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Old 07-30-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Not just another $15,000 car thread.

Evening all, I'd like to start off by making one point very clear. I am NOT trying to be a fifteen thousand dollar baller. I understand i'm not going to get the upgrade i really want for this money, But i know i'll get something good (ish).

So, I'm not looking for the typical old ass beat to hell M3's for 15k, or the 90's M5 that requires a 100,000KM major service. What i am looking for is a car that will fit the following requirements:

1) This will be the daily. Reliable (ish) is preferred
2) My main wish right now is a corner carver. Handling is what i'm looking for right now. If i want straight line speed i can take one out of the family stable.
3) As much as i desperately want a RWD, It IS going to be a daily, With winter whistler runs, and 2-3 times a week up to cypress. FWD (FML) or AWD is preferred
4) Fuel economy honestly isn't that big of an issue, i already have a gas pig that requires premium.
5) N/A or F/I does not matter (FACTORY F/I that is. I don't want a aftermarket boosted Daily)
6) If i have to mod to get what i want, so be it. I like projects.


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Old 07-30-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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WRX fits the description.
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What car do you have now? Cant really tell you whats an upgrade without knowing the car to be upgraded.
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I would say a S2000, But you said no rwd. Plus with your winter driving thats a no-go. So, I would say a Mazdaspeed 3 or a wrx.
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I would have said s2000 too but he wants to do whistler and cypress runs. Not going to be able to take any gear with you in an s2k.
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I'm gonna go ahead and agree with WRX sayers, since you mentioned you want something that corners well.
That also kinda puts the FWD out of the equation if that's a deal breaker, which crosses out the reliable Acuras.
There's the A4 Quattros as well, if you don't mind the more finnicky maintenance requirements.
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Cheaper insurance, nicer/larger interior and trunk than a WRX.


Otherwise, I'd get a Mazdaspeed3.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:23 PM   #10
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Sorry guys i should of said, I currently have a 2003 Nissan Maxima. It gets worse gas mileage than our Pathfinder (well close) It's not particularly fast, it handles ok, It really isn't good at much of anything. I like the WRX idea, but can you find a good one for 15? I thought that would push 20.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:32 PM   #13
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Sorry guys i should of said, I currently have a 2003 Nissan Maxima. It gets worse gas mileage than our Pathfinder (well close) It's not particularly fast, it handles ok, It really isn't good at much of anything. I like the WRX idea, but can you find a good one for 15? I thought that would push 20.
Quick Craigslist search shows a lot of wrx under $15000. Shouldn't be too hard to find a good one.
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Don't be too afraid of RWD in Vancouver winter. If you're properly prepared(which you should be even in an AWD vehicle), you can make it up Seymour+Cypress just fine. As I was able to in my is300.
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This! 1st gen.

Don't be too afraid of RWD in Vancouver winter. If you're properly prepared(which you should be even in an AWD vehicle), you can make it up Seymour+Cypress just fine. As I was able to in my is300.
I'd be inclined to agree i could get up Seymour and Cypress fairly easily as long as i had good snowies, Still nice to have that AWD aspect however. A note on the FWD, practical as it is, i hate FWD. If nothing else (the understeer, embarrassing fact that the rear wheels do absolutely NOTHING) The torque steer sucks. Big time.
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Subaru is a super car - per VPD. If you like HEAT go with Subaru , if you want to keep it on the DL - go with Audi .
I had a really bad experience... I don't want to talk about it tbh, but do Subi's honestly attract cops that badly?
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Hmm. I like the WRX idea, except from what a cursory Craiglist glance told me, is there's no middle ground, It's either 8 grand for an 2000 with 180k, or 32k for a virtually brand new one. I like the speed3 idea, Oh how i wish it was AWD though. Would be a 20k STI. Then there IS a speed6. Hmm.
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Look into the Mazdaspeed6. It's AWD, 4 doors and looks pretty good stock or modified. If memory serves me correct, prices should be around 15k
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Look into the Mazdaspeed6. It's AWD, 4 doors and looks pretty good stock or modified. If memory serves me correct, prices should be around 15k
Totally this. It's a 6-speed too iirc. Didn't know they were down to 15k.

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WOW, Did i just see a Volvo that isn't boring? Hmm... The other thing, although sadly FWD (Fail Wheel Drive) Is an 06-07 2.0T A3, with a stage one APR chip.
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