New car for me pretty soon


clawhammer
06-26-2005, 11:07 PM
If anyone noticed, lately I stopped being such a post-whore :). That's because I'm really busy with work and stuff. Well anyways, in the next couple of weeks I will probably be signing on with a company full time, and going to college part time this fall. I will be making very good money, so a newer car will be appropriate. I would probably buy this towards the end of the summer, early fall when prices on sports cars go down. I already narrowed it down to 5, but feel free to add more. Here are the criteria:

1. Under $20k.
2. I would prefer a car 10 years or newer
3. 2 door > 4 door

Here's what I came up with so far:


1. Nissan 350z (problem is it's kind of hard to find for $20k, especially a better model
2. Honda S2000 (I hate the gearing on that, 75 @ 4000 rpms in 6th)
3. Mazda RX8 (short gearing again, not much midrange grunt)
4. Evo (would have to spend more than $20k, plus, I'd like to stay away from 4 door)
5. Sti (see Evo)

CassiesMan
06-27-2005, 03:02 AM
10 years or newer? Under 20k? Depending on where you live...E36 ///M3.

CivRacer95
06-27-2005, 03:49 AM
If anyone noticed, lately I stopped being such a post-whore :).

Whatever could you mean? :confused:

My pick for a new car....hmmm. Starts with a "Hon" and then it ends with a "Duh". :grinno:

drewh4386
06-27-2005, 05:17 AM
I'll give bias info. 99 Eclipse GSX or GST. If that doesn't work then......get a VR4

JekylandHyde
06-27-2005, 08:17 AM
I thought you were an MR2 guy?

1995 Turbo MR2 :)

Whumbachumba
06-27-2005, 10:45 AM
...5. Sti (see Evo)

You could go with the 2001 or earlier models since they made coupe versions.

clawhammer
06-27-2005, 10:46 AM
I thought you were an MR2 guy?

1995 Turbo MR2 :)
The MR2 would be the daily driver. Spent too much time on it to sell it. And it's an NA, so it wouldn't satisfy my craving for speed.

BullDog71ss
06-27-2005, 11:26 AM
E36 M3.

Ace$nyper
06-27-2005, 01:07 PM
used c5s early years i've seen at around 20
out of the cars on your list most you couldn't find for that price

mason_RsX
06-27-2005, 04:53 PM
LS1 Camaro? less than 10 years, 2 doors, and way under 20K

clawhammer
06-27-2005, 09:00 PM
Drove a 350z today. Don't like it. Waaay too much noise at 60 mph. It's like a tire/buzzing noise. Not something I could live with.

-The Stig-
06-27-2005, 09:47 PM
Drove a 350z today. Don't like it. Waaay too much noise at 60 mph. It's like a tire/buzzing noise. Not something I could live with.


Not to mention the clutch feels like shit... I hate the way the clutch pops back at you.

Andydg
06-27-2005, 11:13 PM
LS1 Camaro? less than 10 years, 2 doors, and way under 20K

:1:

tha_new_guy
06-28-2005, 05:36 PM
Gotta agree with Cassiesman, ///M3 Power is the way to go. They look beautiful in black...

a used C5 would be pretty nice too.

Or a newer 240 with an S14 swap would be awesome too.

EDIT: Maybe get the RX-8 and swap in the JDM 3 rotor engine (20B, I think?). Twin turbo, 3 rotors, nice body, can't go wrong.

Wait, will this be a daily driver?

illegal_eagle187
06-28-2005, 11:14 PM
used C5

street_racer_00
06-28-2005, 11:55 PM
E34 M5

clawhammer
06-29-2005, 10:14 AM
This car will not be a daily driver. It will see some auto-x events though. That's why I'd rather stay away from a large car like the M5. I don't like Camaros or Corvettes, because I like a car that looks decent on the inside too. The RX-8 with a swap would sound good, except I don't want to spend $20k on the shell itself, so that's out of the picture. Here is the list as it stands right now:

1. Honda S2000
2. RX8
3. Evo
4. Sti
5. 98, 99 Boxter (probably not enough power and too expensive to repair)

tha_new_guy
06-29-2005, 11:48 AM
Not a big fan of the M3 huh?

