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Aug 16, 2011 7:37AM
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Fun article, but I would be scared of any Boxster with 150k miles.  Some of the early Boxsters very famously experienced premature engine failures, and if you've got to pay someone else to replace the motor on your Boxster it's (are you ready for this?) sixty hours of labor.  That's 60 hours.  The mid-mounted motor is jammed into that chassis so tight you will need a couple of mechanics, a magician, a trained chimpanzee to get it out of there. Add in the price of the new engine, and you're gonna ruin at least 20 large for a new engine at the local Porsche store, though maybe you can cut that to around 15k by going to Fritz's Motorwerken.  Now you've just spent 15 to 22K on a car that's worth maybe 9k.  Simply put, in my book, pre-2000 Boxsters with tired or nearly used-up engines are very large paperweights.  I'm not sure it's responsible journalism to suggest someone consider an early Boxster with 150k miles without also warning the potential purchaser about the considerable financial risks entailed with owning an early Boxster that needs work.

Nov 6, 2011 6:38PM
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I have noticed that the media tries to play down GM , especially Chevrolet,  and they over inflate Ford.  GM now has the two fastest Coupes and fastest Sedan.
Nov 6, 2011 2:29PM
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Sammy Sammy, a sports car is two seats,coupe or roadster. A Mustang is a pony car,as well as some of the others on here do not belong in this catagory.Some of your choices are good however,I wish they would come out with a modern MG much how they redid the Mini and the Beetle.Make it reliable and reasonably priced and old farts like me would buy it to try to recapture some lost youth,LOL.
Oct 10, 2011 3:21PM
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Some times I think they make this stuff up just to see how long we well fight about it!!!
Oct 10, 2011 5:28PM
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I agree some great cars were left out. And as much as buying a porche for around 6g sounds great, The buyer will be putting a lot of money into that car. I  think the cars on the list deserve to be there however. also what about a gti, the last cobalt ss?

Oct 10, 2011 9:31AM
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This is the worst "sports car" article ever. The EVO and the STi are the ULTIMATE affordable sports cars, not simply because of their turbo chargers and AWD systems, but because of their moddability.

 

CIVICS ARE NOT SPORTS CARS. They are sportyish cars. I would take a Mazdaspeed3 over one any day of the week. I picked up my 2008 Evo X GSR with about 10k miles for $27k and once I install my injectors and boost controller and tune for E85 I will make 379 AWHP.

 

Definitely an amazing car and insane performance for under $35k (New)

 

The Evo 8 you can find for about 15k those are also amazing cars if you want to go older. they take modifications so easliy and get such big gains.

Oct 10, 2011 8:09AM
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Not sure where it fits in the "sports car" class, but a 4-6 year old Subaru Impreza WRX STi can be had for about $14-18,000.  That's a 300 hp, 300ft torque rally car that can still be driven when it snows.   
Oct 10, 2011 8:46AM
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I am with you nowalls99.  Where is the Subaru WRX STi?!  A Honda Civic SI and no WRX, STi, or even Mitsubishi EVO?  I like how they sneak in vehicles with horrid reliability (half of the cars) and then you have the G35 coupe and Nissan 350Z (same car if I am not mistaken).  I always read these thigs assuming to see Subaru getting the recognition they deserve, and yet this never happens.  Nice article MSN, but you forgot the STi.  Not too metion that with $5000 more for an STi you will have a racecar on your hands.  Very simple vehicles to modify and create monsters out of.

Jul 26, 2011 8:52AM
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YOU PUT A MUSTANG IN AND LEAVE OUT THE CAMARO...WHAT ARE YOU THINKING. DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE A NEW CAMARO FOR LESS THAN $22000 FROM SOME CHEVY DEALERS???? THE CAMARO IS AWESOME.
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