on cars.  

 

My friends and I all put our fun cars away for the season around November and wait until we have had a few good rainstorms in April to wash the salt away, before they go out to play again. 

post #23925 of 26303

I disagree.  If people take care of their cars and wash them regularly to keep the salt off, it should be fine.  I have had 10+ year old cars hold up fine and be rust free in the midwest. 

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