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post #46 of 77
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Japanese cars are great. But so are some American and Korean cars.

As for two-wheelers, I just love them. Even leaning through curves at 25MPH is hugely fun. One cousin races motorcycles semi-professionally up in Washington State. He rips around tracks at 150 MPH or faster. I love talking bikes and cars with him. Though he loves the track, he really enjoys taking ordinary bikes out and riding at the speed limit. He just wants to be on two wheels. I totally agree.

I don't know if it is true, but some say that riding a motorcycle requires as much skill and attention as flying a jet fighter. I haven't flown a jet fighter, but a motorcycle is entirely engaging. Just you and the road. Always fun. Though I don't recommend it to younger people. You nedd the protection of a car for a few years to learn how to read traffic. You'll get a sixth sense about what other cars are going to do. You have to understand that before you make yourself vulnerable on a bike.


Very true, you have to have a safe reliable "real" car for back up.

 

post #47 of 77
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

Japanese cars are great. But so are some American and Korean cars.

As for two-wheelers, I just love them. Even leaning through curves at 25MPH is hugely fun. One cousin races motorcycles semi-professionally up in Washington State. He rips around tracks at 150 MPH or faster. I love talking bikes and cars with him. Though he loves the track, he really enjoys taking ordinary bikes out and riding at the speed limit. He just wants to be on two wheels. I totally agree.

I don't know if it is true, but some say that riding a motorcycle requires as much skill and attention as flying a jet fighter. I haven't flown a jet fighter, but a motorcycle is entirely engaging. Just you and the road. Always fun. Though I don't recommend it to younger people. You nedd the protection of a car for a few years to learn how to read traffic. You'll get a sixth sense about what other cars are going to do. You have to understand that before you make yourself vulnerable on a bike.


Here are a few cars of my liking (re-read the thread, and looked up every carcool.gif);

 

2003 Toyota MR2

 

2002 Toyota Celica(kinda like?)

 

2003 Honda S2000 (need to find one more in my price range lol)

 

2003 Audi A6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

post #48 of 77

If the Audi A6 falls within your budget and it has been well maintained, I would definitely go for that. I currently drive a '94 A4 with a stick shift and it is simply great. Never had any problems with it; just take it in for regular service/tune ups and it'll be fine. A6 should also have Audi Quattro drivetrain so winters should be a breeze in it. I would still recommend winter tires though if you get a lot of snow down in Michigan; up here in Canada they make a huge difference. One thing worth noting: The A6 might have higher insurance, just because it's an Audi.

post #49 of 77
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Also i totally forgot to mention, meant to be mentioned, just forgot tobiggrin.gif; is that my dad is a mechanic so labor on my part is free and if the car is Chrysler he can get parts 50% off

post #50 of 77
Audis frighten me. My parents had a 5000 when I was a kid. No joke, the thing broke down about every six weeks. A tech in a white lab coat at the dealer would reassure us that these were "the best cars in the world" while asking for another $800 (mind you, this was the 1980s). I enjoyed it... while it was running.

More recently, a girl in accounting at a place I worked bought an A4 because she thought she deserved a "nice" car. Purchase price aside, it bled her for over $10k in short order. I would not buy a German car. Look hard at the cost of replacement parts. They're a lot higher than American or Japanese cars, which also require fewer repairs.

The MR2 and S2000 are really good cars, but the insurance might be horrendous. Though you might want to consider a Miata or F3CS RX-7. The Miata is more reliable, but you can keep a RX-7 on the road reasonably. I loved mine, though it sucked gas like a V8. Both are RWD, which isn't ideal in snow, but they sure do handle nicely.

If you get free labor and cheap parts for Mopar, that might be the way to go. My sister has been driving Mopar minivans for years. They've been reliable. Maybe not sexy, but awfully good for hauling kids and people. I've driven them, too, and kinda like them. But for a single guy whose main responsibility is a cat, I stick to smaller cars. One I seriously considered was a Dodge Stratus coupe. I rented one for a couple weeks in 2003 and liked it. Nothing enthusiasts get excited over, but it was a nice ride, had good ergos and (IMHO) looked nice. Mostly forgotten today, but if you could get one at a good price, you might like it.
post #51 of 77

Actually MR2 insurance is very cheap as long as it's non boosted.  They somehow fall inline w/ the econoboxes due to low power output.  S2000 you are screwed.

 

I kinda laughed at the Mini being referred to as a 'go-kart'.  I frequently come up behind Minis driving too slow while in my MR-S and then they try to shake me like they have a race car or something.  So funny watching them check the rear view only to see me glued to their ass no matter what they do, lol.  Mini has great dimensions for low polar moments of inertia but a FWD 2700lb car does not make a 'go-kart'.    

