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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for RWD, 6 sp, economo sports car

Been scoping out used infinity G35/37. Low gas mileage and high maintenance costs are negatives. The 37 doesn't look that great (35 is nicer). Should I be considering other cars? RWD and 6 sp. are non-negotiable LOL.

But then maybe I'll just replace the 13 yr old Sub. Forester with over 200k with a more efficient slightly larger small SUV. This is my tow vehicle for Enduro and Road racing.

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370Z ?

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Moved to proper thread.


Since you said high maintenance costs are a negative I won't suggest my favorite sports car.

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Since you said high maintenance costs are a negative I won't suggest my favorite sports car.

Kind of leaves the Bimmers behind as well ....


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Econo Sports car...that is an oxymoron. :-)

Have fun shopping...how about a Fiero, TDS might let one go cheap.

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Econo Sports car...that is an oxymoron. :-)

Have fun shopping...how about a Fiero, TDS might let one go cheap.

He doesn't want a misguided mis-shapen relic..... probably doesn't want a Fiero either.


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The miata interior was drastically updated with the new body style. Nice little car for the money. Hard top convertible with tons of aftermarket engine parts available. Or just shoe horn a V8 into these bad boys and go. It fits the bill on low maintenance, only draw backs are no reclining seats, no storage space, and the stock engine is slow. Any of the typical sports sedans are going to be costly to maintain. There is no way around it. And personally, I think the G series is a grandpas car. Both my bosses with the steel company rocked infinitis, a M and a G, felt like I was going to sunday mass with the parents everytime I got in those cars.

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Kind of leaves the Bimmers behind as well ....


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Pretty much.

OP, generally if you're going for performance you're going to have more maintenance to do.

If you take care of the car an "entry-level" Porsche (like Tom or I have) is a blast to drive and not too hard on the wallet. Upgrades are pricey, but there's nothing like the balance of a mid-engine car.

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2006 is a C5. Smoker? Wow... they don't tend to die.

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Bruce does have a point. When it comes to HP you get the most for your money with a Vette.
Yeh but there are reasons it always gets passed over.
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Or Sube/Scion thingy .
Kinda Cheap interior but hearing they are fun to drive an that Boxter Motor is bullet proof - I like the looks of them too

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Test drove the Genesis.. Horrible clutch and my son said it felt tacky - Hyandai is trying too hard to copy others.
Kinda backing down from the infiniti - expensive to fix and not that great looking unless you bling them out a little. Always liked M3 and 5's but expensive and used can be problematic. Miata - fun little roadster but a chick car. Vettes..not enough cachet (I am British after all), Nobody mentioned Camaros, Firebirds or Chargers...Drove Tripod's WRX STI - very nice but definitely a kid (just turned 50) car along with the EVO. I was actually thinking of getting off the street once I get a sports car but looking over the torque/hp numbers of my 03SV1000 - ripping around on that things is close to really good sex...
@ this point, good sense may prevail and I'll probably simply replace the Sub. with another economy tow vehicle (Rav 4 or something similar). After all, I get my jollies @ the track and in the woods.

Thanks for the great input!

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Uhm...did u think about the BMW 3 or 5 series in a diesel?!?! Crazy enonomy, still rwd, with awd available. I think my next ride is goin to be diesel.

Also, that means you can look at Mercedes and VW too!!!

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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With the qualification of RWD, I guess you are talking about an origional VW beetle or a Karmann Ghia?
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TDS is so smart, he already owns dese cars. Except the Karman ghia, those are hard to find.
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Test drove the Genesis.. Horrible clutch and my son said it felt tacky - Hyandai is trying too hard to copy others.
Kinda backing down from the infiniti - expensive to fix and not that great looking unless you bling them out a little. Always liked M3 and 5's but expensive and used can be problematic. Miata - fun little roadster but a chick car. Vettes..not enough cachet (I am British after all), Nobody mentioned Camaros, Firebirds or Chargers...Drove Tripod's WRX STI - very nice but definitely a kid (just turned 50) car along with the EVO. I was actually thinking of getting off the street once I get a sports car but looking over the torque/hp numbers of my 03SV1000 - ripping around on that things is close to really good sex...
@ this point, good sense may prevail and I'll probably simply replace the Sub. with another economy tow vehicle (Rav 4 or something similar). After all, I get my jollies @ the track and in the woods.

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Neighbor has a two, one is a convertable. If I found a VW in decent shape that wasn't $8k I'd be all over it.
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