Looking to get a car- suggestions?

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  1. Furq

    Furq Daddy Fatsacks

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    Looking for my first car, hoping to spend somewhere around 10,000 which i think is pretty good for a first car. Currently looking at a Lexus SC400, but I'm still open to suggestions. I'd prefer a coupe, but so far I have yet to find a coupe similar to the SC in the same price range.

    What would you guys recommend? A few weeks ago I asked about the SC specifically and people had good comments on it, but I'd like to remain open to other cars too just in case.
     
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    your the one thats going to be driving it so get something that you enjoy driving.
     
  3. Furq

    Furq Daddy Fatsacks

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    :hsugh: notice im only asking for suggestions. also if anyone has a certain car they can share their experiences, problems with that model etc
     
  4. LarryZ

    LarryZ i love sticky rice

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    get a accord coupe
     
  5. Mitchj

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    Coupe's from the honda side, 4th & 5th generation prelude, integra Type R... That is if you like high powered n/a FWd's...

    The SC400 is a nice car, iv driven one, the automatic gearbox makes it boring, interior wise its excellent, the engine is really smooth, but the exterior is rather ugly *as i think most soarers are*, and it lacks power...

    If you wanted a SC400, id opt to get a japanese import and get the 1GJTTE version. soarer...

    I think your smart for not going nissan, but 300zx TT's are nice.

    If you want a performance car, id steer clear of all but the TT soarer's... even than they are quite refined, and... heavy.
     
  6. solid snake

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    pls excuse typos, keyboard driver issues.

    sc300/400 is a good car. Not a blazinn jdm tite 1/4 mi monster, but smooth and has pickup.
    Telll us more about what you're looking for in a car. Do you commute alot? How old are you? This iis your first car to buy, or first evar? Is insurance a consideration? Do you have a garage / covered parkiing? Do you want to park your lexus outside or under a tree or somewhere it can be constantly dinged? the last would prevent me from getting a lexus as a daily driver.
    I'm personally a big fan of getting a beater fiirst. Buut 10k gives you plenty of choices, if tthat's what you want to spend. Give us more information on what you need the car for, and test drive a few.
     
  7. Furq

    Furq Daddy Fatsacks

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    Well speed isnt a huge factor, i want something reasonably quick but im not gonna be racing anyone here.

    I want something pretty nice interior wise, it will be parked in a garage. Insurance is somewhat important, but as i want something with a nice interior i wouldnt even really consider a 300zx twin turbo etc. Im 18 about to turn 19.

    Thanks
     
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    00 Celica GTS
     
  9. Moonlight Graham

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    For $10k, I'd look at newer model preludes (4th gen). I love these cars for some reason. Maybe an E36 3-series Bimmer?

    More suggestions:

    late 90's Subaru 2.5RS
    S14 240SX, later models go for $5k-8k usually, but are hard to find in good shape w/ manual tranny
    Accord Coupe
    Maxima
     
  10. c0ldf1ame

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    miata =D
     
  11. rsxm5

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    The SC400 is pretty nice... really smooth and comfortable to drive, but not very fun or fast. They also tend to last forever without any major issues. I had an LS400 with 170k miles on it, and it had zero problems.
     
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    (Some of) the longest lasting cars built, in no particular order: BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Toyota, old VWs
     
  13. zyg0te

    zyg0te I've made a huge mistake.

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    :ugh: and where exactly do u get this information?
     
  14. BrettRT

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    Ditch the SC400 idea and try to find a SC300 5spd. You will not be disappointed. This is only if you ever, ever want to get into performance options with the car in the future. If not, then I guess SC400 will due as well.

    If you are performance oriented, for the future, the SC300 provides the same nonturbo motor as the NA supra, and well, the NA-T crowd has seen 9's.
     
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    The only car I can think of that would be comparable would be an E36 (late 90s) BMW 328is coupe. The only advantage it really has is handling; power to weight is the same as an SC300, it gets about the same fuel mileage, and the SC is much better looking (imo) and likely more reliable.

    SC300 5-speed might not be a bad idea for a future 2JZ-GTE swap (I wouldn't turbo the stock engine), but they are quite rare and difficult to find. You can imagine how many SC300 buyers would've wanted a manual in their car instead of an automatic.

    Small note, if you can find a deal and/or stretch for a 1998 model SC400, the power went up that year from 260 to 300. Along with some minor styling changes.
     

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