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post #1 of 20 Old 12-11-2005, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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My Son's first car

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it has come the time to buy my son his first car. He is willing to buy his own, but I want to get him something so he can save longer for a better second car. I am trying to find him a neat car for around $1000, but it's hard. He likes exotic cars/classy cars, so it would have to be old. I was looking for some old Porsche 914's, and some Fiat 1600s. He wants something sporty, possibly a convertible (although I don't think he cares) and something like an old exotic or luxury car (meaning porsche, alfa romeo, bmw, mercedes). That makes the search tough.

I wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions. I want to get him something like this, and I figured that if I posted here maybe someone could help. Any ideas? My limit is at most $1,200, and that's really pushing it.
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-11-2005, 12:43 PM
 
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well

If you lived over here i'd say Classic Mini

I dont know, have you Heard of a Merc 280SE, seen a few converted into lowriderz, you can get some awful colours but others are ok. I think you can get leather, 2.3 straight six in them which aint all bad and its a pretty strong car.

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I'm afraid that with that kind of budget you're not going to find much in the Porsche or Fait that won't require a ton of money to make drivable and reliable, most will probably be a half done restoration that someone got tired of or a car that is pretty much only good for parts.

Steve is right though, you may be able to find a late '70s Mercedes 280SE in your price range that will probably have some rust and need paint, but I've always found Mercs to be very reliable cars.

I think a thousand dollar Mercedes will be a lot cheaper to fix up and keep reliable than a thousand dollar Porsche or Fiat. Italian cars are not known for being reliable. Fiat stands for, "Fix It Again Tony".

A Pontiac Fiero might be an inexpensive "sporty" option also. Fun cars, no rust due to the plastic body, cheap to repair.

The BMW 325 (late '80s) might be worth looking into.

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The BMW 325 (late '80s) might be worth looking into.
I have an 88 325 convertible. This was bought used, and has been extremely reliable (a true testament to German engineering). I would recommend a BMW of this age over any other makes. You would spend too much in constant repairs otherwise.

You might also try an 80's SAAB. SAAB motors are reputed to be indestructible. 8)

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I second the suggestion on both the late 80's BMW and SAABs. I have owned both and found them to be very reliable.
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Thanks for all the help guys. How difficult would finding one of the cars suggested for around $1,000 be? I need to find something in the area, and by Christmas. I'll have to look around a bit -- up until now I've just held off.

Thanks for all the help guys, appreciated
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post #8 of 20 Old 12-15-2005, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys. I found a few possible BMW's and MB's within 30 miles, in my range. Much appreciated!
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Be sure to let us know how you make out!

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I have also considered buying from a dealership. This would allow me to turn in an older car of ours for a down payment, and in turn allow us to buy him a newer/more expensive car. I think around $5,000 is do-able, as long as they go for the deal. Anything you guys suggest in that area? I have looked at a couple 944s (all had been sold) and some BMW's. I was thinking of a '92 BMW 318, but I'd like to get him something a little quicker. I can't find any manual 325's for less than $5500.
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In this range, I would take a look at Audis as well. You might also be able to pick up an early 928 but it will probably need constant investment.
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What about a Toyota MR2. Mid-engined rear wheel drive two sitter with targa roof! Reliable as hell.

Don't know the prices in the States but overhere you can find them in that region. I like the looks of a SW20 (2nd generation) over the AW11 (1st generation) but that is personal. The AW11 is known for some rust issues in the wheel arches and the SW20 does 'bend' a little bit if driving fiercely in its life. The later models had fitted an extra bar in the engine department to overcome this 'problem'.


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I recently sold my 93 MR2 Turbo for 9k Canadian ($7700.00 US) and it was a fantastic car, held the road like a mad man...and really quick ! Best reliable car I ever owned, I called her my Mustang Killer ! I never got smoked off the line :lol:

It was full equipped, t-top with leather interior. I had 150,000 K on it, (besides regular maintenance) I only changed the timing belt w/water pump, an oxygen sensor and t-top rubbers. With 200 bhp and 200 lbs of torque, she ran like a bat out of hell !

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Well anything Japanese would be interesting in that price class. If you shop for Porsches or Alfas and the like in that class I would check out the history very thoroughly! I've seen a couple of 924/944 Porsches that I would suggest to run away from. Same goes for the MR2 Toyotas but they are a lot cheaper to run. The SW20 Turbo is a bit another story. Pre 1992 cars are the ones that had a single bar in the engine bay, the later models had a double bar (cross, X-shape). You can see the pre 1992 cars have little 'putholes' in the C-style of both sides of the car in the roof. That is normal and not too much to worry about. If you can find a good first generation AW11, that should be fun as well. Is just a little kart (smaller wheelbase than the SW20).

I kinda fell for the Mitsubishi Starion when I was a kid (I think the US guys know this car as a Chrysler Stallion or something like that?).

Or what about a Nissan 280/300ZX?
Or even a Mazda MX3 or MX5?
Maybe a BMW 6-series?

Just what I would consider in that class ;-)


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Thanks guys. This afternoon I did actually look at some Miata's, MR2's, 300ZX's, and a few Corvettes. Right now, I think I can work a deal on the following:

1992 BMW 318i
1994 Audi 90 Quattro
1994 (I think) BMW 328i

I need to call on the rest, and get some more paper to write this stuff down on. Really appreciate all the help, though - means alot!
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Have you allready looked up for a Porsche 924.

Very cheap in costs.. and lots of pleasure

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post #17 of 20 Old 01-04-2006, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, we didn't get him one yet. We instead gave him money.

A couple days before the 25th, he saw a red Alfa Romeo Spider on a lot. It had been salvaged, and it got him discouraged (as he loved it, and remembered it from "The Graduate"). I think he's looking for one now, as he also found another in the newspaper but it was sold before he reached them. It will be undoubtedely hard to take care of...
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can't see going past an X1/9 for what you posted
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Looks like we are buying him a European 1983 Porsche 928S. We found one in good condition for a bargain.

Thanks for all the help!
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What a great first car !
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