User avatar
scrotum
full self-realization
full self-realization
Posts: 616
Joined: July 23rd, 2010, 4:09 pm
Location: Hiking the Appalachian Trail
I'm waiting for the 2014 Mazda3,

Image
User avatar
yo
Administration
Administration
Posts: 17344
Joined: January 5th, 2004, 6:57 pm
Coroflot: 67242
Location: SoCal
hatts
step three
step three
Posts: 187
Joined: October 2nd, 2012, 10:52 am
Coroflot: 241881
Cyberdemon wrote:E30's are sweet little cars and they certainly hit the design vibe, and they're less likely to have the usual issues just due to their age. But at the same time, you'd be spending the same amount on a 25 year old simple German car as you would on a sub-10 year old car with modern creature comforts - not to mention things that could be more valuable on a 50 mile commute like airbags, a CD player, etc.
Funny you should mention that; I actually originally started my car search intending to get an E30, but wound up driving home the E36. Obviously no regrets there.
Matthew Spencer | Jeff Koons Studio
User avatar
Lmo
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 3965
Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:29 pm
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
Texas = single cab trucks. Period ... well, besides boots and Stetsons. Ask Taylor, he knows!

There are tons of them in Dallas. They're cheap (the money you save can be invested in it's "restoration" ( and gasoline to run it ) Image) Tons of independent mechanics that work on them. Tons of yards that provide used parts. Tons of NAPA, PepBoys, O'Reilly's, etc. parts stores. And I drive one.

Besides... it's 'Merican!
IMG_1737_1.JPG
I prefer the optional fourth hub cap look myself.
Lew Morris
"It's what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

New to the boards? Please read before you post ->Discussion Boards Posting Standards
User avatar
Sain
full self-realization
full self-realization
Posts: 878
Joined: July 27th, 2005, 9:06 pm
Coroflot: 252560
Location: Seattle
Lmo wrote:Texas = single cab trucks. Period ... well, besides boots and Stetsons. Ask Taylor, he knows!
My brothers neighbor is actually wanted to sell his 2004 Chevy Single Cab 1500. He's just gotta convince the wife that he needs a bigger truck.

Also looking into a 2004 Corolla S. I see them all over the place and a quick google seems like they are fairly reliable and pretty easy to work on.

With both of these falling under $3,500. So they are fairly cheap.
emmanuel carrillo - emmanuelcarrillo.com
User avatar
Lmo
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 3965
Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:29 pm
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
Well, you know how "car-guys" can be.

Mine is an '89, C/K 2500 and I'm starting to get guys asking me if I'd like to sell it. I just keep adding money to it, and it keeps on running. But you'll do that with any vehicle. You'll find them cheaper and more expensive, but I'd expect something "above average" for $3,500 depending on miles on the clock.

You can always "enhance" it... . . LMC Trucks.
Lew Morris
"It's what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

New to the boards? Please read before you post ->Discussion Boards Posting Standards
User avatar
Cyberdemon
full self-realization
full self-realization
Posts: 3441
Joined: February 7th, 2006, 11:51 pm
Location: New York
If you really just want a car for getting around the Corolla is fine. You won't be drifting it around corners like you would in an E30, but you also wont be spending late nights on forums trying to track down obscure repair manuals that are only in German. ;-)
User avatar
Sain
full self-realization
full self-realization
Posts: 878
Joined: July 27th, 2005, 9:06 pm
Coroflot: 252560
Location: Seattle
Pretty sure I'm going with the Corolla S, think it would make a good daily driver.


But that does mean I have a bit of left over cash for a potential side project. Any of you car guys have a say on this? http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/3866485890.html

I'd have no idea what I'm getting myself into with that car, which I'm thinking means I need to do more research before I jump into something like this. If thats the case, I'll just save up a bit, research some more and put it towards a nicer car in the future.
emmanuel carrillo - emmanuelcarrillo.com
User avatar
NURB
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 4761
Joined: November 10th, 2005, 1:31 pm
Location: MPLS
Too bad about those seats.
Chris Haar

twitter:@chrishaar

Those who define design as knowing how to use Illustrator will be condemned to using Illustrator their entire career. - @monteiro
User avatar
rkuchinsky
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 5973
Joined: July 3rd, 2005, 9:20 am
Coroflot: 33013
Location: Toronto, Canada
Skip the appliance and get a car:)

If the BMW has been messed with ie. seats, you don't know what else may be wrong. You could spend double that fixing and replacing the seats (must do). If you get a solid e30 or other, maintenance is pretty easy and don't be scared by the comments about fixing stuff from odd German manuals. I've had an e30 a 69 Benz and my e28 now and I've done anything myself aside from change a lightbulb and pretty much any mechanic (BMW specialist of course better if you can find) can fix. BMW has almost all parts still in production and not a fortune.

After 5 years with the Toyota you'll just have an old Toyota. With the bimmer you'll have something you can sell for you got it for. More if you do any restoration. Plus be sure you'll be bored with the Toyota but the BMW I'd be sure you don't get bored of, maybe just want trade up for a 6 cyl or better condition similar vintage.

R
The Directive Collective
http://www.directivecollective.com
User avatar
yo
Administration
Administration
Posts: 17344
Joined: January 5th, 2004, 6:57 pm
Coroflot: 67242
Location: SoCal
Life is too short, drive a fun car. ;-)
hatts
step three
step three
Posts: 187
Joined: October 2nd, 2012, 10:52 am
Coroflot: 241881
yo wrote:Life is too short, drive a fun car. ;-)
Image
Matthew Spencer | Jeff Koons Studio
User avatar
scrotum
full self-realization
full self-realization
Posts: 616
Joined: July 23rd, 2010, 4:09 pm
Location: Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Just announced in NYC today.

Image

Image
hatts
step three
step three
Posts: 187
Joined: October 2nd, 2012, 10:52 am
Coroflot: 241881
IMO, Mazda is unstoppable these last ~10 yrs.
Matthew Spencer | Jeff Koons Studio
Traftos
step two
step two
Posts: 80
Joined: July 3rd, 2012, 6:40 pm
The Mazdas 3and Mazdaspeed 3 are nice in their hatch style from the outside, but the really left the interior pretty stark and sterile. I hope they did something with the new ones.
Reply