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Hulk
07-16-2010, 02:15 AM
I've been thinking about buying something a lot more sporty than a Land Cruiser. Right now, I'm leaning heavily towards an Infiniti G35X or G37X. But I simply don't even know what's out there, so I am open to suggestions.

Requirements:


Back seat (I have 2 kids)
Used. I'd prefer $20K or less, but might consider selling my blood to buy a $30K sports car.
Japanese preferred. I have bad luck buying used German cars.
Something that doesn't require 100 hours of shop time to make it drivable or fun.


I remember some of those sweet Toyota Supras from the early 90s. Can those be purchased for a reasonable amount? Have they all been raced or crashed or completely modified?

Post pictures, links, recommendations. TIA for any and all advice!

Here's one (http://denver.craigslist.org/ctd/1844908545.html) I've been drooling over (picture below).

60wag
07-16-2010, 06:43 AM
I thought a mid life crisis car wasn't supposed to have a back seat.

DaveInDenver
07-16-2010, 06:49 AM
I thought a mid life crisis car wasn't supposed to have a back seat.
Or be something your grandfather would drive to play golf.

CardinalFJ60
07-16-2010, 06:58 AM
I think this would be a fun little sedan to drive.

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=36923456&listingRecNum=1&criteria=sf1Dir%3DDESC%26alMdId%3D21835%26mkId%3D20049%26stkTyp%3DU%26mdId%3D21835%26rd%3D500%26crSrtFlds%3DstkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId%26zc%3D80027%26rn%3D0%26PMmt%3D1-1-0%26stkTypId%3D28881%26sf2Dir%3DASC%26sf1Nm%3Dprice%26sf2Nm%3Dmiles%26alMkId%3D20049%26rpp%3D50%26feedSegId%3D28705&aff=national

Caribou Sandstorm
07-16-2010, 07:12 AM
How about a used one of these? It is a Lexus ISF10, in their performance category

http://www.lexus.com/lexus-share/images/gallery/models/ISF/photos/exterior/g_ext12_isf-138.jpg

or

http://miniusa.com/?#/learn/FACTS_FEATURES_SPECS/colors-s

Bikeman
07-16-2010, 08:12 AM
Matt, look at the G35 Coupe. I almost bought one a couple years ago. It's a 350Z with a back seat. Only drawback is it's RWD. Another thought would be an older Lexus SC400. I think the Supras are $25K plus used, if you can find one, unmolested at that.

FJ 432
07-16-2010, 08:17 AM
I like the infinitis. You might also want to consider a Subaru WRX/STI. Also my nephew let me drive his Mitisubishi EVO and that's scary fast.

simps80
07-16-2010, 08:37 AM
m5!!!!!!!!!

prices get reasonable the further back you go obviously...

I would love to own one of these one day

this one's on craigslist for a lotta coin (40k) 2007
500hp and a luxury back seat!!!!

19798

19799

2000 that is a decent price... still has a lot of get up n go back..

19801


loved bmw's ever since I had an RC version of this as a kid:
19802

prolly as close as i'll ever get :lmao: :lmao:

DaveInDenver
07-16-2010, 08:46 AM
Some saloons...
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Some real mid life crisis cars...
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FJBRADY
07-16-2010, 08:58 AM
X2 on what Mike said on the Infinity G35 or G37 coupe....drop the all wheel drive and have some RW drifting fun. Drive the LC on snowy days! You only live once....do it!!!

Air Randy
07-16-2010, 09:33 AM
I would look for an Audi A4 2 door convertible if you want a really cool car that is also practical. It has the backseat for the kids, V6 version is all wheel drive. With the 1.8 (2.0 if 07 or newer) turbo (front wheel drive) will get 32 mpg highway. They also came with 3.0 V6's that will get 28 mpg. I've had 3 Audi's and have never been to the dealer once other than for oil changes and tire rotations.

wesintl
07-16-2010, 09:37 AM
dude buy a wrx. they will spank everything else. the g35 is nice but I don't really consider it a sports car.

buy a z4 :D

FJBRADY
07-16-2010, 09:46 AM
dude buy a wrx. they will spank everything else. the g35 is nice but I don't really consider it a sports car.

buy a z4 :D

I agree on the WRX STI, but the only problemo is the wing and all the tuner Civic's who want to race you!

