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    1. Member Meroving1an's Avatar
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      11-21-2019 07:43 PM #26
      Easy: 350Z.

      Growing up, I idolized the rally heroes of the EVO and STI and sort of never considered the Z car. These days, a simple RWD sports car with an LSD for cheap sounds pretty good to me, and I'm low-key on the hunt for an early model year 350Z with the Brembo brakes.
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      11-21-2019 07:44 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by MontoyaF1 View Post
      I used to think the MK5 Jetta was the most boring design in the world, but for some reason the styling has grown on me.
      I used to think the mk5 GTI was ugly af, I do like the GLI but never really liked sedans too much.

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    4. 11-21-2019 08:58 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by cockerpunk View Post
      the first gen dodge neon is actually the best car Chrysler ever built and i will die on this hill.
      That's quite a low bar, however

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      11-21-2019 09:24 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by cockerpunk View Post
      the first gen dodge neon is actually the best car Chrysler ever built and i will die on this hill.
      ACR or regular Neon?


      Quote Originally Posted by Nealric View Post
      I used to be an American car hater (back in the 1990s/early 00s), but I've come around. Used to hate on C5 Corvettes, but I'd love a C5z06 for a track car.

      The chincy interior doesn't matter once the thing is stripped and caged.
      I like the cut of your jib.


      For me it's probably the XJ Cherokee. Hated those things in the '90s, but I love mine now.

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      11-21-2019 09:50 PM #30
      Saab 9000 Turbo - mostly because I grew up in a Volvo family. (I still love Volvos, but Saab made some cool stuff, even if it had its problems.)

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      11-21-2019 10:07 PM #31
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      Unlike others in this thread I loved the fox body 5.0's, especially the LX notch back. I remember drooling over 93 LX's in white at my local dealer, $16,000 CDN with AC, cruise, PW, PDL the big chrome pipes and the "big" 16" wheels with the "wide" 225 tires, with a no haggle price of $14,500. Also digged all things Japanese performance and loved Ferrari.

      Porsche did nothing for me, never got the little upright sports car thing, it wasn't until the 993 Turbo came out that I started to appreciate them, but even then, didn't love them. VW to me were just boring little box's, never understood the GTI love when you could have got a car like an AE86 instead. Then something flipped in me around the age of 30, suddenly I loved Porsche, especially the new 987 Cayman, soon I fell for all their cars. VW's sedate styling and high quality driving dynamics suddenly made sense to me, I was done with tin can Japanese cars and started coveting the German tank like driving experience.

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      11-21-2019 10:19 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by ilikerust View Post
      Early 2000's domestic cars have grown on me in the last couple years... I think it's rooted in nostalgia for my childhood.
      There are definitely some designs from that era I appreciate now that I would have laughed at 10 years ago - '99-'04 Mustangs come to mind.

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      11-21-2019 10:26 PM #33
      Another one: First-generation Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, and Dodge Charger. As a teenager, I actually loved these when they first came out. But between them attracting questionable modifications and the 300/Charger redesign in 2011, I thought the early LX cars looked like crap by the early 2010s. Now I'm starting to warm up to the older LX cars again for some reason - I think the LX platform in general has kept up with the times very well.

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      11-21-2019 10:50 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by StressStrain View Post
      Fox notchback. Grew up around these and thought they were ugly:



      Well I just came, died and went to heaven

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      11-21-2019 11:14 PM #35
      Trucks and SUVs. Real ones. I hated them having been raised on muscle, import sport, and generally "wagons got that **** covered" thinking. Now I really want a proper, tough-as-nails 4WD bad mutha****a truck that's not the size of a small studio apartment, CUVs showed me they have their place and CUVs are never going to be as good as a car or truck. I would have had a tough time not trading the Outback and dumping money if Chevy had released a new Blazer with the same bones as the Colorado, a 2.8TD ZR2 Blazer sounds awesome. Basically, I've completely avoided walking into a dealer to check out a ZR2 since I know a cap isn't the same as the longroof even though I want it to be, I'll end up buying the damn thing. I could always build a 4Runner but, I dunno, my next car is going to be something that doesn't require some stupid crap every year, 2 project cars is enough.

