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Mark Larson

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I want to buy a car under the $ 2 000 range - please don't laugh! :)
What kind of choices do i have if i want something with half-decent highway performance - V8's?? :D (Frugality wouldn't hurt either! :D)
I'll take anything - except minivans!
 

Bill Balcziak

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Try a Toyota FX-16 GTS, if you can find one with a five-speed. Superb build quality, and lots of high-revving fun. Who needs a V8 when you can drive a fine example of this car for less than $1000?
 

Mark Larson

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FX-18 GTS? Never heard of it. Is it the Celica? Any links?
Does anyone know of a website where i can look at used cars?

Mark :b
 

Carl Johnson

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Check out ebaymotors.com . Last week I paid $660 for an '88 Dodge Daytona with 90k miles on it. While it's hardly a chick magnet it is cheap, reliable, and efficient. Hell, I'll probably save $660 a year in gas over my 2k1 Tacoma.
 

Brad_V

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Basically anything with a turbo you will be able to add 25-50hp just from exhaust and turning up the boost, so little turbo4's can be cheap fun. '89-92 Ford Probe GT, Dodge Daytona, Dodge Shadows are some really good cheap fun that are also very useful for a daily car. Get one with a 5-speed and turbo 2.2, do the cheap mods on it, and you'll be cursing the evils of front-wheel-drive in no time.

RWD V8s are fun, too, of course. Most of the 80's stuff wasn't really that fast except for the later 5.0 Mustangs and the 350 Camaros. Frugality won't be their speciality, though.

For good and cheap and fun and useful and something that doesn't feel *that* dated, check out a Dodge Shadow if you can find a turbo one. Should be somewhat common, and pretty cheap.
 

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