Fun 2nd car with stick?

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  1. senseless macrumors 68000

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    What would be a good choice in a manual transmission, sporty car for under $17K, 2002 or newer? Something compact that handles great, with a good gearbox that is fun to drive. Not a muscle car and not necessarily a convertible, but it should be a guy's kind of car.
     
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    He said a guy kind of car. :p
     
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    Bro, i recently sold my 03 Infiniti G35 coupe. I put a turbo, exhaust, sound system, 20" wheels, double din deck, lowered it...etc. I sold it for 16k. That was BY FAR the most fun car i've ever had/drove... if i can sway your decision at all...i would say get one of them...you can get an 06 coupe for under 20k now. (06 and newer don't have toe camber problems that plagued the 03-04).

    Good luck
     
  6. senseless thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Rather than an everyday car, I was thinking more in terms of a used Honda S-2000, RX-8, Nissan 350-Z, Boxter, Ford Mustang GT or maybe a performance version of a BMW 3 series coupe or convertible.
     
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Can you fit into a Miata?
     
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    Acura Integra...a 1996 or 1997...the new CRZ from Honda looks very promising at 19K:

    http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/

    -J.-
     
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Nothing front-wheel drive can be considered a fun 2nd car. I'd get a MX-5 (Miata in the US). I've had one at 90º to the direction of travel on a track (and recovered the slide). They are amazing fun :)
     
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    Err... MINI Cooper S/JCW, Integra Type R?

    I agree with Miata though.
     
  11. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Minis do nothing for me. Too large, nasty interiors. The Integra Type R is about the only one that get's close and it's only getting close: it's not there.
     
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    Nissan Juke!:D

    Under $20K

    It has a turbo for it's lack of cylinders....but it's a 6.8 sec car

    *it's not manual, might be semi-automatic
     
  13. adk macrumors 68000

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    S2000. More fun than the Miata and less girly.
     
  14. zhenya macrumors 603

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    2nd the S2000, or if you want something a bit more practical, an e36 M3. A 'fun 2nd car with a stick' should definitely be RWD.
     
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    OK, excellent car, but the power-band is 6,000 rpm and up.

    That might be fun, for a while, but to each his/her own.
     
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    truth. this is the case with most honda engines...torqueless! Daily driving in my rsx (with a less powerful motor than the s2k) isn't exactly torture but you do have to rev it out a bit for decent pull (may get a little old but it isn't a reason for me to get rid of it)...however, its still alot of fun to wind the hell out of that thing on an open road w/ some twistys. Personally I'd say s2k but test drive one to see if you can deal w/ the low end (or lack of :D )
     
  17. senseless thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Loved the Honda S2000, but a good friend in the car business says he can get me a Porsche Boxter at a wholesale price. But, he said beware of the repair costs. Still, a 2002-2004 can be had under $15K. Is it worth considering?
     
  18. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    A Boxster, nice. :rolleyes:

    Are you flush with insurance funds??
     
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    2003 BMW 540. What I am actively looking for now. Only a couple thousand at most were made each year, but this car is what does it for me.
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    I don't doubt that the 4 litre will push that puppy along at a nice clip, but the 5 Series might be a little bigger than he had in mind?
     
  22. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Ah, jusr saw he wanted a compact.

    Boxster?
     
  23. senseless thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Just got the insurance quotes and my fantasy is dissolving. Adding the 2nd car will more than double my current bill, which is high enough. Insurance companies aren't wild about 2 seater sports cars, apparently.
     
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  25. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    Thought you said no muscle car?

    Well if you're considering that, pick up a 2002 Camaro Z28/SS with the LS1 and wipe the floor with everything else on the road.

    EDIT: Insurance will likely not be cheap at all.
     

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