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    Do I win the crappy first car award? I wanted a car really badly and when I asked my Dad he said, "Sure, you can have a car. You just have to buy it." So I got a job at Burger King and rode my bike there after school, got paid crap and saved it u to buy this sexy beast for $500 (this isnt an exact pic of my car, but mine looked identical). It was POS and I could reverse engineer the cooling system with how often I had to fix it, but I loved it because it taught me about cars and made me realize the value of a dollar at a young age. My parents were impressed with my responsibility and since I worked my ass off for a full ride through college with scholarships and grants, they bought me my 2007 Tiburon as a graduation present. Loved that car, but she was starting to have issues so traded her in for my totally paid for on my own '13 Rex.

    Looking back, even though I wanted a Foxbody Stang more than anything when I was 15, I'm so glad I had this beater; the experience was well worth it, and it taught me a lot. And that car had the most comfortable seats EVAR.
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    Hey guys I really appreciate what you had to say about this.. I was thinking for some time now, and I think I've decided to go for one of the "beater" cars. Something thats old but still was sporty back in the day. Maybe an old Nissan, Honda, or Toyota... hell maybe even a Hyundai..

    Any recommendations? ;D

    Somewhat 1998+ish cars w/ low insurance and still a fun car without it being too dangerous?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
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    OP - think about it like this: You came to a WRX enthusiast site, and no one has recommend a WRX for you. It is for a good reason. A WRX is a terrible car to first start learning the limits. It will stick like glue and give you little warning (absolutely none in some circumstances) then it will find a tree.

    I'd personally recommend a RWD 2WD cheap pickup with a manual transmission (Toyota or Nissan). They slide around easily and in a controlled environment you can learn real dynamics at relatively low speed. Learn to drive it in gravel, on snow, etc.. Learn to heal-toe shift, match RPMs, etc.. A truck doesn't say "I wanted a WRX but only got a civic". It says you went straight for something practical. RWD is a much better platform to learn on IMO. 4x4 is great to have, but not near as fun (too much weight, too high). Get a camper top with tint and you'll have your own private make-out fort too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetKing View Post
    Hey guys I really appreciate what you had to say about this.. I was thinking for some time now, and I think I've decided to go for one of the "beater" cars. Something thats old but still was sporty back in the day. Maybe an old Nissan, Honda, or Toyota... hell maybe even a Hyundai..

    Any recommendations? ;D

    Somewhat 1998+ish cars w/ low insurance and still a fun car without it being too dangerous?
    Acura Integra

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    EDIT: To be more specific. You can get a nice 98-01 Integra (face lift years) for a decent price. Insurance is pretty low and they are crazy fun cars.

    Smooth transmission, great power for a 1.8L car and some of the best handling in a FWD you can get. They look great and are hatchback so they're pretty versatile (and the hatchback makes for an awesome audio setup). They aftermarket scene is huge for them and they are easy to work on. They are extremely reliable too. If you can get a GSR even better because VTEC! However, the GSR's are a bit more expensive and the insurance will go up.

    Before I had my WRX I had two Integra's and I would easily own another as a fun daily beater car. I honestly couldn't speak more highly of them, in my eyes they are a perfect starter car.

    OH! There is also and awesome forum much like this one for them. http://www.team-integra.net/
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    The RD (96-01) Tiburon is a good first car if you do consider Hyundai. Coming from the KDM community, the RD was a cool car because it had the 140 hp the newer Tiburons had, but on a lighter body. The styling is distinctive and there is aftermarket value, as well.

    Otherwise, would you consider driving something older? I LOVE the older Japanese imports, and before I got my WRX, I almost bought a '91 Supra Turbo and an 89 300zx Turbo as project/fun cars. You can get these cheap, parts are available, reliability is sky high if you find one in good shape, cheap gas and best of all, if you decide to keep it down the road and excellent project platform.
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    And we're assuming you can already drive a stick ???? If not, make sure you get one to cut your teeth on. Better on a beater. Follow the great advice here, and you'll be good to go. Good luck, and enjoy the ride (Life !!!)
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    I was actually thinking about a Supra 1993 either turbo or non-turbo..

    ;P how is the insurance on a 1993 Supra in a few years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StreetKing View Post
    I was actually thinking about a Supra 1993 either turbo or non-turbo..

    ;P how is the insurance on a 1993 Supra in a few years?
    Don't get a Supra. Thanks to Fast and the Furious, prices on those have jumped to absurd levels. If you really have to get a sports car from that era, find a well-maintained Gen II MR2.

    Older Miatas are fun to drive, very economical, and slow enough to keep you out of most trouble. The classic Gen 1 Miatas can be had for just a couple grand these days.
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    Wow Rambo, the MR2s are so cheap man haha I've never heard of them before until now.. And your right about Supras being overpriced because of a movie. I saw a 1992 with 160k miles on it single turbo for 50 grand. Thats absurd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Don't get a Supra. Thanks to Fast and the Furious, prices on those have jumped to absurd levels. If you really have to get a sports car from that era, find a well-maintained Gen II MR2.

    Older Miatas are fun to drive, very economical, and slow enough to keep you out of most trouble. The classic Gen 1 Miatas can be had for just a couple grand these days.
    Not to start an argument, but I disagree. I saw several good condition MKIII Supras for under $5k. Even one with an imported JDM engine with only 44k miles for $4500. You just need to be patient. It's the MKIV Supra that blew up in price since that was the one featured in the movie. I like the MKIII better anyways
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    The MR2 is a better car than a Supra. The Supra is simply designed wrong. The motor is in the wrong place. This error was never made on the MR2. However the MR2 is not easier to live with than a Supra, and parts are getting quite scarce.

    Neither car is a good choice for an only car, a first car, or a young person with a limited budget.

    The Miata has the same basic flaws as the Supra but it's still a much better car. They'd make a good choice if there is zero winter.
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    Nobody is going back me up with the Integra suggestion?

    Am I just being biased? Am I missing something?

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    I'd rather go with the RWD Supra MK3 like Zitro said. I found some MK3s that are in the range of 1-7k nearby with okay miles.. The Integra is worth considering but I'd rather buy a car that I think looks pretty good in my eyes and could see myself driving it without going over the speed limit. Nothing too fast just fast enough. Also I think the Integra looks fugly lol. Good reviews for the car tho..
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelwfox View Post
    Nobody is going back me up with the Integra suggestion?

    Am I just being biased? Am I missing something?

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    Lol Toyotas last 'forever'
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