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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 11-12-2010, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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So I am in the pre-planning stages of picking out what my next car purchase is going to be. Currently I have a 2007 M3 which I will definitely be keeping when it is paid off here shortly to use as a daily driver, but it is time to get something just a bit more exciting for my next vehicle.

Currently I am leaning toward a Subaru WRX STi 5 door. I want something that is still smallish and light, but that I can get pretty well loaded for around 35k or less. I also want something preferably with AWD or RWD since this is going to be the fun car weekend driver and not necessarily the daily driver. I would really prefer a car that handles very well and also accelerates very well.

Unfortunately, at the 35k and under range that does not leave me with a ton of options. I was looking at the new Mustang and new Camaro and the GT versions both have pretty big V8s with over 400 horsepower, but those are good for going in straight lines and not so good for taking hairpin turns at high speed (at least they werent in the past).

Does anyone have any recommendations? I wish they still made the Honda S2000. Even though it was not exactly light, it had a decently high horsepower. I would consider the MX-5 if they reduced the weight by about 500lb or gave it the option of the turbo 2.3L, but right now I just dont like the weight/power ratio on it (being pretty much the only roadster available now for the budget minded buyer). It seems like the direction they are going with that is lighter with a smaller engine, which is going to leave it with essentially the same weight/power ratio.

The recently updated STi has a stiffer suspension, and although it is a hair slower than the WRX due to the 6th gear requiring 1 more shift to reach 60, it seems to have a pretty much bulletproof tranny.
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Don't waste money on an STi over a WRX. The benefits just aren't there for the price. Although I wouldn't buy either given how many problems my friends who own them have had (not to mention my own experience with Subaru).

Go test drive a 2011 Mustang. They handle quite nicely (my dad just bought one last week). Lastly, why on earth would you keep two cars? You're buying a boy racer, not an exotic or luxury car. Where's the need for a DD?
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only 306HP in the 3.8 V6 but I would totally drive one
[img width=1024 height=532]http://www.thesmokingtire.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/2010-Hyundai-Genesis-Coupe-5.jpg[/img]


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I would keep 2 because once the Mazda is paid off all I am paying for is insurance. Its not like I would get very much on it for a trade in anyway. It has a nice utility factor and if I end up with a 2 door coupe instead of a 4 or 5 door there just isnt any space there to move anything around.

You know, I looked at the Hyundai. It does have very nice specs I admit. However, it is STILL a Hyundai. I am probably a good 5 years away from trusting them as a brand just yet. Really, they have only been recognized as much of a brand in this country as of like 10 years ago at most. They stepped up their game, but that is just because they started to design cars that could compete with other national brands and spent a boatload on marketing.

The Z is kind of eh. I heard some people say it handles like what it pretty much is, a big heavy coupe. Kind of like what I am afraid that a Mustang or Camaro will handle like.
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[quote author=Cloudguy link=topic=182229.msg3857228#msg3857228 date=1289578033]
I would keep 2 because once the Mazda is paid off all I am paying for is insurance. Its not like I would get very much on it for a trade in anyway. It has a nice utility factor and if I end up with a 2 door coupe instead of a 4 or 5 door there just isnt any space there to move anything around.
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I've had 2 cars in the past. It's a PITA and more expensive than you think. The only way I'd do it again is if I bought a car that's actually nice and needs to not rack up the mileage or a classic car.

Either way, good luck with the car shopping.
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lol ONLY 306, i wish my car only had 306!

Hyundais have really proved themselves over the years I dont know why you wouldnt trust them. The 370z are awesome nice improvement over the 350z. You are open to a big market so I would say there are plenty of options to look at. You could always look for a MS miata as well if you are opent to used market


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[quote author=Cloudguy link=topic=182229.msg3857228#msg3857228 date=1289578033]
You know, I looked at the Hyundai. It does have very nice specs I admit. However, it is STILL a Hyundai. I am probably a good 5 years away from trusting them as a brand just yet. Really, they have only been recognized as much of a brand in this country as of like 10 years ago at most. They stepped up their game, but that is just because they started to design cars that could compete with other national brands and spent a boatload on marketing.
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Maybe you should go drive one. They're good, reliable cars. Hell, I had a '99 that was the most reliable car I've ever owned. They've come a long way since then, too.

Strange how so many people wall themselves off from perfectly fine cars because of misconceptions, especially when they're also considering a Subie. Take it from one who owns one and has driven my fair share of them lately, you're better off with a Hyundai.
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the genesis coupe interior is outdone by cars that cost $10k less. what's the price range here? or did I miss it?



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Get a nice used Evo!

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lol i said only because I figured it might be too little of HP that the OP wanted.


I test drove a genesis track V6 and I was not disappointed in any respect at all. The gears and clutch were amazing, the feel of the car and the handling was superb. If I had the money and wanted a coupe it would be something I would highly consider. Interior didnt feel cheap either it was very well put together. Just check one out and drive it, then put your opinions based on your own and not what others slander at hyundai.


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