General Chat Thread, Pondering new car in General; Going to make this brief (only giving myself a short break here) but debating buying a new car.
I'm 28 ...
10th January 2011, 12:36 PM #1
10th January 2011, 12:57 PM #2
I'd go for a good condition Saab 900 turbo, not fast, but then where I am not much room for gassing it, and they look hella coooo
Becoming bit of a cult classic though so probably cost more than they're worth.
FTO is a good choice, heard good things about them
10th January 2011, 01:03 PM #3
nissan 200sx ?? gr8 for drifting...
10th January 2011, 01:04 PM #4
I'd recommend a used post 2001 Civic Type-R.
200BHP and 6.7s 0-60. Also about 30-35mpg.
10th January 2011, 01:10 PM #5
Let me guess, you're getting beaten in a traffic light drag race by a car that does 0-60 in 6.8 secs
Originally Posted by El_Nombre
10th January 2011, 01:11 PM #6
Prelude - no resale value, but not bad motors.
Something Vauxhall with the C20XE or similar? very tuneable, cheap bits..
10th January 2011, 01:17 PM #7
Someone a Vauxhall fan there? Lol. Any Vauxhall engine is pretty tuneable. The Astra I had I think it's engine code was Z16XE and I had a Performance Vauxhall mag that had a 300BHP Astra with an almost identical engine.
Originally Posted by Sirbendy
Incidentally I was tempted to buy the bolt-on turbo kit that was advertised to give about 40% more power from a bog-standard engine.
10th January 2011, 01:46 PM #8
Oooh thanks guys. And Disaster, strong username.
Hehe, yeah my nemesis is infact a PE teacher with an Audi TT - can't even write this stuff. Anyway that's about 7-8% of the reason and I don't drive like a lunatic tbh, just want the option. :P
I'll look into bolting bits onto Vauxhalls - did DESPARATELY want a Calibra turbo but they're all knackered now it seems. Mitsubishi GTO was a consideration, but they're very mechanically complicated and prone to giving you the old death so I'm avoiding those. The 200sx is a handsome car but stock is a bit slow, and I've heard many tales of the sump falling out if you do anything daft like turn a corner in it.
Keep having this INSANE idea about buying a cheap-ish Jaguar XJ and just putting an Arden-esque bodykit on it. Someone talk me out of that plox! :P
Cheers very much for the replies so far folks.
10th January 2011, 02:03 PM #9
Hmm. Supra / 300zx = heavy chestwig 80's tastic and cost a fair wack to run.
Prelude / FTO = two of the best FWD cars made but still RWD is where it's at if you want a sports car.
My vote: Nissan 200sx S14 or S14a.
Amazing cars for the money. Proper mans sports car, turbocharged, RWD, cheap to buy run and insure, 0-60 in the 6's as standard and more importantly are very cheap and easy to mod. You can go from 200 to 300 horse power for about £500 extra.
I've had a few and loved them and miss them still.
10th January 2011, 02:26 PM #10
Ha, this is my favourite topic, and I always give the same recommendation - MR2 Turbo (hence the username!). Fits the bill apart from insurance, but you're older than me and I am only paying £400 or so a year to insure it.
The rev3 cars and later are better, they're tuneable, handle well, reliable, and there's a massive wealth of very cheap parts available.
10th January 2011, 02:33 PM #11
MR2 Turbo ftw 0-60 in a second less than your spec.
You could even go for a MR2 N/A beams engine (1999-2001 iirc) which gives you around 7seconds standard without the hassle and driving style considerations of a turbo
Last edited by j17sparky; 10th January 2011 at 02:38 PM.
10th January 2011, 02:45 PM #12
Take Calibra engine, drop into something worthy, lighter, and that doesn't handle like a boat...classic MINI!!! (and yes, I'm serious here).
10th January 2011, 02:46 PM #13
BEAMS may be over budget though, quite sought after
I can confirm it's a quick car, though I've never tested its limits really. Some advantages over the NA include a better gearbox, optional LSD, bigger brakes and ARBs on early ones.
C20LET plus Mini = understeer and fiery death. Fun though, apparently.
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