Whats a good project/learning car?

June 16, 2012 @ 10:03:33
I don't know much about cars and reading articles off the internet can only go so far... I want to buy my own car that i can learn how to work on it, upgrade, and whatever else you can do to a car. Not really looking for a hatch or anything, but i did really like a wagon i saw on the fatlace website i believe it was an e70 (i don't completely understand these like AE86 and S13 explain?)??

Any advice on buying a car on craigslist? Any better places to look?
June 16, 2012 @ 10:35:28
if your gonna drive it, you gotta watch how much insurance will cost cause upgrades are a bitch and insurers hate them, sorry to be boring, but it depends if your going japanese or euro or american, then it'll be easier to help bro!
June 16, 2012 @ 13:01:50
Get a civic. parts/ insurance will be cheap. Join several car forums, you can learn pretty much everything through them.
June 16, 2012 @ 19:51:20
i definitely want to go japanese. What are some good forums to check out?
June 17, 2012 @ 10:58:42
yeah civics are good, i would go for a 04 civic sport vtec, it has a simple engine, good power over 4,000 rpm, it's what i plan to get, plus the insurance is cheap! jap or crap
June 17, 2012 @ 18:04:58
ae86 is classic! the car that teaches the driver
June 17, 2012 @ 23:59:47
i believe it was an e70 (i don't completely understand these like AE86 and S13 explain?)


Chassis codes. e70 appears to be a BMW X5, so you may have the wrong number following the 'e'. An e46 is a wagon, AE86 is a Corolla, specifically the Levin/Trueno with the 1.6, AE is the prefix for most(all?) Corollas. S13 is a Silvia, there are several cars with this chassis, ie. 240sx, Sileighty, 180sx, 200sx, etc..

I'd agree with the Civic suggestions. Personally I like the 90s EF9 shape. You can drop in a B16B or K20A motor when you're ready to start tuning. Simple, yet effective and it will provide all the power you need for the streets.

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June 18, 2012 @ 02:13:25
ae86 is classic! the car that teaches the driver

initial d haha
i believe it was an e70 (i don't completely understand these like AE86 and S13 explain?)


Chassis codes. e70 appears to be a BMW X5, so you may have the wrong number following the 'e'. An e46 is a wagon, AE86 is a Corolla, specifically the Levin/Trueno with the 1.6, AE is the prefix for most(all?) Corollas. S13 is a Silvia, there are several cars with this chassis, ie. 240sx, Sileighty, 180sx, 200sx, etc..

I'd agree with the Civic suggestions. Personally I like the 90s EF9 shape. You can drop in a B16B or K20A motor when you're ready to start tuning. Simple, yet effective and it will provide all the power you need for the streets.

I finally understand haha thanks! But i realized i meant to put "KE70" and i found out that its also a corolla haha answering your question. i think..

Any other suggestions?
June 19, 2012 @ 05:29:59
BMW e30. Tons of options an can be had for fairly cheap.
June 21, 2012 @ 15:38:21
Get a subaru.
June 21, 2012 @ 16:44:10
euro >>>
June 24, 2012 @ 15:06:56
civic for good project car. You can learn alot from it and parts wont rape u
June 24, 2012 @ 18:57:56
civic or subaru
June 25, 2012 @ 18:18:46
BMW e30. Tons of options an can be had for fairly cheap.
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lol no. i would never suggest an e30 for a first project car, especially if they have almost no knowledge about anything automotive. restoring those things takes a ridiculous amount of money. parts are easy to find, but they demand a high price point compared to other imports. but the worst part is, if you have zero mechanical knowledge, you're walking into a nightmare. only way to have a good start on an e30 is find one partially recovered/done and the person just gave up on the rest of the project. but depending on how far they've worked on it, you're still going to end up paying more than you want to.

for a first project never go with an old euro, usually recommend a honda or nissan as a first because of availability of parts, how cheap it is compared to other cars and how "easy" it is to work on. hell even a few american classics are easier to restore than older euros.
June 25, 2012 @ 22:53:55
Originally posted by Inactive User
Get a civic. parts/ insurance will be cheap. Join several car forums, you can learn pretty much everything through them.


this. older acura would be my 2nd choice
July 08, 2012 @ 04:15:12
integras are hella simple
July 10, 2012 @ 20:21:47
Integra or Civics
July 10, 2012 @ 21:56:26

Inactive User

Civic's simple and not too expensive if your on a budget get one before 2002 usually under 5000. Beware of ricer's stock is best for learning.
July 10, 2012 @ 22:05:12
1G Eclipse GSX. Easy as hell to work on and do a 16G swap and you got yourself a fast little car.
July 11, 2012 @ 04:46:17
civic
July 18, 2012 @ 07:54:06
Ugh from what u mentioned it sounded like you were trying to get into some drifting cos ae86 corolla and s13 are well known d spec cars. Thing is if u don't have cash, it'll be difficult getting new tires and parts all the time. And you'll be banging the fuck out of em if you've never drifted before. My best bet would be to start shitty... Not ricer shitty but something reliable and less than 10k like a Subaru impreza Wrx. Those are the shit.
July 18, 2012 @ 20:06:10
I drive an 86 its fun & the best investment ive made. Its damn near the weight of a go kart lol. it also forces you to develope better driving habits. If you have the chance to pick one up i would highly recomend it.
July 18, 2012 @ 20:08:18
& before I got the 86 i drove an integra gsr. Its not a bad car to start with its just a little bit different bc its fwd. either way u cant really go wrong with either car.
July 25, 2012 @ 22:09:29
Get a 92-95 civic or 94+ Integra. Parts are every where and are really cheap. Your insurance will also be cheap as hell. I have a 97 integra ls and my insurance is something like 60/month and has been like that for a while. I'm also a little older and only have 2 speeding tickets. I have other ones but they're minor.

And you're going to want to invest in some tools also. I would highly recommend getting a DMM/ volt meter to diag. the electrical system. with out it, it's kinda hard to diag. any electrical problems
July 26, 2012 @ 20:10:47
240 is a good learning car
July 30, 2012 @ 16:38:17
euro >>>

+1^^^
just remember, sometimes less is more when fixing up a car...
July 30, 2012 @ 23:16:02
Get a 92-95 civic or 94+ Integra. Parts are every where and are really cheap. Your insurance will also be cheap as hell. I have a 97 integra ls and my insurance is something like 60/month and has been like that for a while. I'm also a little older and only have 2 speeding tickets. I have other ones but they're minor.

And you're going to want to invest in some tools also. I would highly recommend getting a DMM/ volt meter to diag. the electrical system. with out it, it's kinda hard to diag. any electrical problems
i would not reccomend honda/accura for shit unless its 2004+. first car was a 98 civic, unlimited transmission issues, on top of being pulled over constanly cuz the car would SOUND like im speeding or racing when i wasnt... plus maybe where u live insurance is cheap for hondas/acuras but in some places like nyc their the most commonly stolen car cuz u can fucking start it with a screwdriver ( belive me ) so insurance was crazy on dat bitchi paid around $7,000 for my first year insurance and i was 18 at the time. i would cop any other jap car maker besides honda

life

July 31, 2012 @ 23:06:01
Have you looked at mk2/3 Jettas or GTIs?
August 01, 2012 @ 04:26:32
mmm mk2s are sexy. cant fux with a mk2 vr6
August 01, 2012 @ 22:40:16
240sx. cheap and lots of aftermarket support
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