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MazharJ
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Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:53 PM Edited by MazharJ, 31 July 2014 - 09:54 PM.

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to take your opinion on something I thought I could get interesting opinions on.

I am looking to buy my first car soon and with the money iv'e been collecting and a bit of help from my father I was looking at possible a 8k to 12k max car (Canadian Dollars) so lets say 7.5k to 11k american dollars

 

So far my favorite seems the 03 - 04 Nissan 350z. I am looking for a manual car preferably a coupe that I could use often and take on the track whenever I feel like it.

I've seen a few deals like an 04 350z that has a mileage of 94,000km or a little under 60k miles for most of you fellow americans.  It came pretty stock but with a new exhaust, some brembo brakes I believe and some nismo tuned parts.

 

Other cars I've seen in a similar price range were early 2000's BMW 3 series coupes and a little cheaper were the RX8s.

 

Any other suggestions from you guys?

I appreciate all your help,

Mazhar

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:59 PM

Moving to vehicle chat,


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:01 PM

Moving to vehicle chat,

 

Oh sorry about that, I'm new to the forums


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:42 PM

I don't know if reliability is going to be an issue with you, but I'd go with the BMW 3 Series coupe.


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:00 PM Edited by GtaFiveLs, 31 July 2014 - 11:01 PM.

Mk5 GTI nothing for you? Or a Mk4 R32? Not sure what they cost in canada but they are 8-12K in my country.
Also they are fast and fun. Put a Stage 1 in the GTI and you have around 250/260 HP.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 01:04 AM

Pretty sure we've done this before but what the heck;

 

1966 VW bug.  Red.  

Not mine, but it is the same year, color, and condition look.

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No seat belts, no reverse lights,  no heat(unless you were doing like 60mph on the highway), the ignition switch was broken and you could start it with a popsicle stick, the engine idle was kept in tune by a wedge of toothpicks.  

 

Great f*cking car.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 02:59 AM

my first car ever was the family wagon, gifted by my mother when I turned 15 to start on my learner's permit.

1994 Pontiac Bonneville SSE

 

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same color as the picture too, hunter green.

it had tan leather seats. when I started driving I was the only kid with 4 doors and leather so they made me the local taxi. collecting gas money was a perk.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:22 AM

I think the guy is asking for our opinion on what he should get for his first car.
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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:24 AM

f*ck that I reserve the right to make horrible assumptions and not read the OP.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:41 AM Edited by trip, 01 August 2014 - 03:43 AM.

Yeah this is way more fun, Mr OP said this OP said that pants.


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forgot to ad some sort of smilie or whatever.
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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:53 AM

f*ck that I reserve the right to make horrible assumptions and not read the OP.

 

Haha yeah that is what I asked

 

Yeah this is way more fun, Mr OP said this OP said that pants.


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forgot to ad some sort of smilie or whatever.

 

Sure go right ahead if it makes the thread more fun I don't mind :p

 

And to everyone else who replied thanks for your opinions. The only thing I fear of the bmw 3 is the insurance, and repair costs. 

 

To GtaFiveLs the golf is a great suggestion but the first one i found for 16.5 k whcih is roughly the price of a 2008 c280 haha. The older model I couldn't find any.

 

It seems I'm gonna end up getting my dads 99' pathfinder if I can't find a car. I sound like such a snob but I can't take that to the track without fearing the whole suv flipping over lol


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 04:08 AM

Well yeah, with 10k as a budget the motoring world is pretty much open to you. S2000s, WRX, EVOs, BMWs with 3 litre motors. Hell you could could get a Porsche badge in your driveway for that. However, buying a car, and running one are two entirely different things. Also any needs except for being trackworthy? Also might want to avoid rx8s, they eat engines...


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 07:11 AM

For a first car?

Don't get a BMW, or any other high brand name like that.

The absolute creme de la creme of First Cars currently available, Is the Chevy Cavalier. They are really good on gas, Retardedly cheap to maintain, They are LITERALLY everywhere, finding replacement parts will not be a problem.

 

For a first car you want Reliability, Cheap maintenance, good gas mileage and Cheap insurance. The Cavalier is just that. Don't get a Sunfire, not as reliable.

 

And don't make my mistake, Getting an older car that nobody has anymore, Finding parts for my Chevette is painfully difficult.


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:47 PM

For that price range and you wanting to drive to the track, you can't go wrong with a E30 325i, 1st gen Miata, or if you can find a SRT-4 in your area. You'll have beaucoup money left over to either save for screw-ups or any modifications. I would never just use up every penny to buy a car all at once.


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 09:54 AM

Mine was 2001 Ford Laser KQ SR.

 

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 12:35 PM Edited by MGT86, 26 August 2014 - 12:39 PM.

For a first car?

Don't get a BMW, or any other high brand name like that.

The absolute creme de la creme of First Cars currently available, Is the Chevy Cavalier. They are really good on gas, Retardedly cheap to maintain, They are LITERALLY everywhere, finding replacement parts will not be a problem.

 

For a first car you want Reliability, Cheap maintenance, good gas mileage and Cheap insurance. The Cavalier is just that. Don't get a Sunfire, not as reliable.

 

And don't make my mistake, Getting an older car that nobody has anymore, Finding parts for my Chevette is painfully difficult.

In theory, this is true but depends what you like and the real decision, just how much can you afford? When buying prestige, a few things.

1. If they are german, most wont be as reliable as what you thought and they are a pain in the ass when something  does go wrong, with that being said, it is always not as expensive, problem is most people don't look around eg my S420 has problems with it, tappets, springs, wheel alignment and more, took it down to my grandmothers prestige mechanic, $8000 he quoted me, went to Mercedes specialist with the Mercedes club of NSW and a few W140 enthusiasts, $2000, much better price and same quality if not better, if  you can be bothered and it is in alright condition, then maybe take the chance.

 

 

2. When you have a german or more european not japanese  prestige, have a second car there, whether it will be your mothers or fathers or rented or whatever, just have a second one on hand, again because once a german goes wrong, they will be in the garage for a couple of weeks at least and because most if not all german cars are complex cars, most of the stuff will go wrong especially around the 13-20 yr old mark so just keep that in mind.

 

3. As killerdude stated with older cars, parts are pricks if something goes wrong especially on germans, cause you either have to get new, one of those second parts places or if lucky scrapyard or somewhere.

 

In general if you can be bothered putting in extra time, shopping around and doing DIY as part of your weekends, then sure go for a german, most you will not regret, they are mostly quality that are built like tanks but if you are going to get someone else to do your car most of the time and you have to pay all of the time, then something cheap is probs best.

 

My mates kept saying to me why did i get a V8 s class, and my response is why not??, you can keep your Corolla and yes i do pay for petrol and parts myself.

 

Good Luck bro and have fun with searching and testing cars, it is a stressful but fun time.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 05:06 PM Edited by Chuck Finley, 26 August 2014 - 05:08 PM.

my first car was a 1995 e34 exact same car as the 1st pic (same wheels same color, same engine size)

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unfortunately since i was kindof a spoiled brat before,  this is the only pic i got of it since i didn't cherish it like at all. i still think about her everyday

 

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Posted 3 weeks ago

A used early-2000s Mini can run that low. You could also get an old car like an MGB for <$8000. If you're looking for Japanese autos, just about anything Toyota is super-reliable and cool.





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