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Posted: 12/12/2016 10:26:36 PM EST
I have a 2wd pickup as a daily driver that is getting older. I want a second vehicle to have for fun and as a backup ride to work. I am looking for something fun to drive around $3k. I could spend a little more if I find something I really like. Ideally I'd get a Jeep but the $$$ for a 6 cyl halfway running anything is close to 7-10k and 5k for something pushing the end of it's life.


What would you buy for $3K-4k?
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Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:30:06 PM EST
Keep saving.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:32:32 PM EST
Miata...
I haven't touched my motorcycles since I bought it.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:34:17 PM EST
Buy junker with decent chassis and straight body (crown vic, s-10, caprice, whatever) spend the rest on junkyard ls motor, tires, turbo. Have fun.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:36:32 PM EST
1980's IROC-Z
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:36:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By OTTOSEAR:
Miata...
I haven't touched my motorcycles since I bought it.
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I may be too tall for a Miata but they look fun.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:38:58 PM EST
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The bot at the link. It definitely doesn't look alive. Not my type.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:39:42 PM EST
E36 is what you want
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:40:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By stillerfan:
I have a 2wd pickup as a daily driver that is getting older. I want a second vehicle to have for fun and as a backup ride to work. I am looking for something fun to drive around $3k. I could spend a little more if I find something I really like. Ideally I'd get a Jeep but the $$ for a 6 cyl halfway running anything is close to 7-10k and 5k for something pushing the end of it's life.


What would you buy for $3K-4k?
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For that kind of money nothing gives you more fun than a motorcycle. Big one, small one, doesn't matter.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:40:54 PM EST
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I have a DR650 with under 9,000 miles I'll sell you for that price.

You must pick up.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:41:40 PM EST
3rd gen 4runner
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:42:37 PM EST
I'm having a hard time even thinking of a bicycle under that price. Keep saving.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:44:16 PM EST
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Originally Posted By stillerfan:

I may be too tall for a Miata but they look fun.
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Never too tall for a convertible
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:44:34 PM EST
Hookers and blow?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:45:35 PM EST
I would save that $3k to fix your aging daily driver. No way would I buy a second money pit.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:48:27 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:49:45 PM EST
Like to do wheelies?

Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:50:29 PM EST
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E36 is what you want
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Are the convertibles worth the added headaches?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:51:28 PM EST
3k is just enough to have fun fixing a problem  I think
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:51:35 PM EST
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Originally Posted By _Beleg_:
I would save that $3k to fix your aging daily driver. No way would I buy a second money pit.
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It's fixed. It's not broken. I just want a backup and something different.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:53:17 PM EST
Triumph Spitfire, basically a street legal go-kart. I daily drove one for a year and I am 5’ 11”.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:53:56 PM EST
Mid to late 2000's Honda VTX.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:54:46 PM EST
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Like to do wheelies?

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b247/kgb540/IMG_6635.jpg
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Where can I get one for <$3k?
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:55:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By stillerfan:

It's fixed. It's not broken. I just want a backup and something different.
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"Fixed" is always a short term status. :)
+1 for dual sport motorcycle then. I'm not a fan of riding on the street anymore but ripping up fire roads is a blast.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:57:14 PM EST
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Are the convertibles worth the added headaches?
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Originally Posted By Beerdy:
E36 is what you want

Are the convertibles worth the added headaches?

Link Posted: 12/12/2016 10:58:16 PM EST
Used motorcycle if you ride
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Used motorcycle if you ride
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not yet. still need to take a course.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:03:44 PM EST
I'd probably get a beater SV-650 or maybe a mildly wadded-up sport bike to make into a redneck street fighter.

The guys suggesting motards or duelsports also have good ideas.

I can't imagine a fun $3k car, jeep, or truck that is anything close to reliable. Jap M/C's are the best answer for fun and cheap, IMO.
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:31:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By thisisdudewhoru:

Never too tall for a convertible
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I can't let the clutch out in most miatas due to the length of my legs. It gets stuck between the steering wheel and door. 
Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:46:09 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Bravo_Six:
I'd probably get a beater SV-650 or maybe a mildly wadded-up sport bike to make into a redneck street fighter.

The guys suggesting motards or duelsports also have good ideas.

I can't imagine a fun $3k car, jeep, or truck that is anything close to reliable. Jap M/C's are the best answer for fun and cheap, IMO.
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This, in bold. I have two Wranglers. While they're both super-reliable, they're money pits for all the mods. Oh, and I bought the older one used, a 2010, for over $20k. Ugh.

Motorcycle is my suggestion.


Link Posted: 12/12/2016 11:47:48 PM EST
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Vw sand rail, they usually run 1500 to 3000 for a runner.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JTxc9ZrwYJ0
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 8:13:16 AM EST
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Vw sand rail, they usually run 1500 to 3000 for a runner.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JTxc9ZrwYJ0
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If only I lived out west.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 8:16:47 AM EST
A Porsche 944.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 8:41:49 AM EST
Miata. I had a ton of fun with mine and got really into autocross. Shocks + tires and I placed in at least the top third every event.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 11:59:29 AM EST
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Triumph Spitfire, basically a street legal go-kart. I daily drove one for a year and I am 5’ 11”.
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Yeah, a $3,000 1970s british car is wisest way to spend your money.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 12:04:27 PM EST
keep saving for a few more years.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 12:08:29 PM EST
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Link Posted: 12/13/2016 12:09:51 PM EST
CRX or Miata.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 12:10:49 PM EST
Did you max out your Roth IRA for 2016?
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 12:10:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2016 12:11:33 PM EST by TheWhiteHorse]
Toyota Corolla FTMFW!

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Link Posted: 12/13/2016 12:16:16 PM EST
'96 4Runner, you can get one in decent shape in the south for $3-4k.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 12:29:08 PM EST
IH Scout
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1980's IROC-Z
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I came really damn close to buying a $3500 LS powered T/A this summer...
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:17:03 PM EST
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Yeah, a $3,000 1970s british car is wisest way to spend your money.
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I put less than $500 into it and it was reliable, sold it a year later for a small profit… Any cheap fun car you get is going to need some work. The Triumph was simple and not much could go wrong.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:26:41 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Beerdy:
E36 is what you want
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This, easy to work on fun to drive.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:30:22 PM EST
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Are the convertibles worth the added headaches?
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Originally Posted By Beerdy:
E36 is what you want

Are the convertibles worth the added headaches?

If you go ahead and make it a manual top, or get a working one. Depends on climate, they are nice for 3 seasons, hardtop $1.5 to 2k depending on deal.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:36:04 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:40:57 PM EST
The answer is always Miata.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:41:38 PM EST
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I'll take it. I have cash in hand and ready to take delivery.
Link Posted: 12/13/2016 1:45:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2016 1:47:08 PM EST by ludder093]
Suzuki sv650.  You should be able to find used ones in the 3kish price range.   Lot of fun for the money and it's a great starter bike. 
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