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    Looking for a good "toy" car!

    Life is too short! So I need to buy a "toy" car!

    I have two options:
    1- Buying a nice and clean cash car. I would consider anything less than 5-6k dollars a cash car.
    2- Financing a reasonably priced fun, cool car. My max is 14-15k. I really can not justify more than that for a second car that will be a "toy".

    I am leaning towards the cash car because I really don't want to get a loan for a toy car. I am a person with zero debt and don't like to break my rules! However, if I know that by getting a loan and buying a better car, I will be better off at the end, I might consider it as well.

    Right now, my cash car options are 8-cylender, 4th gen Camaros, and also E46 BMW coupe.

    Camaros are cheaper, and I think they should be even cheaper to maintain as well. They are very reasonably priced around here. There are three different engine options for 4th gen, 8-cylender Camaros: LT1, LT4, and LS1. Any idea, opinion on these engines, and which one is better? In terms of HP, LS1>LT4>LT1. In terms of price, again, LS1>LT4>LT1.

    There are two LT1 Camaros around me and tomorrow I am going to test drive them.

    My candidates for reasonably priced fun cars that I need to take a loan to buy are GTO, and 1th gen CTS-V.

    Any idea, suggestion, or any other interesting fun car that I need to consider? BTW, I am not really into cars like Miata, Acura, Honda, or anything like that!

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    Find an '85 Fox body Mustang GT 5-speed and work over the 302.

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    That will be a little bit too old. I am not ready for a project car, although I really love to do it someday, but not today. Thanks anyway, Jim.

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409 View Post
    Find an '85 Fox body Mustang GT 5-speed and work over the 302.
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    V1!!!
    If I find a good one, which is not abused or raced, the rear end is not shattered, and the car is reasonably priced, I will jump on it. But it is a little bit hard to find the right one! But I am patient and I keep looking to find the right car for the right price....

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    This BMW is one of the cars that I am looking at:

    http://www.autoland.us/classifieds/ads_item.php?id=1336

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    If you're going to get an E46, do not get a 328 coupe. They are most prone to subframe damage and unless the owner has provided sufficient information showing constant checkups or even replacement, you'll be looking at no less than $3k to replace it. Stick with '01+ and 5 speeds. The auto's are ok but as they age start to act up. Otherwise, they are fantastic vehicles.
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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    buy a nice used honda nighthawk on craigslist for 300 , rebuild the carbs , fix cosmetics , cheap toy that will fit in the bed of a pickup truck when it sprays engine parts all over the road
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    '98-'02 Camaro Z28. LS1, easy to live with, cheap to maintain, and plentiful parts if it gets wrecked. A clean one with good miles should be able to be found for about $6k.
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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneage_Caddy View Post
    buy a nice used honda nighthawk on craigslist for 300 , rebuild the carbs , fix cosmetics , cheap toy that will fit in the bed of a pickup truck when it sprays engine parts all over the road
    What do you do when your out on a date and it starts raining?.

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    To be honest if I lived on Oahu I'd find a different hobby! A "quick" car on a small island that hyas heavy traffic seems to me a total waste of time. Take up sailing or deep sea fishing or some thing that involves the strengths that the Islandshavee to offer.

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    I would think a Wrangler would be perfect car there.

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    Quote Originally Posted by ryannel2003 View Post
    If you're going to get an E46, do not get a 328 coupe. They are most prone to subframe damage and unless the owner has provided sufficient information showing constant checkups or even replacement, you'll be looking at no less than $3k to replace it. Stick with '01+ and 5 speeds. The auto's are ok but as they age start to act up. Otherwise, they are fantastic vehicles.
    Actually I was reading about it before! But this problem is irrelevant now because the car is gone! I am just returning back from the dealership and they sold it last week. BMWs sell like candy in Hawaii!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneage_Caddy View Post
    buy a nice used honda nighthawk on craigslist for 300 , rebuild the carbs , fix cosmetics , cheap toy that will fit in the bed of a pickup truck when it sprays engine parts all over the road
    I hate bikes! They are safety hazards on the roads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    To be honest if I lived on Oahu I'd find a different hobby! A "quick" car on a small island that hyas heavy traffic seems to me a total waste of time. Take up sailing or deep sea fishing or some thing that involves the strengths that the Islandshavee to offer.
    Besides bikes, I hate water too! I can't swim!

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    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    I would think a Wrangler would be perfect car there.
    A Wrangler with a soft top, and maybe yellow or red paint?




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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    Yeah, a Wrangler would make sense. For me it would be a Miata for sooting around the island, but i know you have an aversion to these or a Honda 2000S.

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    1996 Imapla would be a nice fun car or a Third Gen Camaro with a LS1 swap could be had for under $6K.

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    I like Daves idea! A wrangler! GREAT island fun, carving down some beautiful dirt road with the top and doors off. Best time ever. No place better than a tropical island to enjoy the advantages a Wrangler has to offer!

    Far as a V1 goes, around here you can't find one worth financing for less than 18k or so. Even an 04. If it's less than that, it's probably got some mechanical issues.

    If you really want something fast, I agree with those who suggested an LS1 Camaro or Trans Am. 98-02. Those are a poor mans corvette right there. The best value performance wise and availability of parts wise for the 6k mark. Around here, you can find a 2000 LS1 T-tops, with roughly 75-80k miles for about 6500 give or take. The '02's are a bit harder to find at that low a price simply bc it was their 35th anniversary year AND their final year for production, so naturally a lot if people bought them just as a collector piece, not putting more than 2-3k miles on em a year. Which today, allows then to sell for a lot more than a 98-01.

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    Re: Looking for a good "toy" car!

    I was going to say Mazda Miata. If you're lucky you can find a clean Z28 with the LS1 for 6k. Clean LT1 cars can be had all day for 4-6k, LS1 cars are a bit pricey around where I live. If you want to be obnoxious, take out that loan and buy the cleanest Trans Am WS6 you can find, 10-15k should get you one with 5-30k miles on it with the LS1 that looks immaculate. I know that's GTO $$$$ right there, but you'll find a much cleaner, low mile Trans Am for that type of coin. The big thing is they look a whole hell of a lot more interesting than some boring GTO.

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