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Old 05-19-2017, 03:27 PM   #31
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Not to be a jerk, but honestly, for a young person, the best first car you could have is a 4 cylinder running on 2 cylinders as my dad would say. That way it can't go over about 35. In all honesty, someone's first car should not be really nice, it should be something you can be prepared to learn with, and that you can live with it getting a bit beat up, then when you get a nicer car you'll appreciate it more.

I know as a guy, I was a terror with my first and second car, and I was not probably as bad as others. But younger people, guys especially, love that feeling of power in my opinion and are willing to drive a car hard and fast. Inexperienced drivers with even a reasonably fast car is a bad combination. Not just for others who may get in the way, but also for the young person who does not realize what can happen. I probably nearly killed myself a few times before I figured it out. Plus when you get a nicer car, you'll care more about it and want to take care of it more.
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My first was terrible as a 'first car', old beat up & rusted out sports car that took all Summer to get in running condition.

Finally working JUST in time to head out for College that year, parents followed me and carried most of the luggage/gear since they worried it might not even make it (no testing time before leaving).

Couldn't have found anything LESS practical.


SVT has some similarities, more of a gear head's collectible than a practical car.
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I know as a kid how much I wanted to hot rod. Had I had a reasonably fast car I might have gotten myself killed. Especially if parts are hard to find. Option, just find a focus from the first or second generation, save some money on the deal, take the money saved, make sure it has good brakes, good tires, etc. Then it should be set to go. If not, you still have a little spare cash, and parts should be reasonably available for it, but still give you a sporty look without having a car that could kill you as easily. Plus as you learn to care for the car and how to drive properly(some things only come with experience), when you get a new vehicle you'll know what you are really looking for, and will better appreciate a nicer vehicle in my opinion.

Also, your first car, expect door dings, maybe to hit a few things, or to just have the car a little banged up. Face it, kids make mistakes with their first car, I did. If you have a hard time getting parts to fix those, you will be more mad and more frustrated about those things.
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