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second fun car? RWD

I know this is a honda forum but recently Ive been thinking about getting a RWD vehile, I'd obviously keep my prelude put a kit on it, do some minor upgrades and paint it but it would be the daily driver IF i get an RWD car. considering a 300zx tt or a 240sx with an s15 conversion kit. `Does anyone have any information that could help me choose?
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RWD conversion ;D
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Re: second fun car? RWD

I've owned many rwd cars in my life. Most modern cars have gotten away from that and gone either fwd or awd. My recent rwd cars have been a 2004 GTO and a 2010 Camaro SS. I'd steer away from the Camaro, for too many reasons than I want to write atm. But the GTO was a ton of fun. It had a little less HP than the Camaro, but felt like it was faster.

It sounds like you're leaning more towards smaller rwd cars, but consider test driving an 04 - 06 GTO (if you can find one). Those cars are pretty awesome IMHO, and I really regret letting mine go.
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My friend just bought a Magnum R/T 5.7, really fast car, but the cheap interior and the automatic transmission is a turn off
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I had fun with a 240. my friend has a 300zx tt. feels like a rocket taking off but feels heavy at the same time
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98-02 LS1 F-Body all day (Camaro/Trans Am)

huge aftermarket support, t-tops, six speed, 325+Hp , leather, good handling and 12 sec time slips all for under $10 grand....what more do ya want,

GTO isnt bad either just too heavy IMO..but nicer interior and ride quality no doubt.

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loved my 13 challenger r/t..That think was a blast.
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What about a Fox body? Cheap and powerful
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I would say it depends on your wallet. There is something rwd in just about every price range that can be entertaining and reliable.
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2004-2006 GTO definitely. But don't tune it, master a stock one first. Don't need a dead kid on my conscience trying to live the Rhys Millen life
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rhys millen is the man love everything him and his family has done... with that said i know you were thinking rwd but what about an awd ride something like a wrx or evo... both very nice and can get off the road in some dirt and have a ton of fun... that's what i want to do lol but if rwd is what you want i would lean towards the 240 just because it's a little more inexpensive and you have some decent options with tuning and swaps
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I just got a e30 and it's awesome.
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Quite. The NA ('89-'97) and NB ('99-'05) cars are cheap to acquire, cheap to run, bulletproof, and have tons of aftermarket support for suspension, brakes, and engine. They're simple to work on...I hate to say it, but mine's easier to work on than the Prelude, and definitely easier than anything German. The 1.6 and 1.8 liter engines up through 2005 take easily to turbocharging (as Mazda did itself). Don't like the 4-banger? Plenty of kits available from places like Flyin' Miata and V8Roadsters to swap in an LS1...if you can't have fun in a 2600-lb, 400 hp car, there's no hope for you. :)

You can't get a golf bag into the back, and it's not the car to bring to Costco, but the trunk's big enough for groceries, and I brought back a whole dining-room's worth of flooring once (granted, the car was stuffed). If you don't need a back seat, it's a tough car to beat.
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I was going to get a miata and put a ford 302 in it.
I got a 97 SH instead.

After today I'm really wondering why I picked door #2. What you said about easier to work on Jamie?... I may find out this summer...
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I was going to get a miata and put a ford 302 in it.
I got a 97 SH instead.

After today I'm really wondering why I picked door #2. What you said about easier to work on Jamie?... I may find out this summer...
It's just the nature of the packaging. Preludes, like most transverse-engine FWD cars, are packed pretty tightly under the hood. There's more open space in the Miata's front end. Pull the radiator and the intake duct, and the whole front end of the engine (w/ the timing belt and water pump) is right there. It's a little tougher with the Prelude. A V8 swap may not be quite as open up front. Changing shocks was pretty easy, with no nonsense about breaking ball joints. Changing brakes is about the same either way.

Mind you, I'm not getting rid of my Prelude...just know I can remove the oil filter in the Miata from the top, and I can change the alternator without having to remove the power steering pump first. :)

They're both easier to work on than my son's Audi...a wonderful car, but damn....
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Lol. gotta love that Audi...hated even looking at those cars for repair reasons.
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It's just the nature of the packaging. Preludes, like most transverse-engine FWD cars, are packed pretty tightly under the hood. There's more open space in the Miata's front end. Pull the radiator and the intake duct, and the whole front end of the engine (w/ the timing belt and water pump) is right there. It's a little tougher with the Prelude. A V8 swap may not be quite as open up front. Changing shocks was pretty easy, with no nonsense about breaking ball joints. Changing brakes is about the same either way.

Mind you, I'm not getting rid of my Prelude...just know I can remove the oil filter in the Miata from the top, and I can change the alternator without having to remove the power steering pump first. :)

They're both easier to work on than my son's Audi...a wonderful car, but damn....
I probably wouldn't actualy do that v8 swap since it would cause so much upset to the handling of the car. But it's cool to know the mx5 can be so versitle... perhaps similar to a modern day sunbeam tiger...
To me it's not how fast I can get from one red light to the next, but how well my fun car handles all those curves on the open country road.

I have a mazda truck covered in ford clothing. I'm kinda familiar with the mazda approach.
They do build some good stuff. And the miata did cross my mind everytime I saw one with leather interior. But my junkyard approach to restoring cars wouldn't jibe with them... there's never any of them at my local ones.

The prelude I'm working on is old, beat up and used up. So it's natural it's plagued with issues. To keep motivated I look under the hood of the all those other cars littering the junkyard and smile knowing the 5th gen prelude could be worse.
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Double post. Ugh.

'Twas cool to see 'sunbeam tiger' twice though.
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Holy double post

I only mention the miata because very few people would go the Lotus kit car route. That thing is bananas!



Also, i mentioned the pickups because the pre TBI models can take a 305,350,327, and careful relocation of parts even a BBC. The typoons and cyclones come turbo v6, but are pricy cause of the vin, but can be reproduced, dropped and perform like super cars too.

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Actually, the two places I mentioned do a pretty good job of positioning the engine so the car's not nose-heavy. And LT1s are pretty light.

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There's that, too. Although for a Lotus 7 clone, I'd be attracted to a Brunton Stalker. The company that makes them is nearby me, and the family that runs it are local autocross regulars...it's not unusual for them to bring test mules out to local events for shakedown. :)

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Re: second fun car? RWD

I got a cruise missle already and 2500-4500 rpms just roars perfect. But a seven clone for fun would be the bomb. Uses a miata motor too from my understanding.

Those R8 taunt me when I drive in long island.... Vrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuummmmmmbrbrbrbrbrbrbr; then gone lol
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Re: second fun car? RWD

Budget is 4-5k and I'd never drive an rx8 because it's rotary. I'm leaning towards a 300zx TT but I kinda want an s14 with a s15 conversion kit
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Re: second fun car? RWD

Z32 turbo is going to be beat by the time it costs 5k. They weigh plenty too.

You would be better off looking for a supra turbo, 1990-1993 and work from there. Having owned a 1982 celica supra myself, fun ass car to DD, tool on and upgrade to the next gen engine. Me and that platform will cross paths again....
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