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Old 03-08-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Two hard to find models to consider are the Mazda Protege MP3 and the MazdaSpeed Protege. The MP3 is the better balance but the MazdaSpeed has more speed and power.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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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).
If you are planning to leave the Land of Salt, I would delay buying anything nice you intend to keep until you beat feet. That would also give you a chance to save up some $ and do some more research, it's not clear to me you are that familiar with all the options for a fun car.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: United States
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I'm usually an import kinda guy, I dig Honda, always have. But I think the 2005-up Mustang could give you some FUN! You can get a 05 or 06 Convertible V6 for around ten grand. They got decent ratings and I drove an 05 V6 and it was faster than my old Z28. Just a really fun and timeless car. That's my recommendation. WRX would be my next choice.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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I have a 2000 Celica GTS that I'm selling. 33,000 original miles. It belonged to my mother before her passing. It's everything you're looking for except for a stick. It the auto with the paddle shift.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I'm usually an import kinda guy, I dig Honda, always have. But I think the 2005-up Mustang could give you some FUN! You can get a 05 or 06 Convertible V6 for around ten grand. They got decent ratings and I drove an 05 V6 and it was faster than my old Z28. Just a really fun and timeless car. That's my recommendation. WRX would be my next choice.
yeah a 05 GT the 4.6 3V has alot of aftermarket support

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbB4IxHyZI0
just stay away from the SLP loudmouth 1 mufflers unless you like to get noise violation tickets they make flowmaster 44's sound stock.
whoops OP just saw you are trying to save gas don't get a aftermarket muffler and hi-flow exhaust or you find yourself shifting at 4500-5000RPM and rowing through the gears and before you know it you burned a 1/4 tank
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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yeah a 05 GT the 4.6 3V has alot of aftermarket support

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbB4IxHyZI0
just stay away from the SLP loudmouth 1 mufflers unless you like to get noise violation tickets they make flowmaster 44's sound stock
between slipping the clutch and missing gears, that car's gonna need some work!

It's true, though, that the late model Mustangs are the best bang for the buck for go-fast fun.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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between slipping the clutch and missing gears, that car's gonna need some work!

It's true, though, that the late model Mustangs are the best bang for the buck for go-fast fun.
haha yeah I guess once the clutch goes it's to upgrade to a McLeod RACING twin disc clutch and hurst short throw shifter heck might as well upgrade the 28 spline axles to 31 spline Richmond Gear, Ring and Pinion 4.10:1 Ratio install kit for the Ford 8.8 then he will have some omph off the line.

haha it is too easy to get into mods for a late model mustang plus with 4.10's and with 31 spline axles he add some wider hi-performance tires and won't have to worry about a busted axle. then it's on to Chassis & Suspension and brake mods and then your broke

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Old 03-11-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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Hello every one,

As you can see, i'm in the market for a new car. I'm more interested in finding a car that has the best bang for the buck. Ideally, i'd like to spend some-what little over $10,000.

My general criteria
- Would like to find something on the newer side
- manual transmission
- has quite a bit of power under the hood
- good reliability
- decent gas millage
- requires basic attention (maintenance)
- lastly, most of all. the lower the mileage, the better!

Few of my fellow friends have mazdaspeed3, Hyundai Genesis, and one has an wrx sti. I've driven those vehicles and they are quite fun to drive. STI were my first choice, however i know that i wont be able to afford it sadface.

Now, i'm not an mechanic and i'm not super knowledgeable about cars. Hence i came here to see if i could get some help.

Does the Subaru wrx have good reliability? I was under the impression that WRX and WRX STI models requires extra attention. Does any one have an comment about this?

What are the other cars i should look into? Maine has limited selections on trucks and cars. I might will end up buying an out of state car.

Thanks!
i'm selling this:

super clean Z28 for sale - LS1 Forum : LT1 Camaro, Firebird, Trans Am, Engine Tech Forums
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: USA
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The new V6 Camaro is one to consider, 310 hp and high gas mileage. There have been reports of people hitting 35mpg highway with them.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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The new V6 Camaro is one to consider, 310 hp and high gas mileage. There have been reports of people hitting 35mpg highway with them.
For around $10,000?
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