Rantings about buying a nice performance car for under $30,000
The Lotus Elise:
I owned an Elise for a bit (before the semi-truck ran it over).
Here’s my my take on it (not that you asked) . . . It’s a great car if you don’t have any friends or care to have anyone ride with you.
It’s a ton of fun, but it ends when you try to get out of it or into it. Then you transform into a lurching creature who has to crawl into and out of its subterranean hole.
If you’re thinking about having an Elise as a daily driver . . . that’s what I would call a comedy.
The Subaru Impreza STi
I like the STi . . . and I had a 2009 before I got my Corvette . . . and I was sad I swapped it for the Vette . . . it’s a sleeper (the STi) and if you don’t know what you’re doing with it, it could leave you very unimpressed. But, if you know what you’re doing . . . it’s phenomenal.
The BMW 1-Series
I hate the 1-series . . . I mean I hate it . . . it’s stupid and it makes no sense to me. “I want a BMW, but I don’t want to pay 3k more for a real one . . . just this cramped-little box will do just fine.”
The real BMW’s to get:
If you’re going to get a Bimmer . . . there is one car to get . . . (if getting started) . . . it’s the 335i . . . that’s a badass car with tons of potential and it allows you to have friends also!
If you’re going to small BMW . . . get a Z4 . . . it’s actually built with a purpose in mind and handles well.
Volkswagen GTi / R32 and the Honda Civic Si
I like the R32 and I do see them often, but as time rolls on, they will start to disappear . . . I do like them and I’m a fan of them being a hatch. As for the GTI . . . it’s ok . . . I tend to lean towards the Civic Si if that is the choice — it will not fall as part as quickly and people will want to buy it from you when you one-day want to sell it. VW (unless it’s very limited production or diesel) is piss-poor on the pre-owned circuit and historically laden with poor engineering and design choices.
The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO
The EVO is a great car for picking up 14-year old boys. It’s a badass car on the track — but so are a million other cars that are designed for the track. On the pre-owned market, EVO’s are usually treated a little rougher than their heavy equipment counterpart and seem to want to fall apart too quickly for me to really like them.
Anyhow, that’s my 2 cents . . .