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i need to get a newer set of wheels. i want something that is used, preferably 2000 and newer. dont want brand new, needs to get good gas mileage, and sporty-ish. i like the grand prix gtp's, miatas, acura tl's, and maybe an s10 or a ranger. does anyone have any experience with one of these? what else could i look into?
 

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Price range would REALLY help a lot. :thumbsup:
 

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oops. im at work so i gotta type quickly :) i would say 10k-15k, but closer to 10k would be more ideal.
 

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For 10K, good mileage, and sporty, I would recommend: Small truck. Either the Ranger Splash, or the S10 Extreme (or whatever it is called).

I think they get decent mileage. They look "ok".... and everyone needs a truck. :D

Other than that, then the GrandPrix, Maximu, Elantra, etc. But I doubt you'll find those in the 10K range.

Just my .02. :thumbsup:
 

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my friend got a 2002 stratus r/t for 11k. Nice looking 2 door car, it's sporty, but not crazy fast. He got a manual and it drives nice, get pretty damn good gas mileage too.
 

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oh yeah, i like the maximas too :) keep the suggestions coming, guys.
 

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have you thought about an SUV mike? you can get some really nice stuff in the 10-15k range.
 

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You can get an SRT-4 for around 14k if you shop. I don't care what anyone says, it's hard to beat the bang for the buck with those things!! Redicuolously fast for what they are(nothing in the same class even touches it), reliable, and great on fuel. Oh, and they have enough room to be practical, unlike a Miata would.
 

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It's still a Neon... :rolleyes:
 

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It's still a Neon... :rolleyes:
oh boy, here we go again with the srt-4 bashing, does it hurt that bad to be able to go buy a frigging 4cyl that smokes most of you modified v8 guys out of the box for less than what it costs for a cookie cutter v8 mustang? please, :rolleyes: give me a break, i respect the srt-4 because regardless of what you say, it is a very practicle fast car, 4 doors = less insurance, more practicality, 4 cyl = purty good fuel efficiency plus at least it's american, and you put a competent driver in it and it will run 13's in the 1/4 all day long, stock!. pfft! what's your car run in the 1/4 grasshopper? and how much stuff did you have to throw at it to get it there? how much did all that stuff cost? okay i'm done, not to dis anybody here it's just that i hate it when somebody spouts off crap about other cars,
 

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how about a crown vic or marquis ? you can pick um up cheap and they get better than 300+ miles to a tank
 

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oh boy, here we go again with the srt-4 bashing, does it hurt that bad to be able to go buy a frigging 4cyl that smokes most of you modified v8 guys out of the box for less than what it costs for a cookie cutter v8 mustang? please, :rolleyes: give me a break, i respect the srt-4 because regardless of what you say, it is a very practicle fast car, 4 doors = less insurance, more practicality, 4 cyl = purty good fuel efficiency plus at least it's american, and you put a competent driver in it and it will run 13's in the 1/4 all day long, stock!. pfft! what's your car run in the 1/4 grasshopper? and how much stuff did you have to throw at it to get it there? how much did all that stuff cost? okay i'm done, not to dis anybody here it's just that i hate it when somebody spouts off crap about other cars,
It's still a neon.... :D :rofl: :rofl: :D

I'm not knocking what they have done from a performance standpoint, but can you honestly say you would rather have a SRT than a Mustang GT?!? :beek:

Mustang GT ($25,815)
300 hp/320 tq
3450 lbs

Neon SRT-4 ($21,295)
220 hp/245 tq
2900 lbs

And just out of curiosity (and back on subject), what kind of durability are they getting out of that engine in the Neon? I'm just wondering because IMHO those small, high winding, boosted engines don't last as long. :2huh:
 

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my friends bought a acura tl 2001 or 2002 for 12k. have all the ammenities you will ever want and drives nicer than mercedes too. good car for the prices.
 

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have you thought about an SUV mike?
have you thought about me trying to get into one?


im not getting a neon. they dont look good enough for my tastes.

i like the looks of the new tl's. i think 04 and up.

anybody here have a gtp? i hear those blown sixers are quick.
 

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94 Daily Driven 4.6L said:
It's still a neon.... :D :rofl: :rofl: :D

I'm not knocking what they have done from a performance standpoint, but can you honestly say you would rather have a SRT than a Mustang GT?!? :beek:

Mustang GT ($25,815)
300 hp/320 tq
3450 lbs

Neon SRT-4 ($21,295)
220 hp/245 tq
2900 lbs

And just out of curiosity (and back on subject), what kind of durability are they getting out of that engine in the Neon? I'm just wondering because IMHO those small, high winding, boosted engines don't last as long. :2huh:
I've been running Turbo Dodge cars at insane boost levels(read: over 20psi DAILY), and if they are done right, you will do it for over 100k easy. I know of a couple here that have 2 SRT-4 cars, both stage II upgraded(Mopar upgrades), and both have over 90k on them, very reliably.

And yes, I would rather have the Neon. I can drive it in the winter, TONS more room, way cheaper insurance, and it will walk door to door with the GT.

As for other high-winding boosted engines, look at some of the overseas offereings. They last 200k or better with regular maintenance. The biggest problem is people who don't take the time to learn the difference in maintenance on a turbo car vs a regular car.
 

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...I can drive it in the winter...
:leftright :rofl: :leftright

But to each his own. I personally would rather have the Mustang. If for no other reason than the looks. :thumbsup:
 

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i forgot to add,c/v and marquis have very low maintence. and mike thats what runnign boards are for !
 
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