Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999 18:44:18 GMT
Subject: Re: seeking advice on a first car

> > >I am soon to be 16 years old and looking for my first car. My parents > >are buying but I want to make it as cheap as I can for them. I am in > >the market for a mid-late 80s manual trans. car that is fun to drive. I > >would prefer a coupe. I also need to go easy on insurance costs. I was > >wondering if a Saab 900 is something that I should be intrested in. Is > >the maintenence too much for a very limited budget? Does anyone have > >any suggestions of cars that would be good for me if this one isn't? I > >was also looking at some older BMWs like the 3 series 5 series or the > >2002. Any help would be greatly appreciated. > > > Cheap but interesting cars of this era have one thing in common: if you have to rely on a dealer or professional mechanic to fix every little thing that goes wrong... it would be cheaper in the long run to buy a new Civic. If, on the other hand, you are willing to do some of your own work (on minor stuff like lights, windows, switchgear, etc.), then there are several great cars to choose from. Warning: anything that seems high performance will kill you on insurance... so that lets out some nice cars like Porsche 924, 924S, MR2, Miata, or anything with a turbo. Some cars to consider: Any SAAB 900 with a manual trans Audi Coupe GT (5cyl manual only) Audi 4000 Quattro (a sedan, but highly capable awd, all 5cyl manual) Volvo 242GT ('79-80)(much better driver than normal 240's; all 4sp/od man) BMW 320 (avoid late 320's with the 1.8 and avoid the eta engines in the early 325's/525's) Avoid the BMW and Volvo altogether if you live in the snow belt. I've owned all of these and all are available in decent condition under $4000. None are hard to work on, but all require some attention. ... of course, I would make you buy your own car so that you would appreciate it more.... Good Luck! Bill Elliott '85 Audi Quattro Turbo Coupe '84 and '86 4000 Quattro '89 SAAB 900T -----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own

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