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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Ok. Here is my situation. I only have about 2 grand to spend. I would really like to save up for a nice classic car, somthing from the 70's. But 2 grand doesn't get me a ton unless I want to do alot of restoration.

So In the meanwhile while I save money, I want to get a car that I can drive most of the year, except for maybe bad winter days, but I want to be able to drive it when it is cold, I want somthing dependable, Yet cool, and not too lacking in the horsepower.
I came upon 2 cars on craigslist, both which I think I could get for 2 grand even.

there is a 1983 z28 camaro 1983 Z28 Chevy Camaro T-Tops

and A 89 Trans AM GTA 89 Trans Am GTA

The trans am is newer and probably has more modern insides, but he does mention a speedometer issue and have to recharge the AC and problem with cruise control, not sure if its easy or hard fix. He says it has newer tires. It has a leather interior but it does have rips in it.
The Z28 also looks nice, has T tops and new tires too. He doesn't give a whole lot of info otherwise. He mentions that it has a sound system in it, he says if you buy it without it he'd go 2 grand, But not sure if the car is going to look torn up if it is not in there or if you wouldn't even notice.

Anyway, take a look for yourself using the links, and let me know which would serve me better driving most of the year, being dependable, yet still being cool and not lacking in the horsepower, and maybe which is a more desirable car overall.
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Always had a thing for that generation Camaro so my vote goes to that, though I'm not terribly sure about the reliability of either of them.
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Go with the camaro. I think the 3rd gen ta are ugly plus the interior looks rough. From the pics the camaro looks cleaner and t-tops are awesome
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Also as a fyi the camaro is a 5 speed manual and the TA is auto if that makes a difference for your decision.
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That's a 305 Camaro. Firebird. 305s are known for being iffy at best.

Even wikipedia has it documented:
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The Chevrolet 305 is often referred to as a "Boat Anchor", due to its lack of power and use in multiple marine applications. After 1996, its usage was limited to light trucks and SUVs until the 2000 model year (vans and commercial vehicles until 2003) as the Vortec 5000. The 305 is currently still in production as a marine powerplant for Mercury Marine.
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