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post #1 of 78 Old 06-09-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Help me pick a new car!

Once again I am thinking of picking up another car. I know that a Versa will never be the sportscar I would like. I have a company vehicle that I drive 95% of the time, as well as a Rogue that I will hang onto, so I am looking for something where practicality is not exactly important. This will pretty much be a strictly weekend fun vehicle. I have a kind of shortlist in mind, as well as a price range, but there is still flexibility on both.

So far my shortlist (bear with me... I know its all over the place) is:

1) 1st Gen. (2004-2007)Cadillac CTS-V... you might remember I was extremely close to buying one before, but it fell through. Big 400hp V8 and 6MT with RWD... seems awesome but has a chincy interior. Awesome sounding exhaust systems are available.

2) 2005-2007 Lotus Elise. Its on the shortlist to take a closer look at, however I am not sure about the size of it... I'm 6'1 225# with pretty wide shoulders.

3) Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ... I like the looks of them but unsure of the Subaru 2.0L engine. My parents had some bad experiences with Subaru engines in the last year and Subaru was less than helpful, so I'm a little unsure but willing to take it for a drive anyways.

4) Genesis Coupe 3.8 6MT. Possibly get a deal on a leftover 2012MY? I would like to buy new but still can't decide if I like the looks of the 2013 as much. I've driven one and it is a super nice driving car. Decent thrust, slick shifting 6 spd, crisp handling... so far I think it is in the lead.

5) Early 987 Boxster S. Its a Porsche... facelifted, decent power, excellent handling, creature comforts, convertible. Near the top of my price range.

That my top 5... just posting here to get some more opinions, maybe there is one I missed, so looking for input!

My basic qualifiers that I won't budge on are that is has a manual transmission and rear/all wheel drive. I want something more gear towards handling than top speed as there aren't alot of high speed roads around here but there are alot of twisties. Price range... no real minimum, but putting 30k as the top end, but thats flexible for the right car.

So lets have some suggestions!

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I'd go with #1. I'd go for a sedan though.

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I'm a fan of the look and feel of the Scion FR-S. Although I myself would rather go with the style and elegance of a 350z or a G35 but that's me.

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I'd take the brz/frs. They are supposed to have AWESOME balance and handling, and you can be sure there will be a big tuning scene for them. I drove one last week and it felt great! I'm 6' 220 and it felt comfortable enough. The Genesis coupe is nice too, but I don't have any experience with them to say either way, other than how it looks.

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I'm a fan of the look and feel of the Scion FR-S. Although I myself would rather go with the style and elegance of a 350z or a G35 but that's me.
Oh man... I don't know how I forgot a Z car! Thats why I am posting here... so you guys can make my decision even tougher! A 350Z convertible should fit in my price range pretty well too eh?

I would love to have a convertible since I haven't had one before.

There are just so many good cars out there....

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I'd take the brz/frs. They are supposed to have AWESOME balance and handling, and you can be sure there will be a big tuning scene for them. I drove one last week and it felt great! I'm 6' 220 and it felt comfortable enough. The Genesis coupe is nice too, but I don't have any experience with them to say either way, other than how it looks.
Cool! Guess we are a pretty close match for size, so that is good to know! I have no experience with the FR-S/BRZ other than seeing them around, but I have driven the Gen Coupe and LOVED it. Otherwise the only car (aside from the FR-S/BRZ) on my list that I haven't driven would be the Elise... which could be tough. I checked the availability in my Province and there currently only seems to be one for sale, and it is a race model, hardtop and S/C, not to mention a newer model year, and they are asking $90,000. I doubt they would let me test drive it

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I like the lotus, small engine + light body = really fast. Every video I watch on one the driver cant stop talking about how well it handles.

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If you like the Z I'd go for the G35. My brother has had 2 Zs and I fimd them too small. I prefer the G35.

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Oh man... I don't know how I forgot a Z car! Thats why I am posting here... so you guys can make my decision even tougher! A 350Z convertible should fit in my price range pretty well too eh?
I've seen really good like-new condition 2007 and 2008 350z's going for around 19-23 (that's for the touring editions, the base are a few g's cheaper). Try and get an 07 or 08 if you can, a lot of the interior was upgraded in those models.

I almost bought an 07 350z about a month ago. It was a beautiful Silver metallic finish touring edition with only 29,300 miles on it. Although it was an automatic but the Z's feature a manual mode with em so I would have been fine with it. The dealership wanted $24,000 on it though and they wouldn't budge with me and they offered very little in turn for the V they stated "Well I know your car is in really good condition but the truth of it is, it is a very common car and a cheap one at that. People would just rather buy one new instead of a used one so I'm afraid we can't offer you that much." So in the end I couldn't snag it, but I got to test drive it and damn it would great. It may have a smaller engine than my old GT but the handling was unreal.

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Do any cars come with a T-top, or removable shell? I know chrysler has a Sebring with a hard convertible top. They probably are hard to find. I am a opponent to soft tops. They are hard to keep up and are non-functional in the North. Look at the Sebring hard top convertible. Those are........SWEEET.
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Do any cars come with a T-top, or removable shell? I know chrysler has a Sebring with a hard convertible top. They probably are hard to find. I am a opponent to soft tops. They are hard to keep up and are non-functional in the North. Look at the Sebring hard top convertible. Those are........SWEEET.
Surprisingly convertibles aren't THAT bad in the winter. My parents neighbour dailies a 997TT Cabriolet year round and says its great! However, I probably wouldn't drive it in the winter so its kinda a mute point. The hard top convertibles are kinda cool, but at the same time the added weight just isn't worth it to me anyways. Unfortunately the sebring fails to check both of my must have boxes... its FWD and automatic only. The Elise can have a removeable hard top though. Its not electric, but it comes off in 2 pieces. They also have soft tops as well.

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