Glo Stix

Planning on buying a car in a few weeks.

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So I've spent the last 2 months or so looking at cars nearly every day while waiting for income tax to finally get here. Since then I've made a pretty substantial list of cars that I would consider, so much so that when I finally get the money making a decision sure is going to be tough. This will be the first car that is "mine" and not a shared family car that I've had in nearly 10 years. It will likely be another 5-10 years before I can buy another car of my own. With that comes the issue of not wanting to fuck up and buy a car that I won't like after having owned it a while. 

I will be trying to find a car for 4k or under it does have some wiggle room but not much. 

This will not be a drive every day family car, or a drive to work every single day etc etc, this is a car for me to have fun with. 

 

Things I like or dislike -

RWD,FWD,AWD: I'm alright with any of these honestly, I've never owned anything that isn't FWD though. So I'm kind of excited at the idea of buying something not FWD also.

2 door or 4 door: I'm alright with either, from a visual standpoint i prefer 2 door cars a LOT. But there are a few 4 door cars out there that also look really good. I cannot buy a 2 seater because sometimes I will need to drive my kids around.

Imports, Domestics, Euros: I highly prefer Japanese imports or European ones, I'm not really into MOST American cars. The ones I do like I can't afford. 

Turbo VS Non: I've never owned a turbo vehicle before, but I think I would enjoy it. However I am fine with either turbo or nonturbo, but for nonturbo I would want a higher trim level for a better engine.

Cars Options -

Mitsubishi Eclipse (2nd Gen) - I've loved the look of these cars since I was a kid. (I was born in '91) I would want to either buy the GST trim ( turbo) or the convertible (better engine than nonturbo coupe) 

Volkswagen GTI (MK4 or MK5) - I have a fondness in my heart for hatchbacks and these ones come in both 2 door as well as 4 door. These also come in both turbo and NA. My first car was actually a VW.

BMW 3 series (E46/E90) - These come in 2 door and 4 door as well as different trim levels. The issue with these is that a LOT of them are silver, and I'm not a huge fan of silver cars.

Mini Cooper - I like these cars, but what I'm worried about witht hem is that I won't have another car for quite a few years, and there is very little you can do with these past stock for cheap. ( meaning exterior changes interior changes engine stuff etc )

Mazda Speed3 (1stGen) - While I think these cars are super cool, I don't know if I'll be able to find a speed 3 for 4 grand without something being wrong with it.

 

 

There a LOT more options as i check craigslist every day and keep researching, but these were the ones at the top of my favorites currently. Discuss :D 

 

 

Edited by Glo Stix

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RWD, FWD, and AWD - depends where you live. I live in Northern Minnesota, and I wouldn't recommend a RWD vehicle, unless you like spinning your tires. No weight in the back makes winter driving a little hectic. If you don't get icy roads, any of those options are good.

2 door or 4 door - Some insurance companies consider 2 door sports cars and your insurance may go up due to this designation.

Import vs. domestic - How much do you want to pay for parts? Import parts are usually higher priced than domestic. And also newer imports sometimes require specialists within that manufacturer.

If the car matches what you are looking for though, and you maintain it well. It should last you a long time. Just my 2 cents.

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12 minutes ago, MadCast: GregorHanston said:

RWD, FWD, and AWD - depends where you live. I live in Northern Minnesota, and I wouldn't recommend a RWD vehicle, unless you like spinning your tires. No weight in the back makes winter driving a little hectic. If you don't get icy roads, any of those options are good.

2 door or 4 door - Some insurance companies consider 2 door sports cars and your insurance may go up due to this designation.

Import vs. domestic - How much do you want to pay for parts? Import parts are usually higher priced than domestic. And also newer imports sometimes require specialists within that manufacturer.

If the car matches what you are looking for though, and you maintain it well. It should last you a long time. Just my 2 cents.

This isn't my only vehicle so I'm not worried about snow, I'm in kentucky it's cold here like 2 months out of the year.

I'm not worried about a small insurance change either. 

Doesn't really matter to me either, but i would disagree with the imports vs domestics price difference. Theres far more used imports in my area than domestics (besides early 2000s mustangs) to get used parts off of a lot cheaper than having to order them. ( exception is the euros that is )

My issue is that I don't really have a very specific want or need other than " a car I'll enjoy after I buy it". 

Thanks for replying :D I wasn't expecting a reply so soon.

Edited by Glo Stix

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I am not a car expert whatsoever, and barely know much about them. But, out of all the cars you listed I think I like the Mini Coopers the best. I just love the aesthetic and vibes it gives off! I personally love the style of older cars, so. This is just more of a style-based input lol.

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19 minutes ago, Milk said:

I am not a car expert whatsoever, and barely know much about them. But, out of all the cars you listed I think I like the Mini Coopers the best. I just love the aesthetic and vibes it gives off! I personally love the style of older cars, so. This is just more of a style-based input lol.

Any kind of input is appreciated :) 

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1 hour ago, MadCast: Baal said:

Biggest thing is what will you be using it for?

To drive when i feel like it. If I'm going with the full family we just take our normal car, this would be a " if i feel like doing anything when wife is gone" car. Or a " I'm gonna go grab food or something" car. 

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if you have the funds to devote to it, a project car is always a fun investment.

you can usually pick up something like a mid 90s toyota mr2 for a couple grand (mid engine rwd)

 

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12 hours ago, MadCast: Baal said:

if you have the funds to devote to it, a project car is always a fun investment.

you can usually pick up something like a mid 90s toyota mr2 for a couple grand (mid engine rwd)

 

My limit is 4k until next years tax season minimum, so I need a fun daily (more like used once or twice a week) , not a  project. Likewise I never intend this to be a full on project, more so a car i slowly do stuff to over time.

 

Also it can't be a 2 seater, because on the off chance I need to take a kid somewhere there needs to be a small backseat. 

 

however i thought this was funny, that i found this this morning. https://limaohio.craigslist.org/cto/d/1991-toyota-mr2-turbo-swap/6477640931.html

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