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Old 09-21-2003, 05:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cars for around 20k~30k

i need to consider buying a car now. i am looking for a car around 20k~30k that has a lot of horsepower and i can modify around with it. thanks guys
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Old 09-21-2003, 05:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Then you'd be looking at a last model year or two LS1 F-Body.
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Old 09-21-2003, 09:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hmm.... 350z isn't too bad for a 6cyl.

Miata doesn't have a whole lot of power stock, but is built for a turbo. Not too much trouble and you can have 300RWHP on stock internals with an incredibly light car.

Firebird WS6 isn't so bad

Slightly used TT quattro convertible.... not too much horsepower, but a solid car

RX-8. Not a whole lot of mods for it yet. Maybe a later RX-7 .. a lot of support and modability with that turbo setup.

Early c5 vette maybe, definately a c4 in very nice shape.


Some of those are on the high end of the spectrum for pricing, but there are a lot of choices for cars out there.
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Old 09-21-2003, 12:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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WRX? 227 HP turbo 4.
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Old 09-21-2003, 01:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Shit, you have so many options its silly:

Any LS1/LT1 F-body, lower price=more mods.

A turbo DSM(eclipse talon laser) w/ 10k of mods would be amazing.

A Turbo MR2 would have lots of HP, and amazing handling

You could pick up a c5 vette for 30k on a good day

Dont count out your german friends though, you can find any number of used BMW's for that price range

And, you could always get an older SVT cobra...

Also, do you want a V8 or a fourbanger?

To many choices w/o more info from u
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Old 09-21-2003, 02:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I love this car. Absolutely gorgeous. I'm not sure how well it's doing on the market. I haven't seen but one down here. It's a styling car, but I could see how it'd not do well. It was angled towards families looking for a sporty car with backseat room. It definately has that, but it's kind of...I don't know. I don't need room in the back, and I love it. The "suicide" swing out doors are gorgeous and they're safety measures appear to be top notch. The interior is drool-worthy.
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Old 09-22-2003, 09:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the cheapest and best cars to make fast are either the Gen1 Eclipse or Talon(GST or GSX) if you want to go the import route.....or my fav lt1 camaros....parts are alot cheaper for the lt1's than the ls1's....
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Old 09-23-2003, 02:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i need to consider buying a car now. i am looking for a car around 20k~30k that has a lot of horsepower and i can modify around with it. thanks guys
Check out Edmunds.com

http://www.edmunds.com/apps/nvc/edmu...&tab=printable
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Old 09-28-2003, 12:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i would check out a WRX, 225 turbo horsepower is nice and it doesn't take all that much to compete with anything else. I think sport compact car did a comparo of WRX tuners versus a stock WRX STi a couple months ago and some of the tuned cars did pretty well.
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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As a new RX-8 owner, I suggest you look into getting one. That or a subaru WRX is sweet ride.
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Old 09-30-2003, 05:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...rbuyback_x.htm


Read that article, you'll think twice about buying an RX-8. Yes, it's credible. It was even on CNN. Sorry, but if you design and build a vehicle, you'd think you would test somthign as important as this. Just leads me to think attention to detail.

For 30g's you can get an Evo8 or an STi too. But, right at 30g's. Twice the car an RX-8 will ever be.


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Old 09-30-2003, 09:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
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in no way do i think that the Evo or STi is twice the car the rx8 is. More power loss from the AWD, and no where near the handling i bet. And would you really not buy an RX8 for 10 HP difference? Gheez, thats sad.... I can Garauntee you that you would not get in the rx8 and know it has less horsepower than claimed if you drove it without being told.

i would second the RX-8 Vote.
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Old 09-30-2003, 12:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 09-30-2003, 05:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I guess the only thing nice about the RX-8, it's a fully functional interior. It's not a low budget, it comes with a radio etc.. etc.. Flawless inside. I just have a question of the mechanical build quality. It's less expensive too.

Depends on what your looking for I guess.

As far as raw performence, the STi and Evo blow the RX-8 off the road. You should really check out the stats. 1/4 mile, the RX-8 is over a second slower, 1 second to over a second slower 0-60. And also slower in a 300-foot skidpad.

And no, I woulden't buy one. I woulden't buy any of those cars. You guys just suggested that range of cars, so I posted.

Personally, 30g's, if you want a nice interior, solid vechile, I'd go with an Audi A4 (around 30g's, not much higher) maybe even I high end VW.

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Old 09-30-2003, 07:54 PM   #15 (permalink)
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350z, Evo, RX-8, IS300

for that much though, you could get a Supra Turbo, makes all those other cars look like crap wagons.

.98 skidpad, 0-60 in 5 flat, low 13's quarter mile, toyota reliability even with higher horsepower. geez, even BPU supras smoke vipers, C5 vettes, its unbelievable.

Of course, you might even get lucky and be able to get a skyline R32 GTR, i know every now and then MotoRex has them for that much. Or you could probably find a newer skyline GTST for that much too.

IMO, id go with the supra. sexiest car ever.
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Old 09-30-2003, 09:22 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Just as UnlikedOne said, in the price range of 20k - 30k theres too many great cars to choose. Your options are wide open in this price range, if your looking for a sports car most in this range are gonna be fast. I'd go test drive a few and see which ones I like.
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Old 10-02-2003, 02:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 10-06-2003, 12:25 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Good luck finding an STI in your price range, dealers have a 6k mark up and are still sold out.
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Old 10-10-2003, 12:59 AM   #19 (permalink)
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No ones said it but...

Toyota Supra anyone? Can be had for 20-25k and dump a few thousand into mods and I guarentee you will not be sorry.
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