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    1. Member elite.mafia's Avatar
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      06-24-2020 05:34 PM #1
      So I just sold my Matrix XRS after having the clutch replaced. Just done dealing with it I guess, I had the car a year and the clutch broke. After getting the car back I just am worried "what's next?" to break. Anyways....

      -Budget is about $8000
      -I want a stick
      -I want something that is somewhat fun (my definition of fun may be different from yours but a Matrix XRS was a lot of fun for me)
      -I want something reliable and most importantly free of rust. (im in Boston, MA area, so finding a car here that isn't rusted to **** is not really possible unless its a few years old... I am willing to travel almost anywhere in the US for the right car.)
      -overall somewhat similar to the Matrix XRS, a 4 door sedan or hatch/wagon is most likely what I'll end up getting. Not big on coupes
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      06-24-2020 05:43 PM #2
      8th gen Si sedan. Similar revvy character as the XRS

    4. Member elite.mafia's Avatar
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      06-24-2020 05:49 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by pontiac View Post
      8th gen Si sedan. Similar revvy character as the XRS
      I previously leased one of those, wouldn't mind another tbh
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    5. 06-24-2020 05:50 PM #4
      Generally, the newer and lower mileage a vehicle is, the more reliable it will be. $8K isn't a lot of money. You could get a 2013+ reasonably low mileage Fiat 500 Turbo and chip it, which is what I did, but that's a 2 door. Fiesta ST are fun, but we're talking like $12K. You could maybe pull a Sonic RS for that. The options open up a lot if you get high mileage and older years, but you may have issues.

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      06-24-2020 05:56 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Ducman69 View Post
      Generally, the newer and lower mileage a vehicle is, the more reliable it will be. $8K isn't a lot of money. You could get a 2013+ reasonably low mileage Fiat 500 Turbo and chip it, which is what I did, but that's a 2 door. Fiesta ST are fun, but we're talking like $12K. You could maybe pull a Sonic RS for that. The options open up a lot if you get high mileage and older years, but you may have issues.
      I mean I can probably stretch a bit past 8 if need be.
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      06-24-2020 06:02 PM #6
      So the Matrix had a clutch die, which happens to all manual cars. You had the clutch replaced and it was good to go. And then you sold it... And want to get into another used manual car that is just like your old Matrix XRS?

      Why didn't you keep the Matrix?

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      06-24-2020 06:04 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Pnuu View Post
      So the Matrix had a clutch die, which happens to all manual cars. You had the clutch replaced and it was good to go. And then you sold it... And want to get into another used manual car that is just like your old Matrix XRS?

      Why didn't you keep the Matrix?
      because the clutch didn't fail normally, the pressure plate bolts sheered off the flywheel....
      It' was just making me paranoid driving it. every little noise the car makes I think it's going to explode. I'm just paranoid like that I guess.

      edit: other thing was teh car had some rust and body issues and it made me hesitant to put a lot of money into it.
      Last edited by elite.mafia; 06-24-2020 at 06:12 PM.
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    9. 06-24-2020 06:16 PM #8
      2nd gen Honda Fit Sport could be fun and practical. Here's one for $8.2K. One of the headlights looks like ass, probably the side parked towards the sun, but easy to fix with a cheap buff kit to look like new. Slap some quality LED bulbs in there, and it should look pretty modern.

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      06-24-2020 06:18 PM #9
      Does anyone know much about the Elantra GT? Theres a bunch of them with sticks, low miles right under 10k.

      https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ckType=listing




      these apparently have 173 hp 2.0l 4 cylinder.
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    11. 06-24-2020 06:34 PM #10
      Not a whole bunch, but you have to really drive them back to back to get a feel for them, as there's more than you can tell on paper. One might have a stickshift that feels really mushy and long throws with a heavy flywheel and artificial rev-hangs between gears for emissions sake and with poor suspension tuning with tons of understeer dialed in and over-assisted steering to the point its not really fun even though it seems fine on an excel spreadsheet. But even on paper, don't forget to look at things like curb weight as that GT is likely 3100lbs or so. Then again, you liked the Matrix so the bar isn't that high.

