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which new car should i get?

hey guys, i wasnt sure which forum to put this in, but i figured i should put it in the one where most modifying talks are. well the jist of it is, im getting a new car soon and im not sure which one to get. im putting about 5 grand into it and my dad about another 11 or 12. so overall im looking for a car around 16,000. i have been searching a lot for a car that is withing that range and i have a couple options.

civic (highly unlikely, last choice), dodge neon, cavalier, pontiac sunfire, lancer, and the focus

i wanna find one that is fairly modifiable. but if i didnt do performance mods, was still a zippy car. if you have any other suggestions lemme know. thanks guys
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Personally I wouldnt buy any of those cars. You must be looking for brand new. For $16,000 you could get a real nice used car(1-3 yrs. old). I mean dont you want at least a v6. But out of the ones you have listed go with the neon or the focus then the lancer. I would stay away from the cavalier or the sunfire. If you can get the neon rt or the focus zx5(I think thats the sport edition?). Either way lets us know what u do get.
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I'd suggest a nicely used SRT-4. They are very peppy and highly rice-able.. i mean.... modifyable :p
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Anything's riceable. :p I'd go with the Lancer myself, but my mom recently bought an '02 Celica GT 5-spd for $16k. It's a very peppy car.
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Seriously out of the cars you listed I'd get the Civic without a second thought. I've driven most of them and the Civic is definitely the best econobox I've driven...
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The Civic will outlast all the rest by years. It has tons of mod parts and when you sell it, you will get some money back.
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I dunno......I'd buy a USED Lancer or Neon myself..........maybe that's just me though. No point in buying new on a car with poor resale value unless you plan on keeping it forever ;)



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The Civic will outlast all the rest by years. It has tons of mod parts and when you sell it, you will get some money back.
Not the body. I've seen so many Civics with rust all along the wheelwells, and the bottom of the doors.
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scion tC
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SRT-4. "Peppy"ist car will get for that price range (for a newer car at least). It has a pretty good sized aftermarket too.
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I'd avoid the Sunfire... and probably the Cavalier too... cuz they're basically the same car.

A friend of mine bought a new Sunfire a couple years ago. Even new, it sucked. There was lots of rattles, cheap plastic squeaks, and the weatherstripping around the door looked like it would shrink around the corners faster than the Intrepid's does.

Every other car on your list feels and probably is better assembled (interior-wise, at least) than either the Sunfire or Cavalier.
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In that price range I would go either Scion TC or Hyundai Tiburon

Both are great little runners, will last a long time and have a ton of aftermarket parts available
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How would you know a Scion TC will last a long time? I know Toyota has a good reputation but that's a brand new model... although based on looks alone I'd pick the TC
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The Scion tC has the same engine as the Camry, doesn't it?
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Is that the famous sludge engine? I am just saying new model=unproven... given it's a "Toyota" my guess would be it'll be okay but you just never know.
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