DaveInDenver
07-16-2010, 10:03 AM
I agree on the WRX STI, but the only problemo is the wing and all the tuner Civic's who want to race you!
When we were shopping for a replacement to the Civic after I totaled it we looked at the WRX STi. That is a fun car and we might have considered it if it had the more tame wing of the regular WRX. That thing is annoying and fugly. But the car otherwise is a hoot.

FJBRADY
07-16-2010, 10:06 AM
When we were shopping for a replacement to the Civic after I totaled it we looked at the WRX STi. That is a fun car and we might have considered it if it had the more tame wing of the regular WRX. That thing is annoying and fugly. But the car otherwise is a hoot.

Exactly if you can dewing it and debadge it go for it. Fun can as I have test driven several and they are a blast.

FJBRADY
07-16-2010, 10:10 AM
Or this

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/trucks/112_0811_2008_toyota_tundra_trd_supercharged_test/index.html

hyperboarder
07-16-2010, 10:12 AM
I had a WRX, they're fun but not the lightest in the world. I'm looking for something sporty too, Excursion should be on its way out tonight so I'll have a bit of coin to burn. What about S2000's? I'm looking at an MR2 as well, cheap and light. Maybe sell your blood and get an Elise?

subzali
07-16-2010, 10:22 AM
How about a used one of these? It is a Lexus ISF10, in their performance category

http://www.lexus.com/lexus-share/images/gallery/models/ISF/photos/exterior/g_ext12_isf-138.jpg


What he said.

Beachboy
07-16-2010, 10:27 AM
My son had a WRX for many years, fun car but small, especially the back seat. His new car is the Infiniti (08)- he loves it, very fast and sporty. You might want to look into a Hundai Sonata, my wife just brought one (traded in her 06 4Runner - almost a even trade for a sport model). Nice sporty car for the city. They redone the 2011 - nice looking car for a great price.

Hulk
07-16-2010, 10:36 AM
I think this would be a fun little sedan to drive.

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=36923456&listingRecNum=1&criteria=sf1Dir%3DDESC%26alMdId%3D21835%26mkId%3D20049%26stkTyp%3DU%26mdId%3D21835%26rd%3D500%26crSrtFlds%3DstkTypId-feedSegId-mkId-mdId%26zc%3D80027%26rn%3D0%26PMmt%3D1-1-0%26stkTypId%3D28881%26sf2Dir%3DASC%26sf1Nm%3Dprice%26sf2Nm%3Dmiles%26alMkId%3D20049%26rpp%3D50%26feedSegId%3D28705&aff=national

Wow, an RS6. I figured no one was selling those.

I spent so much money fixing my old S4 I swore I'd never buy a used German car again... but an RS6 is enticing.

m5!!!!!!!!!

I think I could afford a used m5, I just worry that I wouldn't be happy paying for the upkeep.

I've had 3 Audi's and have never been to the dealer once other than for oil changes and tire rotations.

Did you buy them used or new? I poured money into my 1993 Audi S4. The engine was flawless; the rest of the car had problems.

Mike, I will definitely look at the G35/37 coupe -- it's more stylin' for sure.

Steve, that truck looks far too useful to be a good midlife crisis car.

ScaldedDog
07-16-2010, 10:47 AM
Matt, my wife as been daily driving a G35x for over five years. It's been a good car. They are notorious for having creaky suspensions, but Infiniti finally came out with a decent compression rod bushing this year, and fix only cost me $100 and an hour's work.

They aren't exactly a hookers 'n blow mid-life crisis car, but they are a heck of a lot more fun to drive on a curvy road than a cruiser.

If you haven't already, hang out for awhile at G35Driver.com (http://www.g35driver.com).

Mark

RockRunner
07-16-2010, 10:48 AM
I thought a mid life crisis car wasn't supposed to have a back seat.

