Looking for a new car - Need opinions!

Discussion in 'Non-6GA Car Chat' started by Tectonickz, May 21, 2015.

  1. Tectonickz

    Tectonickz Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I've trusted many opinions on here before so I want to bring this question to you guys and see what you think....

    I'm selling my accord soon :sorry:

    I need to purchase a new car for college and I have some requirements:

    -Faster than the accord
    -RWD preferred but open to any drive train
    -Must be manual
    -Something newer maybe, stock.
    -Possibilities of modding later on

    Just a couple ideas I have in mind: Acura RSX, Nissan 350z, Volkswagen GTI, Cobalt SS, Camaro Z28 (4th gen), Mazda Rx-8, Neon SRT-4,Mazadaspeed, WRX, Maxima 3.5L...

    I know that's a pretty wide range but I'm not too picky and could love any car, just want something fun to drive, reliable, quick, sporty and something that has potential.

    KEEP IN MIND I have about 5,000 - 10,000 to spend but trying to keep it under 8,000.

    Any opinions are appreciated!!! (Throw any car at me I'm open to alot, just not looking for older project cars tbh)
     
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  2. james'99

    james'99 Well-Known Member

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    I mean, maybe an S2k if you play your cards right possibly?
     
  3. RedRyder

    RedRyder Save the manuals

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    Maybe this doesn't apply in your situation, but when I was in school I was glad I had the ability to haul stuff. It was nice having a sedan to move my belongings between various places I lived on campus over the years, and/or moving home in the summer, etc. Unless your college is local and you are living at home?

    Anyway, you said you don't want an older car, what's the oldest year you would consider? Between that and your budget, should help get some good recommendations.
     
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    dont see ant of the 3 series BMW's here the diesels are quick and the petrols well , i almost bought a 330 before the accord but it was sold :( , also i note you put the Mazda RX8 down if you get a good one and its looked after cool, but if you get a rough one the vanes the rotary engine are shot it will kill you both on performance, fuel economy and repair as its a complicated little motor, great when it works and makes a wonderful sound
     
  5. Tectonickz

    Tectonickz Well-Known Member

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    Thought about it but need more than 2 seats.

    Good thoughts with the storage. Just graduating high school so going off to college next year needs to be factored in (car will be home at times too).

    I was trying to get something 2000 or newer, with some wiggle room.
    Didn't put any beamers because of the maintenance cost...or so I've been told.

    Thanks for the tips
     
  6. Valet

    Valet IS300 SX > Accord

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    IS300 :thumbup:
     
  7. eolife22

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    get a s2000. very relaible and, in my opinion, not very hard to maintain. i have a turbo one and no major issues , very fun to drive . the only thing is they are not practical
     
  8. DarkSideAccord

    DarkSideAccord nadeshiko fobz ftw..

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    u're in college... why blow your money on a new car?

    but if u still insist on buying a new car, i'd get an older wrx
     
  9. bairdandrew77

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    Mazdaspeed3 gets my vote. Quick and sporty, plus the hatchback should make it practical for a college student. Wrx will work too, but I'm not a fan of them and don't like to recommend them :p or how about a civic si for that Honda reliability?
     
  10. ryan s

    ryan s they dont think it

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    i saw not one, but two RX-8s today...definitely a new single-day record :lawl: yes, they were both driving under their own power. cross that one off the list immediately.

    also keep in mind when buying a performance car on the low end of the price spectrum, they will be beat on and/or modded then neglected. it may end up costing more time and money than anticipated. i also see lots of cheap cars with an accident or two on its record...there's a reason it's cheap and a carfax report isn't 100%.

    but the ultimate answer to the "under $10k but fun to drive" question is miata. it's always miata.
     

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