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    Hmmm... thanks for the info...

    Anyway, I've been searching all night... I'll start again tomorrow. Let me know if you guys have any ideas! If you guys want to search a used car site, my zip is 23060.

    Wow, lot of scions, Chevy's, and mustangs... LOTS. I keep seeing a lot of those roadsters by Mazda and Chrysler too. I'm not interested in these cars... I'm just noticing there's a lot of them.

    Omg... the Kia Amanti looks like the bastard deformed child of a Lincoln and a Mercedes. That is one ugly car! That never should have been created... what kind of sick twisted deprived mind devised such a despicable creation?
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    I still think a MkIV non-turbo would be a good idea....or even a top notch MkIII non-turbo. I6 engines. 3.0 litres, more than 20+mpg (i've had 27 to 29mpg on a motorway run). Plus its a toyota, so parts are abundant even if it decides to go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zytek_Fan View Post
    Here's a nice looking Volvo V70R I found:
    http://richmond.craigslist.org/cto/962681113.html


    And I'm finding a lot of Audi A4 quattros (quattro is a MUST with an Audi), which are absolutely fantastic cars, but you HAVE to take good care of them, or it will bite you in the ass
    http://richmond.craigslist.org/searc...min&maxAsk=max
    From that link: "If you don't know, this is a car that Volvo purpose-built and sold for World Rally Championship (WRC) race homologation rules. Back in 1999, in order to race a production car, a manufacturer had to sell 500 units publically per year. So Volvo developed this R (for "race") version to meet that regulation while allowing for the increased WRC safety and performance requirements; this is not the ubiquitous cosmetic appearance-package R's they mass-produce now. They use these as police interceptors (yes - the wagons for weight distribution and handling purposes; good for racing too) in Europe. See non-proprietary links @ bottom."

    ^^May I ask WTF? Volvo was never involved in WRC or in any popular rally series. The R-models are not homologation models and they have been in mass production. The R-models have always been high performance models with higher hp engines and better suspension etc. Dunno what that guy has been smoking but that story is load of BS.
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    I would go Rx8 or S2000. But Im biased Ive had an RX8 231 now since Sept 2006 and love it. As for it not making power its just as fast as an S2000 in a striaght line drag race, but its also the only proper 4 seater on the market that looks like a 2 seater. Yes its thirsty 16-20mpg average but its bags of fun and will outhandle alot of cars. Round the top gear test track its the same time as the m3 thats got over 100bhp more. Plus they are dirt cheap to buy these days. Depends on how much fun you want to have really.

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    Yep, i was looking at the RX8's and found that a 231 is well under 10k here, although i don't know enough about the rotaries to comment as to their reliability.

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    I wouldn't say that a E46 3 series will be low maintenance, but you may never know.

    If you could find a E36 3 series, I think you might be better off. Less electrical gremlins, and still a solid car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MINIz guy View Post
    I wouldn't say that a E46 3 series will be low maintenance, but you may never know.

    If you could find a E36 3 series, I think you might be better off. Less electrical gremlins, and still a solid car.
    I own an E36, but as of today is an old car (it was born in 1991) and if it's true that it's more reliable because of less electronic devices, it's almost true that is less secure in case of accident etc...
    Another thing, E36s are at best euro2, e46s are euro 3 and 4... the engines are more powerful and the mpg is a little higher.
    Globally, obviously, it's a better car

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nazu View Post
    From that link: "If you don't know, this is a car that Volvo purpose-built and sold for World Rally Championship (WRC) race homologation rules. Back in 1999, in order to race a production car, a manufacturer had to sell 500 units publically per year. So Volvo developed this R (for "race") version to meet that regulation while allowing for the increased WRC safety and performance requirements; this is not the ubiquitous cosmetic appearance-package R's they mass-produce now. They use these as police interceptors (yes - the wagons for weight distribution and handling purposes; good for racing too) in Europe. See non-proprietary links @ bottom."

    ^^May I ask WTF? Volvo was never involved in WRC or in any popular rally series. The R-models are not homologation models and they have been in mass production. The R-models have always been high performance models with higher hp engines and better suspension etc. Dunno what that guy has been smoking but that story is load of BS.
    Yeah, that guy is a little messed up.
    Volvo raced in the British Touring Car series

    He's just trying to get rid of it to some teenager or early-20s man. Despite the idiot selling it, it is priced nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zytek_Fan View Post
    Yeah, that guy is a little messed up.
    Volvo raced in the British Touring Car series

    He's just trying to get rid of it to some teenager or early-20s man. Despite the idiot selling it, it is priced nicely.
    Yeah. Volvo's are nice cars but even the R-models are not comparable to any sport cars. They are still just fast family cars, nothing else. My dad has a 2001 V70 with the 200hp 2.4l engine. Good car for highways and very comfortable but not any good for the twisty's.
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    The problem with cars like BMW and Mercedes is... if anything happened I couldn't afford the repairs, and EVERYONE we've known who's had those (a long list of people) have all told us that they are high maintenance and the tune ups are expensive. I simply can't afford that. And I'm definitely not interested in those little roadsters, I need something with a little trunk space... well more than something that small. I can't afford anything like an Evo (I WISH!!!) or any other true sports car, and if I did get one it would eat through gas and the ones I could afford would be so old they wouldn't be worth getting because I don't know how to work on them. Thanks for the info though guys, I really appreciate you all taking the time to try to help.

