Fun First Cars
Fun first cars dont have to be expensive. This is part two of the series covering the best first car. In this article we will run down a list of cars that are somewhat reliable, somewhat safe and way too much fun to drive.
Finding A Fun First Car Is All About Setting An Expectation
Setting a realistic expectation is key is having a good first car buying experience. You need to keep telling yourself that this is your first car, not your last car. Unless you are Kylie Jenner, chances are high that you are purchasing this car within a few constraints like money, timeline, and buying radius. You will have time to save up to buy the perfect car down the road. The average person will own 9.4 cars in their lifetime. For now, it is all about buying the best first car.
You daydream about owning a C8 Corvette, 911 Porsche, or Nissan GTR but you don't have the cash that it takes to own a fun first car. Well no worries, a fun car doesn't have to cost a fortune and certainly does not need to have 500 plus ponies under the hood. These are a few cars to consider when looking for a fun first car.
The first and second generation of Miatas are beyond fun and can be had for around $5000-7000. These cars are a blast to work on and even more fun to drive. Like the MGs and Triumphs that came before them they are built with little to no creature comforts but make up for it with pure driving pleasure. The best part of the first gen Miatas is that low mileage ones can still be found. Like many two-seaters, many Miatas were often purchased as a second car, thus they were not subject to the abuse most cars get.
This 2001 Mazda MX-5 LS Convertible was located in West Virgina for $6000. This sweetheart of car has a whopping 36,000 original miles, manual transmission, and beautiful silver paint. This two-seater is about as perfect as a 20 year car can be.
There is little doubt that C4 Corvette would make a fun first car. Out of the box the C4 was quick, fun to drive and relatively easy to maintain. Produced from 1984 to 1996, the forth generation of Corvette has hit that sweet spot where it is attainable to first time car buyers. The C4 may look a bit outdated when compared to other cars on this list but is a great car for the price.
The 1991 coupe that we found Very clean. Only 86,269 miles, Leather Seats, New Tires, Removable Hard Top, Professionally Installed Alpine Radio w/Bluetooth and Kicker Subwoofer, Original Factory Radio Is Included, Cold AC, Power Seats, Power Windows, Power Locks, Runs & Drives Great! Clean Title, No Accidents, 5.7L V8. The car would look amazing with a set of Grand Sport rims which are easy to find used online.
When it comes to aging transportation, the Nissan 350Z has done quite well. These sports cars offer an amazing value since they can be had for about $8000. They came equipped with a 260+ Horsepower naturally aspirated 3.5 lire, double overhead camshaft 6 cylinder. Best of all, many of them are manuals.
Due to their long production run and track worthiness, purchasing aftermarket go fast products is easy. Companies like https://conceptzperformance.com/ and https://www.thezstore.com offer everything from wide-body kits to performance clutches making the 350z a car that can modified over the course of its owner.
We found this 2006 Nissan 350Z for $7000 in Ohio. This particular one is a manual transmission and has This only has 89,000 miles and appears to be in great shape for it's age. The grey color of this particular car is timeless and shows off the
Early 2000s Mustangs
For around $8000 you could be driving a Mustang GT! If you can find one that was babied, the early 2000s Mustangs are a great buy. We found this cream puff with only 36,000 miles on the odometer. The paint looks to be in incredible shape. All of the panels on this car line up nice. The interior is clean and the five spoke rims look right at home. With the grey rally stripes, this car screams confidence.
The Audi TT came out in the summer of 2000. With it's timeless design, the TT styling has managed to maintain roughly the same some 20 plus years later. $56,460 will buy you a 2020 Audi TT Roadster 2D Quattro. For $50k you can buy the first generation TT which features similar styling. We will let you decide which way to go with that thought.
The 2003 Audi TT Roadster 2D Quattro Turbo we found only has 113,000 miles. This car was particularly interesting to us since it has the six peed manual transmission. The seller states that the tires and brakes are in great shape. They also mention that the car has a few imperfections in the interior, but overall in great shape for the year.