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Recommend me a car #4461803
07/17/17 12:10 PM
07/17/17 12:10 PM
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southern mo
ram_man Offline OP
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If my dart doesn't get resolved I may trade it off. If I do that I will be looking for a 4 door car to replace it. I do enjoy the car shows and such so a car that can fit into a group would be cool. Obviously not a huge factor but none the less. It has to be a manual transmission . I'd like to be around 15,000 car so pre owned is probably a better bet.
What would you recommend a joy to drive, RELIABLE! And something that parts will be available when it does need services. Thanks everyone.


2014 dodge dart GT
1995 Dodge ram 1500


Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461808
07/17/17 12:14 PM
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MN, USA
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What happened to your Dart? I'd look around for a manual Civic.

Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461829
07/17/17 12:27 PM
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Storrs, Connecticut
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I'd say manual Civic, manual Mazda 3.

I'd also look at a manual Jetta. Particularly a non-turbo one with the 2.5L 5 cylinder. I drive my friend's 2010 Jetta 2.5 frequently and it surprised me how fun of a car it is with the manual transmission. It also has leather, heated seats, and a sunroof. Pretty nice little car. His has 220k+ miles on it and hasn't been a maintenance nightmare. We did brakes the other day and it needed a battery last year. It drives/rides pretty solid for the mileage it has.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (181k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (36k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461840
07/17/17 12:33 PM
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Indiana
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Why a Civic? Get a way bigger car for the same money: Get a manual Accord Sport or LX model


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Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461855
07/17/17 12:40 PM
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St. Louis
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My Elantra was 15k new. Very happy so far. Especially getting 47 mpg on long trips. It drives nice compared to what I had, but your taste may be different.


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Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461859
07/17/17 12:43 PM
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The Midwest
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You want a reliable, 4 door car with a stick that will fit into a group at a car show? Is the group thing really a must? If so, a four door Honda Civic Si fits the bill. The 2011-2015's use a higher output version of the Accord 2.4L along with a helical limited slip transmission.
But honestly, your so picky about anything and everything that nothing will ever satisfy you.


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Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461865
07/17/17 12:48 PM
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When I read your requirements the first thing that came to mind was a VW GTI.


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Re: Recommend me a car [Re: skyactiv] #4461866
07/17/17 12:49 PM
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southern mo
ram_man Offline OP
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[quote=skyactiv]You want a reliable, 4 door car with a stick that will fit into a group at a car show? Is the group thing really a must? If so, a four door Honda Civic Si fits the bill. The 2011-2015's use a higher output version of the Accord 2.4L along with a helical limited slip transmission.
But honestly, your so picky about anything and everything that nothing will ever

Reading is in a hobby for you is it? I said the car group thing wasn't a huge factor it's just something that I enjoy


2014 dodge dart GT
1995 Dodge ram 1500


Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461891
07/17/17 01:16 PM
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North Carolina
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Golf 1.8t


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Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461893
07/17/17 01:18 PM
07/17/17 01:18 PM
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Houston, TX
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Houston, TX
+1 for Civic Si...

Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461902
07/17/17 01:23 PM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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Originally Posted By: ram_man
[quote=skyactiv]You want a reliable, 4 door car with a stick that will fit into a group at a car show? Is the group thing really a must? If so, a four door Honda Civic Si fits the bill. The 2011-2015's use a higher output version of the Accord 2.4L along with a helical limited slip transmission.
But honestly, your so picky about anything and everything that nothing will ever

Reading is in a hobby for you is it? I said the car group thing wasn't a huge factor it's just something that I enjoy


Ram_Man, you are taking it too quickly/shortly again...

I would recommend a 2015 VW Golf SportWagen. the wagon (mini-van-ish) form will keep you out of police sight. just don't get a RED one.....

OR....

you could find a nice owner's Turbo HHR...

or

the longer base stick-shift mazda3 = mazda5


16 Golf SportWagen
13 Mazda5
08 Yaris
04 Elantra
95 accent
95 mystique
97 concorde
Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461957
07/17/17 02:27 PM
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Columbus Nebraska
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What exactly do you mean by "fit into a group at a car show" ? Every car show I know of has classes for virtually every year and make, unless it is a specific make show. Our club puts on a show every year, and I compete in many shows every year, and I have personal Ideas of cars for shows. Of course these are only my personal ideas, and certainly not most peoples. The main thing I object to is very new cars in a classic car show. In my view, a car should have to be at least 20/25 years old to enter a classic car show. But some shows around here have my stock 65 Mustang competing with a 2017 Mustang. Rant over. Thanks.


2017 Nissan Frontier 4.0 5w30
1965 Mustang 200 c/4 10w30 QS defy
1964 Ford Ranchero 302 c/4 15/40 Delo
1929 ford model A No filters, and 15/40 oil
Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461968
07/17/17 02:36 PM
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Ohio
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Hey ram_man,
I think this article might interest you. Both 2014 cars which retailed at $25k new should be in your price range now, and they meet your other requirements:
http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2014-mazda-3-vs-2014-ford-focus-comparison-test-review

The winner was the Mazda 3i
Here is a list of some for sale:
https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/l-Used-2014-Mazda-MAZDA3-i-Sport-t52791


I really like the Skyactiv motor, it is fun to drive and gets great MPG while not having any hybrid machinery to worry about.


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Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461979
07/17/17 02:46 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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2018 RAM 1500 Big Horn EcoDiesel
2016 Grand Cherokee SRT
Re: Recommend me a car [Re: ram_man] #4461993
07/17/17 02:57 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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You could pick up an older SRT-8 Charger, but it wouldn't be stick.


2018 RAM 1500 Big Horn EcoDiesel
2016 Grand Cherokee SRT
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