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    Default Best AWD car for under $15K?

    I am looking at getting a used car. I am looking for something that looks good, fun to drive, and will be ok in winter with snow and such. My budget is somewhere less than $15k. I can go more, but then I wouldn't be able to spend more money on it.

    I plan to mod it down the road but keep it mostly stock for a while. Perhaps a nice set of wheels, intake, and exhaust out of the gate.

    Anyone have anything they know of?

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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    Suby 2.5RS coupe if you can find one with decent miles. Almost always under $10k.

    I always wanted an old ass AMC Eagle station wagon.

    Wait until next year to get the Suzuki whateveryacallit (SX4?) for about that price brand new, with warranty?

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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    I second the suby 2.5 RS... try to find an old boxy style one (like 1998 ish), they're lighter and quicker. OR if you want, you could find a 2002+ Impreza RS or TS. They're a sedan and wagon, respectively, and are quite nice inside.

    Dead nuts reliable too.

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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    I would say DSM, but you did say you wanted to actually drive it.

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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    A new 2007 Imprezza 2.5i lists for $18K IIRC---add in a rebate and account for the fact that its year-end close out time, and I bet that you could get a brand new car with a warranty for darn close to your goal.
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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    A used Toyota 4x4 pickup truck!

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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    I'd love to say Mazda 323 GTX... but most of them have been rallied or otherwise beat within inches of their life.

    That was a car I lusted after that I never got to own in its prime (damn, there are so many!)

    Nice pic of one here:

    http://home.hetnet.nl/~pzj70/GTX_2.JPG

    And a bunch more:

    http://sturtevant.com/reed/323pics.htm

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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    ^^^^

    i second that. get one cheap. youll have money to fix it up rims tires. and new suspension steroe and still have money loeft over from the 15000
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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    Quote Originally Posted by WinnipegZX3
    I would say DSM, but you did say you wanted to actually drive it.

    Stealth/3kgt... kinda dsmish, but they usually run and are all around much nicer. lol. My car is fun to drive for being the tank that it is and no one expects it to have the high 12 second power that it does. Gas mileage is not very good, though.
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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    True. If you do want a kick ass project car... have at it!

    This will get you started:

    http://sturtevant.com/323gtx/forsale.htm

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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    used TT 225. (with the rare exception, all quattro TTs are the 225hp version. If it has a dual tip exhaust, its 225)
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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    take your time and finda nice USED WRX but make sure you buy it from an old man
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    Default Re: Best AWD car for under $15K?

    You can get a brand new low end model Suzuki SX4 for under $15,000. Seems like the only new car in this category.

    Edmunds.com has high consumer ratings.

    http://www.edmunds.com/new/2007/suzuki/sx4/index.html


    I might get the WRC SX4 model once it is available.


 

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