Well for 20K you could get a kickass Porsche Carrera (like the old school 993 ones, i think), but yes, most parts will be a bitch.

I still say swapped RX-8, as the 3 rotor would put out more driveable torque, and it would probably be the only one of its kind in your county. Downside is, it won't legally pass smog (at least in Cali, not sure about Michigan), since the motor was never in production in the US. Also, the swap would probly run you some $$.

S2000's are nice, reminds me of a 4 wheeled version of a motorcycle, with the high revs, low torque, and gearing to remain in the powerband (i.e. 4000 rpms in 6th at freeway speeds). It's one of the few cars where you won't be making power at 4000 rpms. I bet it would make a great autocrosser though, and maybe you could get a hardtop for it.

Evos and STi's are awesome cars to me, but if you don't want 4 doors oh well. Funny that they are the fastest in your list though.

Honestly, I was never a fan of the boxter, I say drop that off your list. :disappoin

Just hold on to your money and buy a Lotus Elise...can't ask for much more.

street_racer_00
06-29-2005, 03:27 PM
Show me where you can get a 993 carerra for 20k, and I will worship you as my new God.

tha_new_guy
06-29-2005, 07:37 PM
Show me where you can get a 993 carerra for 20k, and I will worship you as my new God.
Haha, damn, good point. It's the booze, I swear...

drftk1d
07-02-2005, 12:42 PM
i saw a 3 rotor rx8 at last years sema show.

i would go for the s2000. you said you didnt want 4 doors right? that means the rx8 is out anyway.

King Of Crunk
07-02-2005, 09:18 PM
I would go with a used C5 but if that's not your cup of tea, then i would go with a 350z...the exhaust note on those things are perfect...

streetrcr45
07-02-2005, 09:53 PM
rx-8 is only out if you count the suicide door, however it apears to be a 2 door.

-The Stig-
07-02-2005, 11:10 PM
When I drove the Rx-8, I liked it... was comfy, has decent pick up and go.

And the rear seating wasn't bad, the rear seats are fairly easy to access. And provide decent leg room for a 2+2 sports coupe.

It's no rocketship, but the suspension was nice and tight for a road going car. Rx-7s are more of a track car due to the stiffer suspension, Rx-8s seem to fare better on the open road with the normal irregularities you get in the road.

Such as dips, uneven pavement, pot holes... and I like the way the 6 speed feels.. very crisp and quick. Clutch is very light and easy to work.

I wish I got to drive it more than I did. I enjoyed it.

clawhammer
07-02-2005, 11:43 PM
I'm really thinking about holding off on the car for probably another year. I don't want to get into too much debt right away.

drewh4386
07-02-2005, 11:51 PM
man, we were having fun throwing out ideas with no object of cost for us.

Ace$nyper
07-03-2005, 01:58 PM
When I drove the Rx-8, I liked it... was comfy, has decent pick up and go.

And the rear seating wasn't bad, the rear seats are fairly easy to access. And provide decent leg room for a 2+2 sports coupe.

It's no rocketship, but the suspension was nice and tight for a road going car. Rx-7s are more of a track car due to the stiffer suspension, Rx-8s seem to fare better on the open road with the normal irregularities you get in the road.

Such as dips, uneven pavement, pot holes... and I like the way the 6 speed feels.. very crisp and quick. Clutch is very light and easy to work.

I wish I got to drive it more than I did. I enjoyed it.
really I thought the rx8 was a dog handled worse then my hatch by a great deal it felt like my jeep I was horridly let down.

comfy and looks sharp i'll give it that.

used c5 it'll pretty much walk everything else not easiest thing to drive but you'll learn alot from it and totally cool car no matter what.

uranium235powered
07-03-2005, 06:47 PM
How about an RX7? Wait....are they more expensive than the RX8?

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