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Buying my first car?

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I dont wanna knock on your choice of cars here, but how old are you? As a first car this might be appealing but a terrible choice. First off I personally hate Ford, Chevy, Dodge. Next there is the v8 thing, which are not to popular right now. Then there is the how practical is this? You can really take one more person with you comfortably and Mustangs are terrible for weather unless its completely dry. You might want to find a more thoughtful approach to this. I know its exciting to get a sports car and power and all but consider something a bit more useful

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Your first car? Isn't it too expensive and too strong for the beginning? How old are u? How aboud driving expirience? If u have a lot of expirience, it may be a good choice... It could be your first car, even when u are 40 and have driven 20years with the car of ur parents (:

My first car was a VW Lupo... it was okay... was good to get rutine... and u cant drive a Mustang without rutine.... if u are still nervous while driving, u will destroy your Mustang : )

anyway good luck and have fun with it :)

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I was going to buy a Subaru WRX STI but dam too expensive.
Thought about a Lancer EVO because of the AWD but having troubles finding one and the KM on most of the ones I've found are a bit high.

Thought about going with the mustang because its Almost new so don't gotta do any major work on it for a good 3 - 5 years.
Just too lazy to do any work and deal with stuff is all lol

But that mustang was listed for like 25 000. I know I could bring it down to 19000 at least or find one for the same or cheaper so not too bad of a deal
But ya RWD would suck in the winter but whatever lol I'll deal with it

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My friend has an STI '10 and its soooo sexy. Worth every cent in my opinion. Same with the Evo X. Like you said, AWD "wow woo weee woo" ! Screw american, go foreign.

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I don't care what anyone says, your first car needs to be a junker. I started out with a 1998 Chevy Tracker. Small 4 kicker and a good bit of pre-existing damage, i destroyed that thing. Than I got the shame of riding a Vespa 250 i.e. for 6 months, nothing strips you of your man card like doing a ride of shame on a big red gayped. Now for commuting I have a Suzuki DR650, thing is damned near bulletproof and an absolute joy to ride. Now with different needs though, I'm buying a 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which is still less than that shiny box of problems you're looking at there. Buy something cheap and reliable, you're young, if you need a Mustang at this age to impress women you have a lot more to worry about than buying a car.

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I wouldn't go near that car till you know what your doing, my 2012 stang loves kicking sideways when you are least expecting it. Don't even get my started on bad weather in these cars. If i try i can spin the tires at 50 or more when its dry, imagine what it will do when its wet..

insurance wise, heh. Be ready to get raped. When i called and got a quote they asked what car then how old i was and they actually started laughing hysterically; however, once they had finished i was quoted 1.5x the car payment. I was 17 at the time with a perfect record. Edited by ehazel

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pretty sure you made your choice already, but I feel like sharing since went trough getting a new car about 7 months ago. First, I HAVE to advise to go Subaru. After going trough 4 winters with a 4cyl sonoma lowrider pickup, that fishtailed for fun, even when it just rained, then with a 1995 camaro Z28, that had so much power, in winter, you hit the breaks, and the car keeps going forward because the front tires lock up and the back tires are still sending power forward, and then to take off you need to activate your e-break so you have some control over the wheels, I have to say, any muscle car is worthless. Sure they are pretty, and they go fast, but it is a trap. I'm starting to get old and my credit stinks, so even with my salary I had to go conservative on cars. My criteria was: kind of fast, AWD is a MUST, bluetooth, sunroof and decent sound, mainly because I got tired of putting sound systems in cars and loosing value. Every single AWD car in this world that is not a subaru, is about 35k+, so I went and tested subaru. In the end, the purchase was a 2012 Subaru Legacy 2.5 Premium. Beautiful dark red paintjob that looks burgandy, no sunroof, and not a rocket on the road. It IS kind of fast, it has bluetoth and the sound is very good. The interior is amazing, with a very nice ride. You want to know the best part? I only paid 22k for the car. It is the best investment of my life! It has not given me a single problem, and the dealer threw in free maintenance for 30k miles. For a first car, if you are young, I would recommend it. If you want something a litle smaller, a Impreza is right on the money for what a first car should be, safe, reliable, AWD and cheap. If you DO have the money and you want to wreck a brand new car, then the Impreza WRX, that was my first choice but they didnt have one available. It is a 3.7sec 0-60, for 25k (BTW it has a faster 0-60 time than the STI, but the STI has a faster 0-100)

Ok enough ranting, most of you wont even read that lol and GL on your new car, I hope it is everything you want it to be and more. Ohh and, also, GO AND ENJOY HIGH GAS PRICES TO THE MAN!!! WOOOO HOOOOO!

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Based on where you are (Alberta, Canada) I cannot stress the importance of AWD enough. For your first car, don't get anything too flashy, especially if you're young and male because insurance companies will bend you over and give you the entirety of their girth....without any lube. This is where it gets tricky: what gives you a ton of man-cred, doesn't take too much shit from insurance companies, has AWD, and isn't terribly expensive?

The solution is simple. An SUV or a truck.

Now, what kind of SUV or truck you get is entirely up to you, but Toyota seems to make the best of the bunch. Even better than the F-150, in fact (although I know basically nothing about the 2012 model.) Don't Believe me?

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnWKz7Cthkk"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnWKz7Cthkk[/url]

That, ladies and gentlemen, is what's known here in the States as the Toyota Tundra.

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Watch the other two parts of the video...they take that thing to hell and back, and it still keeps on ticking. In fact, the Toyota Hilux (Tundra) was what Top Gear chose to drove to the North Pole in.

