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3/25/08 9:19 PM
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Dcastillo
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Im going to start searching for a car to buy real soon, I decided to come to the MG to ask you guys about your opinions on solid cars 20k and under. (Im about to graduate college so Im still broke)
4/5/08 11:55 PM
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Edited: Apr 5 2008 12:00A
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 mazda3 s sport 4 door comes in under 20k and is a pretty good car(the hatch is going to be slightly over 20k and looks much better, imo)...decent power and lots of options(tons of aftermarket too) mpg will be mid 20s to low 30s depending on how you drive

4/6/08 12:39 AM
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Edited: Apr 6 2008 12:00A
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define impressive, are u after performance? prestige, or economy?

road and track did an article about a year ago where it reviewed about a dozen performance cars for $25k.
if thats what ur after, then im sure u can do an online search on road and tracks site.
otherwise, if u want luxury, then 20k wont really cut it unless ur looking at 2nd hand
as far as impressive goes for economy, then look at the diesel cars, but diesel aint really popular in the usa.
it all depends on how u define impressive
4/8/08 9:48 PM
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RX-7 with an LS1 could be build for under 20k. I call that pretty damn impressive: 

 

4/10/08 2:50 PM
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Edited: Apr 10 2008 12:00A
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Watching a RX7 driving around with a LS1 is like watching a dubbed kung fu movie - looks Japanese, but sounds American.
4/10/08 10:52 PM
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Heh heh! I don't care how strange it is, an 11 sec daily driver is pretty damn cool.
4/30/08 9:34 PM
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300 zx tt
5/7/08 3:37 PM
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Slighty Used MazdaSpeed3 or WRX.

7/13/08 1:50 PM
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7/24/08 11:31 AM
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get a nice motorcycle and get a beater for the winter...keep somewhere around $10k in your pocket
7/25/08 12:35 AM
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I second the Marix.
7/28/08 12:18 AM
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get a good used car. anything new under 20k is humiliating.
7/28/08 11:14 AM
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you could pick up a Civic Si new for a sneeze over $20k, ridiculous resale value will make it worth more 5+ yrs from now than any other $20k car on the planet. Honda reliability and a blast to drive. And comes in 2 and 4 dr trims now
7/28/08 1:45 PM
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I don't see why anything under 20k is humiliating, unless your self esteem is tied into the car you drive. My wife has a 17k scion tc and although I'm a motorcycle only guy I like driving it once a week. Good sound dampening for a commuter, native ipod connect with steering wheel controls. Sunroof and moonroof. It doesn't even LOOK half bad.

I would agree that used is the way to go though. You can pick up a 5 series BMW with 50-60k miles or so all day long for 20k. Should last you at least 5 years. Just don't expect the maintenance to be cheap.
8/3/08 3:05 AM
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9/10/08 9:11 AM
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Caliber for $13,600
9/10/08 12:05 PM
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fren, caliber is gay chick-car.
9/10/08 5:57 PM
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I wish my wife could buy a diesel Matrix. Or if Subaru would put their 2.2 diesel in the WRX.
9/11/08 11:25 AM
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billcosbiguez - get a good used car. anything new under 20k is humiliating.
fren.....you seemed to have um......gotten lucky with the spelling and structure of this post. Lucky.....that is.
 
9/11/08 2:24 PM
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Govnor - 
billcosbiguez - get a good used car. anything new under 20k is humiliating.
fren.....you seemed to have um......gotten lucky with the spelling and structure of this post. Lucky.....that is.
 

fren, i lucky like faggot piquet jr. in german grand prix.

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