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Unread 07-08-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
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Well, its new car time and I want something that has a decent amount of room, a somewhat large engine ( above 200hp would be nice), and under $30,000. I was looking at the new Nissan Altima, a Subaru WRX, Evo, VW GTI, Saab 9-3s and a few others. My main concern with the evo and wrx is that I dont want to be squashed and this is going to be a daily driver. I want it to be comfortable too! Have any of you experienced these cars or have any other suggestions? Thanks
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Are you looking for a brand new car or are car a couple of years old acceptable as well? The 2002-2007 Subaru WRXs are awesome cars (I don't like the looks of the newest ones but that is purely subjective). The 06-07s have 2.5 liter engines as opposed to the 2.0 liters in the older ones which helps alleviate turbo lag. Great grip in any weather thanks to the all wheel drive and acceptable fuel economy (20-28 mpg). I wouldn't recommend the Lancer Evolution to you since they are extremely fast but have very harsh rides and get terrible gas mileage.
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STI's and Evo's are very roomy cars, i have been in both, and driven an Evo, and its roomy. Plus the performance is untouchable for its price. They are both great cars, so if they interest you, i strongly suggest either one!

But i have to disagree to malaziel's statement about the evos, while they do have a bit harsh of a ride, i think thats expected with its racing suspension, which gives it amazing handling. Youll never need to brake on any on/off ramp to the highway And about the gas milage, my sisters feyonce has an 03' evo with 260hp at the wheels, about 320hp at the crank, and gets on average 28mpg. If that bad gas milage then im totally missing something!
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Ok thanks guys. How is the ride in the WRX?
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But i have to disagree to malaziel's statement about the evos, while they do have a bit harsh of a ride, i think thats expected with its racing suspension, which gives it amazing handling. Youll never need to brake on any on/off ramp to the highway And about the gas milage, my sisters feyonce has an 03' evo with 260hp at the wheels, about 320hp at the crank, and gets on average 28mpg. If that bad gas milage then im totally missing something!
For people like us pbasil the ride in an Evo isn't anything to get upset about we know that with performance sacrifices must be made. Most people however complain all the time about the ride quality in an Evo every car I have ever ridden in with my parents or most adults for that matter that have even a bit of ride harshness would complain a ton about it and this is in cars that don't ride anywhere near as rough as an Evo. Also the EPA claimed gas mileage for a 2006 Lancer Evolution is 18/24 so your friends Evo actually gets substantially better gas mileage than one that is stock.
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Well, its new car time and I want something that has a decent amount of room, a somewhat large engine ( above 200hp would be nice), and under $30,000. I was looking at the new Nissan Altima, a Subaru WRX, Evo, VW GTI, Saab 9-3s and a few others. My main concern with the evo and wrx is that I dont want to be squashed and this is going to be a daily driver. I want it to be comfortable too! Have any of you experienced these cars or have any other suggestions? Thanks
The new altima with the v6 is 285hp, and they are making a coupe version of it as well for 2008. The nissan sentra-r spec V has a 200hp 4 cylinder engine and probably has a lot of after market parts for it. Also you might want to look at an A4, the 2007 model is 200hp, while the older ones 2003-2006 have a 180hp turbo 4 cylinder engine, which can be modified quite easily to 300hp I hear.
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Alright Ill look into these thanks. Any other cars?
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I always look at what you can buy for 30K - I really like audis so lets take that for example - you can get an '07 A4 2.0 FSI, an '06 A6 3.2 FSI, an '05 A8L 4.2, an '05 S4 4.2, or a really well built up 90's audi. The older it is, the more you can get.

Another example would be the Porsche 930 - it set the standard for supercars at its time, and you can get one for $30000. And that is considering that these cars actually held their value very well, and are actually going up in value now.

I sometimes don't understand why people would drop $20k on a kia (not saying theyre bad cars...) when there is much more you can get for less. I actually know someone who bought an early 90's BMW 535i for ~2500, sold it for ~4500, scored a D2 Audi A8 on ebay for ~4500, and then traded it for an E36 M3! The M3 had some aftermarket parts on it like a CF hood and headlights, so he sold/traded those off and recuperated his inital purchase of the 535. He ended up rolling around in a very nice, clean M3, which he got practically for free. All I'm saying is theres wonders out in the used car market. You just have to find them.
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If you're concerned about the ride quality of an Evo or STI, then it's not the car for you. They come with pretty stiff suspensions in the name of excellent cornering, to me though it's worth it. I've driven an 04 STI with a full coil over suspension setup, intake, exhaust and bigger turbo downpipe and turbo manifold and I've also riden in a friend's 07 STI which was stock and for the price you'll fall in love with the car every single time you mash that gas pedal, they are damn fast.

Also if you want something that's sporty but also a bit more comfortable and luxurious, I really love my car which is a 2007 BMW 328i, I paid $35,000 for it with all taxes and fees and whatever but you can get an 05 or 06 330i (same engine, with about 15-20 more horsepower actually) or even a 325i for under $30 grand and I highly recommend this car.

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