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Old 11-25-2013, 05:53 PM   #31
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Go for the Miata. I honestly don't see how this is a question.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with your ST and a Miata is one of the greatest cars of all time.

There's plenty of aftermarket for BOTH cars if you want to have fun in the future.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:53 PM   #32
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Just a thought... you could look for a BMW 2002. 2100lbs fully dressed. I know mine is around 17-1800 lbs with all the crap I've taken off. Then the engine I'm taking from the other is a dual carbed (so it's kind of like ITBs) 2.0 sohc engine making 200whp. And it's RWD too. but it could seat 4 comfortably. and has a big trunk. lol.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:11 PM   #33
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Just a thought... you could look for a BMW 2002. 2100lbs fully dressed. I know mine is around 17-1800 lbs with all the crap I've taken off. Then the engine I'm taking from the other is a dual carbed (so it's kind of like ITBs) 2.0 sohc engine making 200whp. And it's RWD too. but it could seat 4 comfortably. and has a big trunk. lol.
I really like the 2002's but that's going to be a nightmare to shop for. I'm very picky about the condition of cars. Also, I won't have a place to work on it. So as much as I'd love to work on that car, it just isn't practical. If I had a garage, I'd likely look for a 240z to restore or something of similar vintage.
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:37 PM   #34
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Here is mine. I picked it up for a nice price with low miles. I found the original window sticker for it and it cost nearly $27,500 back in 2002 lol. I got lucky with this one because it had every option possible for the Miata from the factory. Since purchasing this car I have added a new exhaust, bought a new set of summer wheels,a hardtop, bought a roll bar and a oil filter relocation kit. If you have ever changed the oil on a Miata you will know why I bought an oil filter relocation kit lol. The Miata is in the top two of cars that I have ever owned. I still have a soft spot for my 1987 Shelby Charger. Another nice thing about the Miata is that it's so light that any power added to it will definitely be felt.

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Old 11-25-2013, 08:18 PM   #35
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seriously it's a dumb ass spot for a filter... I remember that now.

Yeah it's true though... good luck finding one for the price of a miata that's actually in good condition. mine are both absolute piles.
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:47 PM   #36
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I don't miss those oil changes. As soon as that filter is loose, I remember the oil would run straight down my arm and into my shirt.

I see quite a few 06-07's with less than 50K miles for $10K or less. That's pretty cheap to me.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:01 AM   #37
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I was going to say a decent 2002 is around $10k
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:07 AM   #38
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The answer is always Miata.

What's funny is I've been considering replacing my 2012 Focus with a Miata. Sweet little cars!
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My old Miata.

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My other idea is to pay off the 2005 ST,sell it, and buy a new 2014 Focus SE hatch. The prices are criminally cheap on Focuses. Quite a few dealers selling what I want for $13,900.
I don't care what car you wind up with. Your wants and needs are different from mine, so my opinion is next to worthless.

But from a purely financial standpoint, Selling a good running car that is paid off to buy a new car is not a wise decision (as a few others have said). Insurance and registration for the old car should be less than interest on the new.

My focus has been paid off for years, and I have thought of selling it several times, but each time the financial side of it just does not make sense.

If I were in your shoes, I would do the math. How much will you have paid for your old focus once all is said and done, including interest, and what can you sell it for.

Plus there is the issue that as soon as you drive that $13k new focus off the lot, it will probably be worth less than the $10k miata.
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