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Posted: 9/11/2013 12:03:37 PM EDT
You've got $10,000 saved up to purchase an un-molested sporty type of car. What do you buy? Car is for personal enjoyment & transportation... Not specifically used for autocross or drag racing.

Apologies for running out of choices....I missed a couple of good ones like the Nissan 240/280/300, Acura RSX, Audi S4, and Suburu WRX. And I should have made option#10 a Porsche 951 instead of the 944 model.

I don't want to confine this poll to the textbook definition of a sports car.  Just "sporty type", use your own interpretation.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:04:38 PM EDT
Used Miata.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:05:18 PM EDT
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and IBTP
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:05:36 PM EDT
while I would argue that not all of these are sports cars. This is what google turned up as a starting point



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My goal was to not confine this thread to the textbook definition of a sports car.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:16:46 PM EDT
Well this is tough. 60's muscle is tops, but what can you get for $10,000 and what will it take to keep it running?

For a modern car, I would go Miata. A big enthusiast base means lots of parts and aftermarket stuff for long after your particular model is out of production.

Mustang 5.0. Fox body coupe, white with a not-red interior? I would probably go with this.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:18:47 PM EDT
2002 Audi S4 Quattro
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:20:12 PM EDT
Aren't we already doing this?

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1531074_Poor_Man_s_Sports_Car.html

Why not let the OP of the other thread make a poll.

And you already know what's going to win...
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:20:15 PM EDT
It all depends upon what you want to do with your "sporty-type" car. Autocross? Track Days? Drag race? Cruise? All of the above?

Define your usage better and some cars make more sense than others.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:20:18 PM EDT
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That would depend entirely on what I was planning on doing with it.  

I could make a good argument for most of the cars in your poll, depending on what my intended use was.

Edit:  Beat by DKM.  
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:25:12 PM EDT
'Vette - No contest
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Aren't we already doing this?

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1531074_Poor_Man_s_Sports_Car.html

Why not let the OP of the other thread make a poll.

And you already know what's going to win...
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OP seems to be chronically MIA and I am interested to see what the poll results will look like.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:36:56 PM EDT
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^ I want this guy's avatar.

White with t-tops and a big ass bird on the hood please.

I take back my choice of a Mustang.

Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:39:18 PM EDT
Going to need a pic of OP to determine this.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:41:56 PM EDT
This is a dupe from yesterday.  I believe the answer was MIATA.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:42:04 PM EDT
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^ I want this guy's avatar.

White with t-tops and a big ass bird on the hood please.

I take back my choice of a Mustang.

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It all depends upon what you want to do with your "sporty-type" car. Autocross? Track Days? Drag race? Cruise? All of the above?

Define your usage better and some cars make more sense than others.


^ I want this guy's avatar.

White with t-tops and a big ass bird on the hood please.

I take back my choice of a Mustang.



If you can impose Elmer Fudds face on the girl I will use your avatar
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:42:32 PM EDT
I picked miata because many of those other cars would be in terrible condition if priced at $10k.  Your options increase if you can spend more.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:45:38 PM EDT
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Here you go:

Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:45:51 PM EDT
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I picked miata because many of those other cars would be in terrible condition if priced at $10k.  Your options increase if you can spend more.
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Exactly.

You can get a minty Miata, or a ragged out S2000 AP1, or an automatic C5.



I'd like to see some links to these mythical sub-$10K cars.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:46:39 PM EDT
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this
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:47:50 PM EDT
I picked the Miata.  I traded my Mustang GT in the other week on a F150, so I am kinda wanting a cheap toy car to play with and the Miata is very attractive with its low cost and aftermarket.




Link Posted: 9/11/2013 12:54:54 PM EDT
I'm enjoying my 2001 3.0 Z3. There are a lot of little issues but once you get them resolved they will be a pretty reliable and very fun car not to mention fairly quick. It'll run right with an older gen Mustang GT in a straight line and corner with a Miata. Really the only big issue is the subframe problems that can pop up. I had one of my spot weld start cracking which I tacked up and so far it's holding just fine.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 1:02:54 PM EDT
One choice not in the poll to be considered:  an early 2000's Subaru WRX.  220+hp turbo 4-banger, super quick, and good high end speed as well.  not the most comfy ride, but that probably doesn't matter much when your adrenaline is jacked.  lol
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 1:03:02 PM EDT
Miata?

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Well I looked for 3 minutes and found 3 cars at $11k. I am sure I could find more than a few sub-$10k if I wanted to.  Remember, cash in hand will always get a lower price with a serious seller.

The biggest problem with Corvette sellers, is that they cannot accept the fact that their car has depreciated. The majority of the owners over price their cars, and they sit for months and months without selling.

Link to a some at $11k - 6spd manual
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:00:13 PM EDT
03-04 Mustang Mach 1.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:02:12 PM EDT
Where is the rsx type-s?
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:08:14 PM EDT
I have a Mazda RX8.
Very nice interior, pretty quick with it's 9,000 rpm redline too. It handles excellently, and you don't see them every day. Fuel economy is not great, but if you are going for a sporty car, none of them are going to be great unless you buy a Tesla.

