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