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      07-20-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Best project car for under 15K opinions

So I currently have a sedan 2011 328 which is my daily drive, I have not done much to it , opticoat , tinted windows, upgrade the lighting (lux angel and low , high beam , fog) , AA tune and I may add a PE exhaust if the right deal comes up . I'm not planning to do other performance mods just because this car is under warranty , I have a toddler and we are planning on having a second one .The car is fast enough for my daily needs and I just want to keep it that way . I do not want to drive a 300 hp plus daily or with my family in it . Too many idiots on the road trying to race me if they see I have a modified car. I do not want to put myself in that situation or my family.

Anyways , I've decided to just buy a weekend /project car . I would like to do track and drag. Mostly track. I'm planning to start early next year but I'm having a hard time deciding what car fits my needs the most. I want to start with a 15 K budget and move from there. Power wise I would like to be at 300 WHP plus. So I m considering the following cars. What do you guys think?

2011 mustang GT Price 18k - 430 HP to start with , the exterior is meh but there are tons of aftermarket kits that would make it look great. Performance wise , it is a mustang so there are many options out there. However its way out of my budget , no money for upgrades for a long while

2005 350Z - Price 12K - Nice little car, not as powerfull but its below my budget .

2007 BMW 135i price 15k - Twin turbo, light , powerfull. It looks ok , but reliability and maintenance can be expensive. Probably the car that makes more sense performance and money wise

2010 Genesis coupe 2.0 price 14k - Newer than the other cars, it comes with a turbo but it is also the less powerful, however it has potential .

2007 GOLF GTI price 10k - Below my budget , turbocharge , can easily be modify to be close to 300 HP , but it is pretty light

2000 Honda civic sedan - I currently have this car in the family , my brother drives it but he is looking for another car. It would be free and I can probably dump 7k in rebuilding the motor and turbo charging it, strip the interior , upgraded the suspension . I could easily run 300 at the wheels

That is about it. I could get an older car but I m trying to keep it no more than 10 years old , only reason I consider the civic is because it was my old car and it would be free

Anyone here can pitch in with more options or opinions. I know there are tons of guys here with experience on project cars
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Honda Civic?
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      07-20-2014, 03:38 PM   #4
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Honda Civic?
probably the best car I've had. 250 000 miles and still going strong. I used to be in the import scene before and I ve seen some crazy builts. K swap with a turbo can easily run 500 plus HP. At the end of the day it is a project car. People actually have more respect for a fast sleeper than a car that is already fast...

I m just not sure I want to go through the whole process of modifying to get to those numbers
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what do you do on the track? what about miata, rx-8, s13, s14, s15, rsx.

350z is a solid choice as well. I had an 2006 350z Track edition with brembo brakes and LSD. Shit was powerful and fun bone stock (except for LSD). I did more crazy shit with that car than with my 335i :P

edit: I didnt know that genesis coupe can be that low. How are the aftermarket part options for korean cars?
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      07-20-2014, 03:52 PM   #6
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1.8t, 944 turbo with possible swap,c5 corvette, s2000, cts-v, Evo 8, Volvo s60r/v70r just a few
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      07-20-2014, 03:54 PM   #7
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Hey do the honda it's fun cheap and easy to work on and if you change you mind when u get baby #2 it's very easy to sell plus it's FREE
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If you can find one clean and priced reasonably, E30's can make really cool weekend build cars. My buddy had an E30 that turned out amazing with just a little TLC, won't be fast unless you out some engine work in, but they can be awesome cruising cars.

If you want bang for your buck, JDM swap into Civic can be done at much less than 15k, and will be pretty damn fast.
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LS2 GTO? right in that budget and already making 300+ RWHP.. I personally don't know how much better you can make the suspension with IRS its a good start. LS engines have a ton of potential though.
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If you can find one clean and priced reasonably, E30's can make really cool weekend build cars. My buddy had an E30 that turned out amazing with just a little TLC, won't be fast unless you out some engine work in, but they can be awesome cruising cars.

If you want bang for your buck, JDM swap into Civic can be done at much less than 15k, and will be pretty damn fast.
Im trying to get a newer car . I got the wife approval on the condition that the car is not more than 10 years old

The only reason the civic came into play , its because it is already under my name , it was the first car we had and there is sentimental value there.
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Hey do the honda it's fun cheap and easy to work on and if you change you mind when u get baby #2 it's very easy to sell plus it's FREE
It ll be cool for sure , but every time I think about the amount of work that I have to put in it to make it fast, I just dont know if its worth it .
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what do you do on the track? what about miata, rx-8, s13, s14, s15, rsx.

350z is a solid choice as well. I had an 2006 350z Track edition with brembo brakes and LSD. Shit was powerful and fun bone stock (except for LSD). I did more crazy shit with that car than with my 335i :P

edit: I didnt know that genesis coupe can be that low. How are the aftermarket part options for korean cars?
How was the reliability on the 350z? , and how about the mods? Its a NA engine
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Evo or wrx/sti?

Think those are better options.

E46 m3?

You want a x-cross or drag car?
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Im trying to get a newer car . I got the wife approval on the condition that the car is not more than 10 years old

The only reason the civic came into play , its because it is already under my name , it was the first car we had and there is sentimental value there.
Well, as someone else said, WRX/STi is another good option. Awesome in any weather condition, and with basic bolt-ons, they can be damn near bullet proof engines.
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Evo or wrx/sti?

Think those are better options.

E46 m3?

You want a x-cross or drag car?
x-cross but it would be nice to drag too.

Evo and STI are way to expensive in canada. I found a decent one for 18 000 but it was a 2004 with high mileage. I also think it said sti swap so it was originally just a wrx

I found 1 evo but they also wanted over 18 k and it was pretty old
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I dont think you can find 2011 5.0 Mustang under 15k. Unless it has high miles.
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I dont think you can find 2011 5.0 Mustang under 15k. Unless it has high miles.
18 k is the lowest I found. Its out of my budget but it does not need any mods. Maybe cosmetic mods. 430 hp stock is more than enough for the time being.

In the long run its probably the best one to modify ...
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2005 350Z - Price 12K - Nice little car, not as powerfull but its below my budget .

Buy mine. It's is already setup for either track. Price is right inline too.







And, plenty powerful now...





$12,500.00
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Buy mine. It's is already setup for either track. Price is right inline too.







And, plenty powerful now...







$12,500.00

very nice car. I wish I could buy it now , but I have to wait till next year. What mods do you have ? . I have a soft spot for the 350Z , but at 280 hp and no turbo , it seems like a pain in the butt to modify ( unlike turbo charge cars) , similar to my current 328. Maybe you could change my mind
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I would personally recommend RSX/Integra/240 for your first project car as it's pretty easy and a lot of DIY's to build one nasty beast. But to stick with what you have so far, my first choice would be the Golf GTI and than the Honda Civic since you basically have a free one. It really comes down to the condition of these cars, go with what you want more. Good luck
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an 11 mustang only has a little above 410 horsepower... not 430

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