Cheap fun car for the weekend - suggestions please!

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Post by pem10 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:05 am

Have you thought about any of the hot clios? Sound perfect for your needs. May be able to squeeze into a 182 trophy for 5k as well.
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Post by marco_polo » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:19 pm

If you can tolerate FWD, the RS Clio is a good shout. Civic Type R too.
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Post by jordan » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:26 pm

a nice ep3 civic type-r (and some change for mods 8)?),

you could probably get the fn2 at that price now, but as a driving machine, the ep3 makes the fn2 feel like a barge IMO.

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Post by Davo-e82 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:02 pm

kettle2006 wrote:EVO would fit the bill, but I think at my price point I'm playing with fire there, plus the insurance and upkeep costs might push it out of the cheap category...
Top level earlies (Evo 1-3) are now 7-10k but 4's are still to start appreciating so a decent one with a better later engine is possible within your budget. Insurance isn't bad if you pick the right company (Keith Michaels are good) but obviously it depends on postcode and age etc too.

Not gonna lie, they are high maintenance but apart from AYC they are relatively rudimentary, even more so the 1-3 as they are all 100% mechanical. If you're gonna get your hands dirty doing spanner work and only cover a couple thousand miles a year you could get away with it.....could haha.

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Post by Dan116i » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:27 am

What about a Westfield if considering Zeds?
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Post by kettle2006 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:24 pm

So many choices! Going to have to get out there and start test driving some, as the one thing that they have in common is that I have never driven any of them.

The more I look at it s2000 appeals to me the most, but I might have to put up with a year of poodling about in the 3series to stretch my budget that far!
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Post by docwra » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:24 pm

The lack of torque in an S2K would drive you somewhat mental coming from a 135i IMO. Great cars if you drive a racetrack to work every day, can be a pain for anything else and are holding value very well, which is a double edged sword at the end of the day.
Anyway, I'm sure the OP is a grown adult perfectly capable of choosing any number of cars he deems best, if you don't like my suggestions that's tough, it's not your choice to make at the end of the day
No doubt, but hes asking for suggestions, and having driven most of the cars listed I was just giving personal experience.

Early Evos are terrible for lunching engines in my experience, 200SX's and Imprezas arent great either but most of the rest are relativey safe bets - Id give that serious consideration if youre only looking to spend £5K as it could end up a much more expensive prospect.

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Post by kettle2006 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:28 pm

docwra wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:24 pm
The lack of torque in an S2K would drive you somewhat mental coming from a 135i IMO. Great cars if you drive a racetrack to work every day, can be a pain for anything else and are holding value very well, which is a double edged sword at the end of the day.
I think this is going to be half the battle, the N54 despite its reliability issues is a cracking engine something I am painfully reminded of every-time I put my foot down (knowing that I won't be keeping the 135i forever), plus if I end up spending the 8/9K that a half decent S2000 costs, I might as well keep the 135i...

A pre-facelift Z4 with the 3.0l M54 lump in might just be the ticket, reasonable price, and I know the engine really well having done most of the usual jobs on the 2.5 version in my compact.
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Post by Davo-e82 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:58 am

docwra wrote:The lack of torque in an S2K would drive you somewhat mental coming from a 135i IMO. Great cars if you drive a racetrack to work every day, can be a pain for anything else and are holding value very well, which is a double edged sword at the end of the day.
Anyway, I'm sure the OP is a grown adult perfectly capable of choosing any number of cars he deems best, if you don't like my suggestions that's tough, it's not your choice to make at the end of the day
No doubt, but hes asking for suggestions, and having driven most of the cars listed I was just giving personal experience.

Early Evos are terrible for lunching engines in my experience, 200SX's and Imprezas arent great either but most of the rest are relativey safe bets - Id give that serious consideration if youre only looking to spend £5K as it could end up a much more expensive prospect.
.....and that's the funny thing about opinions based on experience, they're all different based on each individual. Having owned half and driven/been around most of the rest on the list I can confidently say I don't agree with you, so you can take it or leave it Image.


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Post by AmandaLewis » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:41 pm

Hey there! My personal favorite is the GT4 st205. I live far away from my job where I work as a writer so it's very important to have comfortable and fast car. This one satisfies me completely, beautiful design and multifunctionality, I really like it.

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Post by Davo-e82 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:15 am

AmandaLewis wrote:Hey there! My personal favorite is the GT4 st205. I live far away from my job where I work as a writer so it's very important to have comfortable and fast car. This one satisfies me completely, beautiful design and multifunctionality, I really like it.
Good choice, I had one a few years ago and really liked it. Great blend of performance, comfort and proper Rally credentials/pedigree. The WRC versions are especially cool with all the little extras they had to sell the cars with for homologation purposes Image

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Post by KPB1973 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:08 pm

I've just bought a 2000 Boxster S for less thanb £3.5k. It'll probably be something up towards £5k before i've got it in a condition i'm happy with though.

Lovely engine, quite old-school handling and steering, plus RWD, drop top etc.

I've also had an S2000 in the past and in many ways it was more of an event than the Porsche. Better built too.
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Post by rob123d » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:02 pm

kettle2006 wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:28 pm
docwra wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:24 pm
The lack of torque in an S2K would drive you somewhat mental coming from a 135i IMO. Great cars if you drive a racetrack to work every day, can be a pain for anything else and are holding value very well, which is a double edged sword at the end of the day.
I think this is going to be half the battle, the N54 despite its reliability issues is a cracking engine something I am painfully reminded of every-time I put my foot down (knowing that I won't be keeping the 135i forever), plus if I end up spending the 8/9K that a half decent S2000 costs, I might as well keep the 135i...

A pre-facelift Z4 with the 3.0l M54 lump in might just be the ticket, reasonable price, and I know the engine really well having done most of the usual jobs on the 2.5 version in my compact.
Having owned a couple of Z4s that would be my choice. I sold my 2005 3.0l 75,000 for £4300 not that long ago. plenty within budget.
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Post by RBS Bob » Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:20 pm

How about a classic Hot Hatch?

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Post by kettle2006 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:43 am

That was my dream car as a young teenager! That and the Renault 5 GT Turbo
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