Looking for a First Car That's Fun to Drive (Budget 7.5k)

Hey:)

Im looking for a first car that is preferably European but doesn't have to be. It should be fun to drive and legal for P-Plates.
I have a tight budget of 7.5 K.

Do you have any suggestions ??

Kind Regards,
Mattis :)

Comments

  • +5 votes

    Renault Clio 172 or similar.

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      this

  • +2 votes

    VN Commo, just do burnouts everywhere /s

    Tho imo wait for "fun to drive" when you're past your p's and have more experience and $$s. Then you could look towards MX5, 86, GTi etc

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      Good chance that we’ll see in a future post, didn’t buy insurance as it costed more than the car…

  • +2 votes

    mx5 if you look hard

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    Volkswagen Up! fun to drive and guaranteed you'll never get a speeding ticket

  • +3 votes

    Camry + Lift kit :)

  • +4 votes

    Peugeot 207… Should be able to get 8 or 9 of them for $7,500

  • +2 votes

    Not euro unless you spin your own spanners.

    Civic https://youtu.be/rsSkqn28dtQ or Mazda sp23.

    Maybe get some suspension work done. You want a fun car to handle well, but not accelerate hard when you are on your p’s

    I had a ball driving a 91 corolla that cost me $1400. Slow as, but I could drive it hard and not get into trouble with the law too much.

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    Toyota Celica ZR

  • +4 votes

    Good idea to get a basic small car and thrash it. Driving a slow car fast is way more fun than driving a fast car slow. You get to gun it all the time, and you don't have to worry about speeding tickets.

    Main thing to look for is low end torque, not power. You want it to feel responsive at slow speeds, so it doesn't matter if it doesn't go fast, it will still feel fast.

    Ex used to have an old Daihatsu, slowest car I've driven, but one of the most fun. And I used to prefer my old Toyota Echo over mums BMW, it was just more fun on normal roads

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    A manual Fiesta ('09 onwards) would be up in my list and worth a test drive. Great chassis, great steering and a lot of fun to drive (enough power for a first car). No major reliability issues - my only complaint would be the general fit and finish (interior is awfully rattly).

    Do note that some of the earlier models don't have ESC - my parents' doesn't which can be a bad thing if you're not experienced and wanting to have 'fun'.

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    Renault Clio 172 or Renault Megane 225

  • +3 votes

    In this market, you'd be lucky to get the Inbetweeners Fiat for $7.5k. And whatever you buy, in that budget, you'll struggle to overtake, let alone have 'fun.'

    Nothing's more expensive than a free puppy or a cheap Euro.

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    Kia carnival with a drunk tribe in the back is always a fun drive ;) Other than that euro turbo diesel hatches or anything just turbo diesel I find enjoyable to drive :)

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    Bora V6.
    Ticks all your points.
    Be prepared to fix stuff though being a 20 year old euro.
    https://www.carsales.com.au/cars?q=(And.CarAll.keyword(Bora)..Cylinders.6..State.New+South+Wales.)
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  • +3 votes

    Any car is fun to drive when you get your licence, and as soon as you slap a P plate on them, they turn into rockets!

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    Should probably budget $5k so you got $2.5k left for the first high yield service

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    Every car is fun when it's your first car.

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      Is a Camry ever fun?

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        It is when you're 16.

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        Mates and I put nitrous on an old sv21 and chopped the roof off, that was very fun.

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    Datsun sunny with a big cam.

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      Nice… But I don't think a Cummins Big Cam 400 would fit in a Datsun Sunny…

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        Where there's a will, there's a way.

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    Don't buy a European car on a budget. In the current market you'll get something high km, poorly maintained and needing money spent.

    Corolla sportivo.

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    Hey y'all,

    I didn't expect this many comments tbh, thank you all for the suggestions ill have a look into all of them.

    As of yet I haven't bought anything yet since I still have insurance on my mums car for a little while, but I agree my first car doesn't have to be fast just fun to drive. I was looking at a 1999 c200 w202 I was wondering if anyone has any experiences with them ? Their fairly "easy" to work on I heard. I just don't know if many parts are available in Australia.

    Iv also seen a couple 2006 A3s go for around my budget does anyone have experiences with them?

    If I end up buying a European it would be long term investment I'm ready to put some money in to fix it up and then see how long it will last me (preferably a couple of years).

    Like I said thank you for all the suggestions ill have a look into them some of them seem pretty neat.

    Kind Regards,
    Mattis :)

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      Don’t buy old euro unless you can already spin your own spanners and are happy with a ‘project’.

      Euro and tight budget should never be mentioned near each other.