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Sorry if I come off as rude, but I don't usually inject emotion into my dialogue. Some people appreciate it, but a lot of people hate it, it is just the way I am. But back to the car stuff. I myself have been a red seal technician for 10+ years, and have seen many apprentices and fellow j-men buy, fix-up, drive, sell, own, and wreck all sorts of cars. If you want my opinion on cars that are worth putting money into, you are not going to like my answer. A Miata is not a very well made car. Sure they are fast around an auto cross course, but have you actually driven one? A street is not an autocross course. Girls will see you driving this. They hurt to ride in, they ARE SO SLOW, and no car guy or co worker will take anything you say seriously. I live by a rule with cars/trucks I buy. Gimmicks = garbage. Take one out for a test drive and you will understand what I mean.
RX7, I don't think I need to say anything besides "have fun finding parts". Older cars break more often than newer cars. Sure it may just be a ball joint here, a tie-rod there, a blower motor here, a tail light assembly there. But as a guy who has to try to source these parts for customers when they bring this stuff to me, you will get incredibly fed up with the lack of parts and availability for it. The only parts that seem findable are all cheap knock off chinese made garbage that usually don't even make it a year. On top of that, the people who have the good parts, know this. So they GOUGE THE SHIT out of you. I warned you.
WRX. Fun, fast, blends into traffic (unless yo get a blue one, always liked the mid 200 blue they had), but again, parts are INSANE. A co=worker has a bugeye STI, and just had to replace his blower motor. The blower motor is damn near half the heater box. He had to pay $350 for one USED on Ebay. We couldn't even find a new one through our suppliers at work. Same goes for the foglights (which will shatter yearly if you do highway driving). Parts are expensive, but probably the best choice of the 3 you mentioned for reliability and availability of parts. Plus the Subaru community is full of pretty nice people.
What would I recommend? Something different. Don't do what everyone else is doing. My first project car/truck was putting a 350 in a sonoma (will never do that again, what a headache). But it taught me so much. It taught me how to set up TBI. I am lucky enough to have a scope at my work, so I was able to adjust absolutely everything to get it where I wanted it to be. It taught me so much that has benefited me through my work on a daily basis. Beyond what I learnt, that truck would eat damn near fucking anything on the road. Handled like shit, but was faster than fuck in a straight line. Only really started losing races to newer cars once the Hemi made a comeback with the charger.
Throughtout owning that truck, a VW Corrado, a skyline, and others, I have learnt many things. First, comfort is king. Racing seats are cool, until your first road trip. Second, availability/cost of parts is a VERY serious thing you need to consider, especially if you are getting an older car, and most don't until the car has emptied their wallets. Third, 4 doors is better than 2. Unless you want to be single the whole time you own your vehicle, get a 4 door. The first time you want to bring your girlfriend, dog, and shit for a picnic, you are going to regret getting a Miata. And lastly, get whatever you want. Don't listen to people like me, do what makes you happy and fuck everyone else.
But I would probably start with something most people don't do. Like a Dodge Stealth/Mitsubishi 300GT (turbo only, N/A v6 is slooooooooow), or a Holden GTO, a Regal GNX, just something that is unique and appeals to you.
All is forgiven!
Yeah, comfort is my primary objective (for now), which is why I haven't done any suspension mods or gotten bigger rims. Main ultimate plan is to have one car for comfort, probably a new car, and a second car solely for track days and time attack. I used to have a four-banger Montero that I was gonna head swap and do some custom fan stuff, but it fell through because the engine took a dump after years of negligence from previous owners.
I think I have fully accepted that cars as a hobby are more expensive than drugs and alcohol, but I love the car community too much to give it up. Like if I want to restore a 69 Camaro and LS swap it, I'm gonna have to move waaaay up at work.
And I always want to do crazy swaps, but I can't afford too much being in school for Toyota. Like I would totally love to put a 2JZ or SBC in a small truck or SUV, or a Hayabusa Geo Metro, or literally anything cause I just want to work with my hands a make something.
Whatever our differences in opinion are, I do appreciate the conversation with someone who has much more experience than me, thank you!
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