I'm 19 and have 4 cars. oops.
I've mostly been an old volvo guy, but I bought a miata last fall as a cheap car to not have to worry about for my 60-mile daily commute. listing price was $2000 for a '97 touring package with a salvage title from hail damage. I didn't care about hail damage, I just wanted a rwd commuter that wouldn't bore me to death.
drove 3 hours to the guy's house, took a quick look at it in the dark, drove it around the block, and was immediately sold. guy threw in a set of FM sway bars, RB endlinks, and a bunch of spare parts on the deal too, after dropping the sale price down to $1500, with no haggling at all on my side. gave me a stack of all maint. records from when he bought it off-lease. full poly bushings, mazdaspeed motor mounts, recent performance clutch, brand new timing belt, enthuza stainless steel exhaust, and 130k miles - the guy really took care of the car.
drove the ratty-looking roadster home on snow tires and seriously crusty steelies, 3 tires in the passenger seat and one in the trunk, top down. parking-lot fun happened immediately after.
buffed it out, threw a few coats of wax on, bolted on the stock 7-spokes with nearly bald Azenis', and rocked out until the snow showed it's face. installed a crappy grant wheel and made a wood shift **** too. I dig the look of the grant wheel, but it's just too flexy.
then, just mounted some new pizzacutter snows on ratty volkswagen teardrop wheels, and drove through the entire winter sideways. I have never and hope never to drive a minnesota winter with front wheel drive. I will be bored to tears.
and that is where we are now. I bought this car as a car I wouldn't have to spend money on... oops.
plans for now are probably either a good deal on a used Bilstein/Koni setup with coilover sleeves or FM springs, /possibly/ racelands, and that's about it. wire up the seat speakers, do a bit of sound deadening, maybe replace the hood and trunklid to get rid of most of the hail damage, and just keep it maintained.
what's funny is that this is probably my most sensible car that I own, out of all my 4 cars. A quick-spooling td04 setup on megasquirt might happen in the future, but only if I get rid of one of my other cars. and that money will 95% likely go into my Amazon. speaking of which...
here is the rest of my stable.
'68 Volvo Amazon, my summer daily.
it will be around this height this summer (5 minute photoshop):
'83 Volvo 244 Turbo, first car and rusty unblow-up-able beast.
and another '85 244 Turbo from California, rescued from a shed with zero rust anywhere and no dents anywhere, and 12 years of dust accumulation on it. except for a wee bit of fire damage, from when it was joyridden and tried to be lit on fire to eliminate the evidence. (??) I will be building an engine for it and building the entire car back up within the next year or so.
I don't know why I wrote all that, but hello!