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    Default New car. Saab? VW? Ford?

    So I need help coming up with car idea's. I'm thinking about selling my 2002 Ford Focus SE and buying an older, but sportier and sexier automobile.

    I'm looking for something between $1000 - $4200. Manuel is a must. Leather and sunroof is a big plus. I'm not necessarily looking from something super fast, although a turbo is preferred. Handling is more of a focus point.

    Although all the following cars are awesome, they're also all I can come up with. Any ideas/input?


    Saab 900 SE with 2.0L DOHC EFI turbocharged I4, manuel.


    Pro's: They're all turbo'd, have heated leather seats, and sunroof.


    Saab 9-5 2.3L DOHC EFI 16 valve turbocharged I4, manuel.


    Pro's: Roomy, powerful, heather leather seats, sunroof.


    Some kind of VW Golf.
    Two door

    Four door

    Pro's: Sexy, nimble, swift.

    Ford Focus ZX5

    Pro's: Parts are easy to find, easy to upgrade, roomy.
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    I don't know, but with Saab being insolvent, it might get a little hard to finde spare parts (especially when you're going to buy an older model) :/
    My dad and a friend both have Golfs (like the four door one, ) and they're very content. I think it's a dependable and fairly economical car.
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    The two door Golf looks sweet, you might want to look into getting a TDI model...
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    Alfa Romeo 147 classic italian, ladys love it.



    Mazda MX5 if you don't mind driving open. Awesome Handling.



    Fiat Uno Turbo pocketrocket on wheels
    if you are lucky enough to find one. Although I read that they are still produced in Brasil, so you might be able to get one. It's a beast with <750kg and 100+hp. There is a special edition called "suite" that also features leather seats ;-)

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    IMHO, you should stick with your Focus. The brands you are interested in are notorious for always being in the shop, and also being expensive to fix. When you buy a Saab or a VW, the price you pay for the car is only the tip of the iceberg, especially when you are buying an older model. The Focus isn't very exciting, but it's a good car that isn't going to put you in the poorhouse with repair bills.
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    I think a two wheel drive is ungainly.

    While a four wheel drive gives you four feet on the ground.

    And even a four wheel SUV is ungainly,

    So a four wheel sedan or wagon is perfect,

    Such as the Audi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Argus View Post
    So I need help coming up with car idea's. I'm thinking about selling my 2002 Ford Focus SE and buying an older, but sportier and sexier automobile.

    I'm looking for something between $1000 - $4200. Manuel is a must. Leather and sunroof is a big plus. I'm not necessarily looking from something super fast, although a turbo is preferred. Handling is more of a focus point.
    Depends on how much older, but some ideas that may be in your price range. Some are more hardcore than others:

    -Miata (handling)
    -MR2 (handling! although watch out for the model with the wonky weight distribution, can't remember what year)
    -Nissan 300ZX
    -Nissan Sentra R Spec V
    -Acura Integra
    -Civic Si (pre-EP model)
    -Subaru RS (2-door pre bug-eye model, but they are hard to find as they are much-loved)
    -Focus SVT (probably too pricey though)
    -Pontiac Fiero
    -Ford Mustang
    -Mercur XR4Ti

    I would suggest visiting the major car forums; there are tons of threads with suggestions for such cars...
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    I'd personally go with something Japanese or Domestic.

    VW = below average reliability. If it's not the electrical system, it's burning oil at higher mileage.

    Saab = Minimum maintenance cost over and above a Japanese or Domestic per year about $1500 bucks. Transmission and electrical issues are some of the more frequent ones.

    I'd never do a Mercedes or a BMW without a comprehensive and extended warranty.

    Two thumbs up for the Focus.

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