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Old 12-26-2011, 08:30 AM   #1
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Sports car for ~$25k...?

New, used...doesn't matter. Let's say you have roughly $25k to spend on an additional car. You own a Tacoma so naturally 100% of your daily driving NEEDS are met. Groceries, getting wood at Lowes, carrying 5 people, camping, commuting....you've got that shit on lockdown with the truck and it's not going anywhere. So this additional vehicle is strictly a toy.

A proper toy in my opinion should be fast, retarded fun to drive, and look the part too. Newer is better but older is fine as long as the rebuild/restore monies and headache are worth it. Out of the box performance is a big plus but modifying things is fine since I wont be daily driving this vehicle and it doesn't have to run for me to go about my daily life.

So for roughly $25k what would you get?
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Older M3, corvette, may be able to find a decent 911. Or buy a 350/370Z and put money into it, maybe even an S2000 if you can find a decent one.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:03 AM   #5
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The new scion FR-S coming this spring. I think this car would be a good addition to my toyota family.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:07 AM   #7
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:08 AM   #8
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You can score a used low mileage 2009-2010 Sport model 370z for around 30K or less for a base 370z. I'm partial to the 370z because that was my last car -- best bang for your buck!

Other Options: C5 Vette, 350z, S2000, WRX STI, EVO, Mustang Cobra

I wouldn't go for a BMW, with only $25K to spend you will end up with a high mileage older model.
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Older M3, corvette, may be able to find a decent 911. Or buy a 350/370Z and put money into it, maybe even an S2000 if you can find a decent one.
M3's never really piqued my interest. But it does remind me of the Mcoupe which is something that really DOES pique my interest. I'd only get one if it had the S54 engine in it. The earlier ones are nice but knowing that the 330hp version exists would haunt me forever.

My mom has a G37 so I feel like I have that base covered.

The S2000 is quite appealing. I'd have to first come to terms with the fact that I'll never get any more HP than stock unless I boost. Great balance and dynamics though. I love that car.
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I feel like that's a REALLY smart option and hits most of the check boxes. Problem is though that it's almost TOO practical to be a toy. I feel like to justify having a second car it must be so crazy it justifies it's existence by nature of it's outrageousness. (<---totally a word)
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The new scion FR-S coming this spring. I think this car would be a good addition to my toyota family.
I've had my eye on them for quite some time. My only qualm with them is that they put what I'd consider to be a half assed engine in it. The looks are awesome and 2700lbs is EXACTLY what I want.
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I love the terminators. You sneeze and they make power. But I don't think they really enjoy going round corners all that well.
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M3's never really piqued my interest. But it does remind me of the Mcoupe which is something that really DOES pique my interest. I'd only get one if it had the S54 engine in it. The earlier ones are nice but knowing that the 330hp version exists would haunt me forever.

My mom has a G37 so I feel like I have that base covered.

The S2000 is quite appealing. I'd have to first come to terms with the fact that I'll never get any more HP than stock unless I boost. Great balance and dynamics though. I love that car.

I feel like that's a REALLY smart option and hits most of the check boxes. Problem is though that it's almost TOO practical to be a toy. I feel like to justify having a second car it must be so crazy it justifies it's existence by nature of it's outrageousness. (<---totally a word)

I've had my eye on them for quite some time. My only qualm with them is that they put what I'd consider to be a half assed engine in it. The looks are awesome and 2700lbs is EXACTLY what I want.

I love the terminators. You sneeze and they make power. But I don't think they really enjoy going round corners all that well.
Those Cobras have a better suspension vs the GTs, don't they? Could make all the difference in corners.

If you want light weight, a Type R Integra? Those are like 2600 lbs stock. I have one myself. It's FWD, but I've put on big cheesy grins when I get a point-by from the big iron cars on the track. (And yes, some big iron is driven well and hands me my ass...even little iron for that matter.) They're about 10 yrs old now, but you can find some that have been babied. Mine has been driven like an angry bitch and seems to love it! Great reliability.

The FR-S reminds me of that car, from what I've seen on it. Whenever I see the battery against the passenger firewall, that makes me think they were doing it right. The FR-S offers RWD as a bonus. Learn to make that thing go fast around the track and you make the best mod you can - upgraded steering-wheel-seatback-connector - ie, the driver! But that's me - I like to spend a couple wkends a year on a road course.
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thats what i would do! probly my favorite car (that i could ever afford of course)
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I would get the new celica coming out soon.
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A used Lotus Elise has me thinking. Those can be had for under $30. That would be an intense ride for sure. I've also thought about a 3rd Generation RX7. And no the rotary doesn't scare me because I know how it works. I'd prefer to find a really clean exterior/interior chassis with a blown up engine that I'd get to rebuild.
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