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sunilsf
01-13-2006, 09:40 AM
Could use some suggestions... looking to downgrade the vehicle (love the current car for it's balance and power, but wife is going back to grad school so need to save some $$).

Looking to get something fun (--> ideally RWD, manual, good suspension) for under $10K. Have been looking for an E30 (as I've heard they are fun and reliable, and it would be nice to stay in the "family"), but they are hard to find with low miles (< 120K) so am expanding the search.

Potential candidates include:

- E30 325is (if I can find one)
- E36 325is (not sure about this b/c of reliability concerns)
- '96 A4 2.8 Quattro (don't know if this fits in the budget)
- VW GTI (okay, FWD but might be worth looking into)

Anyone have other suggestions/recommendations?

JonM
01-13-2006, 09:44 AM
318ti

BringsMeWomen
01-13-2006, 10:31 AM
Could use some suggestions... looking to downgrade the vehicle (love the current car for it's balance and power, but wife is going back to grad school so need to save some $$).

Looking to get something fun (--> ideally RWD, manual, good suspension) for under $10K. Have been looking for an E30 (as I've heard they are fun and reliable, and it would be nice to stay in the "family"), but they are hard to find with low miles (< 120K) so am expanding the search.

Potential candidates include:

- E30 325is (if I can find one)
- E36 325is (not sure about this b/c of reliability concerns)
- '96 A4 2.8 Quattro (don't know if this fits in the budget)
- VW GTI (okay, FWD but might be worth looking into)

Anyone have other suggestions/recommendations?

Yugo.

philippek
01-13-2006, 10:31 AM
Miata

LA525iT
01-13-2006, 10:35 AM
Miata

In San Francisco? That might come off a little too :gay: , dontcha think ;) ?

philippek
01-13-2006, 11:36 AM
In San Francisco? That might come off a little too :gay: , dontcha think ;) ?

No more so than say, a Z4...:eeps:

SergioK
01-13-2006, 11:56 AM
I say 318i. My wife found our two years ago for $8.5k. Back then the car had 120k miles. We've put about 44k on it since and have put minimal amounts of money into it - just standard maintenance.

sunilsf
01-13-2006, 12:02 PM
I say 318i. My wife found our two years ago for $8.5k. Back then the car had 120k miles. We've put about 44k on it since and have put minimal amounts of money into it - just standard maintenance.


Thanks... I had not considered that-- will look into the 318 series (need to understand the differences, if any, between the "i", "is" and "ti").

SergioK
01-13-2006, 12:20 PM
As it pertains to the e36:
i - 4 door
is - 2door
ti - 2 door hatchback

An e36 318i will feel grossly underpowered compared to your 330i but once you get used to it, it's actually not that bad. Also, 318's are best with manual transmissions. I wouldn't drive a 318 with an auto trans.

Paul in SF
01-13-2006, 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by LA525iT
In San Francisco? That might come off a little too :gay:, dontcha think ;) ?

Being both gay and from San Francisco, my response to you is :flipoff:

BmW745On19's
01-13-2006, 01:29 PM
:rofl:

xspeedy
01-13-2006, 01:29 PM
Ditch the RWD requirement - it really isn't that important for a beater and will open up your options tremendously.

Have you ever test driven an Integra GS-R? You can get one cheap - it'll have high miles, but Hondas can go a long, long time very reliably.

Penforhire
01-13-2006, 01:46 PM
Along with the GS-R (I had a 1995, great car) you'd then also have to consider 2nd generation DSM's (Eclipse GS-T for the turbo or GS-X for AWD), by far the easiest machine to modify into a drag-racing monster. Both of those options are closer to $5K for decent examples.

$10K is probably just a hair too low for a RSX-S, the successor to the Integra.

philippek
01-13-2006, 01:46 PM
Being both gay and from San Francisco, my response to you is :flipoff:

Did San Francisco make you gay?

sunilsf
01-13-2006, 03:20 PM
Ditch the RWD requirement - it really isn't that important for a beater and will open up your options tremendously.

Have you ever test driven an Integra GS-R? You can get one cheap - it'll have high miles, but Hondas can go a long, long time very reliably.


I actually like the GS-R, but am staying away from Honda/Acura due to unusually high theft and insurance reasons. Had a Civic Si at one point... it was stolen and stripped.

Clarke
01-13-2006, 04:57 PM
Not super fast but relatively sweet handling(especially for FWD) and usually stone reliable.http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=65812&d=1137196578 G20 http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=65813&d=1137196578

Rowag
01-13-2006, 08:35 PM
Originally Posted by LA525iT
In San Francisco? That might come off a little too :gay:, dontcha think ;) ?

Being both gay and from San Francisco, my response to you is :flipoff:


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


I'd ditch RWD for a 2-year grad-school stint. The ultimate beater will be something Japanese - Civic, Corolla, Celica, Accord, Integra, etc. Get a 'yota or a Honda and weld the hood shut. :thumbup:

But if I was dead-set on RWD, I'd go Miata almost for sure. Barring that, I'd look at a 318 or (mayyyyybe) an old Mustang.

If your budget is $10k, $5k can get you a fair car and leave you plenty of room for fixes and mods. :eeps:

___lk___
01-13-2006, 08:46 PM
:
But if I was dead-set on RWD, I'd go Miata almost for sure.

:stupid:

besides, get one w/ a turbo kit and you'll wonder why u ever paid so much more for a car :rolleyes:

hmc
01-13-2006, 09:08 PM
Miata... Sheer fun to drive.

If you can't find one I might be able to help you out with mine;-)

hawk2100n
01-15-2006, 09:32 AM
How about a 97 528i with 56k miles on it. I paid $11450 and I dont think that you can beat that car for the money. :D For the price, Mitas are super fun to drive though. I would just reccomend going with the post facelift version.

MMME30W
01-15-2006, 09:37 AM
Toyota Corrolla: Dead boring but cheap...?

Chris90
01-15-2006, 04:27 PM
If you sell a 2001 330, you're not gonna get that much for it, so unless you're trying to free up cash tied up in equity, you might be better off keeping it. Doesn't CA have 8.5% sales tax?

Any Honda/Acura over 100k miles is going to cost you a fair amount of maintenance. Those cars are bulletproof for the first 90k miles, but everything will start to go after that. Might as well get an E30.