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post #31 of 48
The newer MR2, stick a hardtop on it for stability and boost it. Tons of fun with amazing handling, and a little different on the road. Probably can all be done for 15k or less if you pick a year 2000 model.
post #32 of 48
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Or maybe I should wait for the Audi A1 to come out? I know it's > 15K, but I can afford it.
post #33 of 48
Nissan Altima 3.5 liter with a stick.
post #34 of 48
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Driving a car hard is not the same as beating it up. Given equal total mileages, I'd rather buy a used car that was driven by an "enthusiast" than one driven by a little old lady for repeated 25mph trips to the grocery store and the pharmacy.

lots of enthuiast are rubbish too, just not knowing it... if you know the car well, then by all means, otherwise I would still skip the guy who red line the S2000 god knows how many times.
post #35 of 48
Older miata, hands down.
post #36 of 48
e36 m3!

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post #37 of 48
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Where's dis S2000 for under $10k?

Get a Subaru SVX or a Fiat Spider. Super fun.

Thats what I did...

78 Fiat Spider... Amazing car for the money!
post #38 of 48
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Thats what I did...

78 Fiat Spider... Amazing car for the money!

Great call. Pops has an 82 Fiat Spyder PininFarina I have my gimme eyes on
post #39 of 48
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Local has a 1978 Fiat Spyder with 78K miles for $2300 (firm). Is that a good price? How expensive is it to maintain it as I would think parts are hard to find?
post #40 of 48
Great price depending on the body

These things are rust buckets... Check the shock tower mounts (when they rust these cars are pretty much a write off)

But if its well sorted, it'll only appreciate in value.

And parts are readily available online, and even at most auto parts shops!

Did a 350mile trip a couple days ago...
It ran without a hitch, and is certainly more fun then any of my modern sports cars!

post #41 of 48
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Looked at the ad again, and it's gone. Not sure if it's sold or the ad expired.
post #42 of 48
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Saw this one on craigslist. 1994 Mazda Miata, M edition with 67K. $4800 firm. Should I pull the trigger?
post #43 of 48
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Saw this one on craigslist. 1994 Mazda Miata, M edition with 67K. $4800 firm.


Should I pull the trigger?

If the car has no inherent flaws, I would jump on it. It's somewhat difficult to determine from the pics, but it looks to be in pretty decent/good condition for a 16 y/o car.
post #44 of 48
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So I missed out on the Miata (was sold in less than 12 hours after it's posted). However, this morning I saw a blue Mazda Rx7 driving in front of me and wow, I liked it a lot. It's probably very hard to find a decent one.



Thoughts?
post #45 of 48
On the Galaxie 500 suggestion:

I actually have a 1966 Galaxie 7-Litre fastback. It's a very cool car, pastel yellow with a black hardtop. And with the 428 (originally 345hp/462ft-lb torque) it can be a lot of fun to drive as well. Also extremely easy to work on--giant engine bay with easy access to pretty much everything.

That being said, unless you're getting the 428 or maybe the 390 with a standard (or the 427, ha) then these cars really won't be very "fun". They are heavy with a suspension that makes it feel like you're driving on a water bed.

I would strongly second the suggestion for an E36 M3.

However, I would also add to the list a Jaguar XK8. Very sporty cars, often can be found in excellent condition in this price range. And looks to die for.

Or my personal favorite sleeper of all time, if you can stomach the maintenance/repairs:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/E55-A...item19bbbfe3eb
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