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RWD purchasing advise!

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Paul Buck
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RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 09:04PM
so i am looking to buy a rwd car to turn into my first and hopefully not last rally car.

i have no rally exp. raced karts as a kid, but music took my soul over and i gave everything up to tour the world and try to 'make it' playing music. well now i'm 'settling down' with wife and child and music hasn't paid the bills in a long time, so it's time to get a car for rally and live that dream...

i have looked at both a merkur and a volvo 242 but would love to hear opinions from you all on these cars. the volvos are EVERYWHERE in portland and know i could get one for next to nothing. but it seems like the volvos need a lot more work to get them rally ready compared to a merkur. or am i wrong?

is there another rwd car i should look at? i don't want a mustang. thats just a long held bias passed down to me from ex drag racer father.

regardless, thanks for any input you might have.
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MattP
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 09:12PM
Ranger!!!



Yes, it's a Ranger.
Xr4Ti, it is rwd and was made in Germany.
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 09:16PM
I'm building a Merkur....when you mod the shit out of it, it actually has a few Mustang bits and Contour and Lincoln, Saab, Cosworth/Ford.
If I were you I would race a Fukkin Mustang just to say Heh to Daddy!
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Paul Buck
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 09:22PM
heh. he already thinks i'm nuts cuz i'm not getting a bmw. i had a '74 2002 for a long time and that was a fun car but... no.
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 09:22PM
No big surprise that I'm going to suggest a BMW. E30 and E36 are both reliable and cost effective. Lots of cars available and parts to work with. The motors go forever, transmission, brakes and suspension are durable and great starting point performance wise. You can't underestimate a well balanced chassis. E36 has a more modern suspension, a bit easier to upgrade. E30 is smaller and lighter, starting to get a bit more challenging to find.
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Robert Culbertson
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 09:37PM
There are a lot of good options/platforms out there. Celica/Corolla, e30/e36, Volvo 2/7/9 series, or a Merkur if you hate yourself smiling smiley
There's probably more "good" rwd options as opposed to "bad". I would personally go Volvo/e36/toyota if it were me getting a new car going.
Volvos are stupid tough, Derek has done very well in a basically stock e36 with nice suspension, and many people have rallied old toyotas well.
Merkurs are alright I guess. But you have to be really weird to want one.
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Paul Buck
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 10:04PM
so for me it boiled down to two different ways of looking at things. one, pick a car that's readily available at junkyards and cheap. check, volvo. two, buy a weird car because i tend to enjoy torturing myself, cursing and shaking my fist at the sky. check, merkur.

but then people start talking about bimmers and i feel myself start to give a little. e30s and e36s are pretty bountiful in these parts, but 240 volvos are even more bountiful. meh.
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 10:36PM
Ha ....I've been having xr4ti withdrawals for a couple years now...
it's official...I'm weird.
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 23, 2015 11:31PM
Vancandygram for Mr Buck.

Please check your Pea Ems



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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 24, 2015 12:53AM
I'll say it; do a volvo. The are boxy, but nice.


The fact that they are plentiful and cheap is huge. Get 2 or 3, have plenty of spares. 240s don't take more building than others. They are stupid fun to drive, if you are into that kind of thing...
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Paul Buck
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 24, 2015 01:08AM
stupid fun is what it's all about.
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 24, 2015 11:49AM
Weird and stupid fun go hand in handsmiling smiley
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 25, 2015 02:59AM
Quote
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Vancandygram

Why does my brain instantly picture that spray panted on a panel van parked next to a school yard?
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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 25, 2015 11:59AM
Do you love junkyards and trucker hats? Volvo
Do you love eBay and Starbucks? BMW
Do you love long walks on the beach and swing sets? Subaru
Do you love money and your Xbox? None



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Re: RWD purchasing advise!
March 25, 2015 12:12PM
Are you a masochist? RWD Audi 5cyl turbo



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