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Best impractical fun car 40-50K

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by username79, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. username79

    username79 Well-Known Member

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    I currently, and for the foreseeable future, get a new rental every month. This ends up being a decent car -- Honda Accord, Mustang, etc. so I use it drive to work and for most other non-intensive things.

    I'm looking for something fun, with a maximum price of 50K, and no older than a 2001. The more impractical the better, to a point. I hate sedans and large cars. Any suggestions?

    Short list:

    NSX
    S2000
    Cayman S
    ...?
     
  2. visionology

    visionology Well-Known Member

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    Lotus Elise / Exige is probably the most impractical car you can get in that range.
     
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    Lotus Elise / Exige is probably the most impractical car you can get in that range.

    +1

    I think this is hands down the best car you can get for the "Best impractical fun car for $50k" title.

    You can also get used 911's, and even nice 996 Turbo's in the $50k range but maintenance is $$$.
     
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    Lotus Elise / Exige is probably the most impractical car you can get in that range.
    After the Lotus, is there any other choice?[​IMG]
     
  6. Brian278

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    After the Lotus, is there any other choice?[​IMG]
    There is absolutely not. It's the hands down winner in this category if you have a second car. I don' think there's anyway you get a Cayman S for less than 50K.
     
  7. Southern-Nupe

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    There is absolutely not. It's the hands down winner in this category if you have a second car. I don' think there's anyway you get a Cayman S for less than 50K.
    Same here, I didn't know what the current price they were going for on the used market, but less than 50K did seem kind of low, however it's still an amazing car.
     
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    The Elise is the car to get in this category. The Exige is faster and packs a bigger torque wallop, but the supercharger whine ruins the godly noise of the Elise. The Elise sings, while the Exige sounds like a Dyson.
     
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    What's so cool about the Lotus besides that it's fun to drive? How reliable is it?
     
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    An Ariel Atom if you can find a used one. It seems like with the new US manufacturer they're starting at $65K for a new one these days.
     
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    What's so cool about the Lotus besides that it's fun to drive? How reliable is it?

    Did you not read the thread title? It's impractical, and it's the most fun to drive car south of about $70K I'd imagine. I believe it uses a Honda drivetrain but they may have changed that recently.
     
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    A Manta Mirage...big block.
     
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    An Ariel Atom if you can find a used one. It seems like with the new US manufacturer they're starting at $65K for a new one these days.
    Good pick, I forgot about the Ariel.
     
  14. Southern-Nupe

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    Did you not read the thread title? It's impractical, and it's the most fun to drive car south of about $70K I'd imagine. I believe it uses a Honda drivetrain but they may have changed that recently.
    It's the same 1.8L from the Toyota Celica, but it absolutely sings when fitted in the Lotus.
     
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    There's some good N. American made cars in this range, some you can get new, some you'll have to get used.

    Viper, used
    Corvette, used
    Dodge Challenger (the souped up version) new
    Mustang, (whatever they're calling their fastest version this year) new

    For nearly 100% impractical, either a Ford Lightning or Dodge SRT pickup. Both are useless as a pick up, have no cabin space, and go like bats out of hell.
     
  17. username79

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    BMW Z4 roadster 3.0si

    What a joke.
     
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    There's some good N. American made cars in this range, some you can get new, some you'll have to get used.

    Viper, used
    Corvette, used
    Dodge Challenger (the souped up version) new
    Mustang, (whatever they're calling their fastest version this year) new

    For nearly 100% impractical, either a Ford Lightning or Dodge SRT pickup. Both are useless as a pick up, have no cabin space, and go like bats out of hell.


    I'd add the Pontiac G8 GT to that list. You can get it new and still have $10K back in your pocket. Of course, you don't turn many heads driving a pontiac. I test drove one...it's a beast.
     
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    A brand new Suzuki Hayabusa. [​IMG]
    More adrenaline and even less practical than the Lotus. Also at a better price point.
     
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    If you can find one of the few who were built, I´d definitely consider a Marcos TSO. RHD only, but judging from the few tests that were made, it's got to be a hell of a fun to drive.
     

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