    Let me highlight what I need most in a car, now that I've had more time to think about it and ask people questions:
    1. RELIABLILITY!
    2. Inexpensive repairs and tune-ups, not high maintenance
    3. 20-26 ~ 22-29 MPG
    4. Good, but not extreme performance
    5. Shiftable Automatic (Automatic trans with manual shifting option)
    6. Rear wheel drive
    7. Some trunk space
    8. Decent Safety features - air bags, etc.
    9. Not a target for hijackers
    10. Not a small car... like those tiny Mazdas or miniature roadsters, but not a big sedan either that’s hard to park in the city.

    I really like the sound of the G35, but I'm a little worried about its MPG. It's rated in the high teens and lower 20's. That sounds like one of those awful gas guzzling mustangs or my mothers gas hungry XTerra. If the gas prices go sky high again, I don't want to be caught with a car that's going to eat through my wallet. A lot of people with high MPG cars nearly ended up on the street last year. I don't make much money, so this is an issue, but not so bad that I can't afford something that hits the higher 20's.
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    The Supra that Kai showed is pretty good. Very reliable and parts are decently priced. If you can find a twin turbo one that's even better.
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    Get a Mazda3 or Mazda6

    Turbocharged 2.3L or 2.4L 4 cylinder and they're bloody good fun
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    I looked for some supras, but I couldn't find any. I went to a Mazda dealership and sat in a 3 and they felt really tiny and cheap inside.... I didn't like them at all. I felt like I was being squeezed into a cheap tiny plastic box. I looked through the window of the 6's and they looked exacly the same inside. Its a good car... but I don't think its for me. I think I'm too big for that tiny car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judaeus Apella View Post
    I looked for some supras, but I couldn't find any. I went to a Mazda dealership and sat in a 3 and they felt really tiny and cheap inside.... I didn't like them at all. I felt like I was being squeezed into a cheap tiny plastic box. I looked through the window of the 6's and they looked exacly the same inside. Its a good car... but I don't think its for me. I think I'm too big for that tiny car.
    Were there any Mazdaspeed models available?

    What about the 2009 Mazda6?
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    Too expensive... and too expensive. Would be nice though. Its a shame they don't have the Honda R's in the US . I'd love to get my hands on one with independant suspsention.

    I think I found a winner though. I've been taking a closer look at the Toyota Solaras and they might not be the best looking in the bunch, but they perform well, have plenty of power for me, they get great MPG (28!), and its a Toyota! Sounds good to me! I just wish it was RWD though. *sigh*

    Hey, if I had it my way and I had the money for a car that needed to be spoiled like a Mercedes or a BMW, I'd definately get one. But I can't afford the expensive tune ups or the kind of parts it would need if anything went wrong.
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    Hmm, how far would you be willing to travel to pick up a vehicle?

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    Hmmmm... hour or so probably max. I don't want to turn this into a road trip or pay for expensive shipping charges. It also has to be a normal dealership that will give me all the financing options so I can work with a loan and all that.
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    Anyone else got any ideas? That solara... I dunno. It has everything I need, but the fwd is bothering me. So is the fact that it looks so boring....
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    if you can get a loan at a dealership, i dont see why you couldnt get a loan at a bank. have you tried bank or credit union loans? that would expand your options immensely. you can go in and get a preapproval at a bank just to know where you stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judaeus Apella View Post
    Anyone else got any ideas? That solara... I dunno. It has everything I need, but the fwd is bothering me. So is the fact that it looks so boring....
    New Toyotas are not fun cars to drive. Steering has no feeling whatsoever


    I'd pay attention to financing deals that are around.


    Have you gone to a bank to see about a loan? Or is your credit not so good?


    Here's an RX8
    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ce=&cardist=79
    (the nice thing about an RX-8 is that since it's a 4 door, insurance sees it as a sedan rather than a sportscoupe )
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    My mother is taking out a loan, and I'll help with the payments... thats how we're doing it. She has better credit than me and its much easier to do it this way for everyone. This is kinda my first car as far as I'm concerned. That Sonoma I owned I bought 3rd hand off my dad for 2k back in 2000 or 2001... it was a pile of crap, had no room in the cab for shopping, was always in the shop, and drove like crap... I'm glad I can FINALLY get a car now. But I don't know what to get. Everthing I find is either too old, is too boring or lacks power, has front wheel drive, costs a fortune to maintain, costs too much, or has too many miles on it. I REALLY like the G35, but I'm very worried about the MPG. 17 - 24 sucks! That thing would suck the money right out of my wallet. I wish I could get a BMW or a Merc... but everyone my family has ever known has warned us that they're expensive to maintain, even simple tune ups are expensive for those cars.
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    Having a look for you - there are two Ford Dealers within 8 miles of you, and so far i'm seeing some silly good deals.

    2006 Chevy Cobalt LS Coupe ($9,998):
    http://apps.dealerconnection.com/dea...erPACode=09470

    2008 Ford Mustang 4.0 V6 ($14,588):
    http://apps.dealerconnection.com/dea...erPACode=09470
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    What about a 2006 Volvo S60 2.5T? Is this a good car? Its a 5 cylinder turbo that does 208 hp @ 5000 RPM, and 236 Torque (lb-ft) @ 1500 - 4500 RPM. Thats getting up there towards the G35, and it has better MPG. But what I wanna know is... I notice it has AWD, but which wheels are pushing the most, the front or the back? The MPG is decent, not great, but decent at 20-27. This car sounds like what I might be looking for. It has a good sized boot, plenty of space, and from what I remember Volvos are soldily built and last a long time.... maybe not comparable to a Merc, but still. Speaking of cars like the Merc, is this Volvo going to be expensive to maintain and tune up similar to other european cars like BMWs and Mercs?
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