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Recommend me a cool 2-door car for less than $10k

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Davidko19, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Mid-70s mercedes. Usually sold on ebay for 5-7K.

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  2. zippyh

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    An RX8 gets beyond shitty gas mileage and an automatic is going to suck the life out of that car.
    I'm pretty sure you can't get a GTI with automatic in your price range.
    Honda S2000 is stick shift only.


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  3. steviecakes

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    (slightly) bigger engine. so (slightly) faster. still by no means fast. but with the right exhaust a 330ci can sound pretty damn sexy. my friend had one and sold it to another friend who ultimately swapped an S54 in it. even when it was relatively stock though it was always a nice car.

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    here it is stock, save for the drop, wheels, and clear corners.
     
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  4. ecstaticSC

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    An SC300/400 would be a good choice.
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  5. dwcopple

    dwcopple Well-Known Member

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    350Z or Altima coupe...maybe a Nismo edition? maybe a nice Accord coupe too.
     
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  6. otc

    otc Senior member

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    The tibby was actually a kind of cool car. We had a pair of them on the lot when I worked at a dealership the summer of 2006--one of my favorite ones to take and drive, but probably not right for this situation.

    I would suggest the Genesis coupe (except that I doubt the used market on them has come down to 10k)--pretty much fixed everything that was lackluster about the tiburon and added a significantly higher level of fit-and-finish. If I were in the market, it would be one of my top choices but it would lose out to a GTI (probably 4-door as it doesn't add much weight and car is otherwise the same) on practicality grounds since the GTI with the seats down can haul almost as much stuff as the smallest pickup trucks.
     
  7. Andrewc2232

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    I don't know if this is a direction you're looking at in the slightest, but I recently picked up a used Mercedes CLK55 (2002 w/ 76k) for just a little above your price range, an even $12,000. The CLK430's can definitely be found with ~70,000 miles for under 10,000. The CLK430 coupe is automatic, a head turner, and with 275hp/295tq, pretty much the quickest car in this thread.

    I get about 18/26 mpg in my 55. I would expected at least 19/27 in the 430--extremely economical V8's. Interior space is excellent with enough room for 4 adults and an enormous trunk. Fit and finish are top notch as well. Consumer Reports listed this generation CLK as having better than average reliability. I expect these cars will have few issues, though being a MB everything will still be expensive to fix when it does fail.

    This is a pretty old car, for sure. But the amount of luxury, practicality, and performance for the price is pretty remarkable.

    As an example,

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    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...s=25&seller_type=b&cardist=888&standard=false
     
  8. Davidko19

    Davidko19 Senior member

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    Wow, that CLK430 is a pretty slick car. How well do they last over 100k?


    Here is one right by me with 96k miles for $7,500


    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...ords=25&cardist=8&standard=false&rdpage=thumb





    I was actually considering checking out a 2005 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T with 83k that is $6,300.


    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...pe=b&num_records=25&cardist=10&standard=false




    Which one - bang for the buck, in terms of insurance, maintenance, etc... would be better? I only want a car for 5-6 years. By then Ill be mid-30's and should be able to get something a little better. Maybe.
     
  9. Davidko19

    Davidko19 Senior member

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    I just ran the insurance numbers for that clk430 -- over $700 per 6 months. At least $150 than any other car. Bummer...
     
  10. Andrewc2232

    Andrewc2232 Senior member

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    That's a drag on insurance. Seems a little high though--I pay around $75/mo for the 55, which has the larger V8 with about 350HP.

    As far as the car's longevity, it's all about how you treat them. The drive-train on these is rock solid--the M113 is a fantastic motor and should last 150k+ without issue. The interior bits is where things get a little dicey. My parents have an E430 (different chassis, but same drive-train and very similar interior) with ~180,000 miles on it. Still drives like a champ, but the interior started to go at about 150k.

    So insurance is about 300/year more than your alternatives? To me, that difference is worth it for a much more unique car. But honestly, the maintenance is going to be a lot higher for the MB than the VW. The fact that the MB will be 10 years old soon means that there will almost undoubtedly be at least a couple of things that need to be addressed as soon as you take possession of the car. In my case, this turned out to be some minor noise in the suspension and the rattle of a failing window regulator in the driver's side door. For now these issues don't bother me enough to have them fixed, but expect similar minor issues with any car this old.

    I also considered a Jaguar XK8, although it has the same disadvantages along with much less practicality. Still, it's simply the most spectacular looking car this side of 50 grand. My advice? Just say screw it and convince yourself that no other car will do. Just look at it. This one is $11,000 with 59k miles. Again, supposedly pretty reliable with an economical, gutsy V8. It's a no brainer, right?

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    All depends on how much of a premium you put on a rare car with a beautiful design--for me it was quite a bit.
     
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  11. xpress

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    Considering your 10k budget, you'll likely not be in a position to pay 1-2k repair bills, and thus I would chop 75% of the above recommendations off your list.

    Strongly consider the RSX... Can be had in an auto, can be found well south of 10k, very reliable, and GREAT seats.
     
  12. HRoi

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    I don't anything mentioned on this thread so far is a true head turner except the mid 70's Mercedes (SL convertible, obviously). maybe the Jag XK and Z4 if you want to stretch it a bit
     
  13. username79

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    What are you, shit for brains?
     
  14. Dennis B

    Dennis B New Member

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    So Ed Martin came up with this deceptive site? What ingenuity! But you gotta wonder. Has misdirection actually driven any sales?
     

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