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best car for under $7k

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  1. djyox

    djyox Senior Member

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    I am looking for the car I get get the best performance out of for around $7k, doesn't need to be all speed, all take off, or all handling, just a good car that has a good amount of both, or the most you can get for a car around that...way older cars are welcome too.
     
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    i'd get a 97-98 grand prix. Thats what i have, except 2000. paid 8.5 for it. performance,handling and speed are enough for my requirements. :worthy:
     
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    get a Eclipse GSX or a Pontiac trans am
     
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    If I were you, I wouldn't mind getting a 1996ish Mustang GT (maybe newer, not realy sure about prices) or a DSM.

    If you got a DSM, the only way to go is AWD! :thumbsup:
     
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    95 y0. You don't want that modular 4.6L.

    DSM's are not very good for being reliable. I love them, but it's expensive to maintain one. If you do get a GSX or Talon TSI, make sure it's 97 or newer. 95-96 are very very bad for crankwalk and the bumper styling is much better on the 97+ ones.
     
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    a friend of mine bought a 1988 stang that has a couple of things done to it like a kit, headers, and that thing is FAST for well below your budget. I'd look at somethin like that. :p
     
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    Aren't the 4.6L's faster than the 5.0's?
     
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    i second the trans am thing.


    i fell in love with them after i rode in my friend's '96 Trans Am w/ the LS1
     
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    Depends what years, but yeah in some cases you're right.


    A 4.6L GT from the early 90's is faster than a 5.slow from the same area.
     
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    Early ere 4.6s? They replaced the 5.0, it wasn't an option at the same time. The 4.6L has good stats and all, but if you're going to build up a car, it's definately wiser to go with a 5.0L
     
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    what do you guys think about suburu? a buddy of mine has one and he was talking me into that....if I look hard enough I could find a nice one for around that....maybe.
     
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    And we are talking totaly stock, not building up a car. So i don't want a CRX I pick up for $200 and then dump in $6800 into the motor, because I am taking out a loan to do this. I mean I will build it up sooner or later, just want a good platform to start with that will tickle my nuts when I play with it, a 240 isn't a bad idea....but around here you can hardly find one thats not an auto. and ontop of that, one that is in some what good cond.
     
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    :withstupid: Thats a damn nice car. Everyone will be like "its just a celica" and then you'll see em in the rearview.

    AWD + turbo = :worthy:

    what's the stock hp anyways?

    edit.. BTW, that ebay alltrac posted above looks in the best shape i've ever seeen before, plus the engine bay looks FLAWLESS. :thumbsup:
     
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    USDM HP/ TQ is 200 each. JDM HP/ TQ is 225 each.

    And yes, that AllTrac is in better condition than I've ever seen. ~$7000 for that thing would be a goddamn steal.
     
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    I agree wtih both Loco and B, both of you beat me to it. I used to have a talon tsi and I only ended up having it for like one month, shit just started to fall apart, big pos.


    Milan
     
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    3S-GTE 600 hp on just a head gasket swap? holy shit i hope you're serious...

    ST205 anyone?
     
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    crx plus a nice swap and some suspension
     
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