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What would be a cool yet affordable sports car?

Asked by jdogg (871points) November 24th, 2008

Just want some opinions and ideas! An suggestions would be appreciated!

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RandomMrdan's avatar

Dodge SRT4 would be a decent one…you can probably find them around 10–12k

jdogg's avatar

yah that’s cool…i wonder if there is a car that looks like a Pontiac G6 coupe…I really want one of those!

robmandu's avatar

Would you be leaning towards the classic definition?

Sports cars [have] rear-wheel drive, have two seats, two doors, and are designed for more precise handling, acceleration, and aesthetics.

Or do you simply mean sporty?

jdogg's avatar

2 door preferably 4 seats looks sporty (my pontiac g6 coupe reference is close to what I want

jdogg's avatar

thanks delirium but not exactly what i was looking for…

jasongarrett's avatar

Pontiac G8 GT, if $30k is affordable.

waterskier2007's avatar

pontiac solstice, or a saturn sky

jdogg's avatar

@jasongarett I wish but thanks for good suggestion maybe in a few years

jdogg's avatar

@waterskier little out of price range but the convertible is cool

jeanm's avatar

One sportscar perfect for the Pacific Northwest where I live is a retractable hard top convertible. Check out the VW EOS. Fast, 2-door, great sound system, fun to drive.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Dont know your price range, but you can look for an old foxbody Mustang GT 5.0. They usually arent that expensive, but are great cars and out preform the newer mustangs.

elchoopanebre's avatar

What’s your price range?

flameboi's avatar

207cc, i like it :)

girlofscience's avatar

Toyota Celicas from the 1990s. They look really hot, and I actually like the 90s models better than the newer ones. And they are still good cars because Toyotas are made so well. You can get a nice-looking Toyota Celica from 94–96 for about $3500.

JoeyDesignsStuff's avatar

1984 – 1991 BMW 325is or 318is:
Both handle extremely well for their age, have well-engineered (if outdated) engines, well-appointed interiors, and are generally reliable as long as they’ve been taken care of. 325is is a little faster, but the 318 has a chain-driven engine which is not quite as 70s and gets better mileage. Not hard to find (a nice one) for $5000ish.

1990 – 1992 Golf GTI
16v, especially, is a really strong little car that’s actually very, very good on gas. Handles well, strong aftermarket, readily-available parts, super-easy to work on, no big problem areas. 8v models are completely bulletproof. Easy to get one for under $4000.

1989 – 1997 Mazda Miata
Very popular autocrosser, convertibles are fun, and not bad on insurance / fuel. Personally I think they’re a little expensive for what they are, and they’re very small. But they are fun.

1989 – 1994 Nissan 240SX
Getting difficult to find in decent, unmolested condition because of kids sliding them around, but a solid platform with extremely strong aftermarket support. You can really spend about as much or as little as you want on one of these, but you get what you pay for. They’re in high demand amongst the growing crowd that likes them.

1988 – 1991 Honda Prelude Si
Has some aftermarket left, but OE parts are still attainable. Watch out for the S model (carbureted) and the 90/91 Si, which has FRM cylinder walls that tear rings up and burn oil. Also have a tendency to be neglected and develop classic rear-quarter rust spots Hondas are known for, but are still very reliable and particularly well-made cars. Still the only production car ever to offer fully-mechanical four-wheel-steering (which is a real blast). Low-mileage, cherry 4WS models don’t go over $3000.

Got to agree with girlofscience on the Celica front as well. If you can find one, the first-generation MR-2 is a fairly cheap sports car, but they’re very expensive to insure and quite difficult to drive for anyone not accustomed to mid-engined cars.

My vote’s for the BMW if you don’t mind fixing a couple things at the outset.

robmandu's avatar

< < owned an ‘85 and an ‘87 MR-2 (license plate “MR.2 YOU”). The ‘87 is still in the family with over 200k miles. And yes, they’re a hoot to drive and own. Way more cargo space than any other car in its class, too.

hearkat's avatar

I love my Mini Cooper S…
fun, quick, and averaging 31–34MPG!

I am also a VW fan, and the new Passat CC Sport is a nice looking car. I also like the Eos, and the R32 and GTIs.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Mini Coopers are my dream car :( me wants

hearkat's avatar

I’m loving it! Sadly, you know how congested the roads are here in South Jersey, so I don’t get to drive it the way it was intended!

I don’t know if you knew, but when the car was exactly 6 weeks old, a woman ran a Stop sign and hit me twice! Fortunately, I only had whiplash (which still flares up from time-to-time); but I was without the Mini for over 3 months!! Being brand new, $15,000+ in damages wasn’t enough to total her, but the body shop did a nice job, and she is running like new.

How are you recouperating from your accident?

El_Cadejo's avatar

(thats what the expressway is for :P)
That sucks that someone hit you. id be pissed if someone hit my new mini :( Glad to hear your both ok :)

I just got my MRI and EMG results. I have bulging disks in my lower back and neck, and a pinched nerve at L4-L5 fun….So next thursday i have to go to a pain management doctor and see what he has to say

steelmarket's avatar

Look at a used BMW Z. These are awesome vehicles.

hearkat's avatar

The Mini isn’t meant for highway driving! It is built for winding, twisting, up- and downhill roads… trying to see if you can take the curve at twice the recommended speed or more. It’s all about the handling!

Yikes! I hope that your youth is an advantage in your prognosis. There are amazing advances in medicine all the time, so stay up on developments in research, but don’t make impulsive choices when choosing treatment options. Good Luck to you, and have a lovely holiday!

El_Cadejo's avatar

@hearkat yea good point. I cant really think of anywhere in jersey to do that though, you right :( its a shame.

yeaaa we’ll see how it goes, one step at a time.Thanks for your concern :) and have a wonderful holiday yourself.

stevenb's avatar

I’m with uberbatman on the mustangs. The 5.0 has a HUGE aftermarket following. You can make those cars road rally monsters, street killers, quarter mile beasts, and anything in between. They are fun to drive and can last a long time with proper maintenance.
@uberbatman, I hope you came out of this 100 percent. Good luck with recovery. I feel for you, big time.

robmandu's avatar

< < thinks it’s funny that his minivan – with a smaller displacement engine and two fewer cylinders – has more horsepower and torque than the stock 5.0 Mustang. Oh and better gas mileage even though it weighs in at twice as much.

RandomMrdan's avatar

I think the most power for the dollar would still have to be the Dodge SRT4, I might be wrong, but I’m pretty sure a stock SRT4 would blow away pretty much any stock mustang on the road, even the 5.0 mustang.

I have a friend who used to own one that ran just under 12 seconds in the quarter mile, and he sold his for just over 12,000.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Im sorry but theres no way a stock SRT4 is running under 12s.

RandomMrdan's avatar

@uberbatman I didn’t say my friends SRT was stock. I just made the claim that a stock SRT would blow away a 5.0 mustang. I just mentioned my friends because his is fast, and it gives an idea for price.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@random sorry i misunderstood. I really dont know about blowing away a 5.0 either though. I mean ive raced a SRT before and won.maybe he just sucked at shifting unno

stevenb's avatar

Maybe he should just buy an early bronco and join the chosen ones ;)

tehrani625's avatar

A srt-8 dodge is really cheep used. And everything that JoeyDesignsStuff said.

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