15-20k to spend on a car, what would you buy?

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  1. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    So if you had 15k-20k to spend on a car, what would you buy...?

    I want a semi sports car, i was thinking either these three:

    porsche boxster
    2005ish 350z or
    bmw 325i of some sort
  2. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    This was meant to go in the workshop
  3. Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb!

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    I'd say if you're buying a german car, especially something exotic like a porsche, make sure it's under some sort of warranty. Getting work done on my VW Beetle hurts the wallet sometimes and I don't want to know what it'd cost for a higher end car. From your list, I'd got with the Nissan as long as you're cool only have one more seat.

    If I had that much to spend on a car, I'd want a sporty sedan. I really like the older generation Lexus IS's. Or my buddy has an 06 TL. (Manual is a must). They have good pick-up but are also very comfortable and practical. But probably not what you're looking for. :/
  4. Commissar Smersh

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    I was wondering why this needed to be in NSFW; moved it for you.

    As for the OP, if you're only working with 15-20k as a budget, I would avoid a Porsche unless you're able to do the repairs yourself (or willing to blow Dan ;). ) As I mentioned in the last thread we had on the topic, luxury parts and repairs are stupid expensive.

    Of the choices you listed I would go with a 350z but that's mostly because I don't want to look like all the other mid-20s d-bags who drive 3 series in Denver. Whatever you get, try and buy it from someone female, older or both as young, male drivers (myself included) will have likely abused the shit out of the car.
  5. tweakmonkey

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    Porsche parts are a bit more expensive than BMW (either is considerably more than Nissan)... but Porsches are very reliable as far as sports cars go.

    Those are pretty different cars though. Do you want a 2 seater or 4 seater? Do you want good handling or acceleration? What about gas mileage?

    I'd highly recommend test driving an S2000 before you buy anything. IMO it's the best sports car in that price range. Totally reliable, fast and very very fun to drive. I had a 2000 model (higher revving engine, makes it more fun) and loved it, I preferred to drive it versus most the higher end Porsches I drive.

    The Boxsters have some known engine worries (google IMS failure) but have a punchy engine and the best handling of the cars you listed. Plus it's a Porsche, though a Boxster (still has some benefits over the 911, don't let anyone kid you 'it's only a boxster') it'll always be cooler than a boring 3 series BMW or a Z-car.
  6. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Porsche 912E:p
    36-38mpg
    decent styling
    decent performance
  7. 1997 chevy astro van.
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    If you can't afford the maintenance schedule or parts that may be added on, forget about German cars. ESPECIALLY, used German cars. Many German cars have slotted/drilled (or both) brake rotors which you cant turn like a solid disc. Brake jobs will cost you $1-2K if you have to pay someone to do it. Besides that, there are many computers on German cars that monitor many sensors. Some sensors you can just swap out when they go bad but some others need to be calibrated/programmed. That means the Dealer is gonna rape you unless you got a buddy that is up to date with your make and has the software to help you out with. Japanese cars a pretty simple in comparison if you stick with a basic model (no seat warmers and other useless doo-dads).
    Also, Japanese parts are much cheaper to come by in both dealer and OEM suppliers.
  9. Mr. Ali

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    I donno, for that amount of money I would get a brand new or few years old car. I would not buy a 6+ year old German sports car.
  10. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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  12. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    This. The S2000 is 95% of the sports car the boxster is, but its a honda. I am pretty sure if I was to do it over again I would probably get the s2000

    The boxster is actually pretty cheap as far as porsche's go, maint wise. I have had mine for 3ish years, put almost 50k miles on it, and have only had a few issues that required a trip to the mechanic. The brakes are horrendously expensive to have done ($700/axle) but are a cakewalk to do yourself. But still expensive for parts - figure $200/axle if you are going with OEMish stuff. I have spent probably $2k/yr on repairs (gasket replacement, random sensors going out). Hell of a lot more than most stuff, but doesn't seem too bad for a porsche

    Out of the list you gave, if you are worried about maint, I would pick the Z hands down. The newer 3series is frat boy mobile (although boxster is trophy wife mobile.) Ignoring maint, boxster blows the other 2 out of the water

    and to some of you guys suggesting random shit, you can clearly tell what he is interested in from the choices he offered. Its kind of like the (insert brand/model x here) fanboys who think that a guy looking for a sports car, a mom looking for a kiddie hauler and a guy needing a work truck should all buy z00mOMG 240sx (or whatever the fuck)
  13. Coleman

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    Dunno homie the thread title asks what you would buy if you have 15-20k. And a 240sx is a good car for anything. They even have truck engines so you can tow :D

    I'd buy myself a reliable little beater truck, buy a used motorcycle and work on the nissan.
  14. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    didnt you buy a porsche?
  15. Jackalope

    Jackalope NNNNEEERRRRDDDSSSSS!!!!!!

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    That was me and dan and tex lol. Since I already have a sports car I would get something economical and sporty I loved my ex's honda fit its a fun little grocery fetter and cheap.

    I had an 01 s2000 and it is a superfantastic car. Until you start nodding it, parts are expensive and you get very minimal gainsfrom bolt ons. You definitely owe it to yourself to test drive one.

    Have you checked out the GTO? Definitely a great bang for the buck there. Or an older ctsv.

    Btw 92 240sx with silvia conversion (wavy headlights, strawberry face I think?) And a rb25det swap is pure sex. The ka24det is beasty too and much cheaper.
  16. tex

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    Ooooooooooh, didn't think of CTSV. Aren't the older ones dogs when it comes to handling though?

    And around here at least, GTO is 20k+, its amazing how those hold their value

    ha, I pulled that out of my ass thinking of one of those goofy ass animated youtube videos making fun of forum fanboys. I think it was a mom asking the guy about something to carry her kids around and he starts going off about coilovers and engine swaps
  17. Coleman

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    Nope.. I've had the same car since I was 15. In two days I'll have had my 1998 Nissan 240sx SE for 10 years :)

    Any 89-93 240sx can be fitted with the JDM front end (the non-popup headlights gis jdm s13). The strawberry front end comes on S15 Silvias (1999-2002)and costs an arm and a leg because they're OEM HID projectors from Japan.
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    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    Simply put......A BMW.
  21. Coleman

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    ... 318ti!
  22. nidex

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    Hahahahahaha @ 3 series BMW. The BMW that says "I wish I could afford a 5 or 7 series, but I'm just not rich enough, so I guess I'll have to try to front while I'm driving BMW's Civic".
  23. ivwshane

    ivwshane We are all old school!

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    Wow, that's kind of snobbish!

    I was looking at getting an 05 Mercedes c230 kompressor but I don't want to be looked down upon:(
  24. gB dAvId x

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    I'd drive a 3 series bmw over a civic any day
  25. Coleman

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    what

    330ci/335ci... I'd rather own one of those than any 5/7 series minus the M5.