I'd recommend it. RX7 could also be good, but you'll have a lot more problems with parts breaking on those and replacement parts being expensive. But they are far and away faster than the RX8, for obvious reasons.

Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:11:45 PM EDT
Miata and Corvette C5 having the top spots?

Have you forgotten your roots to American Muscle?
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:12:20 PM EDT
S2000.

Never seen a Miata that was worth shit by comparison.

Buy the Corvette if you want everyone to think, "oh look, there goes a 50 year old man trying to relive the 'glory days' "
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:13:25 PM EDT
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A $10k S2k will be shit.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:13:40 PM EDT
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Point me at one modern, American "SPORTS CAR"

Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:14:08 PM EDT
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S2000.

Never seen a Miata that was worth shit by comparison.


A $10k S2k will be shit.


No kidding, it'll either be riced out, worn out, or both.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:14:27 PM EDT
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Wrong wheel drive.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:15:01 PM EDT
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No kidding, it'll either be riced out, worn out, or both.
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S2000.

Never seen a Miata that was worth shit by comparison.


A $10k S2k will be shit.


No kidding, it'll either be riced out, worn out, or both.


I'm still waiting to see some sub 10K 350z's and RX-8's.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:15:14 PM EDT
Fire sale prices from your neighbor/friend/cousin/uncle/grandpappy/etc where you throw out some ridiculous low ball offer and they take it because they're desperate for cash...those are not market prices at which you can just go buy one today.  So, the car I pick from the list really isn't even a contender due to the $10k price limit.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:15:25 PM EDT
350z, but mileage is going to be 50k+
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:17:14 PM EDT
Second gen Mazda RX7 turbos can be had in really good shape for $4-6k (pretty good for $3k), spend the other $4-6k on maintenance that was probably not done and reliability mods (aluminum radiator, better coolant hoses and vacuum lines, etc).
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:17:16 PM EDT
On any weekend in the USA more Miatas are on the track then any other car. According to the SCCA. I wonder why?
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:17:52 PM EDT
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At least you didn't go with the small penis stereotype too.

Buy whatever car you like, who gives a flying fuck what anyone thinks about it.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:17:55 PM EDT
60's muscle (pony) for me. You could find a 65-68 Mustang with a 289/302 and a 4-speed for $10K that will only go up in value. Parts are plentiful and they are cheap to maintain. No $200 electric fuel pumps, $1000 turbos etc..
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:18:58 PM EDT
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They're cheap and handle pretty good.  That doesn't mean I'd pick one over something like a C5 vette or Porsche 951 if I have the money to buy and maintain those.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:19:22 PM EDT
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I think I just don't care.  Being popular as a cheap track car doesn't make them the best, or anything close to it.
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S2000.

Never seen a Miata that was worth shit by comparison.


A $10k S2k will be shit.


Got mine for 13k almost 8 years ago. 25k miles, ran great, two owners, no problems. Though I really lucked out. Dude I got it from was getting rid of it cause he was having a baby and needed a bigger car. He had gotten it from an old woman who had no idea what she had, (was her husbands, and I believe he was 'no longer in the picture' ).
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:20:24 PM EDT
if you can find 60s muscle for that much...do it.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:21:57 PM EDT
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Got mine for 13k almost 8 years ago. 25k miles, ran great, two owners, no problems. Though I really lucked out. Dude I got it from was getting rid of it cause he was having a baby and needed a bigger car. He had gotten it from an old woman who had no idea what she had, (was her husbands, and I believe he wa 'no longer in the picture' ).
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S2000.

Never seen a Miata that was worth shit by comparison.


A $10k S2k will be shit.


Got mine for 13k almost 8 years ago. 25k miles, ran great, two owners, no problems. Though I really lucked out. Dude I got it from was getting rid of it cause he was having a baby and needed a bigger car. He had gotten it from an old woman who had no idea what she had, (was her husbands, and I believe he wa 'no longer in the picture' ).


Prices are actually going up on them now. They've bottomed out and have moved into "collector car" status, like the NSX has. Unless they're a disaster or a salvage title you're not getting one under $10k.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:22:44 PM EDT
$10k & unmolested crosses off almost every car on that list.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:22:50 PM EDT
As much corvette as ten grand will buy you.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:23:27 PM EDT
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I'm still waiting to see some sub 10K 350z's and RX-8's.
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S2000.

Never seen a Miata that was worth shit by comparison.


A $10k S2k will be shit.


No kidding, it'll either be riced out, worn out, or both.


I'm still waiting to see some sub 10K 350z's and RX-8's.


Exactly.

350z prices tend to make to S2K prices look much more reasonable by comparison.
Link Posted: 9/11/2013 2:25:02 PM EDT
Buncha fag miata drivers ITT
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Exactly.

350z prices tend to make to S2K prices look much more reasonable by comparison.
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S2000.

Never seen a Miata that was worth shit by comparison.


A $10k S2k will be shit.


No kidding, it'll either be riced out, worn out, or both.


I'm still waiting to see some sub 10K 350z's and RX-8's.


Exactly.

350z prices tend to make to S2K prices look much more reasonable by comparison.


There are plenty to be had from the first couple years, there were some around 2 years ago when I bought my 07
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