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Postby ralphzoontjens » March 6th, 2017, 6:30 am

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Hi everyone,

I just received my driving's license and am looking for a first car.
As an industrial designer it has to look at least somewhat representative of the field.

I prefer a compact yet safe used car. It can be an older model or even oldtimer as long as the budget is not too steep (<$6k) and it's a reliable build. It has to be fuel-efficient with < 90,000 mileage.

I also prefer:
- Tablet docking station
- Storage for A4 sized sheets
- Light interior
- AT is OK
- Right-seated driver is OK
- Little backseat space and small trunk OK

As for design I like simplicity with a future-oriented aesthetic and some elegance and power.

I am considering:
- Alfa Romeo GT 2.0 JTS 2004 in silver
- Alfa Romeo 147 1.6-liter Twin Spark
- VW Golf 2.3 v5, blue
- BMW Z3 Roadster, blue
- BMW 1-series 118d High Executive
- Toyota MR2 1.8 16V

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.
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Re: IDeal First Car

Postby Mr-914 » March 6th, 2017, 8:04 am

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I would go with the MR2. Toyotas are the most reliable cars and those MR2s are fun.

Why not consider a Miata too? I loved mine. More historically oriented aesthetics, but an amazing car to daily drive.
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Re: IDeal First Car

Postby JamieConway88 » January 2nd, 2018, 11:50 pm


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I would go to BMW Z3 Roadster and Toyota MR2. The BMW one looks really cool but you should consider the fuel consumption. Toyota is a reliable brand, my Toyota Prius 2011 I purchased last year is very great for family's purposes. Although it's a used car I got from a Japanese platform (https://carfromjapan.com/cheap-used-toy ... e-year2011), cheap price but cool features.

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Postby yo » January 3rd, 2018, 9:31 am

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All good choices. Not sure about the reliability of the Alphas.

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Postby Patrick_Bowers » January 4th, 2018, 10:54 am


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Its not on your list, but if you're looking at the Toyota MR2 I would highly recommend the Toyota 86 (the FRS/BRZ twins). I have it and love it. Excellent handling (and in my biased opinion), gorgeous.

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Postby mo-i » January 5th, 2018, 8:00 am

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I don't see how your list connects to your wishes very well. Burned my fingers on Alfas myself. But I'd do it again.
Not sure about them being great first cars if you do not wish to wrench.

The first gen. Audi TT Coupes experience historically great value right now.

Something whacky from Japan? Seat Leon?
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Postby Mr-914 » January 5th, 2018, 8:03 am

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I noticed a 1st gen. TT that looks forgotten in a drive way in my neighborhood. I'm tempted to try and see if I could get a deal on it come spring time. Really cool car.
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Postby AVClub » January 5th, 2018, 11:26 am


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ralphzoontjens wrote:I just received my driving's license and am looking for a first car.
As an industrial designer it has to look at least somewhat representative of the field.



This is what I drive: :lol: :lol: :lol: It was the best kind of car: Free! the funniest part is the owner before the last used it as a "show" car
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Re: IDeal First Car

Postby rkuchinsky » January 5th, 2018, 1:26 pm

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Mr-914 wrote:I noticed a 1st gen. TT that looks forgotten in a drive way in my neighborhood. I'm tempted to try and see if I could get a deal on it come spring time. Really cool car.



Any car that is a “deal” upfront is exponentially the opposite of a deal later. Best guideline is to but the most expensive and best example you can afford of any used or classic car. A $30k Ferrari is worse than a $30k vintage Honda Civic any day.

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Postby Dan Lewis » January 5th, 2018, 2:01 pm

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rkuchinsky wrote:
Mr-914 wrote:I noticed a 1st gen. TT that looks forgotten in a drive way in my neighborhood. I'm tempted to try and see if I could get a deal on it come spring time. Really cool car.



Any car that is a “deal” upfront is exponentially the opposite of a deal later. Best guideline is to but the most expensive and best example you can afford of any used or classic car. A $30k Ferrari is worse than a $30k vintage Honda Civic any day.

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The Ferrari has far greater potential upside, however.

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Dan Lewis wrote:
rkuchinsky wrote:
Mr-914 wrote:I noticed a 1st gen. TT that looks forgotten in a drive way in my neighborhood. I'm tempted to try and see if I could get a deal on it come spring time. Really cool car.



Any car that is a “deal” upfront is exponentially the opposite of a deal later. Best guideline is to but the most expensive and best example you can afford of any used or classic car. A $30k Ferrari is worse than a $30k vintage Honda Civic any day.

R


The Ferrari has far greater potential upside, however.


Upside spending $$$$$ to get something you can’t drive or sell?

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Re: IDeal First Car

Postby iab » January 5th, 2018, 3:12 pm


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Dan Lewis wrote:The Ferrari has far greater potential upside, however.


$$$ put into a restoration/repair is rarely recovered.

As for getting "fun" out of your money, the Honda makes much more sense. ymmv.

Re: IDeal First Car

Postby yo » January 14th, 2018, 7:00 pm

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What did you get?


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