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  • 3.5k budget for something fast and fun, suggestions?

    As the title says,open to all suggestions, doesn't need to be a daily or practical just fun and fast,maybe with the potential for a trackday or 2

  • #2
    Perhaps something like an Alfa Romeo GTV or Spyder might suit?

    Mazda MX5, NA, NB or NC could be an option for fun?

    A Mk 5 Golf GTi would be pretty fast but there's something fun about the convertibles..

    Mazda RX-8 would be a good option if you are willing to put up with the petrol bills. You would get a good one within budget.

    Nissan 350z are out of budget and I think 2.5L Z4s are out of budget too?

    Clio 172 / 182 could be a good shout?
    Last edited by Johnny 89; 20-10-2020, 06:20 PM.

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    • #3
      R53 Mini Cooper S. I'm on my second one now and I don't think there is a better car for the money. You'd pick up a decent enough one for that budget too, considering it's going to be tracked. I'd look in the UK, though. Everything here seems high mileage with no service history and ragged. The supercharger whine is addictive, they're fairly reliable (once maintained properly, but that goes for a lot of cars I suppose), they look good and they're some craic!

      You could also pick up an NB MX-5, as mentioned above, and do a good few modifications to it, and still have pint money left over.

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      • #4
        I recently bought an rx8 as a fun/track car. They're very cheap and with that budget you'd have money left for some upgrades. Depends what you consider fast though.

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        • #5
          really enjoying my Toyota MR2 mk3... so yea the soft op one... Light car with a very revy engine that is a pleasure to have on track or up the hills....

          Or a nice MX5, both you can daily if you had to...

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          • #6
            Clio 172 or 182 wouldnt be a bad shout. I love my 172.

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            • #7
              R53 Cooper S
              Clio 182/197
              If you want an covic EP3 type R I have a cosmetically rough one I could be persuaded to let go around your budget


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              • #8
                Some good suggestions so far,I've had a 350z before and prob will again but not right now, the cooper s was a strong candidate before posting this thread actually ��

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                • #9
                  I'm not sure it's road legal... but https://www.donedeal.ie/modifiedcars...ckday/25854437



                  Civic Type R ? https://www.donedeal.ie/cars-for-sal...ype-r/25965753
                  Any car that merely takes you from A-B does not go far enough.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mike205 View Post
                    I don't know why but I just can't warm to the ep3,I am aware of the rave reviews of them ,I'm one of those few that seem to prefer the fn2,be some craic driving that M├ęgane on the road!

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                    • #11
                      A mk3 MR2 with a 2ZZ conversion should just be in that price range


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mike205 View Post
                        If anyone is interested in that Reno PM me....

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                        • #13
                          Thing is with cheap fun cars is that you may need to put money into them once you buy them, so just bear that in mind with the budget to have a few quid aside to do some maintenance.

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                          • #14
                            I've been dithering about changing my suzuki swift sport for a more practical second car if you thought that might tick your box.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kingers View Post
                              A mk3 MR2 with a 2ZZ conversion should just be in that price range


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                              That would interest me for sure

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