Looking for a newer car

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by LJRuddy, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. SHOclass

    SHOclass Conan has one

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    Would never find a decent lower mileage MS6 for that kind of money, but I would recommend the regular mazda 6 with the 2.3L, Contour SVT, or an older ('04-'06) Accord coupe.
     
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    yamahaSHO E85 whore

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    Has he actually driven and M3? If he ever wants to run around a race track, that'll be one of the best choices you can get.
     
  3. SHODOGG

    SHODOGG Crowd Control

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    Despite the insults thrown about already in this thread, I recommend a later MK4 (03+) or MK5 Jetta. My MK4 has been nothing short of spectacular since I've owned it and has had extremely minimal issues in the 65k+ hard miles I've driven it. I prefer the 1.8T as far as the engine goes, and if he gets an 04-05 GLI you get lots of goodies that didn't come on the other Jettas (BBS wheels, Eibach springs, Recaro seats, bigger brakes, 6spd man trans, etc. etc. all factory). The MK5 GLI's are nice also, but the 2.0T engines have some small issues that non-enthusiasts won't like to deal with. However, the 09-10 2.0T TSI engines fixed most of those and are known for being very reliable and respond VERY well to tuning (chip/intake/exhaust and you're at or over 300WTQ and 260+WHP). Handling is exceptional on these cars as well. Just my .02.
    That being said, our 07 Grand Prix GXP has also been an awesome car so far. Can't argue with 323tq, 303hp, and 24+mpg hwy. Thing ran 14.0 bone stock 2-weeks after I bought it. I've driven almost 30k miles in a year with it and had ZERO issues.
     
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    Jarrod OK SHO - now in TX!

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    Altima SE-R or. VQ35 Maxima. Both available with manual transmission.
     
  5. Showgun

    Showgun Canuck SHO

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    +1 on the Max. Mine was an '02 SE -- one of the best cars I've had. Loved it.

    03 was good too but anything after I didn't like.
     
  6. Kens1992mtxSHO

    Kens1992mtxSHO Ken is a bad, bad boy and should be banned Staff Member Club Mod

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    As an owner of a 2004 G35 6 speed sedan I can honestly say he will be very happy with that purchase.
     
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    Volkswagens are garbage, parts are really expensive. best thing about them is that almost everyone who owns one knows nothing about cars and has the dealer slap all kinds of useless new parts on their cars for no reason.
     
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  8. SoonerLS

    SoonerLS Heed.Obey.Serve

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    I test drove a '95 M3 about ten years ago, and I still remember that drive. The car felt like it was glued to the road, and the I6 pulled hard. The only concern I had was that it was tiny inside, but I still seriously considered it despite the cramped cockpit (and the $17K+ pricetag).
     
  9. intimdatr

    intimdatr Got Cams?

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    Agreed the parts can get to be pricey and finding dealers is a real PITA, but GAWD are they a dream to work on and drive, some of the most reliable cars ive ever seen and driven. And they have a HUGE after market for performance and visual parts. Very fun cars to own if have a steady income to pay for the German parts that get a bit $$$ and hard to find.
     
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    oh, no you didnt.
     
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    Lol oh yeah? And I bet you've owned a whole bunch right? Parts are no more expensive on my VW than they ever were for my SHOs, but as with any manufacturer, youre better off buying parts online than at the dealer. Thats nothing new or unusual. My family has owned at least 10 VWs in the past 20 years and they've all been fantastic cars. Id also venture to say that it doesn't matter what mainstream car manufacturer youre talking about, the general car buying public doesn't know enough about their cars to keep from being ripped off by the dealers, it's certainly not limited to the VW population.
     
  12. SHOstopper1992

    SHOstopper1992 Whoops

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    Mazda Speed Protege. Meets all your requirements plus its turbo.
     
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  14. SoonerLS

    SoonerLS Heed.Obey.Serve

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    I test drove a then-new '05 Mazda6 with the D30 and 5-speed MTX; I still think that's the closest thing to an SHO that I've ever driven. :omgsho:
     
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    Accord/TSX, TL. Iirc 04+. Mileage might be the issue for the price range but it's a Honda. That would be my personal choice. Never really see them come into work with majors issues. Repair cost might be something he should figure into the decision.

    You can't have cheap reliable and fast. Pick 2.
     

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