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I got a 99' Jeep Grand Cherokee for my first car, I would suggest a jeep all day thats my fav brand and all their cars are amazing. Edited by Erick

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Get a '99-'04 GT if you want a sports car, they're half that.

Though, for your first car I'd suggest something more toned down, this coming from a Mustang enthusiast. Not saying S197's are fast or anything, but for a new driver you've got no business behind a V8 car. I worked my way up from a Mazda Protege, and it's a good thing because I still have my license.

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Great 1st car is a honda, i know most ppl hate on them but there cheap, good on gas, easy to fix, and run for ever!!! I had a 95 accord as my 1st car put 250k on it then gave it to my brother he put another 40k on it then sold it for about the same as i paid lol.

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These first car stories never get old. Mine was a 86' Ford F-150 and it was a project truck since then I have gone through a 03' Pontiac grand am, 93' Chevy Step side a 97' Chevy and I currently am driving a 08' Chevy Silverado. I guess you could say I'm a Chevy fan since all of my previous ones before I got the Chevy's were a huge money sink and the only reason I got rid of the older Chevy's was to trade up to my current.

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I agree with just about everyone here. I have driven and built many different cars and trucks. I have done it all I think ... lowrider on airbags, 13 second honda accord, 12 second 82 camaro, lifted jeep grand wagoneer, lifted chevy trucks, minivan with 12 subs and shag interior, driven cars like my buddies 780 HP supra, and a 800 HP mustang (most of the work on all the cars listed was done by me and friends in various garages and shops over the years) ... Over the course of time I learned a lot about cars and how they work to the point that if something breaks on my cars I can fix it myself. I also learned that having a reliable car is also a big thing when you have to worry about getting to work.

With all of this said I have cousin who is a rich kid. My uncle owns a big pool company down in Florida and bought my cousin a new 2012 V8 Camaro for his first car at age 16. I am waiting for the inevitable day he wrecks it. No matter which car you decide to get be safe.

My car history ...
-91 Dodge Dynasty W/ 2 12s and spoke wheels
-94 Ford Escort Sedan w/ 2 12" subs
-77 Chrysler Cordoba w/ 400 BB engine and original 8 track
-77 Chevy van added red corvette wheels and modled it after A-team van
-82 Chevy Camo with 383 stroker, headers, exhaust, 150 shot nitrous 12.76 at orlando 1/4 mile
-89 Chevy Astro van painted silver with red ghost flames, red spoke wheels, crushed velvet rocking captains chairs, shag carpet, 8 12" subs, red neon inside
-89 Honda accord SE-i header, intake, exhaust, lowered
-91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 380 w/ elebrock intake, 750 carb, mild cams, flowmaster exhaust, 4 inch lift
-92 Honda Accord F22B DOHC swap header, intake, exhaust, stage 2 clutch, 7 Ib. flywheel, lowered, wheels ... 14.89 sec on the 1/4 in orlando florida
-95 Honda accord coupe on air ride
-92 honda accord coupe H22A swap header, intake, exhaust, cams, port and polish head, stage 2 valve tran kit, stage 3 clutch, 11 ib flywheel, wideband o2 w/ guage, chipped and tuned p28 ecu, kyb shocks w/ skunk 2 springs, 75 shot of wet nitrous dynoed at 240 whp no nitrous pulled 14.38 w/o nitrous pulled 13.80 w/ nitrous at 1/4 mile strip
video of a highway run a buddy of mine took after the tune .... no nitrous since I never sprayed on the street ... We were cruising at about 85 when we took off
[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSRsPeN0QU"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSRsPeN0QU[/url]
Remember though words my father in law once told me that i remember when dealing with cars new or old .... If you're going to race it be sure to plan on spending money because race cars always break ...

after that i stopped building cars for the most part since I finished it and sold it after my 2nd son was born and got a minivan haha ... I now have a 92 honda accord station wagon I am planning on doing an urban ratrod build on next spring lol Edited by Konvict1982

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My first car, was a 2004 jeep liberty, bought it with 46111 miles in 2007, its got 258000 now and still ticking.
The engine has been problem free, other then it started leaking a little oil round the timing chain cover at the crank.
The transmission, well has been beat relentlessly beaten 7 days a week 105 miles a day since i bought it, had to replace the solenoid pack, and currently its doing this studded thing at certain loads regardless of gear. the biggest problem is the rear suspension, the roads i drive, the way i drive, + the weak bushing design = I've destroyed all the rear bushings(all 6 of em + the ball joint) in under 12k miles but alas i have replaced them bushings enof that i can knock it out in 45 min for 1/10 the dealer cost. and a relocation bracket for the ball joint has taken excess stress of them that they last a lot longer now. Apparently some have had to replace them 3X as often as me.

All in all, its been a good beater of a jeep, had relatively few problems with it, and still pulls 21 mpg highway.

If i were to get a new vehicle I'd have to go with a jeep wrangler unlimited with the manual transmission, and if they had the diesel version in US i'd already have one.

Onto subaru's them things are pretty bullet proof, fresh oil(3-5K), trans flush(30k), dif oil, and replace the timing belt/water-pump/tensioner every 100k miles your golden. My friend has resurrected 3 of em from blown timing belts (replace the valves slap it back together, line up new belt in pitch black using a camera phone to see the marks), one he got for free, minus the cost to rent a trailer to haul it away.

Just keep in mind, there are things that you NEED in a vehicle and things you WANT but don't need.

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