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Best Slow Car To Drive Fast (under $10g's)

peccipecci Member Posts: 5
edited February 2015 in General
I'm looking for something dynamic, responsive, fun & slow-ish. A coupe would be best, but possibly a sedan or hatch. No convertibles! I only drive 5-7000 per year and do not turn a wrench.

Any ideas? if more info is needed, I'll follow-up.

Thanks everyone.


  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
  • peccipecci Member Posts: 5

  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457
    edited February 2015
    Oh, sorry, missed the 10gs in your title - maybe I'll add a $ sign there.

    No convertible means no Miata. Maybe a MINI but reliability could be an issue. A Mazda3 could be good. Or a Golf.
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,680
    all good choices. A Honda Fit can be fun to flog out.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,083
    mazda3s. Definitely.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaMember Posts: 64,482
    Minis aren't slow---well, maybe if you got a base model automatic---NOT the CVT transmission however, so 2006 on up. The term you used---"dynamic"--gives me pause. That's a term that eliminates a lot of otherwise suitable cars.
  • peccipecci Member Posts: 5
    Yeah "dynamic", probably not the proper word. :( Remove "dynamic" and let me add fun & capable, with a free revving engine. Although it was many yrs. ago, I'll never forget as a young Mustang Turbo owner, I became so disappointed & jealous when I took my sister's 1981 Honda Accord on a twisty road. It was slow, but the engine's smooth growl & low-end torque, along with the steering feel & chassis balance, made me believe that I had made a big mistake.

    Also, reliability would be necessary, also a manual transmission.

    I like the Mazda3. That will be considered. I've also been checking out the last generation of Prelude & Integra. I would love an early 80s 924, but that's a car that would require more maintenance.

    I appreciate the replies. Please keep them coming.
  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,592
    I second the Mazda3. A dark horse would be a well maintained BMW E30 or E36 318i/is/ti; the drivetrain is virtually bulletproof and the cars aren't crammed full of complex electronics just waiting to fail in a spectacular manner. Finding one would be the hardest part.

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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 5,752
    Yup - I agree on the Mazda3. Though they seem to hold their value pretty well, so could be a little tough finding a nice example at $10k. A 1st gen Mazda6 may actually be a better buy - finding a manual may be a bit tough, but you could have your choice of the V6 or 4 cyl.

    Acura RSX? If you can find a low mileage one.

    Maybe a first-gen TSX, but you'll be getting into pretty high mileage to keep it in budget.

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  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,457

    Minis aren't slow

    I was thinking their "go cart" nature would make them fun in the twisties where you perhaps you didn't want to go too fast. Sounds like @pecci wants to wind it out though.

    What about an '07/'08 Accord coupe?

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,780
    Yeah, I'd chime in with a Mazda3, Fit, or Fiesta. Only manual transmissions need apply. Go back a few years/miles and you can get a lot of car (and fun) for not a lot of money.
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  • peccipecci Member Posts: 5
    Mazda3's aren't easy to find for under 10 grand. So far the only ones have a lot of miles.
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