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      06-24-2020 06:39 PM #11
      If you want a Hyundai/Kia, definitely look at the newer Rio5 instead. I've had fun flogging these. It won't sing like the rev-happy engine in the Matrix XRS though.

      https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/invent...ting=265581515



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      06-24-2020 06:41 PM #12
      Sounds like you need a minivan.
      An early 90s Caravan with a manual or the Aerostar with a manual if you want RWD or AWD.
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      06-24-2020 06:43 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Wimbledon View Post
      If you want a Hyundai/Kia, definitely look at the newer Rio5 instead. I've had fun flogging these. It won't sing like the rev-happy engine in the Matrix XRS though.

      https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/invent...ting=265581515



      Can't beat the warranty too.
      yeah except those only have a 130hp motor...
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      06-24-2020 06:44 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by NeverEnoughCars View Post
      Sounds like you need a minivan.
      An early 90s Caravan with a manual or the Aerostar with a manual if you want RWD or AWD.
      what? whose post are you reading
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      06-24-2020 06:55 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Ducman69 View Post
      Not a whole bunch, but you have to really drive them back to back to get a feel for them, as there's more than you can tell on paper. One might have a stickshift that feels really mushy and long throws with a heavy flywheel and artificial rev-hangs between gears for emissions sake and with poor suspension tuning with tons of understeer dialed in and over-assisted steering to the point its not really fun even though it seems fine on an excel spreadsheet. But even on paper, don't forget to look at things like curb weight as that GT is likely 3100lbs or so. Then again, you liked the Matrix so the bar isn't that high.
      matrix is like 500 pounds lighter than that and the only assist it had was ABS. cable throttle, hydraulic steering, etc.

      I had a 2011 Civic Si, so I know all about rev hang. It's lame to say the least
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    17. 06-24-2020 06:58 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by elite.mafia View Post
      yeah except those only have a 130hp motor...
      Power/weight my friend.....light cars can be super fun .....dont rule it out
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      06-24-2020 07:13 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by VYLENT View Post
      Power/weight my friend.....light cars can be super fun .....dont rule it out
      that thing is only like a hundred pounds lighter than the matrix XRS i just sold and has no VVTL-i, yo

      plus the things are tiny. That said, that thing has less than 1000 miles and seems to be a pretty decent deal...

      wait are those crank windows WTF a 2018 model year car with crank windows!
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    19. 06-24-2020 07:36 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by elite.mafia View Post
      wait are those crank windows WTF a 2018 model year car with crank windows!
      And no keyless entry, no cruise control, steelies, manually adjusted mirrors, four tweeterless paper speakers, rear drum brakes... bean counters really went to work!

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      06-24-2020 07:58 PM #19
      I had a Vibe GT, same car as the XRS, and to be honest there really isn't anything else like it.

      Maybe an 07-08 2.5 Rabbit/Golf with an aftermarket intake manifold and tune kit?

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      06-24-2020 08:03 PM #20
      It's likely a stretch at just 8K and you have to roll the dice a little bit with regards to reliability, but an ATS with manual might be do-able.

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      06-24-2020 08:32 PM #21
      Interesting...I was looking at a pre-owned 18 Elantra Sport. Carfox says the clutch disc was replaced twice under warranty...is that a sign to avoid? Car had about 41K on the odometer

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      06-24-2020 08:38 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by got-rice View Post
      Interesting...I was looking at a pre-owned 18 Elantra Sport. Carfox says the clutch disc was replaced twice under warranty...is that a sign to avoid? Car had about 41K on the odometer
      honestly im shocked the clutch disk would even be covered under warranty, given they are a wear item... Also that person probably couldn't drive stick. Probably rode the clutch the entire time they drove.

      unless you mean the clutch on a DCT?
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      06-24-2020 08:56 PM #23
      Why not looking at Fiesta ST?
      Edit, I guess they are moire like 10k under 100k miles.
      Here is an idea.
      https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ngId=554064059
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      06-24-2020 09:12 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Why not looking at Fiesta ST?
      Edit, I guess they are moire like 10k under 100k miles.
      Here is an idea.
      https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ngId=554064059

      I did see this one:

      https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ckType=listing

      bit out of my budget though
      would be the right car though
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      06-24-2020 09:18 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by elite.mafia View Post
      I did see this one:

      https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ckType=listing

      bit out of my budget though
      would be the right car though
      Nice color.
      Hey, what about just a regular Focus SE hatchback with the manual?
      https://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...ngId=553181550

      And something light and fun but slow...
      https://www.auto.com/cars/mazda-mazd...de1lz1e0171270
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