      I'd also love to get a sweet LS or 1GZ Crown, ultimate luxury always seemed like such a waste as a sports car dork but at 37 I see the appeal of quiet, buttery cruising (500+hp preferable). I've totally side-eyed AMG E-classes, I still love the AMG W211 E-class and 469hp is pretty close to 500!

      Also, Porsche

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      11-21-2019 11:25 PM #36
      BMW i8. The more I see them, the more I like them. They're now in the $50k range and that's just about affordable.

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      11-22-2019 12:16 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      BMW i8. The more I see them, the more I like them. They're now in the $50k range and that's just about affordable.

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      11-22-2019 08:26 AM #38
      The 911. The only Porsche I ever paid attention to was the 944. Those box flares!

    15. 11-22-2019 09:50 AM #39
      WRX. They never did much for me until I drove the current VA gen and ended up getting one. I LOVE the AWD, chassis tuning and the boxer engine. My next car will probably be another WRX.

    16. 12-02-2019 02:34 PM #40
      First two that come to mind for me are already mentioned here, the Fox body mustang and C5 Corvette. Back in the day I thought they were hideous and cheap looking, but with time my attitude has softened to the point that were I to have enough garage space, I'd have them both. However, I would definitely say that's influenced by the performance value they represent now as much as any change in viewpoint regarding the styling or interior finish.

      A C5 ZO6 with reasonable miles at like $20k is probably be the best performance bargain available anywhere right now, and that really helps me forget the bulbous 90s styling and flea market interior. The same car at $45 or 55k just doesn't do it for me.

      With the Fox bodies, I really prefer the LX notch back over the plastic skirted GT. I'd have my notch back in maroon, post face lift body style (I don't know the years, but the ones with covered lights instead of the quad set up) with cloth seats, a 5 speed, and a totally stock looking exterior. Add a ridiculously loud exhaust, even better.

      Another car worth mentioning here (this one from OPs site), the early model Corvair used to make my skin crawl, but now I think the lines and styling on the coupe are gorgeous. https://www.revogarage.com/a-valuable-proposal/ They are also hilariously inexpensive.

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      12-02-2019 03:06 PM #41
      Most 80's and 90's compact and subcompact sedans look great to me now. Escorts, Cavaliers, K-Cars, you name it. Probably mostly because modern interior space and safety packaging causes modern compacts to look so goofily tall.

    18. 12-02-2019 03:07 PM #42
      For me, it's the Infiniti EX35.

      I still think they look like a blowfish, but the idea of 300HP and AWD in a small SUV package does sound appealing, especially with a 7 speed trans.


    19. 12-02-2019 03:13 PM #43
      Alfa spiders. Used to think they were cheap, dated, and slow. The might be some of those things but the styling and charm have grown on my. Esp. the very early and very late ones.


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    20. 12-02-2019 10:12 PM #44
      GTI.

      The MK4 was an unreliable POS; literally had every engine issue you could think of, super cramped, suspension needed constant maintenance unlike the competition, it wasn’t even quick really.

      The MK5 started to get interesting, but I didn’t trust the DSG yet, when the MK6 came out...imo the GTI got respectable.

      The MK7 is a gem, it might be my next daily after I return my Civic Si lease.


      Same with the Mustang GT..

      When it had the 4.6, it was a pretty laughable car, horrible suspension, kids toy interior, open diffs.. then the 5.0 came out and things started to look decent.

      Then the 2015 body came out, they are widely available with LSD, big brakes, somewhat decent interior, IRS.. now I kinda want one, even the ecoboost is nice.
      Last edited by Ilikewaffles; 12-02-2019 at 10:16 PM.

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      12-02-2019 11:29 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Meroving1an View Post
      Easy: 350Z.

      Growing up, I idolized the rally heroes of the EVO and STI and sort of never considered the Z car. These days, a simple RWD sports car with an LSD for cheap sounds pretty good to me, and I'm low-key on the hunt for an early model year 350Z with the Brembo brakes.
      As an adult with kids, it seems impossible to find a new sedan with a naturally aspirated V6, manual transmission, and sporting pretensions... It seems the best of the options peaked in the early to mid 2000's. As lame as it sounds, I daydream about cars like the Acura TL-S, Accord 6-6, or a Jetta 24v. Heck, I'd even try a Nissan Altima or Maxima with the VQ and a 6-speed...

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