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Old 07-28-2009, 01:02 AM   #1
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Since I can't afford a new camaro

Can you suggest a good alternative I can buy used for under $10k?

Back in 2003 I was nuts about the Mazda Rx-8, another car in the Camaro's price range which should be rather inexpensive used now.
Please include a year range and mileage I should look for.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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4th gen. F-bodies.

A lot of them are going for under $10k.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:17 AM   #3
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My parents are really against me getting another used camaro though... my 83 was such a POS... but I still like them
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:18 AM   #4
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Get a Firebird then.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:34 AM   #5
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:36 AM   #6
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Can you suggest a good alternative I can buy used for under $10k?

Back in 2003 I was nuts about the Mazda Rx-8, another car in the Camaro's price range which should be rather inexpensive used now.
Please include a year range and mileage I should look for.
Do you have a car that qualifies for the cash for clunkers program?? That could give you a good $4,500 for you car which might be worth $300..
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:40 AM   #7
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Really?
Couldn't someone just buy a bunch of clunkers from people and resell them?

well it's an 83 camaro

crap
just found out

"Your vehicle must be less than 25 years old on the trade-in date"
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:55 AM   #8
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4th Gen f-bodies. Look around. I promise.....it AIN'T NO POS 83!

Get a 98 - 02 Z28. SEARCH. YOU WILL FIND ONE within your price range. They are out there.
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:57 AM   #9
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:32 AM   #10
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:38 PM   #11
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:03 PM   #12
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The Camaro write up is spot on (and doubly so for the T/A).

Only thing I'd worry about is looking at replacing the power window motors at 100K miles because it seems to be a common (but not too much so) problem on 4th gens.

If I can't score a proper 5th Gen I'm going to snag a 4th gen Low Mileage T/A. Dunno why but I just love that 4th gen body style over the 4th Gen Camaro. Not to mention.. "what 5th Gen T/A?"
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Agreed, 4th gen T/A style is way better than 4th gen Camaro style. If replacing the power window motors is your concern for a used car, I'd say you're doing OK.

I really liked the Edmunds list because it seems to have something for everyone. From large luxury sedans to Japanese RWD coupes to hot hatches to muscle cars.
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:12 PM   #14
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Agreed, 4th gen T/A style is way better than 4th gen Camaro style. If replacing the power window motors is your concern for a used car, I'd say you're doing OK.

I really liked the Edmunds list because it seems to have something for everyone. From large luxury sedans to Japanese RWD coupes to hot hatches to muscle cars.
Yeah, I scout them from time to time and it's a trend on the higher mileage cars. Some 4th gen Camaros had the problem too; guess component batches had a tendency to go wonky at the St. Therese plant.. :/

Actually, looking at my options, I may do a T/A as well as a 5th Gen. Pay off the T/A early on with low mileage and clean up the exterior (gaudy radio antenna being one.) Then pick up a lightly used SS later on. Cheap now and the 5th gen SS will be cheap later too.

Hmm.. *strokes goatee*
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:26 PM   #15
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I haven't had an LS1 powered 4th gen, but of the 3 LT1 powered cars I've had, the 94 was the fastest, and had the easiest PCM to modify. That car (with just headers, a tune, and a cat-back), ran a 12.93@114mph. That car was the shizzle! I miss that car!







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