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Old 02-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Ok, so I am getting ready to have my youngest child driving in a couple months. Our tradition is that we hand down our older cars to the kids and upgrade. My wife says it's time for me to "get a fast car" as I pass down my 2002 GMC Yukon XL (family boat) to my son.

So, any recommendations?

If possible, I would also like something with the best city mileage I can get. So, fast.... Yet as easy as possible on the gas... Can I do both

I have always been a Mustang fan, so I started looking at the new v6 convertibles, and talked with someone locally about adding a supercharger. So, good gas mileage when I don't hammer down (better than the GT), but fun when I do.

I thought I would ask for suggestions. Any advice?
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I have a 2001 MR2 with a turbo added. Ridiculously fast and handles better than anything else I've ever driven. It only has 2 seats and absolutely no cargo room, though.

I can get close to 40 mpg if I drive responsibly. Somehow that never happens, though, so it's more like 30-35 mpg.
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I have a 2001 MR2 with a turbo added. Ridiculously fast and handles better than anything else I've ever driven. It only has 2 seats and absolutely no cargo room, though.

I can get close to 40 mpg if I drive responsibly. Somehow that never happens, though, so it's more like 30-35 mpg.
I have a Miata and LOVE it.

Handles great, is zippy and gets good fuel economy-- 31/hwy, 26/city

If you need a lot of passenger room or trunk space, however, you're **** out of luck.
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I have a Miata and LOVE it.

Handles great, is zippy and gets good fuel economy-- 31/hwy, 26/city

If you need a lot of passenger room or trunk space, however, you're **** out of luck.
I have never driven anything so fun. At first, it seemed too impractical, but after a while I realized that I never use my back seat. We have a minivan to carry the kids around, so even if I did have a back seat, we wouldn't all cram into a small 4 door when we could have much more space. I don't know about turbos on Miatas, but the MR2 is an entirely different car with it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #5
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I have a Miata and LOVE it.

Handles great, is zippy and gets good fuel economy-- 31/hwy, 26/city

If you need a lot of passenger room or trunk space, however, you're **** out of luck.
...and it lets every dude know that you are totally available. Miata? I had a girlfriend who got one when they first came out. Within a year I got her to turn it in for a 240 SX. One hydroplaning helped her to agree.
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...and it lets every dude know that you are totally available. Miata? I had a girlfriend who got one when they first came out. Within a year I got her to turn it in for a 240 SX. One hydroplaning helped her to agree.
What can I say? I'm secure in my gender identity, and don't feel like a Miata makes me 'feminine'.
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What can I say? I'm secure in my gender identity, and don't feel like a Miata makes me 'feminine'.
Oh, I agree. You totally would have to when driving the Miata. By any chance, when you bought it, did you trade it in with a Volkswagen Cabriolet Convertible?
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Whoa, I just realized that my car is 12 years old. You're probably looking for something newer.
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I really want to buy another 3 series BMW. They have the new 4 cylinder with a Turbo that is supposed to be really good on mileage. They also offer it in a 6 with Turbo. If you don't get navigation and every upgrade package they do make sense. Mine is on 112,000 miles. I want to see how many miles I can get out of it. I still love the thing and would buy another in a heart beat.
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how fast you wanna go is based on how much you wanna spend. How much do you wanna spend?
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #13
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If you like mustangs & superchargers check out a 03-04 Cobra (Terminator). I absolutely love mine. Ive never been in a car thats more fun....gas mileage? Not so great but ive never heard of a 500 hp car getting good gas mileage.
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Hmm, the M3 is the best selling true performance car in the world and a great ride - but you get what you pay for.

The Caddy CTS-V is a really solid drive as well, it has a corvette V8 or just the CTS with the 3.6 V6 - I am not sure if they do a V6 version with blow, but I am sure you could put a turbo on it.
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They're planning on introducing a new version of the Tesla at less than 60k.... might be worth looking into. I'm not sure if it's been rolled out yet. I took a class on venture capital as an undergrad and I did a profile on Elon Musk. The man is a genius.
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I've heard some really good things about the 6 cylinder Mustang and a turbo, instead of a super charger. Can't go wrong with either tho!

I had an 01 GT with twin turbos, and my MPG was the same when I didn't have lead foot syndrome, compared to when it was stock.
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They're planning on introducing a new version of the Tesla at less than 60k.... might be worth looking into. I'm not sure if it's been rolled out yet. I took a class on venture capital as an undergrad and I did a profile on Elon Musk. The man is a genius.
Well **** then Smurf! His kid is getting ready to drive so why not buy him a $60k car!

Go with the Gremlin. Stylish, very much a classic, fast and good gas mileage. If it was good enough to be highly featured in a Mike Myers movie, it should be good enough for your kid.

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Subaru Impreza WRX
boxer engine, turbo, smooth ride, decent mileage, AWD, affordable, it's a Subaru so as long as you maintain it, it'll probably last a long while.

Check out the STI model
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Subaru Impreza WRX
boxer engine, turbo, smooth ride, decent mileage, AWD, affordable, it's a Subaru so as long as you maintain it, it'll probably last a long while.

Check out the STI model
There are few things thirstier than a 2 L 4 cylinder engine with a huge turbo that is being caned - but when you don't put the hammer down it is good on gas.
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There are few things thirstier than a 2 L 4 cylinder engine with a huge turbo that is being caned - but when you don't put the hammer down it is good on gas.
yeah, I was taking the city driving thing into consideration when I was talking about the gas mileage. Definitely don't want to be flooring it and turboing all the time otherwise it'll drain your gas fo sho. But as far as finding the median between a good city car & a quick ride on the interstate, I think it's a good car
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Check out the STI model
That's probably the best bang for the buck vehicle on the road, IMO. I see a lot of them, drove a couple of them, very nice vehicle. Not a "status" vehicle, though.

Dude in the OP may want a status fast and fun vehicle, and that would be the BMW or the Lexus. The 3 series, the 5 series from BMW or the Lexus IS or GS series. Those are the premium vehicles for fast and fun - with luxury.
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Subaru has come out with a little RWD only sports car, a little pocket rocket so to speak. They are also building it for Scion and rebaging it as a Scion but it's got the same boxer engine and is RWD. Toyota is investing in Subaru hence this new project/relationship.
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Subaru has come out with a little RWD only sports car, a little pocket rocket so to speak. They are also building it for Scion and rebaging it as a Scion but it's got the same boxer engine and is RWD. Toyota is investing in Subaru hence this new project/relationship.
My neighbor just got one of these. It looks sweet but only 190hp. It's just begging for turbos.
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My neighbor just got one of these. It looks sweet but only 190hp. It's just begging for turbos.
yah but how light is it? I think that is one reason Subaru didn't go with the AWD, weight savings. You don't need a lot of horsepower if you got a lighter car.

I'm sure it's not blindingly fast...
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yah but how light is it? I think that is one reason Subaru didn't go with the AWD, weight savings. You don't need a lot of horsepower if you got a lighter car.

I'm sure it's not blindingly fast...
2762lbs. Weighs more than i would've guessed. I like the looks of these cars alot. They certainly look fast.
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