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Boba fett
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:15 pm    Post subject: Best Budget drivers / fun car for very little money !! Reply with quote

I have always thought this day an age you don't need to spend mega money on a drivers car for which you can have serious fun with.

I have had loads that are good contenders, but I thought a Clio 182 Trophy could not be beaten ever (which I have) until I drove an RS 200 Cup.

It might be a cheap car and made out of cheese, but god its good !!

I was a must have, however, Its not fast at all, but Its now the keys I take for the daily and its a Hoot !! Thumb Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My lads had 2 mx-5s and for what you can pick them up for, they're a barrel of laughs. Last one cost him £900 and it was the sport version with full leather and decent larger alloys too.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alfa GTV twinspark, so much car for the money and lots of fun to drive. Looks good too, even after 20+ years. That Alfa rasp on full throttle is a joy.

I keep thinking I’ll sell mine as I have too many cars but still haven’t even tried. For what I’d get for it it’s just not worth it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
My lads had 2 mx-5s and for what you can pick them up for, they're a barrel of laughs. Last one cost him £900 and it was the sport version with full leather and decent larger alloys too.


+1 for the MX5, Mrs pzero has had two in the past, you'd struggle to find a better gearbox. Great car for the money.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honda S2000...I know they are not cheap, but I went halves with a cousin and we paid £1000 for it Floor

Turned it into a track slag

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mx-5
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pzero wrote:
alex yates wrote:
My lads had 2 mx-5s and for what you can pick them up for, they're a barrel of laughs. Last one cost him £900 and it was the sport version with full leather and decent larger alloys too.


+1 for the MX5, Mrs pzero has had two in the past, you'd struggle to find a better gearbox. Great car for the money.


+2
A mk1 (pop up light) is an awesome fun little car.
Not quick but quite revvy and you can use all the power and take it to the red-line.

Had a very clean black mk1 a few yrs back as daily.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suzuki Swift sport.

A singing n/a engine with just enough power

Sub 1000kg

Sub £1500

Takes me back to late 80's early 90's hot hatches.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adamw wrote:
pzero wrote:
alex yates wrote:
My lads had 2 mx-5s and for what you can pick them up for, they're a barrel of laughs. Last one cost him £900 and it was the sport version with full leather and decent larger alloys too.


+1 for the MX5, Mrs pzero has had two in the past, you'd struggle to find a better gearbox. Great car for the money.


+2
A mk1 (pop up light) is an awesome fun little car.
Not quick but quite revvy and you can use all the power and take it to the red-line.

Had a very clean black mk1 a few yrs back as daily.
Cracking rifle action manual gearbox too Thumb


Yep, red line doesn't come in anytime before 8k revs iirc, and it's rear wheel drive.
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My lads sport version was around 8s to 60 so fast enough for him. Gearbox was great on it. Bought it for 900, ran it in to the ground then sold it for 300.

Compare that to the hot hatches of tbe 80s, xr3i, gte, etc. And they don't come close on price, running cost and fun. And thats excluding inflation. Think I paid around 900 for a 8 year old strada back in the day.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good thing about the MX-5 is, when it does eventually succumb to whatever causes them to fail an MOT, you can strip them and build an MEV track car. The chassis and bodywork are about £3000 and spare parts are easily sourced.
Looks a bit like a Radical but without the eye watering price tag Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clio 182
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NB series 2 MX5. Cracking little chassis with some good poke. Modern enough and cheap as chips to run and buy. Engine Is bullet proof.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoyed my old E36 328i... a nice one was under £1-2k though I note the price of these seems to have risen sharply.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasz wrote:
Suzuki Swift sport.

A singing n/a engine with just enough power

Sub 1000kg

Sub £1500

Takes me back to late 80's early 90's hot hatches.


I had one back in 2006 at the age of 19. Loved it! Think it was £10.5k new, was a bargain at the time for what they are / were. It really needed a 6th gear as it sat on 5k rpm on the motorway.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenaultSport Twino 133. Great fun cars, loved mine!
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celica GT4
A biased view, I have 2 and have owned 5 others in various stages of tune
I "know" Alex Yates and Chris Mann from back in their GT4 days
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say the cheap and cheerful would include the MX-5, the 172/182 Clios, 1st gen MINI Cooper S, maybe some of the MR2s (I'm not really a Toyota guy so I don't know), and some of the 'JDM' Nissan 180s, the Honda Integras, CTRs... there's a lot from the 90s that would be cool if I was better at spanners and had more garage. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still miss my Mx5. Cost me around ~3-4k to have it fully spec'd up and was a lot more enjoyable to drive around the lanes than the Porker. Obviously not the same when it comes to Touring, but still! I would love another one, one day.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasz wrote:
Suzuki Swift sport.

A singing n/a engine with just enough power

Sub 1000kg

Sub £1500

Takes me back to late 80's early 90's hot hatches.


Agreed. A very underrated car and a great daily.
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