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Old 03-07-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Yup i'm from maine plan on moving out of here after i get my degree. The main reason why i wanted to get a new car was because i'm getting rid of my toyota 4runner. It's an 98 with 120k and the gas prices is starting to scare me. So, it would be nice to have it winter friendly. I'm willing to give up the off road fun and have a nice street car.

So i figured a Subaru would be fine because of the awd. My other thought i could look for is an 03ish model beamer? I dont think this would be practical up here due to the roads. It's a nice car, i wouldn't want to ruin a bmw. I'd like to try find something on the lower miles side. I do plan on keeping it for a while, if you know what i mean.

Honestly i dont mind getting a small loan so 10k is not my limit. I can try do 13ish maybe. Depends on how much of a loan i can do (mo. payment).
Best way to figure it is on a 5 year loan.. 20 a month per 1000. Although, in the mileage/age range you can afford, not sure if they will do 5 years on that.

I have seen a few 2003 or 2004 350z's around here for around 13.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:46 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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+1 on the Miata. Or something like an '05 G35x or Altima SE-R

Before there was the WRX, there was the RS2.5 - you could look for one of those

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Old 03-07-2011, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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^^ That's a Subaru 22b STi. On the off chance you could find one in the US (they were only sold in Japan, the UK and AU), they'd probably be asking $50k, at least.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:23 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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Oh OK, this should be a US spec '99-00 Impreza RS2.5 coupe (maybe not stock wheels)?

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Old 03-08-2011, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Oh OK, this should be a US spec '99-00 Impreza RS2.5 coupe (maybe not stock wheels)?
Yup, that looks about right

OP, you mentioned that you wouldn't be opposed to putting that money towards something customized, right? I searched on Craigslist in Maine a bit and found a 240SX with an SR20DET - way below $10k, you could use the extra money for a bigger turbo and intercooler
93 Nissan 240sx SR20DET (http://maine.craigslist.org/cto/2204261670.html - broken link)
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I do have a garage, however it's not heated. Not even connected to my house sadface. I saw the scion tc, Toyota Celica, 350z. Those look like little fun cars. I've never been in those, I think i'll have to stop by nissan/toyota and test drive.

What about buying an used car and do an make over? (redo the drive train, motor, tranny etc...) This route would require more $ i bet. Just a thought lol.
yeah something like this 1993 408CI EFI windsor powered mustang with a T-56 with modren brakes and stiffen up chasis and this would be a fun toy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfMC9Egd1F8

I would say put a new crate coyote 5.0 in a old fox body but a windsor already bolts in and with the 6-speed tranny and a light foot it should get ok MPG
this would be a around a 475-500HP N/A muscle car with EFI and parts are easy to find it would be easy to find only thing it does not have is traction control so these old fox body mustangs are awsome if you know how to drive it but not so great if you don't

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Old 03-08-2011, 08:46 AM
 
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My random suggestion would be an older model Audi TT. You can find coupe and convertible versions with the 225hp 1.8T, 6 speed manual and quattro in the $10k range. The big thing you need to look out for is the timing belt change, but that goes for the Subaru's as well. You could probably find a nice example in the $10k-$12k range. If you finance a chunk of that you'll have the cash on hand to do the timing belt if it needs to be done and maybe mod it a little bit (engine chip gives a nice power bump and is cheap). It's a unique car, it's an Audi, it's very moddable/customizable, it gets great gas mileage and it's AWD.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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The Impreza 2,5i has the same power as the RS doesn't it? You can certainly find a lower mileage (less than 60k miles), newish (05-08) Impreza 2,5i in your original pricerange.

By no means a sports car, but with 173hp on tap it'll be faster than a Scion and keep up with a Celica (or close to it).
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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if you can find a 03-04 Cobra they are one of the best bangs for the buck sports muslce cars out there but the sell for $17-24K

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5eg9y41Mtg
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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The cars you mentioned usually cost more than your budget. Half of my suggestions below will probably cost in the mid-teens.

If American brands are not out of the question, look into Cobalt SS ('8+ only) or for the same power/drivetrain/chassis with quirky styling, HHR SS. Or if you can drive a RWD in the winter, there are Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky. The turbocharged version can be modified to get 340 lb-ft with warranty intact; they probably cost double of your budget.

You can also get Ford Focus SVT or Contour SVT. I'm never a fan of Mustangs as they lean more toward drag racing. From Chrysler, there are Neon SRT4 and, like HHR SS to Cobalt SS, PT Cruiser GT.

A favorite option is a Miata. It's never a power monster, but its balance is "pleasing".
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