He wants a functional mid-life crisis car....:rolleyes: That way the :Princess: buys in easier.:D

Bikeman
07-16-2010, 10:52 AM
The ISF didn't do too well in a back issue of Motor Trend or Car & Driver. I forgot which issue it was in, read it a while back. I rember saying it was not anywhere near handling-wise close to a 3-Series. I like it a lot anyway.

I was not impressed with my 2007 A-4, and I would never own one out of warranty, as stated. I think it would be ok have to work on the upkeep of an older BMW, such as an M3 or M5.

Dr. Schlegs
07-16-2010, 10:54 AM
My brother has a G35 and gave his older one to his eldest daughter. I have driven both and they are both solid. I personally am a BMW M3 guy, so I wouldn't buy one, but if you are leaning this way the G35 is a good choice. Maybe another project like a 427 AC kit car from Factory Five.:eek:

theRash
07-16-2010, 11:29 AM
well my suggestion isn't really in the mid-life crisis category but I thought I'd chime in with my tiny experience. So laugh with me (or at me).

I owned a 2001 IS300 for several years (sold to my brother). I loved that car and plan on another one in the future.

Reasons why I chose this car:

rear wheel drive (fun on to drive etc)
quick throttle response, "relatively" fast ride however minivans can beat it now days.
Lexus quiet
lexus smooth
they age well (10 years old and still catches glances)
performance can be upgraded cheaply (4-6k gets you 450+ horses)
Tons of upgrade possibilities (interior, exterior, engine etc).
Easily at or under 10k in most cases
25 mpg consistently (I ran A/C all the time)
can modify to look classy or fast or fast and furious style.
4 door/ 5 seats


My personal dream street car is the ISF but I don't think I can afford a true mid-life crisis car.... Unless.... I plan for it..... Hmmmmmm.


That being said, a G35 or G35x will probably get the best bang for buck without breaking the bank.


Any thoughts about Classic classic Shelby cobra or shelby replica?

wesintl
07-16-2010, 11:35 AM
Matt, you need something like these...

Hulk
07-16-2010, 11:44 AM
I thought a mid life crisis car wasn't supposed to have a back seat.

A buddy of mine with two kids purchased a supercharged Miata a few years ago. It was a sweet little fun car, but he could never take both his daughters. Eventually, he sold it. Now he drives an F150 crew cab.

I don't want to buy a car that sets me up for failure. When the kids are grown, I'll buy a Honda S2000 or a Porsche 911 or an Audi TT or something really fun.

For now, I need something that's fun yet functional. That's my requirement, not Karie's.

Matt, my wife as been daily driving a G35x for over five years. It's been a good car. They are notorious for having creaky suspensions, but Infiniti finally came out with a decent compression rod bushing this year, and fix only cost me $100 and an hour's work.

They aren't exactly a hookers 'n blow mid-life crisis car, but they are a heck of a lot more fun to drive on a curvy road than a cruiser.

If you haven't already, hang out for awhile at G35Driver.com (http://www.g35driver.com).

Mark

Mark, thanks for all this. I will spend some time on that website. I had found Nicoclub.com (http://forums.nicoclub.com/g35-g37-general-discussions.html) which seems pretty good.

I owned a 2001 IS300 for several years (sold to my brother). I loved that car and plan on another one in the future.

Any thoughts about Classic classic Shelby cobra or shelby replica?

I'll check out the IS300. Thanks for the suggestion. The Shelby Cobra will have to wait another 15 years or so. That's OK -- I'm planning to live to a ripe old age. :D

Matt, you need something like these...

Aw, yeah! A slammed Thing. Crazy.

TIMZTOY
07-16-2010, 12:04 PM
Any thoughts about Classic classic Shelby cobra or shelby replica?

Thats my personal favorite and dream car also. But practically I'd go for the WRX STI. All wheel drive turbo 30+ mpg

Uncle Ben
07-16-2010, 12:11 PM
Well....you seen what mine is...

