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Old 02-16-2018, 12:06 PM   #1
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Weekend Car thoughts

Been toying with the idea for pretty much ever, but at some point I plan on getting a weekend car. Pro's/Con's for below, other suggestions/fantasy options? I'd like to keep the budget to less than 7k, although a solid running S4 is probably not going to fit into that realm.

E46 330 (Coupe/Sedan) - makes no difference to me, as long as its a MTX.

B5 -S4. I love the Bi-Turbo V6, beautiful lines, fast. I suppose I could grab a A4 w/ 2.7 but I think it would just make me angry.

IS300 - Its really hard to find one w/ Manual and I know the price is significantly higher than Auto.

What else do you guys got?
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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I have been looking for an S2000 for the past few months, but the IS300 attracts my eye as well. If I ranked them id go 1)E46 2)IS300 3)S4 but I have no experience with any of them so keep that in mind.
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Old 02-16-2018, 03:23 PM   #3
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I have been looking for an S2000 for the past few months, but the IS300 attracts my eye as well. If I ranked them id go 1)E46 2)IS300 3)S4 but I have no experience with any of them so keep that in mind.
S2000 are nice, not much of a convertible person tho, and a decent example is going to be 10-15K
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:14 PM   #4
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all of those cars are going to be hard to find in good shape. the newest B5 S4 is now 16 years old and most of them have been beat to hell now. E46s are starting to become scarce in good shape too. I love S2000s, but you are going to have to put down some money to find one that isnt modded, rebuilt 5 times or has high miles.
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Old 02-20-2018, 09:58 AM   #5
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all of those cars are going to be hard to find in good shape. the newest B5 S4 is now 16 years old and most of them have been beat to hell now. E46s are starting to become scarce in good shape too. I love S2000s, but you are going to have to put down some money to find one that isnt modded, rebuilt 5 times or has high miles.
Agreed, I was actually eyeing a 330ci in CT, body looks in solid shape and lots of maintenance done, only asking 5K.

I think if I went the route of B5 S4 I would have to save up $$ and buy one with a solid body and then rebuild the motor/turbos.
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ive been toying with getting another more comfortable car and making this my weekend car so i can go even further with the mods and not have to worry about daily drivability
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Old 02-24-2018, 04:22 AM   #7
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Have you ever considered a jeep? Theres nothing like picking up a beat up 4x4 and taking it on the trail. Plenty of aftermarket support and you get the opportunity to do something a little bit different.
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Old 02-26-2018, 09:50 AM   #8
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Have you ever considered a jeep? Theres nothing like picking up a beat up 4x4 and taking it on the trail. Plenty of aftermarket support and you get the opportunity to do something a little bit different.
Nah, not my style. I actually hate driving in SUV's, the high center of gravity makes me uncomfortable driving.
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Have you ever considered a jeep? Theres nothing like picking up a beat up 4x4 and taking it on the trail. Plenty of aftermarket support and you get the opportunity to do something a little bit different.
GTI and Jeep would be a solid combo for some folks I think
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I'll be "that guy" and say Miata. For me, at that price, I'm focusing on the bargains that have a healthy aftermarket to support them. So MX-5, SN95 Mustang GT, or '90's Honda if I could find a good one.

What I would really be on the lookout for though would be a 1st or 2nd gen GTI in decent shape, or maybe an '84 or '85 RX-7. Cars with character and style that make their relative lack of performance easy to forgive.
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Old 03-05-2018, 05:03 PM   #11
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I'll be "that guy" and say Miata. For me, at that price, I'm focusing on the bargains that have a healthy aftermarket to support them. So MX-5, SN95 Mustang GT, or '90's Honda if I could find a good one.

What I would really be on the lookout for though would be a 1st or 2nd gen GTI in decent shape, or maybe an '84 or '85 RX-7. Cars with character and style that make their relative lack of performance easy to forgive.
Rx-7 Turbo II. Totally forgot, that would be a sweet car, but finding one that didn't need a new motor or electrical gremlins....

This caught my eye the other day...
https://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto...494369665.html
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