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What's a good starter car?
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You gotta get a Delica :D

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lol it looks like a suped up heavy duty mini-van :P

also im lookign for a first car! i like american cars, but i guess anything will do, as long as i can get it in America i want a hachback cheap as possible 4 Doors..

car i want to get is a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 5dr Sdn LS







That thing says soccer mom all over it..



lol yeah i guess so :/... i was more or less thinking me and a few friends beaching it or a long road trip car although i would need a gps to get out of my driveway *very bad since of direction*
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Haha, I'm sure you could find something a little more.. "hip" that the american's sell if not.. :]
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If you don't have much past driving experience then your first car should be something that's relatively easy to drive, cheap to fix, and reliable. I hate to sound like everyone else who gives the "common" advice, but something like a Civic or Corolla would be your best choice. I'm not saying you should stick with this car forever; by all means you can always upgrade to a better car once you get a better understanding of what types of cars you like and prefer after driving for awhile with some firsthand experience.

IIRC, an older Civic or Corolla (circa 2000) meets the four criterias that you mentioned on page 2. There's a reason why so many are on the road. Both cars are cheap and gas efficient, easy on maintenance, can take a hell of beating, and are cheap on car insurance. They certainly aren't the best looking of the bunch, but if sportiness is an issue then an Integra, Mazda3 or Tc looks a bit better, although still not by much and the latter two is probably out of your budget range. An Integra would be the best bet though in terms of sportiness fit for your budget. If having large cargo space is an issue then something like a Camry or Accord would do fine as well. Both those cars also meet the four criterias you mentioned and handles nicely. I don't know what the weather is like in New Jersey, but if snow is an issue then go for an Impreza. The 2.5rs that spensaur mentioned on the same page isn't a bad choice (In fact, I'd love to own one if I could).

When it comes down to it, something like a Civic or Corolla is best for starting out. Again, they're easy to handle, cheap and reliable, and can take an abuse and still run strong. Just my $.02.
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my first question is can you drive stick? my second question is dou you enjoy driving or do you just do it to get around? if you want a car that is fun easy to drive manuel and can take a real beating i would have to say that you should get the subaru STI, the WRX is alright but its not as sturdy and fun as the STI. I am a mechanic who has worked on o pleathera of cars and i can stand by my decision. the reason i can say that they are great cars it becuase it is almost virtually impossible to burn the clutch out on this car, becuase they are so heavy duty. the next choice i would say is the 240sx becuase the KA24de can take a lifetime of beating and continue to work for you.

well that has been my two cents with:
Nick (The Mechanic)


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Haha, I'm sure you could find something a little more.. "hip" that the american's sell if not.. :]



:O....pretty and just guessing but it costs like $1722498242653427097864197678923 dollers :P

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loki866 wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Haha, I'm sure you could find something a little more.. "hip" that the american's sell if not.. :]



:O....pretty and just guessing but it costs like $1722498242653427097864197678923 dollers :P



Haha, it's starting at 23k i think... but you could find an 08 possibly for cheaper. It's a.. sporty car lool. AWD with a turbo and crap loads of ponies. I have an older version, it's the 09 subaru wrx.
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spensaur wrote:


loki866 wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Haha, I'm sure you could find something a little more.. "hip" that the american's sell if not.. :]



:O....pretty and just guessing but it costs like $1722498242653427097864197678923 dollers :P



Haha, it's starting at 23k i think... but you could find an 08 possibly for cheaper. It's a.. sporty car lool. AWD with a turbo and crap loads of ponies. I have an older version, it's the 09 subaru wrx.


yeah do u know how they whould handle int he snow... i get about like feet at one time. it has to be good enough to handle that.

also pretty sure its out of my budget plus i need automatic can NOT drive a standard haha

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Posted 3/16/09 , edited 3/16/09

loki866 wrote:


spensaur wrote:


loki866 wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Haha, I'm sure you could find something a little more.. "hip" that the american's sell if not.. :]



