Looking to buy a car... need suggestions.

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  1. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    That's what I'd get. First-gen Miatas are cheap, fun, reliable, and easy to work on/modify.

    I wouldn't touch a Mini.
     
  2. Tsunade_Hime

    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow

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    First generation MX-5 Miata's are a good choice, just be careful of the ones for 1-2k, usually their tops are destroyed and an OEM soft top is like 500+ dollars for a new one, and a hard top is 1000+. Unless you know how to work on an MR-2 or have a friend that does, I'd honestly avoid it. Not too many people know how to work on the mid engine beasts, and T- tops ALWAYS leak. And most cheap MR-2's need ALOT of work. S2000 is a fine choice, AP-1's can be had for 8k but usually have been in an accident. A fair price is about 12k for a clean titled one with no accidents.
     
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    I think he may be referring to the third generation MR2?

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    I don't recall the SW20 MR2 Spyder being available for the U.S. market.
     
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    S2000 > all in that segment.

    i've owned, and driven, alot of cars in my lifetime. the S2000 is defintiely one of the top cars i've ever had the chance to experience. it's easily the best looking out of all the choices mentioned so far. the car feels like a go-kart that u can whip around at will. the S2K's tranny is considered to be one of the best 6-speeds in recent automotive history. it's silky smooth. i could really go on, and on. if u don't need the extra space then i wouldn't hesitate to get a clean S2000.

    also, i might sound a little bias because i used to own a modified S2000. :p
     
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    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    Never driven in the Honda S2000, but I have in the Miata's. God that was zoom zoom. :thumbsup:
     
  6. Tsunade_Hime

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    Think of the S2000 as a higher up model of an MX-5. Honestly I'd love an Ariel Atom, I don't think its legal in most states.
     
  7. AmazingGracePlayer

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    S2000 is out of the price range, I'm just look for something for cruising around on weekends. I have also added e30 3 series to the mix. What should I look for and look out for when buying old old cars like these?
     
  8. Tsunade_Hime

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    Rust, rust rust, and then some more rust. Look inside wheel wells, suspension, frame. For older European cars, look for a creaky suspension, usually ball bearings, shocks, struts have to be replaced. Of course check the transmissions for grinds, uneven shifting. And if the car has an AC unit, double check that.
     
  9. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    It's only illegal if you get caught. And I don't think LEO cruisers can outrun an Ariel Atom. :D
     
  10. AmazingGracePlayer

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    Okay, decision time... CTSV vs. V8 S5 (pre facelift).

    CTSV advantages:
    Lots lots lots and lots of power
    More dealers and shops around MI = better prices

    CTSV cons:
    How will it do in the winter?
    Forced induction = shorter life expectancy
    Inferior interior compared to the S5

    S5 advantages:
    Quality interior
    Reputation for being good in the snow, but how does it actually perform?

    S5 disadvantages:
    Maintenance, carbon build up in engines
    Less performance for the same $
    Not many Audi dealers/shops in SE Michigan


    Thoughts?
     
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