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Old 02-13-2004, 03:10 AM
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Default $25K to spend on a daily driver - what would you buy?

I'm getting sick of the fuel mileage that my 5.0L AU3 Ute is getting, and am thinking about getting rid of it. I love having a ute, for the times that I need to carry larger loads than would otherwise be possible, but I'm driving about 80 kilometres per day and I hate spending too much on fuel. My weekend cars can use as much as they like, but not the daily driver.....

So - what to buy??? I want a fairly new car (up to 5 years old), air conditioned, not necessarily fast, but MUST be fun to drive. Roof optional, good fuel economy vital, and reliable. Mid $20s price point.

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drives great ,goes like stink ,very good fuel economy and a bit of a reputation, my girlfriends 9yr old car cost $17,000 ,so for around 25k you pick up a 2000 model , WRX . ,,, now if i had to pick up some heads i could bring it over and show you ,,, just kidding .. ... happy hunting...
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Lots of excellent deals on CORVETTES right now. You can pick up a "C5" 'Vette in your price range, probably in the '99-00 years, especially now that the C6 has been announced (the C5 guys are hating life as prices plummet).

If you don't mind going a little older, you can find (in your price range) a very low miles '96 "C4" Corvette with the 330HP (grossly underrated) LT4 engine with 6-speed ZF tranny. The C4's outhandle the C5's by a pretty good margin and are a blast to drive. I had a '93 for almost 5 years and it was my daily driver until two months ago.....that's when I bought my Cobra and I couldn't keep both. Alas, I did manage to squeeze a few photographs of them side by side (see photo album).

Good luck in your search...I'm now driving a pick-up truck until I can absorb the Cobra.

EDIT: I might add that the fuel economy on these cars is not that bad, so long as you stay off the loud pedal. And despite their complexity, I found mine to be super reliable.

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Yea, what cob460 said. Killer deals on WRX from 2003 right now....fast, all wheel drive, stealthy, good mileage, blast to drive.....and, like Club Cobra, there is www.ClubWRX.net to tell ya how to make it faster and better. Ya think some of the Cobra owners are nuts, check some of the ClubWRX members.

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0-60 in 5, .95 on skid, handles like a dream and gets more stable the faster you go. AWD, so handles all conditions well. (my daily driver...)
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Old 02-14-2004, 03:43 AM
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Thanks for the replies, but I'm in Australia and $25K wouldn't go anywhere near buying a C4 Vette or an EVO Lancer. Shame....

Mick - what sort of mileage do you get from the Rexxie? How about insurance?
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Craig, we get about 11klms per ltr of premium unleaded, newer models maybe even better , and as for insurance $1100 for a female under 40, with nrma . .. cheers mick.
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Would a Mini Cooper be of interest. I test drove one a couple of weeks ago. LOTS of fun to drive - sticks like glue. Not exactly cobra acceleration :-) but snappy. Very comfortable seats. About your price range with good gas mileage.
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Old 02-14-2004, 08:52 AM
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I'm going to echo Steve... take a good hard look (and drive) in a MINI Cooper S. I don't know how much they cost down-under, but $25k will get you a new one here in the States.

I bought one last October and have been having a blast with it ever since. Lots of room on the inside (I'm 6'4", 265lbs and fit fine). Handles like a gocart.
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Ditto on the Mini.....great value and fun!!!!!!
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Default ...same question

I've been contemplating the same thing myself recently and how confusing it is to be out there looking once again. Just want to spare my weekend driver and get a nice daily driver with good value. So many new cars and changes in just the last couple of years. Also... looking at the best used car values under 20K. Recently test drove a Mazdas/RX8, used Acura 3.2TL / 3.5RL, used Infinity Q45. Starting too look at Audis, Passats, what else? Even started looking at Mercury Grand Marquis' and Lincoln LS for the rear wheel drive aspect and cheap used pricing...

Any good used recommendations out there other than a Corvette or a Mustang in the under 20K/used range...,? something with:

- 2-door or 4-Door
- Under 20K, USED.
- Rear wheel drive (preferred)
- 220+ horsepower
- Comfortable seats
- Good reliability
- Sport type version?
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Well Craig....

The choice is endless, but what is common with all the suggestions to date is keep the power within a budget.

I went through just the same issue - conserve fuel during the week and don't give a damn at the weekend.

I went for an Echo (at $16,000 on the road new) and only fill up once a month - what more do you want (OK, quite a bit).

Excellent for parking - nipping here, nipping there.

Having a Cobra, Landcruiser and now the echo, I can cover all extremes of motoring.

You're welcome for a test drive only don't expect to leave rubber when exiting the drive!

Seriously, this thing cruises at 120 kph with a twin cam 1.3L engine.

I would have gone for the mini, but at $35,000 new what was the point. The money I saved I can empty into the bottomless snake pit.
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Craig,

I'll have to agree with Peter. My daily driver is a Honda civic. When I went to Goulburn for the Cobra Nats, I went in convoy with a falcon towing a Cob and a Mach 2 Mustang. Both those cars filled up twice (700kms) on the way up compared to me filling up once (45 ltr tank).

Mind you, that was the ONLY comp I won all weekend!


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Sad day for me but alas I have sold my Cobra. I found this old thread so I thought about a sort of daily driver. But more comfortable than the Cobra. I really like the look of the 2008 Mercedes SLK 200. It has the formula 1 looking front end, a collapsible steel roof, air con etc. You can pick one up for as little as $12000. JD
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Hyundai Excel sub $1k and the balance on your real cars. Beauty is only a light switch away Craig! (oh that saying reminds me of my single days on the GC! LOL)
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Lots of suggestions here. I'd avoid Porsche and Audi, as the repair bills will more than offset the fuel savings, you'd be better off keeping the truck. You had mentioned open, so I'll throw in Miata, S2000, and MR2.
I prefer a truck, have you considered a HiLux diesel?
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Sad day for me but alas I have sold my Cobra. I found this old thread so I thought about a sort of daily driver. But more comfortable than the Cobra. I really like the look of the 2008 Mercedes SLK 200. It has the formula 1 looking front end, a collapsible steel roof, air con etc. You can pick one up for as little as $12000. JD

Nice looking car, they are comfortable and the retractable roof is a plus. Mercs are expensive to repair but if you're looking for a daily beater and can trade it off, if a repair bill gets too high this would be it.

Some are under $7-10k US.

https://www.cars.co.za/searchVehicle...=vfs_price&P=2
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You do realize that the original post was from Australia as was the subsequent follow up. The answers are way different "down under".
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