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post #16 of 1116
why do you guys recommend for a high school student with around 5 thousands? Btw, I prefer sedan 4d. Thanks
post #17 of 1116
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why do you guys recommend for a high school student with around 5 thousands? Btw, I prefer sedan 4d. Thanks

1994+ BMW 325i
post #18 of 1116
i loves bmws but the insurance and maintain fee is too high compare to japanese car? What do you guys think about huyndai, kia?? i found pretty good 06s, 07s model around 5k
post #19 of 1116
anything european and cool from about 1998-2006 you can get for under 5k.

Personally I like audi, bmw, and mercedes for that time period. (all german, hey the germans make good stuff :P)

uhh....your request is too vague, even for me, and put my love for cars over my love for music and headphones.

Give me more description and limits and I'll get you a good set down the model, year, color, you name it.

But no matter what you do, check how many miles it has done, it is very important for insurance and maintainance. if it's over 100k miles run away, I don't care if it's a Ferrari or an MG, GET AWAY
post #20 of 1116
At the end of last year, I was driving a '95 4dr 4x4 Suzuki Sidekick.

This year, I'm driving an '09 Jeep Wrangler Sahara.

post #21 of 1116
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Originally Posted by baxbunny View Post
2008 Golf GTI mkIV 4 door.
Got the 18" rims instead of 17" regular.
Way too much torque at low rpm... took me a week to get used to it
~200 lb/ft is way too much?
post #22 of 1116
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why do you guys recommend for a high school student with around 5 thousands? Btw, I prefer sedan 4d. Thanks
Get something old and easy to work on. Something like a late 1960s Ford Galaxie 500 convertible had be had around there.

They're a snap to wrench on, parts are dead cheap and you'll have an awesome time tooling around with your friends and the top down.
post #23 of 1116
wow.. what's the insurance on a 325i for a high schooler run these days? well over the 5K purchase price I'd imagine
post #24 of 1116
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~200 lb/ft is way too much?
Maybe if you're coming from something like a Civic...

More likely, it's a torque steer issue. Upengined FWD cars with decent amounts of torque often run into that problem since manufacturers try to skimp costs by not making the proper modifications needed to compensate for the additional torque.

Driver of a 2009 Subie WRX here. Before that, had a 2002 Nissan Maxima with the absurd levels of torque steer that plagued that generation of VQ35 Nissans.

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Originally Posted by kevinvisionm View Post
i loves bmws but the insurance and maintain fee is too high compare to japanese car? What do you guys think about huyndai, kia?? i found pretty good 06s, 07s model around 5k
Assuming that's a hard limit with little money to pour into repairs later on, I'd look into a MY2004 or later Hyundai Elantra. Stick if possible. They're reliable, practical, reasonably entertaining, and an all round decent choice. Plus you should still have a few years of warranty coverage left.
post #25 of 1116
Nic car Ray, blame the us govt for those hideous black bumpers they made you guys have.. bleh.. the chrome ones were so much more in keeping with the original design. My friend has a MGB V8, mind you the lucky bugger also has an MG A that he won in a newspaper giveaway.. lucky devil
post #26 of 1116
ray that is an awesome story on the MGB! My first car ever was an used 1967 MGB in British Racing Green, boy it was a lot of fun. Currently I drive the following.



post #27 of 1116
I myself drive a 1998 Honda Civic HX CVT coupe. I get 31-35 mpg depending on how fast I drive.

However, I am seriously considering getting a 2010 Honda Fit Sport automatic, though.
post #28 of 1116
i recommend against the honda fit, test drove one...yea not good.

Weak, so its slow, too much body roll, so it's not exactly fun to drive. The salesman even recommended against it, said get the new civic or new accord.

The fit is kinda cool though

Go for: 09 scion xb, or xd, 09 civic (coupe of sedan doesn't matter) but the the sporty one. 09 subaru impreza, 09 ford taurus (looks incredible, haven't driven yet), 09 mini cooper, 10 VW golf ( or step up to gti) these are incredible fun and good looking.

There's a lot more out there than the Fit for that kinda money, or just a tid bit more.
post #29 of 1116
Thanks for the compliments!
Here is a photo of last weeks drive with my buddy’s 1963 Triumph TR4.
As you can see, I just installed new Dayton wire wheels.



post #30 of 1116
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
How do you like the 370, Miguel? I've got one on my possibilities list but I am reading some not so favorable long term reviews on transmission/clutch durability and NVH.

I'm oddly shaped (6'3" with a 30" inseam so all of my height is above the waist--6'7" wingspan) and the 370 is one of the two cars in that class that I fit in (Mustang is the other). Even though I like the looks of the 370 better and it handles better, I think a Mustang might be in my future because of what I've read about the Nissan but I'd like to hear what you have to say.

Richard
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