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=19607&stc=1&d=1277756403


....now if I can just find a class 5 hitch for one of these so I can tow it I'll be set...

http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/attachments/show-off-your-project/10500d1110638019-mkiv-supra-tt-mac-mini-custom-dash-custom-boot-dsc00486.jpg

Hulk
07-16-2010, 01:46 PM
Is that yours, Kevin? I need to school myself on the 93-99 Supras.

gahi
07-16-2010, 02:35 PM
Another vote for the STI
My wife has a regular '05 Impreza RS (no turbo) and its a blast. I couldn't imagine the trouble I'd get in with an STI. When we lived in Winter Park, the car was awesome in the snow, I used to see how fast I could get from first switchback to the last on Berthoud. Rallying around in the empty ski area parking lots in the snow was fun too. Only a couple tickets in it so far.

rs-jAImScms

edit: definitely not a luxury car though, and size wise four adults is doable, but I have to have the drivers seat a little further forward than I like (I'm 6ft.) We now have a son in a rear facing infant seat and with that in, the pass front seat needs to be pretty far forward. It does fit in the middle though, then the front seats can be almost all the way back.

jacdaw
07-16-2010, 02:49 PM
Be unique, get something different...like a 95 Aero.
http://www.autolook.ru/tehno/saab/foto/Saab-9-5-Aero.jpg

coax
07-16-2010, 03:10 PM
If we are just throwing options out there for fast cars take a look at the mazda speed3. Not quite as fast as an STI, and MUCH worse in the snow, but starting at 24ish new and getting 263-hp/280 lb-ft in a hatchback isnt bad. Plus if you stay off the turbo I bet you could get 30ish mpg on the highway.

My regular mazda 3(no speed) I think may have enough room for kids in the back. And you can always take it to the desert when the radiator needs replacing in the cruiser ;)

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_RHGIeuamB_E/S7PSKCSpvEI/AAAAAAAAAe0/C8h5BLSDy10/s512/IMG_5105.jpg
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_yPNjJU_fA0o/TAafrkFbTUI/AAAAAAAABqU/8NwLY2VwakA/s720/DSCF2645.JPG

Or you could go all in and get 5.5 0-60 Lexus Hybrid for only 110K :eek:

http://www.lexus.com/images/models/LSh/detailed_specs_LSh.jpg

theRash
07-16-2010, 03:23 PM
I'll check out the IS300. Thanks for the suggestion. The Shelby Cobra will have to wait another 15 years or so. That's OK -- I'm planning to live to a ripe old age. :D


Wait another 15 years? You mean we get more than one mid-life crisis (or mid-life crisis car)? I like this... You might be on to something here. lol

Uncle Ben
07-16-2010, 04:11 PM
TIs that yours, Kevin? I need to school myself on the 93-99 Supras.

It will be one day in the hopefully not to distant future!

PhatFJ
07-16-2010, 09:07 PM
Just sold my mid life crisis car:
http://www.team3s.com/Images/BobVR4JICsGew2.jpg
This one was not mine, just showing an easy pic. 330hp to the ground, twin turbo, all wheel drive, all wheel steering. drove like it was on rails and ooh would it 4 wheel drift.. anyhoo, it's gone. LOT's of funnnnnn.. :eek: :eek:

Red_Chili
07-16-2010, 09:20 PM
Saw a pretty nice truck the other day.

License plate said:
N - B - OND

????














Yep, it was an Infiniti.

That's all I have to say about that. :lmao:

I would go for an MR2 and be done with it.

pmccumber
07-16-2010, 09:45 PM
UB has it right! Some day he is gonna make the 2JZ in my SC home to at least 400 horses. There is a mint, freaking perfect, 97 Supra in the parking lot at work about twice month.

As for my midlife crisis car? Given that my midlife crisis is that my 401k hasn't appreciated in 12+ years without me putting more dollars in it, my midlife crisis is probably a '93 Tercel.

Loki
07-16-2010, 10:12 PM
Mid life crisis? what's that? :D

Dr. Schlegs
07-16-2010, 10:42 PM
Why do you need a mid or even a quarter life crisis to get what you want? Life is too long, (I know:D) to not enjoy yourself. Sometimes you learn that the hard way.

