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Okay, I'm pretty late to this because I just joined the forum and subaru community. I'm 19 years old and purchased my 2005 WRX back in May. And StreetKing, I'm not gonna tell you what's right or wrong, because I was just like you when I was 16. I wanted the fastest and nicest car. Especially so people would know at my old high school. Unfortunately, I ended up driving my parents old AWD volvo to school. And fortunately, that car has seen hell and back. I understand you want a really nice car. A nice RWD car. Because so did I. I wanted a 350Z or G35 so bad. But insurance would've been the biggest pain in the butt. You're young, man. I've seen so many people just like you and me get ahead of themselves and buy really nice cars. Some of them ended up wrecking them, totaling them, or getting a lot of tickets because of the cars. Their insurance also went up. For the others, they thought they were sooooo cool that they had a really nice car and would talk about how much horsepower they were getting or trying to get, and how they wanted to add wheels/suspension, exhaust, etc. But I just laughed because they never got around to doing those things because they were always paying payments. I'm just saying, be smart. If I we're you, I'd get a FWD or AWD car. Like a Acura RSX, Honda Civic, or 200-2005 Subaru 2.5rs or WRX! Especially if you live in an area that rains and snows quite a bit. And a car that doesn't cost much. Especially since it's your first car. Trust me, I remember back when I was in high school and I was hard headed and didn't listen to my parents. And after seeing all of the guys at my school get in sooo much trouble because they wanted such an awesome car made me realize that the route I took was way smarter. Now I'm 19 and drive a WRX. My first real car. I'm saying, patience is the key to everything. And when you look back at this time a year or two from now, you'll see everything turned out how it was supposed to. I actually knew two guys that owned G35s. One ended up wrecking te first year when he was 16 and the other was always paying payments and getting speeding tickets. It's just not worth it. Haha. OH! And in high school, NOBODY knows how to drive! I remember one time I was parked in the school parking lot, and this dude pulls up right beside me and side swipes my car! So why would you want to have such a nice car that some idiot can ruin? Haha. I think you'd honestly be happy with an Integra/RSX or older WRX.

I also knew a guy that bought a brand new Scion FRS....... Let's just say he made the dumbest mistake of his life when he blew his motor. Lmao

I know I'm just doing a lot of blabbering. But trust me, it's a smart thing to just get a beater. It'll last you awhile. Insurance will be low, maintenance will be low. Etc. It's just so convenient. I've seen too many younger guys make stupid mistakes when they got a hold of a nice car.

Good luck to you. Be smart!

Also, I know a guy that waited and just drove his dad's old truck to school. People used to talk about him so much because his car was "ugly". But the funny thing is, HE was driving and the guys that would make fun of him didn't even drive. Haha. But lucky for him, he worked his butt off since he was 16, got a good job when he was 18 and after he graduated from high school, he bought a 370Z. Same for my two other friends, but one now has a miata and the other bought an 8th gen Civic Si. Haha


EDIT: I keep editing this. Lmao. But another thing! Even though I do have a little driving experience, even my WRX is a little too much for me to handle sometimes. Like the other day, on my way home. I was on a back road with no cars and I just floored it! The car jumped and it kinda scared me a little bit. It's just a lot of power for such a young person like you and me. Just don't be THAT GUY that ends up making a stupid mistake like I almost did. Haha
 

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Looking back and just getting back on this forum for the first time since winter, that is some GOOD advice. Wish I would have followed that. I'm 17 now and my wallet regrets me wanting such a nice car so soon. Long story. Maybe I'll tell it one of these days on my old build thread!
 

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haha, wow, I was that same guy in high school, drove a butt ugly 1964 Dodge truck, but learned the stick, how to work on carb's, points, timing, did a clutch and brakes, great experience....then made the leap to a 69 Camero...which I could kick myself in the ass about for letting go. But who knew back in the 70's. Take away, learn, and then get something nice.
 

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how to work on carb's, points, timing,
I remember how to set timing and somewhere I had a timing light -- a nice one. I don't know how to sync carbs and for the life of me can't remember how to set points, though I still have a feeler gauge somewhere. I bet there are mechanics in the field today doing great work and making great money that have not seen a carb in the wild.
 

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I remember how to set timing and somewhere I had a timing light -- a nice one. I don't know how to sync carbs and for the life of me can't remember how to set points, though I still have a feeler gauge somewhere. I bet there are mechanics in the field today doing great work and making great money that have not seen a carb in the wild.
Been years for me on points. I remember using the slider and then a little sliding metal window on the distributor cap (69 Camero) where you sneak in an allen wrench to further adjust the spacing, so you could get the dwell correct. I have carbs on my Z but, electronic ignition.
 

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I remember how to set timing and somewhere I had a timing light -- a nice one. I don't know how to sync carbs and for the life of me can't remember how to set points, though I still have a feeler gauge somewhere. I bet there are mechanics in the field today doing great work and making great money that have not seen a carb in the wild.
I still have a working timing light and point / dwell meter. Really. Last used a few years ago for a former neighbor of mine who had a 1974 Chevy Nova that needed tweaking. I remembered how to adjust point gap. 1975 waved bye bye to mechanical ignition in favor of HEI. Aside from setting high / low idle speeds, carburetor adjustment is an art rather than science.
 

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Been years for me on points. I remember using the slider and then a little sliding metal window on the distributor cap (69 Camero) where you sneak in an allen wrench to further adjust the spacing, so you could get the dwell correct. I have carbs on my Z but, electronic ignition.
Did the 260Z still use the SU flat carbs? My 240Z had those.

I still have a working timing light and point / dwell meter. Really. Last used a few years ago for a former neighbor of mine who had a 1974 Chevy Nova that needed tweaking. I remembered how to adjust point gap. Aside from setting high / low idle speeds, carburetor adjustment is an art rather than science.
I was never any good at that. Ever.
 
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