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Top 3 sport-compacts of the 90s

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Re: Top 3 sport-compacts of the 90s

My buddy actually had a Civic hatch like the one pictured. B18 in it. It was quite peppy.

Did the 240sx really have that much of a following before F&F and the Drift events started coming on big in the US? Back in the '90s I could have bought 100 of those cars in good shape for 800$ or less. Now piles of junk are sold for 3000$ or better. Local car guys didn't get into them until the last few years.

I would thinkg the Acura Integra is a big one for the list. Those four eyes were something to envy back in the day. ITR handling upgrades and some I/H/E and you had a quick little go-cart. A little more costly than it's Civic cousin, it deserves to be up there.

VW Golf/VR6 was big with the Euro tuners. I'm sure they'll feel left out.

The WRX really came into it's own during the late 90s. Definitely moddable. Not too expensive.

Other than that... I can't really think of many readily moddable sport compact imports that changed the scene. Civic/CRX/Integra really helped make it what it is though.

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Re: Top 3 sport-compacts of the 90s

I would have put the 89-91 RX-7 in place of the 240, but I'm biased towards Mazdas. I didn't see much else out of place in the article though.


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Re: Top 3 sport-compacts of the 90s

Thanks for the reply guys. Every other forum pretty much agreed that the integra should have made the list and that the sentra se-r should have been on the list in place of the 240sx. I should have made some sort of honorable mentions list...

although a great car, the rx7 is not a sport-compact. The Miata would have made first place if we were talking about affordable roadsters/sports cars.


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yeah i agree on cars 1 and 2 and think the integra should of made the list.


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[quote author=TunerTalk link=topic=68391.msg1181237#msg1181237 date=1170360872]
although a great car, the rx7 is not a sport-compact. The Miata would have made first place if we were talking about affordable roadsters/sports cars.
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By that logic, neither is the 240SX. They're both RWD coupes and they're about the same size and weight. Keep in mind, I'm not talking about the 93-95 twinturbo RX-7s, I'm talking about the 89-91 nonturbos.


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How moddable and cost effective was the RX7 compared the Civic/Eclipse?

Blown engines in a rotary can hit upwards of $5k... whole B16C1 swaps have been done for $2500. I think that is part of why I didn't add them to my list.

They are great cars, but not what I would call import tuner cars.

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Re: Top 3 sport-compacts of the 90s

I'm surprised to not see the SE-R and Integra up there, personally.
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Re: Top 3 sport-compacts of the 90s

yeah, the se-r should have been on the list but I chose the 240sx simply because it was a budget friendly RWD car. The integra and civic were all built on the same chassis and after doing a lot of research, we found that the civic with a bolt-on turbo kit had more power and was still less expensive than a 94-95 GS-R. (We kept all of our picks pre-95 simply because it's way easier to mod a car with obd-1)

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The eclipse definitely earned its place on that list. The power potential of the GS-T and GS-X platforms is amazing. Too bad Mitsu doesnt still go by whatever creed that had them put that version out.

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