Romer
07-18-2010, 12:09 AM
So, did you go out and buy it today?

rover67
07-18-2010, 08:08 AM
911's and m3's have back seats... perfect for little kids.

why not something like this E46 M3? I have always really liked the m3's and the E46 had a sweet body style and they are still not that old used.
You can get them from the mid to low 20's now.

nakman
07-18-2010, 12:21 PM
Saw a pretty nice truck the other day.

License plate said:
N - B - OND

????














Yep, it was an Infiniti.

That's all I have to say about that. :lmao:

I would go for an MR2 and be done with it.

that's awesome... Buzz Lightyear is a pretty popular fella up in these parts. :thumb:

waggoner5
07-18-2010, 12:28 PM
Mine were old and slow like me.

CardinalFJ60
07-18-2010, 12:48 PM
Like...

GTO convertible
60's Porsche 356

Or build one for fun (in your spare time ;) ):
http://www.thunderranch.com/356.html

I also like the giant old-school convertibles, like the old Plymouth Fury. Maybe early 70's?

Dr. Schlegs
07-18-2010, 03:29 PM
356 is a sweet car. I was thinking about buying a resto project when I was in MN. Midwest winters and years of setting in a barn had beaten it up pretty bad - guy was looking to sell for parts. Frame and body looked like Swiss Cheese in spots. The problem with them is that there are tons of kit cars and the bodies rusted out on many of them, due to the fact that when Porsche made them there was a series of squares used in the substructure. These little square compartments would get filled with dirt, water and the like and rust out. Further, parts were so hard to come by, and there was a lot of people just looking to make a quick buck, by doing substandard body work.:(

Hulk
07-19-2010, 12:30 PM
So, did you go out and buy it today?

No, I have about 3 months of payments left on my wife's minivan. Not quite ready to pull the trigger. Just exploring my options.

corsair23
07-21-2010, 12:19 AM
If I had the :twocents: for a 2nd DD vehicle, I'd be shopping for an IS250 AWD

http://www.dragtimes.com/images/17031-2007-Lexus-IS250.jpg

I like the looks of them, should still be "functional" in the winter, and from what I've heard they are one of the better made Lexus vehicles. That said, the inlaws have a S2000 and that car is a HOOT but totally impractical for anything other than 2 people and a couple bags of groceries :)

timmbuck2
07-21-2010, 03:29 PM
duh

Hulk
07-21-2010, 05:02 PM
duh

Is that yours?

nakman
07-21-2010, 05:09 PM
You know you want it Matt..

http://mki.wisc.edu/HGIA/graphics/11B-Wienermobile_2004.jpg

CardinalFJ60
07-21-2010, 05:31 PM
a friend of mine was the Weinermobile driver for a summer and toured all around!

Hulk
07-21-2010, 06:02 PM
Y'all is just messing with me now.

Trapper50cal
07-21-2010, 09:51 PM
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/4480/mlclexus.jpg
By trapper50cal (http://profile.imageshack.us/user/trapper50cal) at 2010-07-21

and its a Toyota

Hulk
07-22-2010, 01:44 AM
Looks cool. Can I afford it? :rolleyes:

CardinalFJ60
07-22-2010, 08:17 AM
those cost more than my house. alot more.

corsair23
07-22-2010, 12:42 PM
Looks cool. Can I afford it? :rolleyes:

You know the old adage...if you ask whether you can afford something or not, then you probably can't :hill:

Lexus LFA (http://www.lexus.com/LFA/)

Dr. Schlegs
07-22-2010, 10:15 PM
I saw a Pantera today. Nice car. There is something about having so much torque that you bark the tires as you run through the gears.

Nay
07-23-2010, 10:45 PM
I saw a Pantera today. Nice car. There is something about having so much torque that you bark the tires as you run through the gears.

I can bark my tires. In Moab :D

MDH33
07-23-2010, 11:09 PM
Shouldn't you be saving for your son and daughters first 40's? (or college tuition) instead of lusting after cars for yourself? :rolleyes: :eek: :bolt:

waggoner5
07-24-2010, 10:49 AM
Stock is 415-450 hp, 0-60 in 3.4-3.6, over 20 mpg, all wheel drive, cheap maintenance and 02 -3s are in the low 30s with 20-30k miles.

