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Suggestions for a fun "weekend" car - August 4, 2017, 02:03 PM

Currently have my bike up for sale and thinking about picking up another non-bike vehicle of some sort (getting out motorcycling for a while...maybe...).

Interested in something fun/sporty/interesting that would be a "weekend" car. Looking for the following criteria -
  • Under $10K
  • Available w/ manual transmission
  • Not hard to source parts for
  • Wouldn't need a lot of or continuous wrenching/restoring

Obviously the used market varies based on what is currently out there, but looking for ideas right now.

Suggestions?


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Other than that, high mileage S2000, 350Z, MR2 Spyder, and Cooper S (some years to be avoided) can be had in that range and should be (relatively) easy to keep in good order.
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350z is a great weekend car and super sticky in the turns too. Even put in an older wrx or sti that has not been modified.
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4th gen Ls1 ragtop SS camaro.

can probly still find one around 10k. 6spd RWD v8 rag top is awesome summer car.
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4th gen Ls1 ragtop SS camaro.
Please......

Get a 350z.


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350z is a great weekend car and super sticky in the turns too. Even put in an older wrx or sti that has not been modified.
The Z is definitely on my short list

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4th gen Ls1 ragtop SS camaro
Eh, hadn't thought of this. Thanks for the suggestion.


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The Z is definitely on my short list



Eh, hadn't thought of this. Thanks for the suggestion.
If you haven't sat in on then I'd give it a shot, you may be surprised.

I'd almost vote against the S2000; the AP1 is likely the only one in your price range and you'd need to remedy valve retainers (if it wasn't already done) and potentially the rear diff.

350z or g35 could be found for very cheap.

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Fun?
1st Gen Porsche Boxster.
Even Porsche'afiles begrudgingly admit the 1st and 2nd gen handled better than the 911 because its weight balance and gave you 8/10ths' the 911 performance for nearly half the price new.

A ton of parts. A ton of aftermarket support. So long as the RMS (Rear Main Seal) in the engine has been replaced, you'll have a largely trouble free car



A lot of people will say 350Z, but I'd probably go for the 1st Gen G35 before the 350. A little longer wheelbase, but not less athletic when set-up. Better refinement inside and out and a ton of aftermarket support since it's nearly a platform & parts twin with the 350.

And, in my opinion, it's a much better looking car. Nissan's styling department created something that is ageing very well. It's 15 years old and yet looks like it could have rolled off the line just this year as a 2017 model.



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$13,000 & 96K on the odo which tells me you can probably get this guy to go to $11.5K out the door for a very nice Boxster S.
Don't stress the mileage - so long as he has the service records it's a sorted car well until 150K. It's only a weekender anyway. 7-8K miles a year.



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Yeah, I'd put my money on a Boxster S as well. Maybe a BMW Z3 or Z4 roadster would be cool too.


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I've always had a ton of weekend fun in this:



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If you haven't sat in on then I'd give it a shot, you may be surprised.

I'd almost vote against the S2000; the AP1 is likely the only one in your price range and you'd need to remedy valve retainers (if it wasn't already done) and potentially the rear diff.

350z or g35 could be found for very cheap.

E36 M3

Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky

Porsche Boxster (just make sure the IMS bearing has been addressed)
https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/...236461645.html
Plus one for the E36 M3 suggestion. I've had a 98 for years now and it is a very solid and fun car. Very reliable as well, as long as the cooling system has been maintained. if you look long enough, you should be able to find a reasonably priced one. For the most part, the price range is either $2k for a beater, or $15k for a garage queen, but look long enough and you should find something reasonable in the $10k range.

If you wanna give my E36 M3 auto a spin let me know and you can take it out.


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Plus one for the E36 M3 suggestion. I've had a 98 for years now and it is a very solid and fun car. Very reliable as well, as long as the cooling system has been maintained. if you look long enough, you should be able to find a reasonably priced one. For the most part, the price range is either $2k for a beater, or $15k for a garage queen, but look long enough and you should find something reasonable in the $10k range. If you wanna give my E36 M3 auto a spin let me know and you can take it out.
The American E36 M3 is not a real M3. What BMW gave America was a 320i with a M3 body kit and some tweaks. An M-Sport appearance package is what it would be called today.

We received a totally different suspension set-up, non-free floated brakes, and different non-M engine down ~50 hp as compared to the real M3 available everywhere else in the world.

I'll never consider the American E36 M3 a real M3, and am surprised BMW didn't find themselves in a class action lawsuit over it. It wasn't even close in performance to the real M3s.



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The American E36 M3 is not a real M3. What BMW gave America was a 320i with a M3 body kit and some tweaks. An M-Sport appearance package is what it would be called today.

We received a totally different suspension set-up, non-free floated brakes, and different non-M engine down ~50 hp as compared to the real M3 available everywhere else in the world.

I'll never consider the American E36 M3 a real M3, and am surprised BMW didn't find themselves in a class action lawsuit over it. It wasn't even close in performance to the real M3s.
Have you ever driven an E36 M3? One of the best handling cars ever. Although you are correct, it was a stripped down version of the Euro, but still a great car in my opinion.


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