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Old 12-31-2012, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have $6k-$7k to spend on a car, and do not know what to get. I LOVE the vr4 and always have, im just concerned about its reliability because i'm still in college. I want a car that is fast, or at least fast enough (1/4 mile under 15 seconds) and that is a good looking car. Some cars I have looked at or considered are gsx's, gst's, 300zx tt, and mustangs. Not a huge fan of mustangs though because they have a god awful suspension. Any ideas on what I should get? Im not concerned about gas mileage, or insurance cost.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you looked into the 240SX? I hear that swaps, or even minor turbo builds are relatively easy.
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thanks for the reply, and I have considered them. I heard that a 240sx with a sr20det swap is a strong, reliable car for the most part.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You mentioned the Eclipse. If you steer clear of the GSX so you are not dealing with AWD headaches I think the 98 GST was fast, sexy as hell and not too bad on maint
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What about an E36 or E46? Maintenance could be on the expensive side, but those are fun cars with a great chassis.
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For $5-6k you should get a well kept and tastefully modded GSX, I'd advise to buy from a DSMtuners member. Those are hella fast and fairly reliable if they are maintenanced properly. 90% of bad rep of DSMs come from the fact that they usually have been teenagers toys that have been driven hard with very little or no maintenance.

Plus, you still have $1k left if something fails. DSMs are rather easy to service, if you can't do your own work you'll learn. Parts are rather cheap too, and I don't think that the AWD system will give a lot of headaches, even buying used transfer cases and driveshafts won't break your bank... So GSX > GST, IMO.
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You can get a 13 second Fbody that gets 26mpg for 5k.
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Best 5500 you can spend http://www.3si.org/forum/f10/1993-do...g-gone-544062/
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97-98 tsi awd, sexiest dsm's, mine was reliable as hell and it saw some serious punishment, ripped the rear meatball out twice from launching so many times, 16g car.
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find a LS vehicle.
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