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Nov 6, 2010 9:56AM

The 914's really never got alot of respect whenm they came out as they were made in a VW plant. This was a godsend for me in High school. I wanted a sports car, but couldn't afford the insurance. I found out these were rated the same as a Bug.


They are no bug. I had a 73. 2.0l that was pleanty fast and got 28mpg.


They're not a dragracing car, but on a slollum, these cars can take cars that are 2x+ the engine displacement.


Unfortunately these cars are being rediscovered (like many VWs) and prices have been going up. You would be hard pressed to find a nice one at $3000. Many VW bugs that have been restored top that. There has also been a trend to  drop 911 motors in this very light car, making some increadibly fast and nimble machines, but once again way over $3k.


The really neat thing is that there is an underground comminuty that supports these cars ( there are many aftermarket parts manufacturers that have stepped up to support these car. New stamped steel panels, and rubber parts are readily available for restoration. 


Dependability on these is a matter of maintence. They will run forever (as most VW's do), but with a 35 year old car, deferred maintence can really cost, so if your looking find a knowledgeable shop, and read up on some of the Q&A's about buying on on the world site.

Oct 29, 2010 4:46PM
No '82-'93 Fox body Mustangs or '87-'97 F-bodies ?? Either offers far more performance than any of the cars on this list (especially 5.0 liter 'Stangs or G92 TPI Camaro Iroc-Z's/ /Z/28's /Firebird Trans Am/GTA/Formula's).
Oct 29, 2010 4:38PM
No '85-'93 Fox body Mustang 5.0 or 3rd gen. F-body (Camaro/Firebird) ?? C'mon. Either offers more performance than any other car on this list (especially G92 Tuned Port Injection Iroc-Z or WS6 Trans Am models)
Oct 29, 2010 4:59PM
Some more naturals would be the '82'92 Supra and any pre-'99 Celica GT-S along with the '89-'97 240SX.
Nov 7, 2010 5:33PM
A couple of other cars not on the list are also good choices for fun around $3000.  The original Saab 900 turbo(86-93) is fun due to its quick turbo engine and quirky styling.  I'll get the 1986-up models due to the fact that intercooling for the turbo and the convertible was introduced to the Saab 900 in 1986.  Another good choice is the early Ford Taurus SHO(89-95) because it's a family car you could race because of its powerful Yamaha V6.  I've seen both of these cars on the autocross circuit and have done well on the track.
Nov 4, 2010 6:26PM
I paid 2900 for my 1967 Mercury Monterey. 108000 miles all original everything! Lots of looks and a blast to drive! Its not a sports car but I can take  my 5 boys and my teenage daughter when I go for a ride! Memories made and cherished with my family are better than a quick ride in a worn out sports car.............. 
Nov 4, 2010 11:05AM

Slide 4 MR2, Rust lovers will like this car :-D


Disagree on model yr, later versions with Jaguar XJS esk flying buttresses and wrap around rear window is WAY cool especially on a price point of this fun to drive throw around.

Nov 13, 2010 6:59PM

Clearly you are totally out of touch with the used car market and the reality of maintenance and upkeep costs of the cars  you recommended. The Miata is the only one that is not likely to bankrupt you if driven on a regular basis.

Nov 4, 2010 11:00AM
Slide two, bang for the buck, couldnt AGREE more! It's a 60's british car without the dreaded Lucas electrical. Digression: I was at an scca parking lot course when this car first came out and a guy there had a Miata with license plate "No Lucas". Toss it, drive it, enjoy it and a couple yrs later you'll get close in sale to what you bought it for (and no I'm not a mazda employee).
Dec 13, 2010 7:22AM

what about the z cars i picked up an 83 280zxt 5 sp for $800new tires new paint and all just over 100,000 miles bought one of those cheap ebay turbos and now i'm in to it for allot less than $3000 and loving it. was at an auction 6mo ago and i saw 2 300zx t tops v6 1 auto  1 5 sp both silver $1500 each both had around 150,000 miles

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