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Old 03-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Question Sports car for around $20k?

I've driven a 03 350z, 07 350z hr and 07 bmw 335i recently and liked them, but didn't fall in love.

Think I may be craving more torque? They were fine cars, yet I didn't sign the papers. I did like the 07 350z quite a bit, but the one I test drove was a piece.

What are my next steps? Scared to think it may be GTO, Terminator, or ???

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Old 03-09-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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Mustang and Camaro give you a lot of power for a little money. May be too redneck though considering the other stuff you mention.

Me I'm happy getting to 60 in around 7-8 seconds. Every try a GTI? Ford Focus SVT? You can get a Focus for under ten g. Those things are fun.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:10 PM   #3
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Mustang and Camaro give you a lot of power for a little money. May be too redneck though considering the other stuff you mention.

Me I'm happy getting to 60 in around 7-8 seconds. Every try a GTI? Ford Focus SVT? You can get a Focus for under ten g. Those things are fun.
Everyone and their dogs has a Mustang or Camaro in Oklahoma (including me ) Not interested in any fwd cars.

Ready to make a switch to a sexy, rwd, 6mt sports car.


Just not sure why I didn't fall in love with the cars I drove. The 335i was a fine fine car, but the turbo lag/throttle response wasn't as quick as I was hoping. And the 350z has a cheap interior, but that HR had a pretty exhaust note.


If I could find a nice black or solar orange 07-08 350z with 50k miles or less, I think I might be satisfied.





I know I need to test drive a Vette, but for some reason I just don't want one.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Probably get an early 2000s Vette for that price. Not gonna get a better bang for your buck if you ask me.
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Probably get an early 2000s Vette for that price. Not gonna get a better bang for your buck if you ask me.

I know it's the truth, I just don't want to face it.


Some kind of stigma in my head built up against Vettes for some reason.
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That orange Z is

Few cars can pull that color off.
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Some kind of stigma in my head built up against Vettes for some reason.
Fair enough, to each his own.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:29 PM   #8
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Fair enough, to each his own.

I need to get over it...


Vette would give me the torque I want on demand that the 350z and 335i lacked...
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:31 PM   #9
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suburu brz is about 24k. s2000 you could pick up for 10k but its kinda fruity.
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1993 RX-7 Manual.
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Actually tons of option it all depends on how reliable and practicable the car has to be.
If its just a fun weekend driver you could go for an mid 00s Elise, if you are small enough to fit in of course.
There are also loads of fast BMWs for that price, ranging from the classic E30 M3 up to the E46M3 and E39M5(by many regarded one of the best cars of all time), i guess you could also get an air cooled 911 for that price, maybe even a 996. E55 Amg or an B5/6/7 S4 convertible or sedan.
RX-7/8 or Infiniti G35/37 would be an option too.
Or you go American with the already mentioned GTO's, Vette's, Stangs etc.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #13
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BMW M3 / M5
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Toyota Supra
Mitsubishi Evolution
Subaru Impreza
Mazda RX-7/RX-8
Honda S2000
Some older Porsche...

Out of those i have driven S2000 & Supra (stock), S2000 is so god damn fun... very light RWD car with ridicilous handling and with its super high revving naturally aspirated engine (no turbo/compressor bullshit) makes it one of the most fun cars i ever driven... it has 240 hp from a 2 litre N/A engine, that HP per Litre is comparable to any Porsche GT3 or a Ferrari 360...
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1993 RX-7 Manual.

I need a daily driver


Bit worried about the maintenance needs of any 20 years old mid-90s cars (though they were great cars).
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BMW M3 / M5
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Toyota Supra
Mitsubishi Evolution
Subaru Impreza
Mazda RX-7/RX-8
Honda S2000
Some older Porsche...

I definitely want to drive an M3. I liked a lot about the 335i, other than I wish it had a v8 and not a I6tt.


Skyline, Supra...out of budget.

Evo/Impreza... I've never driven but should put on my list.

RX8/S2000...probably won't have the torque I'm craving if the 350z didn't.



I LOVE 300zx TTs and other turbo 90s cars, but I just need a daily driver. I pretty much plan on leaving the car stockish (maybe help out the breathing, but that's it).

So I really need that torque from the get go, and I need it to be a daily driver.


My next cars to drive will be M3, GTO(boat), Vette ( ), and another 07ish 350z.
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