John
07-24-2010, 02:18 PM
After I bought my wife a 350Z Touring for Xmas I started looking for a new car, sub 40k,that could run with all the amazing hardware my customers tend to own ( 65k to 225k,no kidding). It was my BD present to myself. 4 doors,unfortunately, but 4wd is the stuff for hustling around on the track and in weather. I had owned a bmw 540i but never loved it,too sterile and heavy and maintenance costs are silly. I have had nearly 20 alfas but no new ones since 1994. I looked at the wrx/sti over and over but it did not have enough "edge" to it and the mod costs are very high to overcome the weight. The only smoking deal,after mods was the Mitsubishi Evolution MR 9. USA stock was only 276hp but the exact model in europe was rated at 400HP. The difference was the ecu map and the exhaust system. See www.vishnutuning.com. Sticker was $37750. I paid $33750. and the the "kit was $1800. Bud's installed the exhaust and it took us 90 minutes to make the other parts swap. 400hp,0-60 in 3.8, 1/4 in 12.1 secs @ 114 mph.are claimed. The turbo boost is around 21-23 psi.I have 18k miles on it now. I have had it to 160mph and backed off at 6500 rpm. There is now no rev limiter,marked redline is 7k and I am told it is aerodynamically limited to about 167 in the current form. In 2008 I did a 3 day SCCA license school with Mike Pettiford of Go For It Racing Services at the Pueblo racetrack (a 2.6 mile roadcourse) and there was no faster Porsche,Vette ,Lotus etc on the track that particular week. Interestingly, there was a new Cobra KR Mustang that could pull me nearly 3 cl on the straight but I ran up his bumper before we were out of turn one. The ford had killer svo brakes and they never overheated in 40 minute sessions. I changed my red brembo's to a darker red and used up $1200. in tires. The Evo came stock with Brembo brakes,bilstein shocks,momo wheel,special BBs wheels, Recaro seats,aluminum trunk lid ,roof,and hood, 6 speed stick, and the preposterous carbon fiber wing,roof and underbody air management. You cannot really take the wings off these as they can become airborne over 150mph without them. It has almost no sound insulation,no cruise,does have air,a crap sound system you cannot hear anyway. The boost comes on around 3200 rpm and my wife hates this car because it "hurts her neck". The gas mileage sucks, on track or at extreme speeds 5 mpg,around town maybe 13-15. I rarely back down at a stoplight Gran Prix. I am old enough to to call this my mid life crisis car, every valet kid loves this car, but personally I think you get rid of your wife and date girls in their 20's when it really happens. It is certainly what I would do.

Hulk
08-26-2010, 02:55 AM
Am I crazy for thinking about buying a 1970 Datsun 2000?

simps80
08-26-2010, 09:55 AM
Am I crazy for thinking about buying a 1970 Datsun 2000?

heck no you're not crazy, all those datsuns, datsun 510s, 2000, similarly
i've been cyber-stalking bmw 2002's lately

love 'em
20539

couple nice one's on craigslist
http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1895686640.html
20540

John
08-26-2010, 11:39 AM
The FairLady series Datsun is a great affordable vintage sports car,Japan's first. I have a copy of Phil Brook's history of them if you would like to borrow it. Actually, I have a lot of vintage foreign car books. The Datsuns have a great racing history,are reliable,getting rare, and are not modern but kill any comparable British ride in quality. When I was in high school the "brat pack" I ran with consisted of a 1967 1600 Datsun, a Fiat 1500 ( with wide ovals!) a Corvair Monza, and my 63 Alfa Romeo Guilia spider. Great times then, but stay off the freeway! I did not include my friends that had the TR3 and the 64 Jag xke as they ran so seldom they did not count.

corsair23
08-26-2010, 12:59 PM
Am I crazy for thinking about buying a 1970 Datsun 2000?

Yes, yes you are...But in a good way :hill: