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post #1 of 20 Old 12-03-2005, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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New car help?

My wife wants a new car. She's real sick of the cherokee with 4 1/2" lift and 33" mud tires (which some of you may have seen 2 years ago at Grattan). Too much noise and vibration or something .

She wants something like a WRX Sti or Lancer Evo but they're a bit too expensive right now. She looked at a saturn Ion Redline but everything I read said they're a piece of crap.

AWD would definitely be a bonus but not absolutely necessary. She definitely wants something that's peppy bordering on really fast but doesn't want to spend much more than $15,000. Used is ok as long as it's low miles and maintenance free for a while.

Anyone have any suggestions. I haven't shopped for a car, umm, ever, since I'm a truck guy. Lets hear it!

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Re: New car help?

Since she likes the AWD/Turbo thing, how about a regular WRX instead of the STi? If it's not fast enough, the aftermarket is huge for them.

I've driven one and thought it was a fun car for the money.




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Re: New car help?

Not sure "bordering on really fast but doesn't want to spend much more than $15,000" can come in the same package. I cant think of anything sporty with AWD besides the WRX.
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Re: New car help?

Ion redline = good bang for the buck? I thought it was an Eaton blower with a Honda engine in that thing?

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Re: New car help?

No it's an agricultural GM Ecotec motor.

The Vue Redline has (had?) a 3.5 honda SOHC V6. No blower.

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Re: New car help?

What about "cute utes"? Not very sporty but a 2-3 y/o CR-V, RAV4, Forester, Outlander would fit the budget.

What about an Outlander XT (I think) with the WRX motor? Or what about a non-wrx Impreza? At 165 horse they're not too shabby, and much cheaper, more reliable no doubt.... and you probably want to keep this car a long time.

AWD Matrix or Vibe, though not very sporty fits most of the criteria.

I'm thinking non-turbo Impreza RS might be the way to go.

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cool, wasn't aware there was a wrx non-sti that came with turbo. I just saw a few on ebay, a couple years old, around 30k miles for around 15k. I hear subaru's are reliable and I know there is a ton of aftermarket support for wrx. I'm thinking this is what she will like. Any downside to a WRX??

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... I'm thinking this is what she will like. Any downside to a WRX??
Well, it's turbocharged, which means shorter life span for the engine. I guess it depends how long you intend to keep it.

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cool, wasn't aware there was a wrx non-sti that came with turbo. I just saw a few on ebay, a couple years old, around 30k miles for around 15k. I hear subaru's are reliable and I know there is a ton of aftermarket support for wrx. I'm thinking this is what she will like. Any downside to a WRX??
2 guys at work have the regular WRX...both love them to death and swear by them.
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Well, it's turbocharged, which means shorter life span for the engine. I guess it depends how long you intend to keep it.
Whatever that means.

My turbocharged pinto motor has over 130k miles on it.




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Re: New car help?

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Whatever that means.

My turbocharged pinto motor has over 130k miles on it.
Probably only applies to Toyota.

Our Volvo 850 turbo has over 250K.

I do all my own stunts.
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Re: New car help?

I got 200k out of my Turbo'd Ford 4-banger T-Bird (before my *then* wife ran it out of oil while I was away, and shrapnelled my engine with the Turbo).
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I got 200k out of my Turbo'd Ford 4-banger T-Bird (before my *then* wife ran it out of oil while I was away, and shrapnelled my engine with the Turbo).
Same motor as in my SVO. Turbocharged Pinto (AKA Lima) motor.

Provided you don't detonate them (and you keep them full of oil!), they last forever.




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Any downside to a WRX??
Yes. I dont have one

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Re: New car help?

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Whatever that means.

My turbocharged pinto motor has over 130k miles on it.
All other things being the same, the turbo'd motor is always going to be under a lot more stress. Do you disagree?

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