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Unread 02-07-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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So in a few months, I'll be eligible for my license. I'll have probably about 2000, maybe 2500 to spend on a car. At first I thought I'd look at a honda, seeing as my family has a history of hondas and they're cheap, reliable cars. But then I came to realize how easily they're stolen. I then looked at VWs, but was put off at the potential high cost of parts. Same with older Mercedes (like the 300D). Do I have any alternatives to cheap americans cars? Am I unnecessarily ruling out good first cars? One more thing, I'd like it to be not outlandish to insure and it to get decent gas mileage.

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I've heard miatas can be had for cheap and insured for cheap. Is this true? I'm sure they're a blast to drive. My parents had an S2000, and they always talked about how fun it was to drive.

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I've heard miatas can be had for cheap and insured for cheap. Is this true? I'm sure they're a blast to drive. My parents had an S2000, and they always talked about how fun it was to drive.
They sure are. If you get snow you'll be screwed though. Get a snowball in front of one wheel and you're stuck.

Have you considered a decent front wheel drive car? Maybe a late 90s Grand Am or similar would suit you well. Grand Ams are cheap, cheap to insure, but have a decent amount of power too.
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They sure are. If you get snow you'll be screwed though. Get a snowball in front of one wheel and you're stuck.

Have you considered a decent front wheel drive car? Maybe a late 90s Grand Am or similar would suit you well. Grand Ams are cheap, cheap to insure, but have a decent amount of power too.
I live in San Diego, so I don't get any snow. Are parts cheap for the miata?

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This is looking good. Any reason why I'd want to avoid the miata? I'd def want it in stick.

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The only reason I could forsee, since you don't get snow, is the chance you'll need to carry more than one other person or a large amount of stuff in one go.

I fully support you getting one, tho.
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The only reason I could forsee, since you don't get snow, is the chance you'll need to carry more than one other person or a large amount of stuff in one go.

I fully support you getting one, tho.
I don't really see those as issues. I'm just a student, so I'd basically just use it for commuting. Although,there are some fun beach roads that would be a ton of fun with a miata, but that's beside the point. And if I needed to carry more people or more stuff, I can always borrow my parents' sedan or minivan.

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Being down in San Diego(Camp Pendleton) there are a ton of fun roads to drive. Even driving my boat of a GP through some of the twists and turns around the base going a little too fast is fun; a Miata would be even way funner. Then on top of being a student it's also good on gas. You can't go wrong with one. Then if you're feeling frisky in the future, there are kits to stuff a LS1 into those small little bastards. That engine probably weighs as much as the entire car.
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