 

I also love my Subaru Legacy.  It performs well and I think it is the best looking Subaru ever made.  The SVX has the coolness but the 05 Legacy is just clean, refined and aggressive.  Its like a better looking and meaner IS300.  I look at it as a Rally car w/ leather, wood trim and heated seats.  Plus it's as quiet as a Lexus and was tops for crash safety.  Great car for mobile audio.  

 

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Edited by Anaxilus - 7/7/11 at 12:53am
post #52 of 77

Hmmmm strange I guess my Audi might be the exception by never breaking down :)

 

I know that the OP is looking for FWD or AWD, but the Ford Crown Victoria/Interceptor is an amazing car if you can find one with the police package that has been decommissioned. It has plenty of horses, handles quite well and is supposed to be very safe. I don't own one, but I have driven one before and yes, it feels huge but then again, it is quite big.

post #53 of 77
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Actually MR2 insurance is very cheap as long as it's non boosted.  They somehow fall inline w/ the econoboxes due to low power output.  S2000 you are screwed.

 

I kinda laughed at the Mini being referred to as a 'go-kart'.  I frequently come up behind Minis driving too slow while in my MR-S and then they try to shake me like they have a race car or something.  So funny watching them check the rear view only to see me glued to their ass no matter what they do, lol.  Mini has great dimensions for low polar moments of inertia but a FWD 2700lb car does not make a 'go-kart'.    

 

I also love my Subaru Legacy.  It performs well and I think it is the best looking Subaru ever made.  The SVX has the coolness but the 05 Legacy is just clean, refined and aggressive.  Its like a better looking and meaner IS300.  I look at it as a Rally car w/ leather, wood trim and heated seats.  Plus it's as quiet as a Lexus and was tops for crash safety.  Great car for mobile audio.  

 

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I wouldn't mint that car, its in consideration. That sentence that i highlighted changes everything! I just talked to my parents and they said i could get a 2004,2005,2006 if the insurance is low and the insurance company rates low insurance depending on if its a race car, an SRT8,RT, etc.

 

post #54 of 77

Audi A4

 

...insurance on it will be cheaper than you think.  I've owned one and it was surprising compared to other cars I've owned.

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Also i totally forgot to mention, meant to be mentioned, just forgot tobiggrin.gif; is that my dad is a mechanic so labor on my part is free and if the car is Chrysler he can get parts 50% off



In that case, you should definitely consider a Dodge Neon ACR (2001-2002) or R/T (2001-2004). The SRT4 (2003-2005) would be a blast, but it may be tough to find one in good condition in your price range and insurance would be a bear.

 


Edited by marvin - 7/7/11 at 3:53pm
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In that case, you should definitely consider a Dodge Neon ACR (2001-2002) or R/T (2001-2004). The SRT4 (2003-2005) would be a blast, but it may be tough to find one in good condition in your price range and insurance would be a bear.

 


SRT-4 is a fun car...just good luck finding one in good condition.  I feel bad for whoever bought mine (I just traded it in to get rid of it).  Very fun car, minimal bolt-ons and was ripping high 12s in the 1/4 mile.

 

post #57 of 77

I've noticed a few times that all the Neons and SRT4s have vanished from the roads.  I still see Late 80's Toyotas and Hondas rolling around but I cannot for the life of me recall the last time I saw a Neon.  Were they that bad?  

post #58 of 77
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I've noticed a few times that all the Neons and SRT4s have vanished from the roads.  I still see Late 80's Toyotas and Hondas rolling around but I cannot for the life of me recall the last time I saw a Neon.  Were they that bad?  


the 1st gen Neon's were terrible.  I owned an SRT4 from 2004-2009.  Other than the problems I caused myself from modification (e.g. clutch replacement) the car was rock solid.  The engine in the SRT4 was a tank and handled well over 20psi w/o a problem.  It was a fun sleeper (for those that didn't know what it was).  My only gripe is it's front wheel drive.  Car was underrated from the factory.  On paper they stated the car made 230hp/250tq but strap a stocker to a dyno and it made that at the wheels.  Opening up the intake and exhaust a bit and increasing the boost I gained 50whp and 80wtq.

 

Here it was when I had it capable of ripping 12s.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zZkZbIzQD0

post #59 of 77

I know the car and specs.  Just wondered why there aren't any running around boosted to 1.5 BAR or otherwise.  Honestly I haven't seen one in over 5 years.  Yes FWD is a limiting factor for traction in high performance for sure.

post #60 of 77
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I know the car and specs.  Just wondered why there aren't any running around boosted to 1.5 BAR or otherwise.  Honestly I haven't seen one in over 5 years.  Yes FWD is a limiting factor for traction in high performance for sure.



well the stock turbo's peak efficiency is only 19psi (or 1.3 BAR) so if you wanted to run higher boost pressures better off swapping to a 50 Trim or some larger turbo setup.

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