:O....pretty and just guessing but it costs like $1722498242653427097864197678923 dollers :P



Haha, it's starting at 23k i think... but you could find an 08 possibly for cheaper. It's a.. sporty car lool. AWD with a turbo and crap loads of ponies. I have an older version, it's the 09 subaru wrx.


yeah do u know how they whould handle int he snow... i get about like feet at one time. it has to be good enough to handle that.

also pretty sure its out of my budget plus i need automatic can NOT drive a standard haha



Woah glad you asked! This is the older model.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdNoKOGES0Q
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Posted 3/16/09

spensaur wrote:


loki866 wrote:


spensaur wrote:


loki866 wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Haha, I'm sure you could find something a little more.. "hip" that the american's sell if not.. :]



:O....pretty and just guessing but it costs like $1722498242653427097864197678923 dollers :P



Haha, it's starting at 23k i think... but you could find an 08 possibly for cheaper. It's a.. sporty car lool. AWD with a turbo and crap loads of ponies. I have an older version, it's the 09 subaru wrx.


yeah do u know how they whould handle int he snow... i get about like feet at one time. it has to be good enough to handle that.

also pretty sure its out of my budget plus i need automatic can NOT drive a standard haha



Woah glad you asked! This is the older model.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdNoKOGES0Q


haha lol nice. that was pretty cool

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Haha, they're rally race cars, so they do well in all terrains :] spirited driving!
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How about an EK9 civic?This is my 1st car beside the RX7.NOT FOR SALE!


wow, that civic's pretty clean, reminds me of what i might have done back in the day.
i like how you have the sir rear bumper, but u dont have the front, makes sense i guess hahaa.
red seats and side-markers ftw!!!

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phail4lyfe wrote:

If you don't have much past driving experience then your first car should be something that's relatively easy to drive, cheap to fix, and reliable. I hate to sound like everyone else who gives the "common" advice, but something like a Civic or Corolla would be your best choice. I'm not saying you should stick with this car forever; by all means you can always upgrade to a better car once you get a better understanding of what types of cars you like and prefer after driving for awhile with some firsthand experience.

IIRC, an older Civic or Corolla (circa 2000) meets the four criterias that you mentioned on page 2. There's a reason why so many are on the road. Both cars are cheap and gas efficient, easy on maintenance, can take a hell of beating, and are cheap on car insurance. They certainly aren't the best looking of the bunch, but if sportiness is an issue then an Integra, Mazda3 or Tc looks a bit better, although still not by much and the latter two is probably out of your budget range. An Integra would be the best bet though in terms of sportiness fit for your budget. If having large cargo space is an issue then something like a Camry or Accord would do fine as well. Both those cars also meet the four criterias you mentioned and handles nicely. I don't know what the weather is like in New Jersey, but if snow is an issue then go for an Impreza. The 2.5rs that spensaur mentioned on the same page isn't a bad choice (In fact, I'd love to own one if I could).

When it comes down to it, something like a Civic or Corolla is best for starting out. Again, they're easy to handle, cheap and reliable, and can take an abuse and still run strong. Just my $.02.


agreed, best choice overall, just start out with something simple and get the feel of driving.
there is nowhere that says you cant get a new car, or upgrade your current car, if you feel like having something new.
what phail4lyfe say it the direction you should go, its simple and will get you where you want.
civic, corolla, integra, all are good choices as a first car, cheap and reliable, so dont stray from this path if this is going to be your first car.
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I would recommend either a 240sx or a Miata. Both cars are rear wheel drive, pretty reliable, and the parts are well priced. It really comes down to what are you interested in and what are your goals for the car. The main thing to keep in mind when purchasing a car is that you might be able to afford the car at the present time but can you afford the maintenance and insurance. Do a lot of research before jumping on one set car.
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I vote for Honda or a GM car. They're dependable, fuel efficent, and parts for repairs are easiy and afforable to get.
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volkswagen rabbit of course it'll ruin any dreams you have of racing so you'll be the safest driver out there
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