80s sports cars

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  1. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    Anyone here own an 80s car they drive for fun? I'm looking to get an e30, Miata, rx7, etc style car to have a good time with. I'm looking for a rear wheel drive manual transmission car. Just wondering if any members have one or had one and can recommend a model to go with.
     
  2. senseless macrumors 68000

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    I had an RX-7 and it was a fun car. Great handling, jet sounding rotary engine and nice interior. But it was very unreliable and got lousy gas mileage, which is typical for a rotary engine.
     
  3. SL4VE macrumors 6502

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    Hi I used to have a VW Corrado G60 Supercharged which came out in 92 but was designed in the 80's I guess and it was an amazing car in every way. I drove it daily and shower it on weekends and there's so much you can do to them to get them quick and fun

    Would go E30 M3 now I'm older the rest of the 80's coupes you mentioned are bit smelly old man cars
     
  4. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    What's your budget? A E30 M3 would be a good pick but good examples are rapidly increasing in value. They used to be 12-13k in my area 10 years ago, and today are back up over 20k. RX-7's are fun but can be pain to maintain these days or get through smog testing. Personally I would look for a good well maintained 944 turbo, they're still reasonably priced and are slowly gaining value.
     
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    I was going to say F40, but then I noticed it's for you personally.

    Try a Datsun/Nissan 270 or an old Toyota Supra. I'm not fond of the Toyotas but you can tinker to high heaven with those.
     
  6. imaketouchtheme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I want an e30, but they seem to be higher than what they should be worth. An m3 would be amazing, but unfortunately is out of my budget. I don't really have a set budget, but I would like something cheaper ($3K) I can put some money and time into.

    Anyone experienced with the 300ZX? There's a 1991 for sale that seems to be very nice for $2,900.
     
  7. localoid macrumors 68020

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    I had a '80 280ZX for a few years. Brought it at auction really cheap. Nice car, fun to drive, comfortable and handled well, good+ gas milage, easy to maintain.
     
  8. SusanK macrumors 68000

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    Nothing from the 80's. I have a 91 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce build date 1990. It's a lot of fun to drive. Low maintenance. On Battery Tender now until the spring. Makes for a long winter.
     
  9. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    I had a 1978 Spider Veloce....bought it used and drove it for 20 years.
     
  10. OzExige macrumors 6502

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    1985 'Land Shark' Porsche 928S

    The best thing about my 80's car (besides a 7600rpm 5.0L V8) is the 47% rear, 53% front weight distribution,
    AND
    It's rear wheel drive
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    It's a V8 (sry I already said that ;)
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    It's RED!
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  11. lowendlinux, Dec 22, 2014
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    924
    944
    RX7
    Fiat x19 / Spider
    Alfa Spyder
    240 of any body style

    Fun cars that are not really sports cars

    E30
    Fox body Mustangs
    Alfa GTV6
    Golf 1 or 2 GTI
     
  12. Menel macrumors 603

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    I keep my '84 Toyota around for fun. Manual tranny and rear wheel drive (when transfer case not engaged[which is most of the time]). It's fun to drive, rocks around like a big ole boat. Crawl over curbs, urban warrior.

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  13. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    I had a '91 300zx; non-turbo. The N/A motor was still surprisingly peppy and had a good amount of torque. To date, I would say that my Z was probably one of my favorite sports cars ever owned. I had so many good memories of days spent cruising along country roads with the T-tops off and my girlfriend at the time in the passenger seat. Life was good.

    I, too, had some sort of weird love affair for 80s sports cars. I also owned a 1989 turbocharged Eagle Talon and a 1990 Mitusbishi Eclipse (which are the same car.)
     
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    Love the car, pray for the electronics... But love the car. That was the first car I really fixated on when I was young.
     
  15. Chuck Rodent macrumors member

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    I had an '81 928 in metallic burgundy which is still my favourite color in a car. Had to sell it when I was transferred. I kept my '79 Austin Mini as the fun car and drove it upon returning. The Mini was sold simply because I got tired of it.
     
  16. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    '90 Camaro RS with the 5.0 V8.

    Owned 15+ years, first car. Will never sell.

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  17. sk1wbw macrumors 68040

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    That's before Chevy ****ed up the Camaro beyond anything.
     
  18. imaketouchtheme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I appreciate everyone's input. I'm going to go look at a 300ZX this week so I'll update if everything goes well.

    Here's a picture of it:

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  19. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    Nice. Looks like a 2+2 model. you'll be able to fit a backpack or elf back there.
     
  20. imaketouchtheme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It is a 2+2. It looked like there wasn't much room back there for much of anything. As long as it holds a guitar I'm happy.
     
  21. lwood1 macrumors 6502

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    Nothing looked good in the 80s. Get something 90s :thumbsup:
     
  22. D.T. macrumors 603

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    I don’t know, the 5th Gen is pretty solid. Sure it’s a little chunky, but the 1LE is a great package (esp. optioned with a trimmed 1SS), the Z28 is a _spectacular_ track performer (price not withstanding :D), the ZL1 gives you some nice FI muscle (and it’s a tune/pulley away from ~630HP and a cam/exhaust away from ~700HP).

    In fact, I’ve considered the ZL1 convertible as an option for the next ride, but will likely end up with a GT500 for something totally different (never owned a Ford product :))

    FWIW, I much prefer the earlier 5th Gen design (with the quad square tail lamps) vs. the later revision with the Accord rear end ...
     
  23. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    The 4th gen Camaro was hideous/terrible, but the fifth gen isn't too bad.

    That said it does absolutely nothing for me - I bought my '14 Mustang GT without even bothering to test drive a fifth gen. It would be my last choice of the three behind the Challenger.

    The third gen had a horrible stigma for a long time but its finally emerging as a great looking car that is finally getting out of the trailer parks - low mile original clean ones fetch north of $20k, and in general the ones that are still out there are pretty clean - most of the trailer park junk is finally gone after an extremely long death of rotting away for 20-30 years.
     
  24. D.T. macrumors 603

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    I love our 4Runner, it’s an ’08 - fully optioned Ltd. V8 AWD. When it came time to consider an SUV, I pretty much only had one vehicle in mind :D It’s been great as a family car, on the beach, through snow (on the Christmas trips to the north), towed my track car, our boat and pretty much been hassle free.

    I just did a new set of Nittos on ours (at ~72K miles, the first new tires), the X-REAS shock system is blown out, so I’m going to switch to an aftermarket setup with Bilstien 5100 shocks, also some 1.25” spacers, stripping the factory 18” wheels and polishing them, replacing a few worn interior parts and it’ll be better than new :)
     

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