Instead of Fucking with all this shit, I've seriously been considering buying a miata. Sounds like a great car to learn to drive stick with.
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They had some cool cars in the staff carpark too.
But this one was boss.
Coming back from the rear carpark, i spotted 2 of the RE Amemiya techs giving my car the "walk around" and looking in the windows.
So, any love for the Rotary's?
I would say them, and AB Flug. But that one for sale in the top pick might be the fastet car you could buy for 30k. Awesome workshop. They build their race cars there too. And the big boss has a rep for being a super friendly dude
Edited by Thrift Vader - 6/21/16 at 8:28pm
@Thrift Vader , lets continue that convo from the other thread here.
Which cars would you consider as a fun manual car that was reliable and/or cheap to work on slash find parts for.
I've always been intrigued by the RX7 as well. Weren't those plagued with engine issues or was that the RX8?
Ah wait, I'm looking for the 3rd gen aren't I? 91-02?
This could be fun for a year or two if the price is negotiable. It's currently listed at more than a grand over blue book. I could see 'seasonal' pricing with miatas since they're convertibles, but not really with a coupe like this.
Edited by ridethecliche - 6/22/16 at 10:05am
Or instead of going cheap, I could get something nicer that's worth keeping up with and sell my car when the right seller comes along.
What do people think of something like the 06 mazda 6? It's got AWD too so dumping the Subie wouldn't hurt too much.
My picks if in your shoes?
As said, 2nd gen MR2. Turbo, or n/a. Becuse these are candidates for some very cool swaps and mods. But are fun from the moment you first see it. Can build a super quick parts bin special from one. And just a little more focused and legit than what others are starting on.
2nd gen Because it has a hard top. 3rd gens are exclusively convertibles. (Sorry @horndog)
The lexus Is300 is a great one. As you know, i previously daily'd the Jap Varient. Perfect handling. And you could build a quick car on the cheap by raiding the toyota parts bin. (LS400 brakes,Aristo engine, etc) and suspension/cosmetic parts from up garage. Not the cheapest, but very good value and potential. Also nice looking.
Personally, I wouldn't even consider a Miata. Running the stock engine (weak), and also convertible. (Chassis rigidity). There is a super rare hardtop varient here. But no.
BMW 325/328 manual. Essentially an Is300. But german. Parts are cheap. Though you'd need to get a good one. Easier said than done.
Honda Prelude. 95-99 honda put their best stuff in the preludes. Including the V-tec 2.2 liter. Well optioned. And under the fanboy radar. Might be able to really grab a steal on one of these.
All that said. Just make sure what you buy is solid. And i believe whole heartedly that your next car will be what you learn to wrench on. So keep it flexible. And user friendly.
Edited by Thrift Vader - 6/23/16 at 4:27am
The third gen MR2s all seem to go for over 5k sadly, which might be a bit much.
Would this sucker need a new transmission off the bat?
I've actually always liked the MR2s. Mostly the convertibles looked mean to me, but I like the other gens too. They're probably going to be pricey here though. Well, more so than miatas anyway.
Some things I'm finding:
97 BMW 328Ic: https://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/5625177613.html
3700's a bit steep, esp if this is going to be a PITA to maintain at all.
95 BMW 325Ic: https://boston.craigslist.org/nos/cto/5643881252.html
2700 is more reasonable, again not sure what maintenance runs on these. It's still available and I could probably bring the price down a fair amount to 2200-2500 range? Hopefully I could get it running for 3k if it needs anything. I could pay a mechanic a hundo or whatever to have it looked at as well. KBB is 2k for the car.
1800. Looks like a project though since the SRS light is on. Could be a simple-ish fix. Might be worth looking at for the price?
98 Prelude SH: http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/cto/5648976440.html
3800 seems pretty high for this, but it's available. Could probably be talked down, but the 325 looks cooler I guess.
Any input, especially on the 325?