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    Car ideas, daily 10-12k which will tolerate some track use

    Another day, another thread.

    For the last 18 months I have had the 4c and the wife's car only. Getting to the stage now I need something I can drive to work, park in a hospital carpark and take to the shops without worry someone is going to put a trolley into the a side of it.

    Initially I was going to get a new Korean thing with 7 years warranty and resign to boredom. The nopics suggested I instead get something a few years older that I actually enjoy driving and can take for hill runs, sprints, hillclimbs etc. The obvious answer is to use the 4c for these things but realistically I can't afford to write it off and seeing how often lakeside bites that's not too wild a prospect.

    Budget is 10 to 12k. Up to 10 years old, manual preferred.
    Prefer hatch / wagon /sedan in that older. Can't really do another 2 seat convertible (rules out mx5).
    POWER CHIP free since 2003.

    #2
    some sort of RenaultSport Clio?
    " Racing cars don't have doors. Toilets have doors" : Keke Rosberg

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      #3
      That's definitely on the short list, megane too. Just parts etc are pretty rich.
      POWER CHIP free since 2003.

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        #4
        86?

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          #5
          Edit, saw no mx5 option.
          Last edited by mad_cow; 11-01-20, 04:21 PM.

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            #6
            Given what you already have tells me your budget could be greater and you mentioned Korean Boredom...so why not a new I30N. Still get that warranty even when you use it on a track.
            Seems an obvious choice imho.
            I climbed Mt Druitt

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              #7
              I think an earlier version of this add mentioned that it was a technical right off that they'd bought back & reregistered (going from memory). Would that bother you, & could you get it on QLD rego.
              2005 Clio RS $13k
              https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/det...-6129563/?Cr=0
              It's over 10 years old & $1k over budget, but I can think of worse things to get around in.
              Last edited by Smudge; 11-01-20, 04:41 PM.
              He jerked off with the determination of someone within sight of Everestís summit, having lost all his friends and Sherpas, having run out of supplemental oxygen, but preferring death to failure.

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                #8
                The ocd is high on that one!

                Re: spending a bit more, it's an option but I need to grow up and buy a bigger garage (home).
                POWER CHIP free since 2003.

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                  #9
                  my old clio 200 rs was a hoot (last of the manuals), never got to track it but know it would have been epic
                  i much preferred the ergonomics and looks over the 172/182 generaton

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                    #10
                    type R civics?

                    Out of age bracket and but would be within budget.

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                      #11
                      Focus XR5
                      BMW ​​​​​​130i

                      1998 MX5 - Ohlins DFV coilovers, Roll bar,15 x7.5 Konig Litespeeds, Mania Intake
                      2014 Colorado LT - Oversized Whitegoods. Kid/bike/track hack/horse hauler.

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                        #12
                        Yeah definitely thought about the last model n/a type r but need to drive one. They get average reviews about the handing funny enough.
                        POWER CHIP free since 2003.

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                          #13
                          Something you’ll enjoy driving which meets all that criteria. Megane 250/265 for sure.

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                            #14
                            +1 Clio RS , either MK3 or MK4 and are pretty much throw on track and lap after lap and tons of fun , have an MK4 for a track toy and it never disappoint's

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                              #15
                              I would get the latest Megane RS or Clio you can in your budget. Suspect for 12K you will only get RS250's not RS265's even with higher k's.
                              A slightly left field option would be a 208 GTi, or 207 or 206? I remember noticiing these are I thought disproportionately cheap, given Peugeot's GTi reputation. https://www.carsales.com.au/cars/det...18266357/?Cr=3 is quite new and would be in your budget after little negotiation.

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